Jimmy Gillespie

Jimmy Gillespie
Full name John Imrie Gillespie
Date of birth (1879-01-16)16 January 1879
Date of death 5 December 1943(1943-12-05) (aged 64)
Occupation(s) chartered accountant
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Half-back
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Edinburgh Academicals
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Scotland Scotland
United Kingdom Great Britain

John "Jimmy" Imrie Gillespie (16 January 1879 5 December 1943)[1] was a Scottish international rugby union player, who played for Scotland and the Lions.[2][3] At club level he played for Edinburgh Academicals.[2][3]

Gillespie was selected for the 1903 British Lions tour to South Africa[2][3] and finished the tour as the top Test scorer for the touring team. He played in 19 matches during the tour including all three test games against South Africa. He scored 13 conversions and a single try on the tour,[4] and amassed four points in the first Test, the British failing to score in the second and third tests.

Gillespie was a chartered accountant and later became a successful referee, including two Wales vs England internationals, one in 1907, and the other in 1911.[3]



  1. John Gillespie player profile Scrum.com
  2. 1 2 3 Bath, p117
  3. 1 2 3 4 Godwin, p164
  4. Lions profile lionsrugby.com
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