David MacMyn

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David MacMyn
Full name David James MacMyn
Date of birth 18 February 1903
Place of birth Kirkcudbright
Date of death 16 March 1978[1]
Place of death aged 75 years 26 days)
School Fettes College[2]
University Pembroke College, Cambridge
Rugby union career
Playing career
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Cambridge University RUFC
London Scottish FC
King's College Hospital RFC
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1925-1928
1927
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Dr David James MacMyn TD, BA, MB, BCHIR was a rugby union international who represented Scotland from 1925 to 1928 later becoming president of the Scottish Rugby Union.[1] He also practiced as a surgeon.[2]

Early life[edit]

David James MacMyn was born on 18 February 1903 at Kirkcudbright the son of a doctor.[3] He was educated at Kirkcudbright Academy, then Fettes College from 1916 where he was assigned to Glencorse House.[2] He then went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge where his rugby ability developed at Fettes won him his blue as a fresher at Cambridge. He took the BA with honours in 1924 before studying medicine at King's College Hospital, London.

Rugby union career[edit]

MacMyn made his international debut on 24 January 1925 at Inverleith in the Scotland vs France match.[1] Of the 11 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 10 occasions.[1] In 1927, he was chosen to captain the British Isles tour to Argentina which was won by four Tests to nil.[4] He played his final match for Scotland on 2 January 1928 at Colombes in the France vs Scotland match.[1] His club career had seen him play for London Scottish FC and King's College Hospital RFC.

After his playing career he remained involved in rugby and from 1958 to 1959 served as President of the Scottish Rugby Union.[2] For many years he was also a Scottish selector.[3]

Medical career[edit]

In 1928 he graduated MB, BChir at King's College Hospital. In 1932 he obtained a Rockefeller Travelling Fellowship in surgery, and he studied neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic. He returned to London eighteen months later and having had difficulty in qualifying for the FRCS, he accepted a partnership in a West End general practice abandoning a career in neurosurgery. After his military career during and just after the Second World War he joined his father in his long-established general practice at Kirkcudbright.[3]

Military career[edit]

MacMyn was in the Territorial Army and in 1928 became a Territorial RAMC officer. By September 1939 he had reached the rank of major and at the beginning of the Second World War was posted to a field ambulance in the 52nd (Lowland) Division, which he commanded soon afterwards. The division landed at St Malo and re-embarked at Cherbourg ten days later. The division then trained in Scotland for mountain warfare and in 1944 crossed the channel once more. David was mentioned in dispatches for services in north-west Europe. He was ADMS to the 49th (WR) Division and so was with the occupation forces in Germany. Afterwards he served with the 3rd Division in Egypt and Palestine and in 1947 was demobilised with the rank of full colonel.[3]

Personal and later life[edit]

MacMyn was known to enjoy a number of hobbies including golf, troutfishing, rereading the classics, and his garden, in which he grew roses that were much admired. He retired in 1965 and maintained an active lifestyle, enjoying golf and bridge. In addition, his association with rugby never waned and even after a slight stroke in December 1976 he accompanied a Scottish touring team to Japan in July 1977. Just a fortnight before his death he was at Murrayfield to watch the Calcutta Cup. He never married.[3]

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