FH Crawford of Harrow Chequers

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FH Crawford of Harrow Chequers

Postby ScottishFA » May 13th, 2010, 7:18 pm

I'm trying to identify one FH Crawford of Harrow Chequers, who played for Scotland in the last two pseudo-internationals during 1871-72.

On the face of it, he should be simple to track down through the Harrow school register. But there is no-one with these initials, or even anything close, in the school list. And I haven't been able to find any other clues in contemporary newspaper reports.

Has anyone come across the name in any other match reports? I have this sinking feeling that it is a pseudonym.
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Re: FH Crawford of Harrow Chequers

Postby DickySams » October 21st, 2010, 11:44 pm

Hello,

Monday, 16th October 1871, Morning Post (London)

The celebrated Wanderers opened their season on Saturday at the Oval Ground, Kennington, with a match with gentlemen who designate themselves the "Harrow Chequers".

On the part of the Wanderers Alcockm, Hooman, Stephenson and Kilpatrick were conspicuous for excellent play, as were Thornton, Kennedy, the Crawfords, and, Welch as back.

Harrow: - R.E.W. Crawford (captain), G.G. Kennedy, W. Crake, J.H. Morgan, J. Mission (back), A.H. Thornton, F. H. Crawford, R. C. Welch (back), C. Maltby, and J. Barling.
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Re: FH Crawford of Harrow Chequers

Postby leicester » October 22nd, 2010, 1:32 pm

OK, identifiable with supporting evidence of brother in same team:

from 1871 census:
Fitzgerald HB (or HE) Crawford; born Edinburgh, c1855; peripatetic military family (incl brother Robert EW Crawford); living Harrow 1871

from 1881/1891 censuses:
Fitzgerald living Chelsea, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Cheers,

PT
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Re: FH Crawford of Harrow Chequers

Postby ScottishFA » October 22nd, 2010, 3:45 pm

Fantastic! Those little snippets of information are sufficient to pin him down as Fitzgerald Hamilton Crawford.

Died in London on 7 October 1894 'in his fortieth year', curiously just a few months after his older brother Robert Erskine Wade Crawford. Should be fairly easy to track down a date of birth in Edinburgh for 1854/55.

Thanks very much for your help and interest.
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