Hugh Alexander Pollock (c.1888 - 1971)

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Death: Died in Malta
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About Hugh Alexander Pollock

Pollock was a native of Ayr. Hugh Alexander Pollock, was born c.1895, probably at the the family home at 42 Bellevue Crescent. He was educated at Ayr Academy, and joined his father's business. On 9th October 1913, at the Hotel Dalblair, he married Marion, the youngest daughter of William Atkinson, farmer, Trees Farm, Maybole: there was at least one son of this marriage. During the First World War, he joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers and saw service with them at Gallipoli, and in France, Palestine and France, and was awarded the D.S.O. Unhappily for him, however, during this period, his wife left him for another man. When the war ended, he transferred to the Indian Army, and served with the Burma Rifles in India, Burma and Mesopotamia (Iraq).

When Blyton first met Pollock he was an editor with her publishers, Newnes, in London. A career amid books was, perhaps, to be expected of a man who was the elder son of one of Ayr's leading booksellers. The business of Stephen & Pollock, booksellers, at 37 Sandgate, at the corner with Newmarket Street, was one of Ayr's best known shops for the greater part of a century.

William Smillie Pollock and his wife Jessie Smith McBride had two sons. After his death in 1942, the younger, William Alfred ('Fred'), who had previously become a partner, succeeded him in the business, which became a limited liabilty company c.1947. Fred Pollock died in 1954. About 1972, the business was taken over by Holmes McDougall Ltd., but the shop closed a year or so later, ending a long connection between this corner and bookselling.

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