Nathaniel Hone (cricketer, born 1861)

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Nathaniel Thomas Hone (21 June 1861 in Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland – 1 August 1881 in Limerick, Ireland) was an Irish cricketer who played first-class cricket for Cambridge University.[1][2]

Born in Monkstown, County Dublin and educated in Dublin and at Rugby where he was an excellent horse rider and polo player,[3] he went on to attend Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[4] Whilst there, he played three first-class cricket matches in June 1881, playing against Lancashire and the MCC before gaining his blue against Oxford University.[5]

However, his life would end in tragic circumstances just five weeks later. Whilst on a cricket tour of Limerick, he was feeling unwell and went into a chemist to ask for a black draught. By mistake, the assistant gave him a dose of carbolic acid and he died in great pain a few hours later.[3]


  1. ^ Cricket Archive profile
  2. ^ Report of death of Nathaniel Hone, Limerick Chronicle, 2 August 1881
  3. ^ a b Profile by Don Ambrose at Cricket Archive
  4. ^ "Hone, Nathaniel Thomas (HN879NT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ First-class matches played by Nathaniel Hone at Cricket Archive