Farewell Diner for Ebenezer Hendry of the Station Hotel, Stirling - 1892

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An Article on the Dinner afforded to Ebenezer Hendry on his retirement from the Station Hotel, Stirling.

From the Stirling Press & Advertiser 1892

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On the occasion of his retiring from the Station Hotel, the late proprietor, Mr. Ebenezer Hendry, was entertained to a dinner here last night. Provost Kinross occupied the chair, the croupiers being Rev. J. P. Lang and Mr. Robert McLuckie, solicitor. There were also present : - Bailie Menzies, Bailie Mercer, Dean of Guild Millar, Councillor Wm. Crawford, Councillor John Govan, Councillor Jas. Thomson, ex-Bailie Watt, ex-Councillor Young, Messers. David Chrystal, James Brown, Henry Robb, solicitors; D. Ferguson, W. Paton, J. Niven, R. Cairns, bankers; J. W. Schilling, R. B. Philip, G. Bowman, teachers; Lennox, Stewart, Knupper, and Carmichael, hotel-keepers; John King, spirit merchant; Cooper, Banks, and w. MacFarlane, travellers; R. M. McEwan, John Gillespie, Robert Thomson, T. Gentles, merchants; J. Ralston, confectioner; Jas. Kinross, coachbuilder; T. Bannigan, builder; J. Walls, painter; Robt. Feater, plumber; J. S. Shearer, bookseller; D. MacDonald, saddler; W. G. Crichton, glazier; Wm. Forrester, St. Ninians; Wm. Reid, Alloa; Ronald Walker, architect; J. M. Stewart, vetinary surgeon; Thos. Carrick, Cambusdrennie: Sam Christie, Braehead; Jas. Drysdale, Fairfield; Thos. Wilson, South Kersebonnie; A. G. Christie, Back O' Muir; Peter Dewar, King's Park; Wm. Jaffray, Broomridge; Wm Young, Taylorton; John Mackison, Thornhill; Charles Carrick, Baad; Andrew Dewar, Arnprior; John Muirhead, Brierlands; Robert Paton, Drip, etc.

After an excellent dinner, purveyed in the high-class style which has been characteristic of the house, the Secretary (Mr. T. Wilson) intimated letters of apology for absence from Messrs. G. McCrone, Glasgow; H. Monteith, Biggs; F. Butcher, Leith; R. R. Stewart, Edinburgh; W. Simpson, Stirling; P. R. Graham, Glasgow; and Bailie Brown, Stirling.

The Chairman gave the loyal toast, and Councillor Thomson the patriotic, Hon. Capt. Jas. Brown replying to the latter.

The CHAIRMAN then gave "Our Guest", and in doing so said that when he looked round the table he saw no one who had a better right to propose the toast, since the acquaintanceship between Mr. Hendry and himself dated back to the time when they were introduced to school life together in the old Cowane's Yard under Wm. Young and Duncan McDougall. (Applause). Mr. McDougall's memory had been handed down by the institution of a scholarship, but Mr. Young's had not been perpetuated in the same way, but he would be remembered always as a true, honourable and Christian gentleman - (applause) - which what was every teacher of youth ought to be. His leading recollection of Mr. Hendry's youth was that he was very sociable, and fond of sport as any boy should be, while he generally held to the right side of things. (Applause) He recollected Mr. Hendry taking part in the procession when the foundation stone of the High School buildings was being laid. They left the High School in the same year, but Mr. Hendry had the advantage of being sent to St. Andrews for a year, after which he entered on a business career in Glasgow, in which he continued for fifteen years and he bore back with him presents of esteem of his friends when he left to return to Stirling to take up his father's business. Mr. Hendry had not taken a leading part in public affairs in Stirling, but had interested himself in Church affairs, and in sports, and had recently been one of a deputation to approach the Council on the question of baths. (Applause) He had carried on his business in an upright and honourable way. (Applause) While referring to his past career, he should also add some expression of the feeling each one present had for Mr. Hendry's happiness and welfare. Through the loss of her who was nearest and dearest to him, Mr. Hendry had been compelled to consider his position and his duty to his family, and it was the wish of all that every happiness should attend him in the years before him, that his family should grow up before him extending that happiness, and that the friends of his youth should enjoy the friendship of his maturer years. (Loud applause)

Mr. HENDRY, in reply, said that he rose with rather mixed feelings, for while he was very proud to think that he had so many friends to entertain him, he was very sorry that any entertainment was necessary. (Hear, hear.) It was now about 54 years since his father had started the Star Hotel. He himself left Stirling in 1860 and was away 15 years. When he came back he missed a great many friends and associates, but he was not long in making a great many new ones, though he was sorry to say that many had joined the majority. He thanked those present for their kind expressions, and hoped that he would always have their respect and friendship. (Applause)

In the course of other speeches, Mr. Lang referred to Mr. Hendry as one of his elders, as one always ready to help with brotherly council; Councillor Govan to the pleasant associations the room in which they sat had in the matter of ploughing match dinners, in which he was supported by Mr. Charles Carrick; Mr. King, to the guest's interest in curling, bowling, and athletics in general; and Mr. Hawkes to the reputation the hotel had among commercial travellers and tourists as a hallowed haven of rest and a home.

A long toast list was gone through interspersed with songs, and the proceedings came to a close with "Auld Lang Syne".

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