Jack Knox

It is with sadness that we have to report the passing of Jack Knox (clubman and referee). Aged 83 Jack passed away on 25 March 2020 in a care home in Hounslow. Jack had been battling spinal cancer since shortly before Christmas and had been in hospital and, latterly, the care home since then. Our sympathies go to his sister – his only remaining relative.

If you played for the club between 1970 and 2010 you would have known Jack. Firstly he refereed many of the junior team home games in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His awarding of penalties for “stupidity” was well known. After the club reformed to play in the lower leagues Jack took up the mantle of Fixtures Secretary. A duty he performed diligently.

Jack did not play for London Scottish but played his rugby for Northern RFC. He arrived in London after his work as a Civil Engineer brought him here. Jack was born and brought up in Sunderland.

Jack was well known for his forthright views (and equally forthright method of delivering them) but was a great companion and a gentleman. Rest in peace Bonny Lad. We will miss you.

Eric Cruickshank


London Scottish sadly lost one of its great servants with the death of former 1st XV captain and later club president Eric Cruickshank on 18th April. He passed away quietly following a stroke, thankfully not of the ubiquitous virus, and therefore surrounded by family. A quiet funeral will be followed when feasible by a service to celebrate his life.

Eric was born in Edinburgh, but when a small boy moved north to the Granite City, was schooled at Aberdeen Grammar and then graduated in Chemistry at Aberdeen University where he went on to be awarded a PhD.

As was so often the case, however, work brought the twenty-something Eric to the South. Initially engaged in nuclear research at Harwell, he moved on to further research work at Royal Dutch Shell before moving on again, this time into private business.

More or less on arrival though, the young chemist was embraced by London Scottish rugby in August 1956. He had just missed a stellar season, the club’s best for fifty years, but was selected for the 1st XV, earning his club cap in the contrastingly average 1956-57 season. Still, he was rewarded after that debut season with the captaincy, this being the era when this was a one-season appointment.

Eric oversaw mixed success for a side that could at times field Scotland players Ian Swan, Gordon Waddell, Arthur Smith, Malcolm Swan, Ken Scotland and Bob MacEwen, but was blighted by injury and illness. Yet as the club’s history records, Eric’s reward in blending a young side with such illustrious team-mates came the following season under Mac Wylie, when the club could also field as many as eleven capped players in the XV. Eric continued as a regular in the 1st XV, but as a jack of all trades who featured everywhere in the backs except at scrum-half, he lost out to specialists when the national selectors were watching, and never got beyond a trial.

He in fact spent the early 60s captaining the Extra 1st XV, itself a distinguished side that was seldom beaten, but regularly pulled on a 1st XV shirt when needed. Eric was also a keen sevens player, shadowing the great club sides of the early 60s on spring weekends when the club might enter as many as four different tournaments on the same day. He led the first of many pre-season tours to the west country, where the routine included matches at Penzance and Newlyn, now replaced by the club’s annual league fixture at the Mennaye with Cornish Pirates, and also toured the south west of France and the Borders.

In 1965 the club gave Eric a “special award,” (we no longer have a record of exactly what…) to mark his contribution over almost a decade of ever improving performances and results that saw the club become both a leading proponent of XV-a-side rugby, topping the Daily Telegraph pennant (which preceded the advent of leagues), and the dominant side in Sevens rugby, while also providing the core (sometimes seven or eight) of the Scotland team.

The Barbarians too recognised his worth and selected him at full-back in the 1965 Mobbs Memorial match, even though he had now retired from the 1st XV. He finally hung up his boots in 1966.

“Great days they were,” Eric reminisced in the club history, “and greatly do I miss them.”

He would not be lost to the club though. Stints on committees followed and finally he was elected in 1979 as the club’s ninth president in its 101st year, serving till 1984.

