In 1872, he officiated in the match between Wanderers and Royal Engineers on 16 March. Stair was a civil servant by profession, and was head of Inland Revenue at Somerset House, as were his assistants (Umpires), JH Giffard, for the Royal Engineers, and James Kirkpatrick for the Wanderers.
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