Mark Coxon Morrison was one of the finest players to have carried the oval ball, captaining both Scotland and the British & Irish Lions to victory on numerous occasions.
Born in Dalmeny in Fife in 1874, the youngster was 18 when he made his international debut against Wales in 1896.
Playing his club rugby at Royal High Corstorphine RFC in Edinburgh, the forward’s intelligent play and ferocious tackling soon made him an invaluable part of the Scotland side. Under his leadership, Scotland wontwo Triple Crowns in 1901 and 1903 and he also led the Lions tour to South Africa in 1903, winning three caps.
He was also the first Scotland captain to win three Calcutta Cups, a tally which included his last international against England at Inverleith.
After captaining his country 15 times during a 23-cap career lasting from 1896 to 1904, Mark retired from rugby aged 29 to concentrate on farming.
After becoming president of the Scottish Rugby Union between 1934 and 1935, he died in 1945 aged 68.
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