Alan Lawson (born 19 May 1948, in Kirkcaldy) is a former Scotland international rugby union player.

Alan Lawson
Birth nameAlan James Macgregor Lawson
Date of birth (1948-05-19) 19 May 1948 (age 74)
Place of birthKirkcaldy, Scotland
Notable relative(s)Rory Lawson (son)
Jim Thompson (nephew)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum Half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh Wanderers
London Scottish
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh District
Middlesex County
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1972-80 Scotland 15 (12)
123rd President of the Scottish Rugby Union
In office
Preceded byIan McLauchlan
Succeeded byDonald Macleod

Rugby Union careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

He played for Edinburgh Wanderers. Lawson stated: 'When I played in the 1970s, Jimmy Thain, the head groundsman, regularly let us play on the international pitch, telling us: The pitch also has to be match fit.'

Lawson played for Heriots.[1][2]

In the late 1970s he moved to London Scottish.[3]

Provincial careerEdit

He was capped by Edinburgh District.[4] Unusually, he was capped by Scotland before he was capped by a District side.[5]

When he moved to London Scottish he represented Anglo-Scots[6] and Middlesex County.[7]

International careerEdit

He played scrum-half for Scotland on 15 occasions between 1972 and 1980.[8] He made his test debut for Scotland against France at Murrayfield on 15 January 1972 and he played his last match for Scotland against Wales at Cardiff on 1 March 1980.

Administrative careerEdit

Lawson became the 123rd President of the Scottish Rugby Union. He served a one-year term from 2012 to 2013.


He is married to Linda, the daughter of rugby commentator Bill McLaren.[9] The couple have three children: Rory, who is also a Scotland rugby union international; Gregor, a Scotland 7s international and entrepreneur founding fancy dress company Morphsuits; and a daughter Lindsay.


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  6. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Print of Chris Ralston on the ball for Middlesex in 1975". Colorsport Photo Prints. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Alan Lawson - Rugby Union - Players and Officials - ESPN Scrum". ESPN scrum.
  9. ^ Campbell, Denis (3 March 2002). "Now and then...the voice of rugby". The Observer. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2015.