Rugby was not his only sporting passion. He was a member at Trevose Golf Club in Cornwall for 50 years and the family regularly holidayed there. He then also joined St George’s Hill Golf Club at

Weybridge in 1978, and was with a group of his golfing friends only recently. Club president Holmes Carlile noted in his tribute last week that Eric was “a very competent golfer with a healthy competitive streak and a will to win. He did not bring the tackling ferocity he displayed as full-back for Scottish but he enjoyed good companionship on the course and beyond.”

Iain Cruickshank writes: “He met my mother at London Scottish – she came to watch a game with her boyfriend of the time. As kids, our Saturdays did tend to be spent at Richmond, kicking rugby balls or playing under the old wooden stand in the cold while Dad was in the bar. After Shell, Dad went in to business with his father in law, my grandfather. A brave decision! They had a light engineering company and Dad continued to run this until his retirement.

“One of his strongest attributes was a sense of duty and public service. He was involved in fundraising through the Masons and Epsom Rotary Club. He was instrumental in raising funds to restore the spire at St Mary’s Church in Headley. He also served on the Board of Governor at St John’s School Leatherhead, long after Alastair and I had left. Up until his stroke, he was still fit, able to walk the dog for half hour and played golf every week until the dreadful weather we had over the winter.”

Eric’s grand-daughter Lauren Edgley adds: “To me he was the epitome of a gentleman. I don’t think I ever heard him swear…. not even when watching Scotland lose despite having witnessed it many a time in his life! And he had a certain grace about him which naturally drew people to him.”

And this from London Scottish president Paul Burnell: “I met Eric when I joined the Club in 1988 and I will always be grateful for the welcome he gave me, and for always taking an interest in my career on the field. He was a gentleman and a great President of London Scottish. People like Eric are the heart of the club and have given us such a rich history as we move to our 150th year in 2028.”

To the last he retained his connection with London Scottish, attending matches and periodically dinners and events, including as a special guest at the club’s 140th birthday dinner in 2018. He will be warmly and fondly remembered.

Eric is survived by Diane, his wife of 60 years, children Alison, Iain and Alastair, six grandchildren and a great grandchild.

London Scottish joins with all who knew him, in sending condolences to the family and gratitude at being part of a life well lived.

That celebratory service is likely to draw quite a crowd.

Paul McFarland

Ronnie Whitefield

Ronnie played Cowboys and Indians until he discovered rugby at the age of 11. After a career in Borders and Glasgow rugby (both on the pitch and on the streets) he became a London Scot in 1971. On the good Biblical basis that he who humbles himself shall be exalted, he began his LSFC career in the 8th Xv and rose through the ranks to the 1st Xv and a Scotland Trial. On his way back down through the club he called an early halt to his rugby through injury. His wide experience as an Easter tourist both on and off the pitch is vital for his role as manager ( so he can for instance, wake players 15 minutes before kick off). Having married and English girl, he cannot be said to be bigoted.

Ronnie sadly passed away having contracted Covid-19.

Alex Gordon, 7th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair

It is with much sadness that we report the death on 12th March of Alex Gordon, 7th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair at his home, House of Formartine, on the Haddo Estate. He was 64.

He played for London Scottish in the 1970s and after returning to Aberdeenshire, continued to be a great supporter of London Scottish. Tributes from Sir David Reid and Malcolm Gillespie, Captain of the Picts can be found below.

A service of thanksgiving will be held in due course – we will let you know when the date and venue are known.

Tribute from Sir David Reid

I had the pleasure of knowing Alex in many different contexts.

First, when I played my first games for London Scottish back in 1973. Like Alex, I was young and was accused of spoiling the average age of the front row in the Picts ! I didn’t see much of Alex on the pitch as he was out doing what backs do !

But seriously and later at Scottish on our “incredible journey from League 9 to the RFU Championship”, Alex was one of the regular contributors to the funding of this journey.

Also, going back to my own roots in Aberdeenshire, my family on my mother’s side Jean Johnston were farmers at Loanhead of Savoch near Auchnagat for many years The family were tenant farmers on the Haddo Estate.

