Raeburn Place

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Raeburn Place, May 2013

Raeburn Place is the main street of Stockbridge, Edinburgh, and the name of the playing fields there.


Illustration of a Calcutta Cup match played at Raeburn Place, 1890

The first ever international rugby football[1] game was played on the playing fields at Raeburn Place on 27 March 1871 between England and Scotland.[2] It was won by Scotland. Scotland continued to play their home internationals in Raeburn Place, and the Inverleith/Stockbridge area until the SRU acquired Murray's Field (as it was known then), the Edinburgh Polo ground in the 1920s.

The playing fields are still used by the Edinburgh Academical cricket and football clubs.

In 1994, the Women's Rugby World Cup final between England and the USA, which England won, was played at Raeburn Place. It was also the site of the first ever women's rugby union international for both Scotland and Ireland, occurring when the two nations met in 1993. [3][4][5]


Within Raeburn Place, opposite the rugby ground, lies Grange Cricket Club. England was the host of the 1999 Cricket World Cup, but two of Scotland's games were held there. On 24 May 1999 at The Grange, Bangladesh played Scotland,[6] and on 31 May 1999, Scotland played New Zealand.[7]

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  1. ^ Note - This was a rugby football game; the split into rugby union and rugby league did not occur until 1895. Rugby league did not achieve much popularity in Scotland until the 20th century.
  2. ^ Bathgate, Stuart (18 March 2009). "Calcutta Cup a traditional finale in pre-war era". The Scotsman. Edinburgh.
  3. ^ "Ireland and Scotland celebrate 25 years". www.scrumqueens.com. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Pioneers celebrate 25th anniversary of first Scotland women's international". theoffsideline.com. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Women's Teams Reunite To Mark 25th Anniversary". www.irishrugby.ie. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  6. ^ "17th Match: Scotland v Bangladesh at Edinburgh, 24 May 1999 - Scorecard". uk.cricinfo.com. 24 May 1999. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  7. ^ "30th Match: Scotland v New Zealand at Edinburgh, 31 May 1999 - Scorecard". uk.cricinfo.com. 31 May 1999. Retrieved 12 March 2007.

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Coordinates: 55°57′38.89″N 3°12′47.23″W / 55.9608028°N 3.2131194°W / 55.9608028; -3.2131194