Ref NoMS111
TitleStanley Nairne OBE
Date1899-1968
LevelFonds
HistoryStanley Nairne was born in Perth in 1881, the posthumous son of Charles Nairne, a Perth doctor. His mother, Isabella, was left to bring up Stanley and her three older children alone. Stanley's early schooling was at a dame school in Perth before attending John Watson's Academy, Edinburgh, and, finally, Perth Academy. He entered St Andrews University in 1899 and graduated in 1904 with a first in History, having gained a second in English a year earlier. After spending a year at Marburg University in Germany he returned to St Andrews University to join the teaching staff of the English department in 1905. In 1908 Nairne abandoned his academic career to become secretary of the United Free Church Mission Study Council, spreading the gospel among young people. In 1912 he also took on the organisation of the Scottish Schoolboy's Club.In 1914 while he was a captain in the Boys Brigade, based at Fountainbridge Church, Edinburgh, Nairne started a club for his company and any others who cared to come along. In 1917 he became secretary of the Boys' Department of the Scottish YMCA, but his appointment was short lived, as a call up for active service saw him, a conscientious objector, depart in October 1917 to a non-combative corps as a stone breaker and road maker.In 1921 he organised the opening of The North Merchiston Club in Watson Crescent, Edinburgh. His work with the SSC, the Boys Brigade and boys clubs continued. In 1926 the Edinburgh Union of Boys’ Clubs was formed under his chairmanship and in 1927 the Scottish Association of Boys’ Clubs was formed with him as honorary secretary. As this association grew he became part-time secretary and, from 1937, full-time secretary.Nairne officially retired in 1949 but continued to remain active in the North Merchiston Club and Scottish Schoolboy's Camps. In 1950 he was awarded the OBE. He died on 14 March 1968 and shortly afterwards the Stanley Nairne Memorial Trust was set up by the SSC, the North Merchiston Club and the Association of Boys' Clubs. This trust runs the Stanley Nairne Centre at Dalguise, Perthshire as a youth centre.
DescriptionDiaries, 1899-1903; Letters to Stanley Nairne from family and friends relating to personal concerns and the clubs and organisations that he was involved in, 1900-1963; Draft talks, 1900-1906, 1932; Newspaper and magazine cuttings relating to Stanley Nairne’s work, 1904-1968; Material relating to the setting up of the Stanley Nairne Centre, 1968.
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