So, it was great in later years to get to know the Gordons, Alex and Joanna at their family home at Haddo. Alex was a great host at I think the largest dining room table I’ve been lucky enough to sit ! He was also a generous host on the shooting field.

Lastly, I had the privilege of being President of the Royal Highland Show when it was Aberdeenshire’s turn to host this great event. Needless to say, Alex was to the fore in our team along with Sarah Mackie, helping make it a great success that year.

A further connection was when I used to visit my Chalet at Cruden Bay and having a game of golf with Alex at Old Meldrum along with Francis Clark. It was quite a wide spectrum of talent with Francis leading the way off Plus 2 and Alex at the

other end of the spectrum with an enthusiastic agricultural swing and giving the ball an almighty belt ! – sometimes it went so far as never to be seen again !

He was truly a man of the North East and proud to be so. He was always a Doer and Giver and never a Taker. A pleasure to know and a credit to his family and their history and an example for us all. He made a difference in so many ways.

Sir David Reid


Tribute from Malcolm Gillespie, for many years Captain of the Picts

It is with great sadness that I read of the death of Alex Gordon (Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair).

I cannot remember the circumstances of Alex joining the Picts, but he came in as the youngest member of the squad by some distance. But he did help to keep the average age within credible limits! He played Full Back/Wing and had a trusty left boot. Those of you who came on the tour to Aberdeen will remember us playing Aberdeenshire and a visit to Haddo House.

I had kept in touch with Alex by phone and knew he hadn’t been well. I have spoken to his son, George, who mentioned how much his father had enjoyed his time at London Scottish.

He was a great character, an invaluable member of the squad, greatly adding to the spirit and mix of the Picts and will be both missed and remembered.

Malcolm Gillespie

David Hogg

The many of us who knew David Hogg will share my sadness to learn of his loss to Covid-19.  It is devastating to think that someone of such huge strength, both physical and mental, should be overcome by a vicious, virus.

From family members, Angela and Bill, I learned that David felt unwell with Covid-19 symptoms but seemed to have fought them off and was out walking last week.  However, his condition deteriorated rapidly, and he was taken to Kingston A&E by ambulance where he died in the Intensive Care Unit last weekend.

From the late ‘70s into the ‘90s David was a regular star at every level of London Scottish FC.  He went on his first tour to Guernsey where he ably served as “Youngest Tourist” and from whence he was tutored in the black arts of playing Hooker by “Ferocious” Fulton Paterson; and, along with Fulton, subsequently delivered many painful lessons to opposition front rows.  David’s off-field education in geography also commenced in Guernsey where Joe Flaherty shared his intuitive ability to find the shortest route to nurses’ hostels and the fastest exit routes too – a feat unequalled today by Google maps.

From Brian Watt’s team pic of a 4th XV captained by Graeme “Giant” Dewar you will recognise the huge personalities into which David comfortably fitted.

It will be a while before we meet again at a rugby or golf fixture.  When we do I’m certain we’ll recall many happy, hilarious, of our times together with David.

In the meantime, when you have your next drink, whether it be that cup of Earl Grey Tea which your housekeeper brings you this afternoon or tonight’s taster from the illicit gin distillery in your garage, just lift your mug and say, “Cheers, Hoggy”.

Yours Aye

Lance Quantrill

Golf Convener London Scottish FC

Bruce Ewan Thomson

We are very sad to announce the death of Bruce Thomson who played a prominent part in the life of the club over many years.

Bruce came to London Scottish from Oxford University having obtained blues in both rugby and boxing. He won three caps as a prop for Scotland in 1953. He was vice captain of Scottish in 1954 during Bill MacPherson’s captaincy.

Bruce practised as a GP in Horsham for years before retiring to Crieff .

He was from an early age a skilful and successful bagpiper who wrote some 450 pieces for the pipes and played for the Queen. He acted as club piper for several years after his rugby playing career ended.

