Probate copy of the will of Thomas Leyland

Extremely old legal document

Probate copy of the will of Thomas Leyland, a Liverpool merchant and banker who was born in Knowsley in 1752 and died on 29 May 1827, aged 75.

Thomas Leyland was elected Mayor of Liverpool three times, the first being in 1798. He built up a great fortune, mainly from his involvement in transatlantic slavery, having a financial interest in at least sixty nine slaving voyages.

In 1807, Leyland founded the bank of Leyland and Bullin in York Street, Liverpool. Absorbed by the North and South Wales Bank in 1901, it became part of the Midland Bank in 1908.

On display in the 'Legacies: racism and discrimination' section of the museum.

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