A wee reminder that Rossie Priory is opening its gates this Sunday (2-6 pm), 26 June, under Scotland's Gardens Scheme.
There is an endless fascination in the online archive of Bell's Life, which is still throwing up new information. I have just stumbled across reports of Arthur Kinnaird winning not just one but two cups at Eton in 1862. His tutor's house, WL Joynes's, won both the House Cricket Cup and the House Football Cup that year, and despite his youth - just 15 years old and stil in the school's lower division - Arthur was in the team for both finals. At the end of July, the batting of Alfred Lubbock made it rather a one-sided affair, then in November it was Lubbock the tactician who masterminded the football victory, as he recalled in his memoirs: "I had coached up our eleven beforehand what to do. I gave Tritton strict injunctions, when he saw me running with the ball, to guard behind, and when he had the ball I agreed to do the same. In this way we kept fairly on the safe side, and after a very hard fight we managed to win by 1 rouge to 0. Arthur (now Lord) Kinnaird played for us, but was only a small boy then and in lower division." Of course, this was the first of many football successes, but cricket was not really his game: "too slow for his energetic nature," according to his sister. Football took priority for many years, although when he was in his forties he took up cricket again and even played the game competitively, for Rossie Priory CC in the Dundee and District Cricket League.