Mark Coxon Morrison

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Mark Coxon Morrison
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Birth name Mark Coxon Morrison
Date of birth (1874-04-02)2 April 1874
Place of birth Dalmeny, Scotland
Date of death 10 May 1945(1945-05-10) (aged 68)
Place of death Longniddry, Scotland
School Royal High School, Edinburgh
Occupation(s) Farmer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Royal HSFP ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions

Mark Coxon Morrison (2 April 1877 – 10 May 1945)[1] was a Scottish international rugby union footballer who captained both Scotland and the British and Irish Lions.

Rugby union career

Club career

Morrison played for Royal HSFP.[2] Morrison played for Edinburgh District and played in the Inter-City matches against Glasgow District.[2] He played two games for Leicester, one in 1898 and one in 1902.[3]

International career

He played for Scotland twenty three times between 1896 and 1904, and captained the team fifteen times, a record which stood until the era of Arthur Smith, sixty years later.[4]

He first played for Scotland against Wales in 1896, while a teenager playing for Royal HSFP.[4] He continued to play for Scotland until 1904, and captained them a total of 15 times.[4] With Scotland he won three Home Nations Championship with them in 1901, 1903 and 1904. Two of those Championship victories were Triple Crown wins (1901 and 1903).[4]

He was chosen to captain the British and Irish Lions on the 1903 British Lions tour to South Africa. The Lions lost the Test series 1–0 with two drawn. In 2002 he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Sinclair, the Springbok forward described Morrison as "a real roughouse of a man, and a great leader."[4]

Outside of rugby

Mark Coxon Morrison was born to John Morrison (1839-1923) and Jane Begg (1846-1911) in Dalmeny, West Lothian. He was a farmer by trade.[4]


  1. ^ Mark Morrison rugby profile
  2. ^ a b "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search".
  3. ^ Farmer, Stuart; Hands, David. Tigers - Official history of Leicester Football Club. The Rugby DevelopmentFoundation. p. 435. ISBN 978-0-9930213-0-5.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Bath, p150
  1. Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)

External links

  • "Mark Coxon Morrison". Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  • "The names in the Hall of Fame". 2002-11-30. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  • "Mark Morrison". Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  • "1903 South Africa". Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  • "Six Nations roll of honour". 2004-01-29. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
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