A. G. G. Asher

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Augustus Grant-Asher
Birth nameAugustus Gordon Grant-Asher
Date of birth(1861-12-18)18 December 1861
Place of birthPoona, British Raj[1]
Date of death15 June 1930(1930-06-15) (aged 68)
Place of deathKingussie, Scotland
Rugby union career
Position(s) Half-back
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Oxford University
Edinburgh Wanderers
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Edinburgh District
East of Scotland District
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1882–86 Scotland 7 (2gls, 1 try)
50th President of the Scottish Rugby Union
In office
Preceded byDavid McCowan
Succeeded byAndrew Balfour

Sir Augustus Gordon Grant-Asher CBE (18 December 1861 – 15 June 1930)[1][2] was a Scotland international rugby union player.[3] He also represented Scotland as a cricket player.[4]

Rugby Union career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Grant-Asher went to Loretto School, and went up to Brasenose College, Oxford after that.[5]

He played for Oxford University RFC,[4] as well as the Fettesian-Lorettonian Club, and Edinburgh Wanderers.[1]

Provincial career[edit]

He was capped by Edinburgh District for the inter-city match in 1885 while with Edinburgh Wanderers.[6]

He was capped by East of Scotland District for their match against West of Scotland District. This was at the end of January 1886; and he was now with Fettesian-Lorettonians.[7]

International career[edit]

One of the earliest Scottish players, he was capped 7 times for Scotland between 1882 and 1886.[4] He played at half back.[1][8]

R.J. Phillips, the first historian of Scottish rugby said:

"no one has arisen to bear comparison with A.R. Don Wauchope at quarter or half back, where he and A.G.G. Asher still hold claim as the greatest pair to have played together for their country."[9]

Administrative career[edit]

He was president of the Scottish Rugby Union from 1929 to 1930.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

At Oxford, he played in 10 first-class cricket matches for the Oxford University team in 1883 and 1884, winning a Blue for cricket in 1883.[10] He also played for the Scotland national cricket team.[1][4]

Other sports[edit]

Grant-Asher was also Scotland's pole vault champion.[1]

Law career[edit]

In later life he was a Writer to the Signet.[1]


He was appointed CBE in the 1918 Birthday Honours[11] and knighted in the 1927 Birthday Honours.[12]


He is buried in the churchyard of Insh Church, Kincraig, near Kingussie, Highland.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Godwin, p30
  2. ^ a b "Sir Augustus Gordon Grant Asher C.B.E. 1861 - 1930 BillionGraves Record". BillionGraves.
  3. ^ "Augustus Gordon Grant-Asher". ESPN scrum.
  4. ^ a b c d Bath, p104
  5. ^ ASHER, Sir Augustus Gordon Grant, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2016 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)
  6. ^ http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001055/18851207/044/0004 – via British Newspaper Archive. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001964/18860130/038/0003 – via British Newspaper Archive. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Statsguru - Player analysis - Augustus Grant-Asher - Test matches". ESPN scrum.
  9. ^ Massie, p10
  10. ^ "Player profile: Augustus Asher". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  11. ^ "No. 30730". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1918. p. 6687.
  12. ^ "No. 33280". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 May 1927. p. 3603.
  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)