Mark Coxon Morrison

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Mark Coxon Morrison
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Full name Mark Coxon Morrison
Date of birth (1874-04-02)2 April 1874
Place of birth Dalmeny, Scotland
Date of death 10 May 1945(1945-05-10) (aged 68)
Place of death Longniddry, Scotland
School Royal High School, Edinburgh
Occupation(s) Farmer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Royal HSFP ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions

Mark Coxon Morrison (2 April 1877 – 10 May 1945)[1] was a Scottish international rugby union footballer who captained both Scotland and the British and Irish Lions.

Rugby union career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Morrison played for Royal HSFP.[2] Morrison played for Edinburgh District and played in the Inter-City matches against Glasgow District.[2]

International career[edit]

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.[3]

He first played for Scotland against Wales in 1896, while a teenager playing for Royal HSFP.[3] He continued to play for Scotland until 1904, and captained them a total of 15 times.[3] 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).[3]

He was chosen to captain the British and Irish Lions on the 1903 British Lions tour to South Africa. The Lions 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."[3]

Outside of rugby[edit]

He was a farmer by trade.[3]


  1. Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)

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