Heriot’s legend Ian Thomson dies aged 84

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One of Edinburgh’s most notable all-round sportsmen has died, aged 84.

Ian Thomson was one of eight Heriot’s full-backs capped by Scotland, while he also served as 12th man to the national cricket team and was a low handicap golfer at Duddingston.

Thomson was just 20 years old when he debuted in 1961 as a late replacement for a Scotland rugby team that scored an unexpected 19-0 Murrayfield win over Wales.

Going into that match, the Scots had been written off as being too inexperienced – none of the backs were aged over the age of 22 – while the Welsh contained 11 British Lions and had previously defeated England 25-3.

Ian gained six further caps.

After graduating from Edinburgh University and completing his national service in the Army, Thomson worked in insurance for Standard Life. He retired in 1990.

He is survived by his wife Margaret and sons Ian and David. A funeral will take place at Mortonhall Crematorium on Thursday at 11am.