Montrose link to new book

Inglis Memorial Hall
Inglis Memorial Hall

A new book about Ezdell’s historic library has been released, and the building’s benefactor had Montrose connections.

The book entitled ‘Inglis Memorial Hall & Library’ has been published with a grant from the Strathmartine Trust, a Scottish Charity based in St Andrews, whose prime object is to support research and education in Scottish History.

In 1898, Lieutenant Colonel Robert William Inglis, who later became chairman of the London Stock Exchange, gifted the Inglis Memorial Hall and its library to Edzell.

Although he was born in Edzell, the family had strong Montrose connections.

His mother came from Montrose and his uncle was the local harbour master.

Author Jean Smedley said: “The historic library has been described as one of the best preserved late 19th century public libraries surviving anywhere in the UK; and has much to tell about UK-wide library history.

“The Victorian Inglis family are also very special; they provide a fascinating example of the achievements of Scots around the world at the time of the British Empire and their Christian values are still really relevant and touching today.”

Jean, for years restricted to the house for the majority of each day due to a long-term health condition, took more than five-and-a-half years to research and write the book.

She said: “I am very limited in all I do. It’s taken a long time, but I found it all so interesting that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing it.

“It has taken years but a few ‘coincidences’ a long the way (contacts, the help I have received, timing of various things, that sort of thing) meant that at times it almost felt as if this book was meant to happen and that God was helping it.

“I never intended to write a book but Inglis Memorial Hall is so special and the Inglis family so interesting that I thought someone should and I just seemed to end up doing it!

“I really hope it will help Inglis Memorial Hall.”

The book is available for sale at Edzell’s Tweed Warehouse or direct from zeldel.publishing@btinternet.com