Marling & Smith
Alex Marling, a native of Lossiemouth, began his career as Assistant to Charles Neaves at Moray around the turn of the century. He went on to become pro at Forres, Erskine, Deeside and, between 1911 and 1920, Royal Aberdeen. This was interrupted by war service for the whole of the First World War.
He was a partner in this clubmaking and retail business in Bridge Street, Aberdeen, which opened in January 1910. The advert is from 1914 where they are using the name Sportsman's Emporium. This was new that year: they had just moved there as in 1913 they were trading as 'Marling and Smith, Practical Golf Outfitters' from 50 Bridge Street which had earlier been the clubmaking premises of G N Mackay who I am still tracking down. The Smith was George E Smith, originally from Lossiemouth and after being invalided out of the Gordon Highlanders in 1917, long-serving professional at Moray.
With both partners serving in the army, the shop was closed in 1915 with the Evening Express announcing a clearance sale prior to the lease on the Bridge Street premises ending in May 1915.
Marling emigrated to Regina in Canada in 1921 where he was professional at Regina and, from 1923 until his death in 1934, at Royal Colwood.
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