John Marshall Dugdale

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John Marshall Dugdale
Birth nameJohn Marshall Dugdale[1]
Date of birth15 October 1851[1]
Place of birthSalford, England[1]
Date of death30 October 1918[1]
Place of deathLlanfyllin (aged 67 years 15 days) [1]
SchoolRugby School[2]
UniversityBrasenose College, Oxford
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward[1]
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ravenscourt Park FC[1][2] ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1871  England 1

John Marshall Dugdale was a rugby union international who represented England in the first international rugby match in 1871.[1]

Early life[edit]

John Marshall Dugdale was born at Irwell Bank, Eccles, on 15 October 1851 and later baptised at Eccles on 1 January 1852.[3] He was the son of John Dugdale, Esq. of 9, Hyde park gardens, London.[4] and Llwyn, Llanfyllin, County Montgomery.[5] He attended Rugby School[3] and Brasenose College, Oxford where he received his B.A.[3]

Rugby union career[edit]

1871 England squad with Ravenscourt Park players A. Davenport (left) and J. M. Dugdale (right) highlighted

Dugdale, having played rugby at school, went on to play for Ravenscourt Park FC, a stronghold of Old Rugbeians. He, along with nine other former pupils of Rugby School, was selected to play in the first international match in 1871.[2] The match was played on 27 March 1871 at Edinburgh against Scotland, which the hosts won.[1]


Following his education, he moved to London, giving him the opportunity to play for Ravenscourt Park. In London he trained as a Barrister[3] and was a student of the Inner Temple form 18 January 1871 and subsequently called to the bar on 26 January 1875.[5] He was a member of the Oxford and Cambridge Club.[5] He then moved to Montgomeryshire and became a member of the Northern circuit as a Justice of the Peace.[5] He became extremely active in political, military and administrative circles of Montgomeryshire. In 1872 he became the Cornet (Supernumerary) of the Yeomanry Cavalry of Montgomeryshire[6] and later Major of the Yeomanry from 1889 to 1892.[7] In February 1893, he became the Deputy Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire.[8] and served as Mayor of Llanfyllin from 1893 to 1899[7] In 1896 his political career in Montgomeryshire continued to progress when he became the High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire.[9] In 1910 he was elected Mayor of Llanfyllin[10] In addition he was on the Board of Bangor University College.[7] He later authored a book about his chosen home, entitled A History of the Parish of Llanfyllin from 1861 to 1915[11]

Private life[edit]

He married Isabella Hargreaves, the only daughter of John Hargreaves of Spring Bank, Lancaster, on 20 July 1876 at Tarporley.[3] They had a number of children including John Percy, who attended Rugby and New College, Oxford, October, 1898 but died in 1900 in his early twenties; Maj. William Marshall Dugdale CB DSO TD (13 January 1881 to 13 November 1952), who after being in the Learning Land Agency, 1899–1901, served in the South African War of 1901–02, in the Imperial Yeomanry, leaving as a Captain in 1902; and Gerald. All three sons attended Rugby School.[12]

Dugdale died on 30 October 1918 aged 67, at Llanfyllin and was buried there 2 November 1918.[13] His widow died on 28 August 1922.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Profile of John Dugdale at
  2. ^ a b c Marshall, Francis, Football; the Rugby union game, p141, (1892) (London Paris Melbourne, Cassell and company, limited)
  3. ^ a b c d e Howard, Joseph Jackson and Crisp, Frederick Arthur, Visitation of England and Wales (1893); (College of Arms (Great Britain)), Volume 2
  4. ^ Rugby School Register (1886), (Rugby school), Volume: 2
  5. ^ a b c d Foster, Joseph, Men-at-the-bar : a biographical hand-list of the members of the various Inns of Court, including Her Majesty's judges, etc. (1885), (London : Printed for the author by Hazell, Watson, and Viney)
  6. ^ The London Gazette, 4 October 1872, p. 4747
  7. ^ a b c Brasenose College register, 1509–1909 (Volume 1)
  8. ^ The London Gazette, 10 February 1893. p 757
  9. ^ List of Sheriffs of Montgomeryshire from the Powys Local History Encyclopedia
  10. ^ Crisp, Frederick Arthur and Howard, Joseph Jackson, Visitation of England and Wales, Volume: 17, Publisher: [London] Priv. print.
  11. ^ A History of the Parish of Llanfyllin from 1861 to 1915 is from the Collections Historical & Archæological relating to Montgomeryshire and its Borders. vol. 38. no. 1., ASIN: B000WXZMOE
  13. ^ Howard, Joseph Jackson, and Crisp, Frederick Arthur, Visitation of England and Wales, College of Arms (Great Britain) Volume: 20