He died at Crieff on the 13th of January.

Mark Whitehead

The London Scottish Family have lost one of their true characters. Mark Whitehead passed away over the Christmas period after a short illness.

Mark joined London Scottish after many years as a Stirling County player where he learned his rugby and played in various Senior sides before a stint in Ireland with Ardee Rugby Club.

An enthusiastic amateur, Mark played for many B’s, ExB’s and Picts sides in the 2000’s and 2010’s as well being a very keen tourist on a number of club tours.

Over recent years Mark was a member of the Front Row Union, a small group of retired props who sponsored a number of London Scottish’s developing front row players. Mark was always ready to share his views on the game and tips on the dark arts of scrummaging.

Our condolences go out to his wife Lindsay, his brother Ruarigh, sister Claire as well his wider family.

A minutes applause will be held prior to kick off at the Bedford Blues match on Friday 10th January  as a tribute to a true London Scot.

Iain Laughland

Past players are too often dubbed “legends” but the epithet can properly be applied to Iain Laughland, who died earlier this month.

London Scottish President Paul Burnell this week paid tribute to the man who shaped his career: “Iain was one of the best fly halves for Scotland and for the club and his knowledge of the game was remarkable; then during his second career as an administrator he had a critical influence on my career, spotting me at Leicester, getting me into the Exiles set up when he was convenor, and from there to London Scottish and Scotland. He loved the club and he loved his rugby, and he was a lovely man too. He won’t be replaced.”

Whether because he was the choice of Bill McLaren at fly half among those who wore the number 10 shirt for Scotland between 1950 and 2003 – ahead of the likes of John Rutherford or London Scottish teammate Gordon Waddell – or because he could be credited with more or less reinventing the Sevens game south of the Border, “Logie” was above all a London Scottish legend for his contribution during a stellar playing career and then after hanging up his boots, as a fine administrators for many more years, setting himself the task of identifying international class talent among the Anglo-Scots community.

Iain Hugh Page Laughland was born in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1935, where his father was a banker. He came home to Croftinloan Prep School at the age of 9 and then went on to Merchiston Castle School. Sport came easily and besides playing rugby he captained Scottish Schools at cricket, and then on leaving school for national service with the Seaforth Highlanders, turned out for Nairn County FC while stationed there.

With the army behind him, he headed to London for a career in the City, but abandoned that for Benn Brothers who published trade journals. Living with his parents in Buckinghamshire at the time, he went out for a run one evening and his mother asked him what was he doing? and he replied “I am going to play rugby for Scotland!”

“Richmond,” he wrote in the London Scottish Centenary History, “where everything revolved around rugby football, seemed the ideal place to be on Saturday afternoons.” Logie had spotted that several of the players, at London Scottish, had been his schoolmates or opponents only three years previously, and he “decided to take the plunge.” Travelling across London and changing in Nissan huts with the 5th XV was a brief experience; he quickly worked his way up to 1st XV level during the 1956/57 season, and embarked on a playing career of some ten years.

Logie followed Eric Cruickshank and Mac Wylie as captain for the 1959-60 season and then “that astute tactician,” as Frank Morris would call him in the club centenary history, got a rare second stint as captain for the 1963-64 season, which proved to be the 1st XV’s best in terms of results. In those days before formal league rugby, The Daily Telegraph computed the results between all the major clubs in England and Wales each season, and named London Scottish as the English champions that year and the following one too.

Stewart Wilson, who joined the club when Logie was in his prime, writes of those days before professional coaches called the tune:

Iain provided the guidance that enabled talented players to demonstrate their abilities and encouraged younger members to realise their potential… He understood the need for a game plan in rugby, but believed strongly in the need to play things “off the cuff” once the game got going.

