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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Robert Earle May


ROBERT EARLE MAY was born May 10, 1866, in Glasgow, Scotland, the youngest son of John A. May, a native of Paisley, and Helen Agnew, a native of Glasgow. His father was a major in the Indian Army, serving under Sir Charles Napier at the capture of Scinde, seeing service afterward at Delhi, in Afghanistan, Beluchistan and the Crimea.

Mr. May was educated in the public schools, Glasgow. After leaving school, he was employed in the warehouse of Bell’s Glasgow Pottery, and before he was twenty visited the larger cities of Scotland as their commercial traveller. He was in business for a short time for himself, but came to Boston in 1888 and obtained a position with Jones, McDuffee & Stratton, the largest exclusive crockery and glassware house in America. He became private secretary to Mr. Jerome Jones, who for many years was head of the Boston Commercial Club, Chamber of Commerce and other business associations. At the present time he is superintendent of their large, ten-story establishment.

Mr. May has been a tireless worker in Scottish affairs in the city of his adoption. He is an influential member of the Boston Caledonian Club, is an ex-Chief and has held many other offices. In 1916, he was elected President of the Scots Charitable Society of Boston (founded 1657). He was the most active member of the Burns Memorial Association, and it was largely through his efforts that the funds were raised for the Burns statue in Boston. He is a member of the Order of Scottish Clans, the Victorian Club, and an honorary member of the British Naval and Military Veterans. Mr. May is well known as an essayist and a writer on historical subjects, many of his articles appearing under the nom-de-plume of "Robin Adair." He is a member of the Union Congregational Church, Boston.

Mr. May married, March 31, 1888, Miss Isabella Campbell, daughter of Mary Donald and Duncan Campbell, of Glasgow, Scotland. They have a happy family of one son and two daughters: Earle Gordon, Jeannie Agnew and Helen Victoria. Their home is at Winthrop, Mass.: Mr. May’s business address, 33 Franklin Street, Boston, Mass.


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