R. P. Keigwin

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Keigwin (right) with AEJ Collins at Clifton College circa 1902

Richard Prescott Keigwin (/ˈkɛɡwɪn/ KEG-win;[1] 8 April 1883 – 26 November 1972) was an English academic. He also played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, the Marylebone Cricket Club, Essex County Cricket Club and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, and played hockey for Essex and England.

Early life and education[edit]

Keigwin was born in Lexden in Essex and educated at Clifton College[2] (Watsons House) in Bristol.

He studied at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he gained an MA in the Classics and Modern Languages Tripos. He was the editor of The Granta in 1919.

Sporting achievements[edit]

Whilst at Clifton, Keigwin partnered AEJ Collins in the school racquets pair (he was also the school racquets captain) and he captained the school cricket XI for 1902-3 when Collins also played.

In March 1903 Keigwin was runner-up at the Cambridge University's Freshmen's Lawn Tennis Tournament, losing in the final in two straight sets to future Wimbledon champion Tony Wilding without winning a game.[3]

In addition to playing for the Marylebone Cricket Club at cricket, he also represented Cambridge University at cricket, rackets, football and hockey. He played hockey for Essex and England, and cricket and tennis for Gloucestershire. He also played for the Free Foresters against the Netherlands cricket XI in the 1920s, although he did not appear for Free Foresters at first-class level.

After the First World War, as a result of Keigwin's interest in Danish cricket, the game in Denmark picked up whilst he lived there and British cricket teams began visiting Denmark more frequently - these teams included the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Leicestershire, Incogniti, Gentlemen of Worcestershire and Sir Julien Cahn's XI.

Keigwin's best bowling figures in first-class cricket were 8/79 against Sussex in 1903.[4] A year later, he scored his only first-class hundred, for Cambridge against Warwickshire.[5]

His brothers, Herbert Keigwin and Henry Keigwin both also played first-class cricket.

War service and honours[edit]

In the first world war he was a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve serving on the battlecruiser HMS Indomitable and stationed off the Belgian coast. He was present at the surrender of the German fleet. He was created a Chevalier of Belgian Order of Léopold, Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog by HM King Christian X of Denmark and awarded King Christian X's medal for "Valuable assistance rendered to Denmark during the war."

Published works[edit]

  • Lanyard Lyrics (1914)
  • Lyrics for Sport (1917)

Keigwin was a noted translator of Danish into English:

  • Kaj Munk, Playwright, Priest and Patriot (1944)
  • The Jutland Wind (1944)
  • In Denmark I Was Born (1950)
  • Denmark, Land of Beauty (1950)
  • Tales the Moon Can Tell (1955)
  • Heinemann's Illustrated Hans Andersen Series (1955)
  • Five Plays (1964)
  • The Ugly Duckling (1973)
  • The Snow Queen (1975)
  • Seven Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (1976)

Keigwin also contributed to Centenary Essays On Clifton College (1962).


Keigwin taught modern languages at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, and taught at Clifton College from 1919, as an assistant master (Master #246).[6] He was House Tutor of Watson's House (his own old house) at Clifton College in 1919 and 1920, and was the Housemaster of Dakyns' House (Clifton College) from 1920 until 1935. Between 1935 and 1945, he was Warden of Wills Hall at Bristol University.

He was President of the Old Cliftonian Society from 1957 to 1959, and a Governor of Clifton College.

He died at Polstead in Suffolk and is buried in the churchyard of St Mary.

The grave of R. P. Keigwin in the churchyard of St Mary, Polstead, Suffolk


  1. ^ G. M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford University Press, 1971), p. 78.
  2. ^ "Clifton College Register" Muirhead, J.A.O. p213: Bristol; J.W Arrowsmith for Old Cliftonian Society; April, 1948
  3. ^ "Sport at the Varsities". Sheffield Evening Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 19 March 1903.
  4. ^ "Sussex v Cambridge University in 1903". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Warwickshire v Cambridge University in 1904". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Clifton College Register