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Stuart MacRae

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

5 appearances, 0 goals

P 5 W 3 D 0 L 2 F 22: A 5
60% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Stuart MacRae
Birth Friday, 7 December 1855 as a British Subject, in Bengal, India
  no registration found
He was a son of Duncan MacRae and Grace (née Stewart) of Kames Castle on the Isle of Bute, and it was thought that Stuart had been born there. However, although he has indisputable Scottish ancestry, Andy Mitchell found that he was in fact born on 7 December 1855 in Bengal, where his father was serving in the Indian Army. Census returns confirm date of birth and newspaper announcements confirm his date of birth.

Not on the 1861 census, the MacRae's are still residing and working in India.

According to the 1871 census, Stuart's family are living at Ardencaple House in Kilbrandon, Argyll. Duncan and Grace (née Stewart) are parents of Sophia, Anna, Isabella and one year-old Colin. His father is a retired army surgeon. They have eleven servants.
Stuart is not on this census, he is however, between 1868-73, at Edinburgh Academy. His address is stated as Handley House in Newark.

According to the 1881 census, Bengal-born Stuart, a Merchants Clerk, is living with the Thorpe family at The Hall, Coddington, in Newark. Stuart is stated as being a cousin. The farmers have fourteen servants.

Stuart cannot be found on the 1891 census.
Marriage: to Ethel Evelyn Martin Smith, on 12 December 1891 at St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square
registered in St. George Hanover Square October-December 1891
"At St. Peter's, Eaton Square, on Saturday afternoon, the marriage was duly solemnised of Mr Stuart MacRae, eldest son of Mr Duncan MacRae, of Kames Castle, Bute, N.B., and Miss Ethel Evelyn Smith, eldest daughter of Mr Martin R. Smith, of Hayes Common, Kent, and 13 Upper Belgrave Street, S.W. The church was tastefully decorated. The Rev. Malise R. Graham, M.A. rector of Arthuret, Cumberland, officiated, assisted by the Rev. R. Thornton, M.A., of St. Peter's." Glasgow Herald, Monday, 14 December 1891.
Children: Stuart and Ethel Macrae had three children together. Kenneth Stuart (b.6 October 1892), John Nigel (b.13 March 1894) and Grace Emily (b.7 June 1897).
(His father died on 14 December 1898)
Stuart or Ethel cannot be found on
the 1901 census.
According to the 1911 census, Stuart is married to Ethel, and with two of their children and eight servants at 7 North Gate in Newark. He is a Maltster.
(His mother died on 30 April 1912)

(His son, John Nigel, died in Aire, France, on 11 April 1918)
Cannot be found on the 1921 census.

Death: Thursday, 27 January 1927, at 29 Seymour Street, Portman Square, London
aged 71 years 51 days registered in Marylebone January-March 1927


"Well-known Newark Malster Dead.
"The death occurred in London yesterday of Mr. Stuart MacRae, who for many years was well known in Newark and district as a business man and sportsman. He was 72 years old.
"A brother of Colonel MacRae Gilstrap, head of the clan MacRae, the deceased gentleman went to Newark many years ago, and was associated with the firm of Messrs. Thorpe and Co., maltsters, of Newark and Peterborough. In his day, Mr. MacRae was very prominent in sporting circles, being a playing member of the old Newark Amateur Football Club, and an amateur International Association footballer. He was president and founder of the Newark Golf Club, and also actively interested in cricket.
"Except for being a county magistrate for Newark, he took no part in public affairs. He formerly lived at Handley House, Newark."
- Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Friday, 28 January 1927.
Funeral Buried at Clachan Duich, Inverinate, Kintail, Ross-Shire.
Probate "MacRAE Stuart of 29 Seymour-street Portman-square Middlesex died 27 January 1927 Administration London 8 March to Ethel Evelyn MacRae widow.
Effects £627 19s. 5d." [2019 equivalent: £39,686].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Andy Mitchell's intensive research, David MacLeod &

Playing Career

Club(s) In 1877, "Macrae came to Newark and commenced a career which has made him one of the most conspicuous gentleman amateurs in the county of Nottingham. Previous to taking part in the Association games in this district he played under the Rugby rules with the Edinburgh Academicals, and also at Glasgow, where he was a member of Queen's Park. [Macrae] also played for the celebrated Corinthians against the Queen's Park, at the Oval, in 1885, and on several other subsequent occasions, and for Notts. [County]." - Saturday, 29 Novemver 1890, Rothesay Chronicle
Corinthians from 1885
Notes Macrae is often referred to as 'Sam' in many newspaper reports.
Club honours None
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 99th players (101) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
First match No. 17, 3 February 1883, England 5 Wales 0, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 27 years 58 days.
Last match No. 21, 15 March 1884, Scotland 1 England 0, a British Championship match at Cathkin Park, Glasgow, aged 28 years 99 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84;
Individual honours The North (one appearance, January 1884)
Distinctions One of two Indian-born Scots to play for England, the other being William Lindsay.

Beyond England

His football career ended prematurely due to a broken leg playing for Newark Town. Nevertheless, MacRae was the first captain of Newark Golf Club and its President for many years up to 1927. He was intensely musical and excelled at the violin. He was made a JP in 1915, at one time sitting regularly at the Newark County Police Court in Appleton Gate. He was a member of the Royal Company of Archers, Kings Bodyguard of Scotland.  He worked for the firm of Messrs. Thorpe & Sons, a maltster, for over 40 years. He was its managing director when it was taken over by Gilstrap, Earp & Co in 1919. He then joined the board of Gilstrap, Earp and remained a director until his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.165./NewarkGolfClub.co.uk

The Numbers
parties Appearances withdrew comp.apps minutes captain
6 5 one 2 450 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
5 3 0 2 22 5 +17 1 2 4.4 1 80 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
3 2 0 1 14 3 +11 0 2 4.667 1.00 66.7 +1
Away venue
British Championship
2 1 0 1 8 2 +6 1 0 4.00 1.00 50.0 =0

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 2 1 0 1 8 2 +6 1 0 4.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 2 1 0 1 8 2 +6 1 0 4.00 1.00 50.0 =0

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 0 1 8 2 +6 1 0 4.00 1.00 50.0 =0
2 1 0 1 8 2 +6 1 0 4 1 50 =0

Match History

 Clubs: Notts County F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - five full appearances (450 min) F.A. Committee - five full appearances (450 min)x

apps match match details comp res rundown pos

Age 27
1 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW   hb

one of four who became the 99th (101) players to appear for England
the sixth player from Notts County FC to represent England
one of four who became the fifth Corinthian to represent England

2 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0
Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth
Fr HW   hb
3 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3
Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield
Fr HL   hb

Age 28 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 26 January 1884;

4 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8
Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast
BC AW   hb

the oldest player to represent England competitively - until next match

5 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0
Cathkin Park, Glasgow
BC AL   cb

the oldest player to represent England competitively - until next season

22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW withdrew injured