Francis Moncreiff

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Francis Moncreiff
Birth name Francis Jeffrey Moncreiff
Date of birth (1849-08-27)27 August 1849
Date of death 30 May 1900(1900-05-30) (aged 50)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh Academicals ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh District ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1871-1873 Scotland 3 (0)

Hon. Francis Jeffrey Moncreiff (27 August 1849 – 30 May 1900) was a Scottish rugby union player,[1] and Scotland's first captain, making him one of the first two captains in international rugby. He was capped on three occasions between 1871 and 1873 for Scotland.[1]

Personal history[edit]

Moncrieff was born in 1849, the second son of James Moncreiff, 1st Baron Moncreiff of Tulliebole.[2] He attended Edinburgh Academy. On 29 October 1880 he married Mildred Fitzherbert, daughter of Lt Colonel Richard Henry Fitzherbert.[3]

Rugby career[edit]

On 27 March 1871, Moncreiff was not only selected to represent Scotland in the first international rugby union game, but was also chosen to captain the team. He played club rugby for Edinburgh Academicals.



  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)