William Hutchison Leask (1850–1918), Provost of Peterhead (1899–1918)

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William Hutchison Leask began his own shipbroker and commission agent business in 1875. He later became the manager and one of the largest shareholders of the Peterhead Trawling Company; he sold his firm in 1911. He entered Peterhead Town Council in 1885, became a bailie in 1893 and provost in 1899.

Arbuthnot Museum, Peterhead



William Hutchison Leask (1850–1918), Provost of Peterhead (1899–1918)




oil on canvas


H 228.6 x W 137.2 cm

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commissioned by Peterhead Town Council

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William Hutchison Leask Esquire Provost of Peterhead. Subscribed for by fellow townsmen and friends at home and abroad in recognition of his destinguished public services. Painted by G. Fiddes Watt ARSA 1910.


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