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Caird, James Key

Caird, James Key

Alias: None

Title: Sir

Dates: 1837-1916

Nationality: British

Awards: Knight of the British Empire (1913)

James Key Caird was born on 7 January 1837 in Dundee. He became a jute manufacturer and made a substantial fortune by introducing new technology into his jute mills in Ashton and Craigie, near Dundee. A generous benefactor and philanthropist, he helped to finance the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17 (Aurora and Endurance), led by Ernest Henry Shackleton, causing Shackleton to name for him the lifeboat in which he and his companions made their epic sixteen-day voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia. He was knighted and created a baronet in 1913. He died on 9 March 1916.

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