Sir Alexander Stewart Stevenson
was a councilman and a lay preacher.
Alexander Stevenson was born on 9 April 1860 at Dalry
, Ayrshire, Scotland. His family moved and he was educated at Grange School, Bo'ness
, West Lothian, Scotland.
He became a jeweller and watchmaker and entered Edinburgh Town Council
as a Liberal in 1900. He was Convener of the Electricity Committee 1904-1906, 1909-1915; Magistrate 1906-1909; City Treasurer 1922-1925; Lord Provost 1926-1929
He was created Knight Batchelor 16 February 1928 at Buckingham Palace, London, England. In 1929 he was awarded an honorary LL.D. by Edinburgh University
at the same ceremony as Albert Schweitzer
was also awarded an honorary degree. 28 November 1929 saw him appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of the City and County of the City of Edinburgh.
With his father James Stevenson (1824-1887) having been a Missionary with the Scottish Coast Mission
it was natural that he was a lay-preacher with the Grassmarket Mission in the Lemington Terrace Church in Edinburgh, the first Scottish United Church, which later became the Bruntsfield Church.
Twice capped as a Scottish International bowls player, he was part of Rink 3 in the first ever international competition between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. This took place on 13th, 14th, and 15th July 1903, on the Crystal Palace and Wandsworth Greens, London, England. Although tied on points, England beat Scotland on shots.
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