Papers relating to the Walter Muir Fund

Scope and Content

The series contains papers relating to the relief of Walter Boyd Muir of Timperley, and later Altrincham, and his wife Fanny. Muir was a man of good character who was reduced to poverty by unfortunate investments. He made repeated appeals for charity to the 9th Earl of Stamford, couched in increasingly desperate terms, which eventually persuaded the Earl to assist in discharging Muir's debts and in providing support for the couple. In 1906 a fund was established for the maintenance of Mrs Muir, and after her death in 1907 Mr Muir, with contributions from the Earl of Stamford and from members of the Muir family. The Fund, administered by W.D. Bullock, agent at the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham, also received donations from the Earl of Warrington's Charity which was also administered by Bullock. The Fund was wound up on the death of Walter Muir in 1911.

The series consists of two bundles of correspondence and accounts relating to the Muir Fund. The first bundle also contains papers relating to other charities.