R. C. Robertson-Glasgow

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R. C. Robertson-Glasgow
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Personal information
Full name Raymond Charles Robertson-Glasgow
Born (1901-07-15)15 July 1901
Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 4 March 1965(1965-03-04) (aged 63)
Buckhold, Berkshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1920–1935 Somerset
1927–1933 Marylebone Cricket Club
1920–1923 Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 144
Runs scored 2,102
Batting average 13.22
100s/50s 0/4
Top score 80
Balls bowled 25,190
Wickets 464
Bowling average 25.77
5 wickets in innings 28
10 wickets in match 6
Best bowling 9/38
Catches/stumpings 88/–
Source: CricketArchive, 16 December 2008

Raymond Charles 'Crusoe' Robertson-Glasgow (born 15 July 1901 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland; died 4 March 1965 at Buckhold, Berkshire, England) was a Scottish cricketer and cricket writer.

Convivial, popular and humorous, Robertson-Glasgow was a right-arm fast-medium bowler who played for Oxford University and Somerset. During his career, which lasted from 1920 to 1937, he took 464 wickets at 25.77 in first-class cricket, with best innings figures of 9-38.

He subsequently won acclaim for his writing, in which his strong sense of humour shone through.[1] In 1933 he became cricket correspondent for the Morning Post. He later wrote for the Daily Telegraph, The Observer and the Sunday Times, and was the author of many books, including:[2]

  • Cricket Prints: Some Batsmen and Bowlers (1920-1940) (Werner Laurie, 1948).
  • More Cricket Prints - Some Batsmen and Bowlers (1920-1945) (1948)
  • 46 Not Out - an autobiography (1948)
  • Rain Stopped Play (1948)
  • The Brighter Side of Cricket (Arthur Barker, 1950).
  • All In The Game (1952)
  • How To Become A Test Cricketer (1962)
  • Crusoe on cricket: The cricket writings of R.C. Robertson-Glasgow (1966)

He also wrote the following non-cricket books:

  • I was Himmler's Aunt (1940)
  • Country Talk: A Miscellany (1964)

He retired from regular cricket writing in 1953. He was Chairman of the Cricket Writers' Club in 1959.[3]

His nickname of "Crusoe" came, according to Robertson-Glasgow himself, from the Essex batsman Charlie McGahey. When his captain asked McGahey how he had been dismissed, he replied: "I was bowled by an old ----- I thought was dead two thousand years ago, called Robinson Crusoe."[4]

He committed suicide during a snowstorm whilst in the grip of melancholic depression.


  1. ^ Christopher Hollis, Oxford in the Twenties (1976)
  2. ^ Robertson Glasgow R C - new and used books
  3. ^ Cricket Writers' Club Honours Board. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  4. ^ RC Robertson-Glasgow, 46 Not Out, Hollis & Carter (1948), p.108.

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