BORN at Osmotherley in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Mr. Kay is a Yorkshireman on the father's side, and on the mother's side half Yorkshire and half Scottish. The name is a typical East Coast one, and may be found in any history of the great eastern county. Mr. Kay was educated in Yorkshire, and received his business training in London, where in 1863 he became a partner in the firm of Arthur Kay & Evans. Six years later he came to Glasgow as a partner in the firm of Arthur & Company, in Queen Street, now Arthur & Company, Limited, of which company he remains a director. He has been for many years a director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, and he represents that Chamber on Lloyds' Register of British and Foreign Shipping.
    Mr. Kay has taken an active interest in municipal matters, outside the Town Council, and is one of the founders of the Citizens' Union and the Ratepayers' Federation. He has also, since the Liberal revolt over Mr. Gladstone's Home Rule Bill, taken a lively interest in the Liberal Unionist cause. He has been twice married, and has one son by his first wife. In the matter of recreation he has not indulged in anything more violent than an occasional quiet day's shooting.

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