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The Scots educationalist, Robert Blair (1859-1935) gained considerable experience as a teacher before his appointment in 1894 as one of the first inspectors of science and art, with responsibility for Scotland. In 1900, he went to Ireland, and worked there for four years, first as an inspector and afterwards as the Assistant Secretary for technical education. However, his most distinguished contribution to education was as Education Officer for the London County Council, a post that he held for twenty years. At the end of his career, he contributed information to the committee compiling the 1926 Hadow Report on ‘the education of the adolescent’. Following his retirement in 1924, he stood unsuccessfully as Liberal candidate for Harrow in the General Election.