Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death last week of former Scotland winger Grant Weatherstone. He passed away on 2 January aged 88.
Thomas Grant Weatherstone (Stewart’s College FP) won 16 caps for Scotland between 1952 and 1959 and was known in rugby circles by his initials, TG.
He was born in Edinburgh on 27 June 1931 and he was educated at Daniel Stewart’s College between 1939 and 1949 and was captain of rugby, tennis and athletics at school, winning Scotland honours in the junior long jump.
He made his Scotland rugby debut with four other new caps in a home loss to England in 1952 and scored the first of his three tries for Scotland the following year at Twickenham.
In his book A Compendium of Scotland’s Matches, John Davidson wrote: “After some further English pressure, Weatherstone broke away twice down the touchline. On the second run he crosskicked for (Arthur) Dorward to get possession and the ball went . . . back to Weatherstone who scored at the corner.”
In his early rugby career, he had had to overcome tragedy as his mother died in a car accident on the way to watch him play in Glasgow.
It was his 11th cap before Weatherstone first savoured victory in a Scotland shirt – a 12-8 home win over Australia in 1958 – which he also marked with a try.
His third try for Scotland came in an away loss to Ireland in 1958.
Weatherstone, who captained his club, including to victory at the 1956 Melrose Sevens, also represented the Barbarians and was selected for the British Lions tour to South Africa in 1955 but injury prevented his participation. He was the first Stewart’s FP to be selected for the Lions.
He studied agriculture at Edinburgh University, graduating with a BSc and worked initially in farm management for Rosebery Estates between 1954 and 1958, before joining British Oil and Cake Mills in animal feed field and development trials.
In 1973 he changed career and set up an antique and reproduction furniture retail business in the Lake District with shops in Ambleside and Bowness on Windermere.
He retired in 1999 and his wife, Cath, passed away in 2001.
Grant Weatherstone’s funeral will take place at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh on Monday 20 January at 2.30pm. His family have requested family flowers only but advise that a closing collection and a Just Giving page are being set up for a cancer charity.
Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to Grant’s family, children Grant (correct) and Claire and grandchildren Rachael, Will, Kate and Gregor, and his many friends.