Ninian Jamieson Finlay (31 January 1858 – 7 March 1936) was a Scottish international rugby player. He was capped nine times for Scotland between 1875–81, and is generally considered to be the youngest player ever to be capped for Scotland - he was seventeen years and thirty six days old when he was capped against England on 8 March 1875. He vies for this record with Charles Reid, who was the same age when capped - however, Reid had lived through an extra leap year day, when he was capped in 1881.
|Birth name||Ninian Jamieson Finlay|
|Date of birth||31 January 1858|
|Place of birth||Newhaven, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Date of death||7 March 1936(aged 78)|
|Place of death||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Rugby union career|
Rugby Union careerEdit
- "Ninian was still a schoolboy, but was such an incredibly powerful runner, and sublime drop-kicker that he became the first real superstar of Scottish rugby."
The first historian of Scottish rugby, R.J. Phillips, says of Ninian Finlay, "there never was such glamour and reputation attached to any Scottish player till A.R. Don Wauchope reached the zenith of his powers."
- Godwin, p147
- Bath, p136
- Bath, p65
- Bath, p52
- https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=W5JQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PDQNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1813%2C5786422[bare URL]
- https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000060/18760228/032/0006[bare URL]
- Massie, p9