Dan Drysdale

Daniel Drysdale (18 May 1901 – 15 October 1987) was a Scotland international rugby union player. He was 65th President of the Scottish Rugby Union.[1]

Dan Drysdale
Birth nameDaniel Drysdale
Date of birth(1901-05-18)18 May 1901
Place of birthKippen, Scotland
Date of death15 October 1987(1987-10-15) (aged 86)
Place of deathYeovil, England
Rugby union career
Position(s) Full Back
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Heriots
Edinburgh University
Oxford University
London Scottish
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1923 Edinburgh District ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions
65th President of the Scottish Rugby Union
In office
Preceded byJimmie Ireland
Succeeded byFrank Moffat

Rugby Union careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

Born in Kippen, Stirlingshire[2] Drysdale, went to George Heriots and also played for Heriot's FP,[3] and London Scottish.[2] He went to Edinburgh University and Oxford University, where he played for the teams Edinburgh University RFC and Oxford University RFC.[2]

Provincial careerEdit

He played for Edinburgh District in the 1923 inter-city match.[4]

International careerEdit

Drysdale played for Scotland and the Lions.[3][2][5]

He was on the 1924 British Lions tour to South Africa.[3]

He also played for the Barbarians.[2]

Administrative careerEdit

He was president of the Scottish Rugby Union between 1951-2.[6]

Outside of rugby unionEdit

He was a timber merchant.[6]


  1. Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  2. Godwin, Terry Complete Who's Who of International Rugby (Cassell, 1987, ISBN 0-7137-1838-2)
  3. Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)