Anac­ci­den­tal­start

Stirling Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

Gen­eral Elec­tion fever was grip­ping Stir­ling 100 years ago.

And one of the lead­ing can­di­dates in the area got his cam­paign off to an un­for­tu­nate start – when the car in which he was trav­el­ling knocked down a po­ten­tial con­stituent in Stir­ling.

Scot­tish Lib­eral Party can­di­date John Mur­ray Macdonald was and on his way to a pub­lic meet­ing in Peter Me­mo­rial Hall when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

Re­tired farmer Wil­liam McGre­gor, aged 78 , of Miller Place, Stir­ling, was cross­ing Port Street when he was hit.

The Ob­server said: “He be­came con­fused by the ap­proach of the mo­tor with the re­sult that it hit him. He sus­tained a cut on the head and some bruises and was taken to the Royal In­fir­mary.’’

Mr McGre­gor was ex­pected to be al­lowed home af­ter a day’s treat­ment.

Mr E Smith, who chaired the pub­lic meet­ing, re­ferred to the ac­ci­dent at the close of the pub­lic meet­ing and ‘joc­u­larly’ men­tioned that Mr Mur­ray Macdonald faced an en­counter with po­lice next day.

Mr Smith was ap­plauded when he told the au­di­ence could in­fer ‘ from the high tone of the ad­dress that evening that the oc­cur­rence was quite ac­ci­den­tal’.

Bri­tain’s wartime coali­tion Gov­ern­ment led by Lib­eral David Lloyd Ge­orge had called a Gen­eral Elec­tion in the days fol­low­ing the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice. The life of the Par­lia­ment elected in 1910 had been ex­tended be­cause of the war. Vot­ing was due to take place on De­cem­ber 12, 1918. Mr Mur­ray Macdonald, from Ar­gyll­shire, was a can­di­date in the con­stituency which covered Stir­ling, Falkirk and Grange­mouth.

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