George Watson’s College Crest : Watson’s Won the first Inter-Scholastic Championship
The first Scottish Inter Scholastics Sports, known now as the Scottish Schools Championships, under SAAA auspices were held on 19th April, 1900 in Edinburgh. Advertised in the Scotsman at the start of the month the notice below tells us date, time, venue and prices for spectators.
In the passing it is interesting to note that Lumley’s were selling admission tickets – up until at least the 1970’s Lumley’s were selling tickets and suppliers of individual entry forms for athletics meetings across Scotland. The Scotsman report on the meeting on 1st of the month read as follows.
The actual results, and selection of events come to that, of the first SAAA supported Inter-Scholastic Sports are well worth looking at. There were three age groups – Open Events were for the pupils of 16 years and above, and there were fewer events for Under 16 and Under 13. The first table is for the Open Events.
|100 yards||CD McIver||Watson’s College||11.75 seconds|
|440 yards||CD McIver||Watson’s College||56 seconds|
|One Mile||J McCallum||Watson’s College||5:03.4|
|120 yards hurdles||W Milne||Glasgow Academy||17.8 seconds|
|High Jump||R Briggs||Dollar Inst.||5′ 01 3/4″|
|Broad Jump||C McIver||Watson’s College||18′ 9 1/2 “|
|Cricket Ball Throw||C McIver||Watson’s College||91 yards 02 inches||Four Events Won|
|Putting the Weight||A Young||Watson’s College||29′ 6″|
The winner of both jumps is recorded as C McIver as opposed to the winner of both sprints being CD McIver. It is possible that they were two separate individuals (twins?) but more likely that they are one and the same. If that is the case, he was a very good all-round athlete altogether.
|100 yards||A Barr||Edinburgh Inst.||11.8 seconds|
|880 yards||WB Montgomerie||Glasgow Academy||2:22.8|
|120 yards hurdles||A Barr||Edinburgh Inst.||19.4 seconds|
|High Jump||JA Stewart||Larchfield Academy||4′ 9 1/2″|
|Broad Jump||A Barr||Edinburgh Inst.||19′ 0 1/2″||Three Events Won|
|100 yards||H Martin||Watson’s College||13.4 seconds|
|300 yards||G McLaren||Royal High School||45 seconds|
|High Jump||W Whitson||Glasgow Academy||3′ 11 1/2″|
|Broad Jump||AA Morison||Watson’s College||13′ 4 1/2″|
The Glasgow Herald in its ‘Notes and Comments’ column had a more detailed comment on the conduct of the meeting and were optimistic for its future:
The most complete report on the event however can be found in the ‘Scottish Referee’ of the 21st which can be read by clicking on the link.