Albert Kitson, 2nd Baron Airedale

Albert Ernest Kitson, 2nd Baron Airedale (7 October 1863 – 11 March 1944) was a British peer. He was inter alia a director of Midland Bank.

This article is about the British peer. For the geologist, see Albert Ernest Kitson.

Lord and Lady Airedale at the coronation of King George V, 1911

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Kitson was the son of James Kitson, an iron and steel manufacturer in Leeds. He was educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he gained a BA, before following his father into the family business.[1]

On 23 January 1890, at Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds, Kitson married Florence Schunck, the daughter of Edward, Baron von Schunck and his wife Kate Lupton.[2][3]

The Kitsons had seven daughters.

Kitson’s father was elevated to the peerage in 1907. Albert Kitson succeeded to the titles of 2nd Baron Airedale of Gledhow and 2nd Baronet Kitson on his father’s death on 16 March 1911.[4] As peers of the realm, the Kitsons were invited to the coronation of George V at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911.[5]

Kitson was a director of Midland Bank.[5] He was president of the Yorkshire and Leeds Liberal Federations. Prime Minister H. H. Asquith was his guest at Gledhow Hall in November 1913.[6][7]

Kitson was chairman of the finance committee and hon vice-president of the Iron and Steel Institute.[8][9]

Like his father, Lord Airedale was a music-lover and supported the Leeds Triennial Musical Festival; in 1922, Kitson and his sister Hilda, were guarantors of the festival.[10][11]

He owned one the country’s finest collections of Leeds pottery.[12]

When the Prime Minister’s wife, Margaret Lloyd George, visited Leeds in December 1920 for a reception for women supporters of the Liberal Coalition, she stayed at Gledhow Hall.[13][14]

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