Alien flies B.A from London
John Kay was appointed a
vice-president of the Aliens in 1913 at a time
when J.G.Legge, the Director of Education in Liverpool was club
His sons Stanley John
Marriott and family member William Henry started playing rugby for the
Aliens and Sefton.
John Kay was born around 1863 in
Edge Hill, Liverpool and with his father already being a Headmaster a
teaching was the obvious choice.
His earlier education was at St. Mary’s School, Edge
Hill and after obtaining a Dean M’Neile scholarship he proceeded
to the Collegiate School, Shaw Street.
After the necessary period of training at Chester College in 1882/3 to
get the Board of Education
Certificate he entered the service of the old Liverpool School Board at
five different schools in 29 years.
Starting as an Assistant Master at Granby Street School in 1884 he
progressed to Senior Assistant Master at Beaufort Street (1889) and
Brae Street (1893).
He graduated in Arts at London University in 1893.
Headmaster appointments soon followed at North
School (1902) and the Major Lester Memorial from 1905 until
- President of the Liverpool Teachers’ Association, of the
Head Teachers’ Association, and the Chester College Club.
[Liverpool Mercury 11th Dec 1899]
Staffordshire Sentinel 28th May 1912]
Staffordshire Sentinel 30th May 1912]
- President of the Liverpool Manx Society which had its
headquarters at the Brunswick Lecture Hall, Moss Street, Liverpool.
(his father was from the Isle of Man).
to use our nearly-forgotten dances - Mona Douglas 2004]
He also served on the City Council’s Underfed
Meals Committee and if there was one phase of his work which appealed
to him more than others, it was that wonderful product of cities
– the slum child.
- Served on every local committee of the National Union of
on the University Day Training College Board, on the Executive
Committee of the Municipal Officers’ Guild and its Finance
- For many years he was Lecturer in Mathematics under the Liverpool
School of Science and Technical Education sub-Committee of the Council
School, also English to Oulton School Certificate Classes
Here is a moving short film depicting the conditions of the time
Inner Man, made in 2016 by Howard Kay.
John lived on Blackmoor Drive, West
Derby until he passed away in a Formby hospital in
John Kay B.A
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