Frederick Goodhue

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Frederick Goodhue
Full name Frederick William Jervis Goodhue
Date of birth (1867-04-26)26 April 1867
Place of birth London, Canada West
Date of death 30 December 1940(1940-12-30) (aged 73)
Place of death Devon, England, England
School Merchiston Castle School
University Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
St. Thomas'
London Scottish F.C.
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1890-1892  Scotland 9 (1)

Frederick William Jervis Goodhue (26 April 1867 – 30 December 1940)[1] was a Canadian-born rugby union footballer who played club rugby for St. Thomas' and London Scottish. At international level he represented Scotland winning nine caps over three seasons.

Personal history[edit]

Goodhue was born in London, Canada West in 1867 to Charles Frederic Goodhue, and was educated at London School before being sent to Scotland to study at Merchiston Castle School. He matriculated to Caius College, Cambridge in 1885, competing his BA in 1890.[2] After leaving Cambridge, Goodhue followed a medical career beginning his training at St Thomas' Hospital. Goodhue later took a position as Assistant House physician at the Hospital for Women at Soho Square, then Clinical Assistant at Evelina Children's Hospital.[2] By 1898 he was practicing in Watford.

Goodhue enlisted into the Royal Fusiliers (23rd Sportsmen Battalion) in 1914 as a private. His profession was a physician being a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He was sent to France in 1915. He was 48 years old when he enlisted having given his age as only 43. He was discharged as unfit for trench life due to his age (49) in 1916 with a 25% disability war pension.

After the War he retired to Budleigh Salterton in Devon.

Rugby career[edit]

Goodhue first came to note as a rugby player when at Cambridge, playing for the Cambridge University team. He won two sporting 'Blues', both in rugby in 1885 and 1886. On leaving Cambridge he joined St. Thomas' own rugby team while studying there, and continued his connection with rugby by turning out for London Scottish. He played nine times for the Scottish national team and was also a founder member of the first Barbarians rugby team of 1890. He later captained both the Barbarians and London Scottish rugby teams during the 1890s.


  1. ^ Frederick Goodhue rugby profile
  2. ^ a b "Goodhue, Frederic (GDH885FW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.