OUR MEMORIES
Landale


 

 

A Tract Of Racing Legend; A Space Of Surging Legacy

 

Landale is a name derived from the Old French word launde, which means “forest glade”.

It represents opening of a grassy passage through a wood; or clearing of a space in a forest.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

In the history of Hong Kong Racing, first there were the Jardines themselves as pillars of support.

Then all the descendants of Jean Jardine bearing other surnames but forming a family succession.

— a racing legacy which other family could hardly rival.

Landale is one of the Jardine legend.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

David Landale (1868-08-06 — 1935-09-06) was the 13th taipan of the Jardine Matheson & Co. and member of the Executive Council and Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

He was a rider, horse owner and also a Steward of HKJC.

 

David Fortune “Taffy” Landale (1905-11-07 — 1970-12-15) , son of David Landale, was a British-Hong Kong entrepreneur and politician.

He was the chairman and managing director of Jardine Matheson & Co.

Then, he was appointed by the Hong Kong government as an unofficial member of the Executive Council and the senior unofficial member of the Legislative Council.

He was chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, after he settled in the United Kingdom.

He was a Steward of HKJC.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

1868-08-06

David Landale was born in Dalswinton Scotland.

He was the son of Rev. David Landale and Margaret Helen Hassels Jardine, (daughter of Sir William Jardine, 7th Baronet).

He was a distant relative of the founder of the prominent trading house Jardine Matheson & Co., William Jardine.

He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh before he went to the Far East.

 

1892

Among new names of Stewards at the 1892 annual meeting was of Mr D.Landale, of Jardines.

 

1902

He married Mildred Sophia, second daughter of John Fortune. They had two sons and two daughters.

 

1905-11-07

David Landale lived in The Jardine Matheson office in the Shanghai International Settlement, where his son D. F. Landale was born.

 

1907

David Landale became both managing director of Jardine Matheson and the Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council.

 

1913

He was appointed as unofficial member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

 

1914

For HKJC, H.E. Sir Henry May was doyen of the Patrons.

The Hon. Sir Paul Chater, C.M.G., the only Steward who had attended the founders’ meeting in 1884, was, of course, still senior Steward and Chairman.

Among the other Stewards was the Hon. Mr David Landale,

 

1915

Apart from “John Peel”, and among one of the successful Jardine owners of recent years was Messrs David Landale.

He was also the chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

 

1916

He was appointed as unofficial member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong.

 

1920

He resigned as director of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

 

1935-09-06

David Landale passed away.

His “Obituary” was posted on the 《Hong Kong Sunday Herald》 1935-09-08 p. 27.

 

1937

The unofficial Ewo Handicap was run for the last time.

A notable participant was Mr David Fortune Landale, on OCEAN VIEW. Weighted at 200 lbs., he was unplaced.

 

1945-1951

David Fortune Landale was the chairman and managing director of Jardine Matheson & Co.

 

1946-1950

David Fortune Landale was the senior unofficial member of the Legislative Council.

 

1946-1951

David Fortune Landale was appointed by the Hong Kong government as an unofficial member of the Executive Council.

 

1949

The same Stewards served through 1948—except that Mr D. F. Landale, of Jardine, Matheson & Co., son of an old pillar of HKJC, acted temporarily as a locum.

Mr D. F. Landale filled the vacancy of Col. Dowbiggin on the Board.

 

1951

Mr D. F. Landale left the Colony.

 

1955-1965

He was chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, after he settled in the United Kingdom.

 

1970-12-15

Mr D. F. Landale died suddenly in London.

 

 

SUMMARY

 

After the death of David Fortune Landale, his family erected a memorial cairn for him in Dalswinton Wood.

 

 

REFERENCE

 

Landale Street in Wan Chai of Hong Kong Island was named after David Landale.

 

 

EXTERNAL LINK

 

Jardine men and horses – 《RacingMemories.HK》

Jardines – 《RacingMemories.HK》

Jardine Stables – 《RacingMemories.HK》

 

 

Acknowledgement to HKJC Racing Registry for offering record data.

 

 

 


 

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