A. G. G. Asher

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A. G. G. Asher
Full name Augustus Gordon Grant Asher
Date of birth (1861-12-18)18 December 1861
Place of birth Poona, India
Date of death 15 June 1930(1930-06-15) (aged 68)
Place of death Kingussie, Scotland
Rugby union career
Position(s) Half-back
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Oxford
Fettesian-Lorettonian Club
Edinburgh Wanderers RFC
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1882-1886  Scotland 4 ()

Sir Augustus Gordon Grant Asher CBE (18 December 1861 – 15 June 1930)[1] [2] was a Scottish international rugby and cricket player.[3]


Grant Asher was born in India in 1861.[1]

Grant Asher went to Loretto School, and went up to Brasenose College, Oxford after that.[4]

In later life he was a Writer to the Signet.[1]

He was president of the Scottish Rugby Union from 1929–30.[1]

He was appointed CBE in the 1918 Birthday Honours[5] and knighted in the 1927 Birthday Honours.[6]

He is buried in the churchyard of Insh Church, Kincraig, near Kingussie, Highland.[7]

Rugby career[edit]

One of the earliest Scottish players, he was capped four times for Scotland between 1882 and 1886.[3] He also played for Oxford University RFC,[3] as well as the Fettesian-Lorettonian Club, and Edinburgh Wanderers.[1] He played at half back.[1]

R.J. Phillips, the first historian of Scottish rugby said:

"no one has arisen to bear comparison with A.R. Don Wauchope at quarter or half back, where he and A.G.G. Asher still hold claim as the greatest pair to have played together for their country."[8]

Other sport[edit]

At Oxford, he played in 10 first-class cricket matches for the Oxford University team in 1883 and 1884, winning a Blue for cricket in 1883.[9] He also played for the Scotland national cricket team,[1][3] and was also Scotland's pole vault champion.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Godwin, p30
  2. ^ http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/Augustus-Gordon-Grant-Asher/9946730#given_names=Augustus&family_names=Asher
  3. ^ a b c d Bath, p104
  4. ^ ASHER, Sir Augustus Gordon Grant, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2016 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)
  5. ^ "No. 30730". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1918. p. 6687. 
  6. ^ "No. 33280". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 May 1927. p. 3603. 
  7. ^ http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/Augustus-Gordon-Grant-Asher/9946730#given_names=Augustus&family_names=Asher
  8. ^ Massie, p10
  9. ^ "Player profile: Augustus Asher". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  • Goodwin, Terry Complete Who's Who of International Rugby (Cassell, 1987, ISBN 0-7137-1838-2)
  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)