The Returning Officer

Architects II

John Miller went into the law before deciding to train as a land surveyor and civil engineer instead, partnering Thomas Grainger, who worked almost exclusively in the railway industry. The firm designed both Haymarket and Waverley stations in Edinburgh, with David Bell as the principal architect. Miller retired at the age of 44, devoting himself to his estates and politics. He was defeated at Stirling in 1862 and Edinburgh in 1865, being elected unopposed for the latter in 1868. He was defeated in 1874 by a fellow Liberal James Cowan.

William Hodgson Burnet was articled in 1894 and went to work at the Office of Works near parliament in 1902. He wrote several books including The MP's Garden of Verses (1920), which he dedicated "to David Lloyd George, from an admirer." In the poem "Strikers" he notes the prime minister's labour relations: "Lloyd George is kind to working men, they seldom ask in vain, I wonder if at No 10, He's giving in again?"

This article first appeared in the 05 March 2012 issue of the New Statesman, The last Tsar