George Paterson (rugby union)

George Paterson (5 March 1855 – March 1934) was a Scotland international rugby union player.[1]

George Paterson
Birth nameGeorge Quintin Paterson
Date of birth(1855-03-05)5 March 1855
Place of birthBangalore, India
Date of deathc. 1 March 1934(1934-03-01) (aged 78)
Place of deathHoboken, New Jersey, United States
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Warriston
Edinburgh Academicals
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Edinburgh District
East of Scotland District
Blues Trial
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1876 Scotland 1 (0)

Rugby Union careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

Paterson started at Warriston.

He was notable for his weight; he weighed under 9 stone - and is the lightest person to have played rugby union for Scotland.[2]

Paterson later played for Edinburgh Academicals[3]

Paterson was a mainstay in the Accies team that won the Scottish Unofficial Championship in 1878.[4]

He retired from rugby union in 1879.[4]

Provincial careerEdit

He played for Edinburgh District. He first played for the district in 1874 when still with Warriston.

He played for East of Scotland District.

He played for Blues Trial in their match against Whites Trial in 1878, scoring a try in the match.

International careerEdit

Paterson was capped by Scotland for one match, in 1876.[5] It is said that his lack of weight hindered his international selection.[2]


Paterson was born in Banaglore, India to parents Dr. Colin Archibald Paterson and Harriet Annette Ross. He was one of four children, all born in India. He married Louisa Augusta Stewart of Mount Carmel in Jamaica; and they had a daughter Louisa Angela Stewart Paterson who was born in Falmouth in Jamaica. His wife Louisa Augusta Stewart died in 1890; and Paterson moved to the United States. He married again in 1896 to Louise Sherwood. Paterson died in March 1934 and is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey.[6]


  1. ^ "George Quintin Paterson". ESPN scrum.
  2. ^ a b The Accies. David Barnes. Birlinn Publishing. 2008.
  3. ^ The Essential History of Rugby Union: Scotland. Nick Oswald and John Griffiths.
  4. ^ a b "Old World Scotland".
  5. ^ "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Statsguru - Player analysis - George Paterson - Test matches". ESPN scrum.
  6. ^ "George Quentin Paterson (1854-1934) - Find A..."