Duncan Macrae

Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death of former Scotland centre Duncan Macrae last month at the age of 92. Macrae, born in Balmacara near Kyle of Lochalsh in November 1914, won the first of his nine caps in a 13-6 away victory over Wales in Swansea in 1937.Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death of former Scotland centre Duncan Macrae last month at the age of 92.
Macrae, born in Balmacara near Kyle of Lochalsh in November 1914, won the first of his nine caps in a 13-6 away victory over Wales in Swansea in 1937.
A GP who was awarded the Military Cross, Macrae was educated at Edinburgh Academy and St Andrews University and played his club rugby for St Andrews University. He toured with the Barbarians in 1935-36 and was a member of the British Lions Test squad to South Africa in 1938.
He scored a try in Scotland’s 1938 Murrayfield win against Ireland but his finest hour was his contribution to Scotland’s 21-16 Triple Crown victory over England at Twickenham later that year, a match watched by the King and Queen and some 70,000 spectators.
Macrae’s midfield partnership with Wilson Shaw and Charles Dick was hailed in contemporary reports. They “terrorised the opposition and maximised to the full any ball that came their way.”
Scottish Rugby wishes to extend its sincere sympathies to Duncan Macrae’s family and friends.