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Shetland - Famous People

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Famous People Connected to Shetland

Historic County

Image right - Arthur Anderson (1792 - 1868)

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

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  • Arthur Anderson (1792 - 1868) - Scottish businessman and Liberal politician, co-founder of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O). He began his sailing career in the Navy. He mainly served as a captain's clerk but left aged 23 and headed for London in the hope of gainful employment. He met Brodie McGhie Wilcox who was about to embark on a shipping enterprise to Spain and Portugal. Realising Anderson's skills, Brodie McGhie Wilcox offered him the clerks position, seven years later he made him partner. The business went from strength to strength and began to carry mail. The company soon became the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company - known today as P&O Ferries. During this time Anderson was still involved in Shetland affairs and began to suggest a trip from Shetland to the Faroes and Iceland - the first ever cruise.

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