The purpose of this outline of the establishment and
development of Rugby Football in Scotland is to place on available record
information which may be generally lacking, and the imparting of which, it
is felt, ought not to be deferred until the generation which founded and
built up the game has passed away and the subject has entered the region of
myth and tradition.
Much of the fabric of present-day Rugby Football was
built on foundations laid in Scotland. Many of the greatest exponents of the
game were Scottish players, and the influence of the judicial bent of the
Scottish mind, as well as the exertion of the spirit of independence, are
monumentally recognised in the International Board established on the
demands of Scotland for orderliness and equality. The present-day Scottish
Rugby faculty has therefore succeeded to a goodly heritage, no part or
parcel of which they should
allow to be filched from them.
I have to express my thanks for permission to utilise a
series of articles on the subject which appeared in the Edinburgh Evening
Dispatch last winter, and at the same time I wish to
acknowledge with gratitude the kindly assistance rendered by a number of
old-time international players in verifying and adding to the information in
my own possession.
R. J. P.