Alec Harper

Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death of former general committee member and Scotland and British Lions selector Alec Harper.  He was 88.

Alexander William Harper was a former head of PE and assistant headmaster at Trinity Academy in Edinburgh. In his playing days he represented Royal High School FP, mainly at stand-off, between 1947 and 1958 and was captain in three of those seasons.

He was stand-off in the Glasgow/Edinburgh XV who faced South Africa at Old Anniesland in October 1951 and in the same berth he captained Edinburgh to a 24-3 win against North and Midlands at Linksfield in Aberdeen in 1955, scoring one of Edinburgh’s tries that day.

Scotland and Lions selector

His lifelong commitment to rugby saw him become an Edinburgh District representative on the SRU General Committee from 1971-1979, a Scotland selector from 1973-1979 and a selector for the 1977 and 1980 British Lions.

Alex died at a nursing home in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh on 28 December.   His funeral will take place in the main chapel at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh on Friday (10 January) at 2pm.

Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to Alec Harper’s family and friends.