Mark Coxon Morrison

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Mark Coxon Morrison
Full name Mark Coxon Morrison
Date of birth (1874-04-02)2 April 1874
Date of death 2 May 1945(1945-05-02) (aged 68)
School Royal High School (Edinburgh)
Occupation(s) Farmer
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Forward
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Royal HSFP
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1896 - 1904
British Isles

Mark Coxon Morrison (2 April 1877 – 10 May 1945)[1] was a Scottish rugby union footballer who captained both Scotland and the British Isles. He played for Scotland twenty three times between 1896 and 1904, and captained the team fifteen times, a record which stood until the era of Arthur Smith, sixty years later.[2] He was a farmer by trade.[2]

He first played for Scotland against Wales in 1896, while a teenager playing for Royal HSFP.[2] He continued to play for Scotland until 1904, and captained them a total of 15 times.[2] With Scotland he won three Home Nations Championship with them in 1901, 1903 and 1904. Two of those Championship victories were Triple Crown wins (1901 and 1903).[2] He was chosen to captain the British Isles on the 1903 British Lions tour to South Africa. The British Isles lost the Test series 1–0 with two drawn. In 2002 he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Sinclair, the Springbok forward described Morrison as "a real roughouse of a man, and a great leader."[2]


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)
  1. ^ MArk Morrison rugby profile
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bath, p150

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