He was capped seven times as a prop forward for Scotland between 1912-13. He also played for Kirkcaldy RFC, and was selected for the 1924 British Lions tour to South Africa, playing in four tests.
Although he and his brother gained fourteen caps between them their father, a grim farmer, never watched them once, saying:
- "Rugby an' fermin' will no agree, an' A ken which'll pit mair money in yer pooch."
- Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
- Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)
- Bath, p138
- "Scotland/Players and Officials/Robert Howie". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- Bath, p118
- Bath, p109
- Bath, p28
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