ANDREW WEIR – A BLUE PLAQUE CANDIDATE? By Mike WaightCaptain Alistair Macnab’s recent book about Andrew Weir and The Bank Line was a real eye-opener to me, in particular the past activities and companies of this remarkable man. As a ‘simple sailor’ I was struck by just how much work and effort was put into the success of all his enterprises by all the people employed over the years, both at sea and ashore – it must run into many thousands since 1885 and all because of one entrepreneurial man from Kirkcaldy. These thousands were all gainfully employed and contributed in no small measure to the so called ‘invisible earnings’ of the country. Add to this Andrew Weir’s service to the country during and after the First World War and one can see why he earned his peerage.Since reading Alistair’s book I have managed – through the joys of being an indolent retired person – to visit (the outside) one of the homes Andrew Weir owned and occupied in London for the best part of thirty years; Inverforth House in Hampstead Heath. Subsequently I have discovered his first house in London at 57 Holland Park and his second Arnos Grove House in Southgate. These daysInverforth House has been divided into luxury apartments, Arnos Grove House is now a care homeand the Holland Park house remains a private residence.I don’t know whether any of you have been on Ships Nostalgia (SN) recently but under the Bank Line Forum there have been a number of posts regarding Alistair’s book and my research about the houses Andrew Weir lived in. Since then I’ve made a submission to English Heritage for a Blue Plaque at either Inverforth House, Arnos Grove House (Southgate) or 57 Holland Park – all houses he lived in. “Duncan112” (ex Bank Line I’m guessing) on SN has said he will make a submission too. In addition Alistair sent me a copy of his book to forward to English Heritage, which I’ve duly done.In addition to a London Blue Plaque, Alistair and I have both made submissions to Fife Council asking for their support for some form of commemoration to Andrew Weir, as a highly successful ‘son of Kirkcaldy’. If it hadn’t been for him none of us would have had the enjoyable and satisfying careers we did have. Kirkcaldy has produced some remarkable people over the years – Adam Smith (economist and philosopher), The Adams Brothers (neo-classical architects and designers), Jack Vettriano (artist), Val McDermid (crime author) to name but a few (I won’t mention the politicians). All are commemorated in one form or another in Kirkcaldy, so why not Andrew Weir?The purpose of this article is to ask members of the Bank Line Association if they would like to support the Blue Plaque and Kirkcaldy submissions by making their own submissions? Maybe pointing out that thanks to Andrew Weir many people were employed around the world in offices and ships thus generating income for the country (and obviously him!) and also his service to the country during and after the First World War for which he got the peerage.So it’s just an idea to put to you all, working on the basis that the more folk who make a submission then the better the chance of getting a result.The relevant websites are:https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques/propose-a-plaque/https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=subject.display&subjectid=A29A03C0-91F8-4B44-8986-971EE629959Dhttps://www.shipsnostalgia.comIn case anyone’s thinking of buying an apartment in Inverforth House, after I visited the area I found one apartment for sale – 2 bedrooms – for £2.5 million; that said it did have its own garden terrace! Maybe if I won the lottery!