By then he was a seasoned international, winning the first of his 31 caps in Paris in January 1959, aged 23, in a side that included four other London Scots in the back line and two more at forward. Logie was picked at inside centre, his club mate Gordon Waddell being the incumbent at fly half, where Logie would play most of his club rugby. He waited a year for his next cap, and his first game in Scotland’s number ten jersey was not till January 1961 when the player who would be feted for his tactical ability and creative vision fashioned Scotland’s only score against South Africa by mucking up an attempted drop goal. Bill McLaren later described what happened: “The ball sliced off Laughland’s boot but Arthur Smith … screamed up the wing like a shell and got the touch just before the ball rolled out of play.”

It’s tempting to think Logie practiced the move, for two years later in Paris, and with the scores level in injury time, as the historian John Griffiths noted “Laughland hooked an attempted drop goal. But [Ronnie] Thomson raced across from the right wing to gather the bouncing ball and scored to the left of the posts for Ken Scotland to convert,” a score involving three London Scottish team-mates – there were seven on the pitch and two more who would also play for the club. Six of them feature in the photo of Thomson diving over.

Perhaps the career highlight would come on 19th March 1966 when, having taken the captaincy from his teammate Stewart Wilson in the previous match, Logie lifted the Calcutta Cup. But then, tipped to go on and lead the Lions to Australia and New Zealand that summer, injury forced him to withdraw, and Mike Campbell-Lamerton would become the third London Scot to lead the British Isles. He returned in March 1967 for one final cap, also against England, and his eighth at fly half, the other 23 all being at centre, and retired from club rugby, although not before being persuaded to tour South Africa as a guest with Harlequins.

As a player though his legacy will surely be as a leader of one of the greatest club Sevens sides ever to emerge outside the Borders.

However you describe it, Logie’s approach to Sevens was truly a game changer. His Wiki entry calls it thus: “he was noted as the architect of the game, changing the play by slowing down to a walking pace, his team showing excellent ball skills and patience before bursting through defences with agility and speed.” As Bill McLaren describes it the style was quite the opposite of Borders “up and at ‘em” pressing:

London Scottish … were the first I had seen who commanded such pace and ball-handling surety to be able to play sevens rugby in retreat, as they slowed the pace of play with intuitive running off the ball, until a gap appeared.”

Ann Laughland has a more succinct description: “slow … slow … dash.”

With Logie in the side, the club duly reached six consecutive Middlesex Sevens finals, and won five. On four of these occasions Logie was the skipper calling the game plans, who lifted the cup. The great Welsh and Lions pre-war full back Vivian Jenkins, by now turned journalist – eulogised in the Sunday Times over the 1961 triumph:

All the world knows of course that the “wee” game had its origins in Scotland, and, if ever evidence was needed that the Scots, more than anyone else, must have this game at their fingertips, it was provided here…

The winning seven, with every one of their backs – Laughland, Scotland, Shackleton and Thomson – an international, weaved fairy patterns of a kind beyond the scope, apparently, of mere Sassenachs, or anyone else nurtured south of the border.

The way in which they switched the direction of the attack from this side of the field to that, and then back again, was a real education and they made it all look so easy, giving themselves, it seemed, all the time in the world, and never hurrying until the vital moment presented itself.

Then they were in top gear in a flash, and with the speed and know-how of those four internationals and the worrying and bustling of their forward trio… there was no stopping them.

Stewart Wilson recalls: “Asked once about how he acquired his phenomenal speed off the mark, he attributed it to the day he had been sitting on the latrine in Aden with the Army, when an Arab sniper put a bullet between his legs.“ Bill McLaren, a regular at the Sevens, also wondered at what he saw, with “Iain Laughland the maestro tactician and himself very quick off the mark.”

While the Middlesex was then the pre-eminent Sevens tournament outside Scotland, Logie also took his team to the birthplace of the game, winning at Melrose in 1962 and 1965; without Logie, Scottish were runners-up in 1964; they were semi-finalists in 1963 and 1966. Seldom can a club side have so dominated the shorter game at its most stellar tournaments. No club had previously won Middlesex and Melrose in the same Season. Logie’s London Scottish managed the feat twice. How proud he will have been when London Scottish returned to Melrose in 2019, and not only collected the Ladies Cup again but did so playing in the style he might himself have coached.

