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Robert MacAndrew and Mary Lamond Murray were married in 1892 in Old Machar, Aberdeen and lived in St.Andrews on Crail's Lane. Their first four children were born in St. Andrews. Robert was a master blacksmith, forging horseshoes and golf clubs. In 1897 Robert was hired by A.G.Spalding Co. and brought to Chiopee, Ma., where he supervised manufacture of golf clubs, construction of golf courses and taught golf, all the while, saving the money needed to get his wife and four children over from Scotland. They arrived in early 1900 at which time, they all moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Robert had been hired by Crawford, McGregor and Canby. In early 1901 Robert was sent to Nashville, Tenn. to design and supervise construction of a nine-hole golf course for the Nashville Golf and Country Club. This club headed by founder John Gray had planned to build a golf course at Cumberland Park. But Robert advised against the site.  Instead Gray and his associates purchased ten acres and leased an additional thirty-six which is now the Richland Country  Club. On May 12, 1901, the Nashville American newspaper described Robert as "Master of the Golf Links". After the course was completed in June, Robert returned to Dayton. He and wife Agnes had their fifth child nine months later. In 1902, Robert moved back to Nashville where he became a golf professional and greens keeper at the Nashville Country Club. A sixth child arrived to them while in Nashville.

Robert went on to Milton, Ma. and Wollaston Golf Course, where the last two of their eight children were born. He remained active in the golf world in many areas.  All of Robert's sons became golf pro's : Jim in Nashville, and Fall River, Ma.; Bob at Manchester, NH; Jock at Nashua, NH and Chas at Burlington, Vt. (There is still a tournament named in honor of Charles at this course.) 

Jock Mac Andrew married Charlotte Fox and had one son, Donald Jock, who went on to be a well-known thoroughbred horse jockey and was aboard the horse Saggy when he beat the unbeaten Citation in 1948.

My name is Terri Mac Andrew and I am the daughter of the above Donald. I hope this story meets with your approval and if there's anything you need to contact me about, please feel free to do so.