David Robertson (golfer)

David Robertson
Full name David Donaldson Robertson
Date of birth (1869-03-12)12 March 1869
Place of birth Shawlands, Scotland
Date of death 13 September 1937(1937-09-13) (aged 68)
Place of death Berkshire, England
School Haileybury School
Glasgow Academy
University Glasgow University
Christ's College, Cambridge
Occupation(s) Solicitor
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Threequarters
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Cambridge University
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1893 Scotland 1 (0)

David Donaldson Robertson (21 March 1869 – 13 September 1937) was a Scottish sportsman who represented Great Britain and Ireland at golf in the 1900 Summer Olympics, and also played international rugby for the Scotland.

Personal history

Robertson was born in Shawlands, Glasgow, Scotland to William Alexander Robertson, a wine merchant.[1] He was educated at Haileybury School in Hertfordshire before entering the Glasgow Academy; he later studied at Glasgow University before matriculating to Christ's College, Cambridge in 1889.[2] He received his BA in 1893 and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1895.[1]

With the outbreak of the First World War, Robertson joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, Anti-Aircraft Division.

Robertson died aged 68 in Idstone, Berkshire, England.[3]

Rugby career

Robertson first came to note as a rugby player when he represented Cambridge University in the 1892 Varsity match.[2] The 1893 game was a huge disappointment after heavy rainfall turned the Queen's Club ground into mud. Although both teams came to the match with excellent reputations for exciting play, the game "degenerated into a scramble in the mud"; and the game ended in a nil-nil draw.[4] While still representing Cambridge at club level, Robertson was selected Scotland for a rugby international against Wales as part of the 1893 Home Nations Championship.[5] The Welsh used the four three-quarter tactic to great effect and Scotland were well beaten on their own ground, 9-0.[6] The Scottish selectors acted angrily towards the back positions, making six changes. Robertson was one of those dropped, and never represented Scotland at rugby again.

Golf career

Olympic medal record
Men's Golf
1900 Paris Individual

In 1900 he won the bronze medal in the men's competition in golf at the Olympics.

Note that he was not the David Robertson who was banned from golf for twenty years for cheating - that incident took place in 1985, long after the death of this article's subject.[7]


  1. 1 2 "Robertson, David Donaldson (RBRT889DD)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. 1 2 Fletcher Robinson & Rugby (Part VI), bfronline.biz. Retrieved on 12 July 2009.
  3. David Robertson, sports-reference.com. Retrieved on 12 July 2009.
  4. Marshall, Howard; Jordon, J.P. (1951). Oxford v Cambridge, The Story of the University Rugby Match. London: Clerke & Cockeran. pp. 80–81.
  5. David Robertson player profile scrum.com Retrieved on 12 July 2009.
  6. Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: Phoenix House. p. 2:9. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
  7. "The 10 greatest cheats in sporting history". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 7/24/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.