John Alexander Neilson

John Neilson (14 June 1858 – 16 July 1915) was a Scottish international rugby union player. He played as a forward.[1]

John Neilson
Birth nameJohn Alexander Neilson
Date of birth(1858-06-14)14 June 1858
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
Date of death(1915-07-16)16 July 1915
Place of deathGreenock, Scotland
Notable relative(s)Tom Neilson, brother
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forwards
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- West of Scotland
Glasgow Academicals
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Glasgow District ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1878-79 Scotland 2 (0)

He played for West of Scotland before moving on to Glasgow Academicals.

He was called up for the Glasgow District side for the 1874 provincial match against Edinburgh District on 5 December 1874 while still with West of Scotland.[2] He also played in Glasgow's first winning side against Edinburgh in 1881.

He was called up to the Scotland squad in March 1878 and played England at The Oval on 4 March 1878.[3] He was also called up the following year for the England match at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on 10 March 1879.[4] At the time of his international caps he was playing for Glasgow Academicals.

His brother Tom Paterson Neilson also played rugby union for Glasgow District and Scotland.


  1. ^ "John Neilson - Rugby Union - Players and Officials - ESPN Scrum". ESPN scrum.
  2. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search".
  3. ^ "ESPN".
  4. ^ "ESPN".