He was born on 15 May 1845 in Greenwich, Kent, the third child (and eldest son) of Thomas Stair and Ann (née Davis).
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.
Stair died on 2 March 1914 at The Croft, Saltwood, Kent, aged 68.
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