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As Scotland celebrated the national rugby team’s first Calcutta Cup victory at England’s home Twickenham ground since 1983, one Lochaber resident had cause to mark the occasion for a particularly special reason.
Glencoe and Glen Etive Community Council chairwoman Viki Sutherland was among those at home cheering on the boys in blue on the television as they earned a well-deserved 6-11 victory on the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations tournament.
This week, Mrs Sutherland told the Lochaber Times about her grandfather: ‘With Scotland’s fantastic win at Twickenham, I dug out the notes I have about my Scottish grandfather, J D Boswell, who captained the Scottish rugby team in 1893/4. In both of those years while he was captain, the Scots won the Calcutta Cup!
‘On February 7, 1891, exactly 130 years ago to the day, he was part of the Scottish team which defeated Wales 15 – 0 in the first of the three games which that year saw Scotland win their first Triple Crown. J D Boswell played in all three games and was the highest scorer.’
And Mrs Sutherland added: ‘In a letter from the secretary of the SRU [Scottish Rugby Union] upon the death of J D Boswell in 1948, the secretary writes: ‘We wish to place on record the committee’s sense of loss sustained by the death of Mr J D Boswell, a past president of this Union who was one of the most outstanding players of his day and generation and who had since taken a great interest in rugby football.’
Scotland’s former rugby captain J D Boswell, top left. Photograph: Viki Sutherland.
NO F07 J D Boswell rugby pic