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John “Jack” Gladstone Scoular

J.G Scoular - Evening Express - Wales v Scotland 1903
Jack Scoular was born on September 17th 1885 in Whitehaven, Cumberland. Educated at St Bees School he was representing his county Cumberland before he left School, He would further his education at St John’s College ‘Cambridge University’, where in his second year he gained the coveted Blue, playing in two varsity matches, firstly in 1905 where he helped Cambridge win a close match 15 points to 13 and secondly in 1906 but was unable to prevent Oxford winning this encounter 12 points to 8.
John Scoular Scotland Cap - Rugby Memorabilia Society
Scotland International Honours Cap
Awarded to John Gladstone Scoular

Selected for both England and Scotland, he elected to play for Scotland and made his debut against the 1905 All Blacks, a close match won by the tourists 12 points to 7. In 1906 he would play four more times for the Scots against Wales, Ireland, England with his final appearance coming against the touring Springboks resulting in a famous 6-0 win for Scotland.

1906 Scot v SA

Cartoon relating to the 1906 Scotland v South Africa match

An Engineer by trade his work took him to the coalfields where he was manager of the Nostell Colliery in Wakefield. He married Annie Catherine Todd in September 1917 (Tynemouth ‘Northumberland’) & Died on 7th September 1953 in Wakefield ‘Yorkshire’ aged 67.

Thanks again to Richard Lowther in sourcing information.

Peter Douglas-Davies