Capt William Young Darling

DARLING, Sir William Young Kt 1943; CBE 1923; MC; DL, JP; FRSE; LLD

During the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921), Pollard was Press Officer of the Information Section of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Together with the Section secretary, Captain William Darling, he produced the Weekly Summary, an official synopsis of the war in Ireland. The crudeness of this paper and its obvious intent at deceiving the journalists for whom it was produced 'resulted in much negative publicity for the Crown forces and the Irish Administration'.

1885 May 8. Born 2nd son of late William Darling, Edinburgh

Education James Gillespie’s School; Daniel Stewart’s College; Heriot-Watt Coll., Edinburgh Univ Career Trained for business in Edinburgh and London; held variety of appointments in Ceylon and Australia up till 1913;

1914 enlisted ranks of the Black Watch

1914 married Olive, eldest daughter of late James Simpson, Briar Bank, Bedford;

1915 commissioned France 1915 to Royal Scots; served France, in Black Watch

1915; Salonika, Gallipoli (evacuation), Egypt,

1915–16, with 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers; France,

1917–19, 11th Royal Scots and General List (MC and bar, despatches);

1918–19,ADC France, Belgium, Germany;

1920–22 ;Ireland

1922 resumed business,

1923 Jan 1. Gets CBE in New Year Honours

1930 TF;

1933 Member Edinburgh Town Council

1937 National Government Candidate, West Lothian

1937–40 City Treasurer,

1938–39; Chief Air Raid Warden

1939–41 District Commissioner, S Eastern Scotland,

1941–44 Lord Provost of Edinburgh,

1942–46. Chairman, Scottish Council on Industry

1945–57, MP (C) South Edinburgh, resigned

1942 to 1957 Director, Royal Bank of Scotland ( then extraordinary director)

Publications Private Papers of a Bankrupt Bookseller, 1931; Hades the Ladies, 1933; The Old Mill, 1934; Down but not Out, 1935; Bankrupt Bookseller Speaks Again, 1938; Why I Believe in God; King’s Cross to Waverley, 1944; A Book of Days, 1951; So it Looks to Me, 1952; A Westminster Lad (Poems), 1955 Clubs Scottish Conservative, Royal Scots (Edinburgh), etc

1962 Feb 4. died

British Intelligence at Dublin Castle