KG MacLeod was a true multi-sportsman who displayed prowess in five sports - rugby, cricket, football, athletics and golf. As a result, he came to be regarded as the greatest Scottish all-round athlete of his generation.
A pupil at Fettes College, Edinburgh, he developed into a promising rugby player and was first capped for Scotland at the age of 17. KG enrolled at Cambridge University and during his time there won a further nine caps.
He was commended as a sublime kicker and an unstoppable runner, exhibited by the breathtaking try he scored against South Africa in 1906.
He gave up rugby at the age of 21, but rugby’s loss was cricket’s gain, as KG became captain of Lancashire County Cricket Club between 1908 and 1913, scoring 2,619 runs at an average of 22.77. He also played football for Manchester City.
Records indicate that KG was also a Scottish long-jump champion and, after settling in South Africa, he went on to win the Amateur Golf Championship of Natal. He died in Cape Town in 1967, aged 79.
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