Bulldog Irvine

Doctor Robert W. Irvine, (1853–1897) nicknamed "Bulldog",[2] was a Scotland international rugby football player.[3]

Bulldog Irvine
Birth nameRobert William Irvine
Date of birth19 April 1853[1]
Place of birthBlair Atholl[1]
Date of death18 April 1897[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh Academicals
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Edinburgh District
East of Scotland District
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1871-80 Scotland 13 Tries:1

Rugby Union careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

He played for Edinburgh Academicals.[3]

Provincial careerEdit

He represented Edinburgh District against Glasgow District in the Inter-City matches; and played in the first match in 1872.

He represented East of Scotland District against West of Scotland District in 1876.[4]

International careerEdit

He was capped 13 times for Scotland between 1871–80,[3] including the first ever rugby international.[5]


He was the brother of Duncan Irvine who was also capped for Scotland.[3]


  1. Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)