His playing days over, Logie devoted the next 35 years to giving back to the game. From club Press Secretary during 1966-70, and long years on the club committee, Logie joined the Scottish Rugby Union General Committee in 1986/87. His main focus was as convenor of the Anglo-Scots or Exiles, and he took special interest in identifying Anglo-Scots with international potential, unearthing among others Iain Morrison and future captains David Sole and Rob Wainwright.

Wainwright remembered him this week:

For a man who achieved so much in the game, Logie put a huge amount back after hanging up his boots. Clearly he had a love for the game, both the spectacle on the pitch and the buzz of the changing room. While I never saw him play, I spent many happy times with him, and received a lot of support as an emerging player, when he was putting his prodigious energies into the Anglo Scots, energies that paid dividends in Anglo successes and benefits to the national squad. He was ultimately rewarded for all this hard work for Scottish rugby with a well-deserved Presidency. Very sad to hear we had lost him, though it kindled some halcyon memories from the 80s.

Logie was elected President of the SRU for the 2000/01 season, became a Vice-President of the Club in 1998/99 and was inducted into the London Scottish Hall of Fame in 2007. As Graham Law remembered, writing the

official tribute for the SRU: “To those who only knew him as an administrator, it’s hard to recall him without smiling. He loved to laugh and had a sense of mischief about him.” Ross Luke recalls: “Ian was also a great gentleman and leader. His record as an administrator speaks for itself. He was modest and almost diffident but a good friend to all in the club who knew him.” It was typical of Logie that in the club history he swerved the credit for the Sevens success and attributed it to Ken Scotland.

Off the field, he was seldom far from his golf clubs first at Beaconsfield and then at Rye, and at his peak played off three.

His lifelong friend, former club captain and president Robin Marshall, recalled

Logie had the deepest possible understanding of any game of rugby that he watched or took part in or planned. Add to this his own lightning speed of reaction and you have summed up a very unusual sportsman. It would be wrong however to leave the ‘re’ of ‘reactor’ unchallenged. He was himself a creator of situations, sometimes out of nothing, and what he brought to the game he played in was not just speed but ‘surprise’.

The quality of strike in his iron play made one wonder what he might have achieved on the links. The fizz with which the ball came off the cricket pitch when he bowled was the undoing of many opening batsmen. All these were examples of class. The administrative work load (national selector, coaching etc) which he carried for years after his retirement was huge as was his commitment to London Scottish.

Iain Laughland died peacefully, at home, and is survived by Ann, and by his children Rosie and Andrew and six grandchildren, Tom, Hamish, Harry, Sophie, Max and Oli. A private family funeral and interment will be held on Thursday, August 27 at Rye, East Sussex.

Iain Hugh Page Laughland, born 29 October 1935, died 9 August 2020.

Paul McFarland

August 2020

Stewart Wilson writes:

There are few if any who contributed more in moving the Club to the front rank in terms of playing performance and social life. He would be the first to acknowledge the part played by a President like Sir William (Bill) Macpherson, and a series of Club Captains as distinguished as Robin Marshall, Frans ten Bos and Jim Shackleton, but in reality Iain provided the guidance that enabled talented players to demonstrate their abilities and encouraged younger members to realise their potential. A gifted cricketer and soccer player, he understood the need for a game plan in rugby, but believed strongly in the need to play things “off the cuff” once the game got going. He found this quality difficult to understand in others – playing outside him in a charity match he asked Mike Gibson what he planned to do next, and was amazed when Mike said “It all depends on how the ball comes.”

The Club’s playing record in the 1960s was extremely strong both in terms of results against all other first-class Clubs and in the number of teams it fielded regularly every weekend, usually at least ten and rising as high as

thirteen at one time. Iain was immensely proud of London Scottish, its social atmosphere, achievements and playing style, and self-effacing about his own part in building its reputation for running rugby.

