Lost years

10th January 1997 at 00:00
Teachers always say schools would be pleasant places without the pupils. Purple and Gold, a history of Marr College, Troon, published for its 60th anniversary, recalls that for five years Alfred Murison, the first headmaster, had only a janitor for company.

A newspaper report from 1934 was headed: "Headmaster is there, but no boys to teach. Marr College, most luxurious in Britain, provides Wellsian fantasy of Sleeping Beauty palace."

The Scottish Office was apparently to blame. It refused to sanction amendments to the Marr Trust under which the college was set up. So for five years a legal wrangle prevented the school's opening. The head was not amused. A press report read: "Dr Murison does not seem a happy man. He told me he works harder than if there were pupils in the school, attending conferences, caring for the college."

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