Bob MacEwen

Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death yesterday of former Scotland hooker Bob MacEwen. He was 85.

Robert Kenneth Gillespie MacEwen (pictured centre below) won 13 caps out of the Cambridge University, London Scottish and Lansdowne clubs between 1954 and 1958.  Among his Test matches was the 1954 game against Wales, the last international to be played at the St Helens ground in Swansea.

He was born in Oxford, schooled in Bristol and Loughborough and studied classics and maths at Cambridge University.  He went on to teach economics and then, in business was a director of integrated retailer Sears Holdings and worked in the textiles, clothing and footwear sector including a spell with Chester Barrie suits.

Ahead of his time

In many ways, he was ahead of his time in rugby, happy to debate with selectors that the scrum should pack down 3/4/1 as opposed to 3/2/3.

On his playing retirement from the game, Bob, alongside two other former Loughborough Students, England’s Jeff Butterfield and Wales’ Ray Williams, wrote a coaching guide and became involved in an English RFU panel  designed to advance coaching.

He retained a great passion for the game, never missing an international on the television and was an avid follower of the most recent British Lions’ coverage from Australia.

A thanksgiving service will take place in the village church at Stanton Harcourt, near Witney in Oxfordshire on Tuesday 17 September.

Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to Bob MacEwen’s two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren and all friends.