It was the Twickenham Sevens, however, that revealed on a bigger stage Iain’s pace, sense of tactics, ability to probe for opponents’ weaknesses and manage a game. His midfield partnership with Tremayne Rodd and Jim Shackleton in Sevens was lethal and legendary and based upon their own form of creative dissonance. The arguments that took place between them before the next move was decided were brutal and impressive to the other backs stationed nearby, and few prisoners were taken before agreement was reached. Away from the pitch, Iain was highly popular throughout the Club not only because of his playing experience but also his approachability and sense of humour, which he often aimed at himself. Asked once about how he acquired his phenomenal speed off the mark, he attributed it to the day he had been sitting on the latrine in Aden with the Army when an Arab sniper put a bullet between his legs.

When Cameron Boyle retired from running the Anglo-Scots Iain was his logical successor, having already served as a Scottish Selector after his playing career ended. His connections and appointment of David Leslie as Coach paid rapid dividends as Anglo-Scots recruits such as David Sole, Chris Gray, Lyndsay Renwick, Richard Cram and Iain Morrison gained International recognition. Iain was determined to win the Districts’ Championship against what he was convinced was the opposition of the SRU, and on one occasion when we lost the “decider” in Glasgow became almost apoplectic about the refereeing and “coaching” from the stands by SRU selectors. He got his revenge eventually only to find that, the Anglo-Scots having won the Championship, it was to be disbanded the following year.

We all had a lot of fun with Iain, both on and off the field, and he contributed a huge amount to our enjoyment of the game and life in general. Last week Bill Macpherson described him as “a fine man” and he certainly was.

Note the club was further saddened to learn that a few days later, Robin Marshall’s wife Jenny died suddenly and our heartfelt condolences go to Robin and his family.

Peter Gardiner

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Peter Gardiner, who played for London Scottish in three decades (1950s, 1960s and 1970s).

He died at home in Las Vegas on August 1, following a few years of poor health. Jill, his wife of over 50 years and Holt, their son, were with him.

Born in 1935, Peter attended Heriot Watt University (brewing degree !) and then served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy from 1959-1965. Following numerous business roles in the UK, which included being Managing Director of Associated British Maltsters (ABM), he  was subsequently promoted to CEO of Dalgety USA, and moved to Northern California in 1976, following ABM’s acquisition by Dalgety Plc, then Europe’s dominant agribusiness company.

Over his 16-year tenure at Dalgety, Peter grew the company’s revenue from $90 million to over $4.6 billion. Shortly after his retirement from Dalgety, in 1996, as a result of his work with the advisory committee to the Scottish Development Agency, Peter was awarded the OBE.

Peter was a former chairman of the British-American Business Council, an active member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO), and previously the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and a former U.S. delegate to the Trans Atlantic Business Council. Additionally, Peter was a member of the San Francisco Golf Club, The Family Club, Prestwick Golf Club and in London, The Caledonian and Oriental Clubs.

The phrase “larger than life character” is often banded around but anyone who knew Peter will know this was a fitting description. In Edinburgh, he played for the Royal High Scholl FPs and at London Scottish, he was a useful full back, playing occasionally in the 1st XV. He was a popular and formidable character, a good rugby tourist and long-term Club member and supporter. He also played for the Navy, whilst on National Service – and with Cam Boyle ran the Bosuns touring rugby side.

In 1972 he was Deputy Manager to David Pappin, when London Scottish toured Holland – and when they ran out of players, Peter – then aged 37 – took to the field – that was Peter !

His wishes were not to have a service in this COVID-19 world.  His family have therefore requested that in lieu of flowers, any donation to either of Peter’s favourite charities:, or would be most welcome.

He will be missed by many – and our thoughts go with Jill and Holt.

Peter Alexander Jack Gardiner (22nd November 1935 – 1st August 2020)


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