As part of our ‘Restoration of Rangers Graves Project ‘we set out to locate the final resting place of each member of the 1877 team.
Just recently our search came to a successful conclusion and we’re delighted to share with the Rangers support the following information on each individual Ranger.
George Gillespie. Although George started his career as an outfield player he is remembered more for his goalkeeping skills. He appeared for Scotland 7 times during his playing career, never on the losing side. He was a very successful business man in the license trade in Glasgow
William McNeil. Willie had a long association with the Rangers and was the older brother of Founders Peter and Moses.He played with the Club for many years and is credited with gifting the Club our first football.
Location: Craigton Cemetery.
James Watt. Goalkeeper in the 1877 Cup Final side but was to unfortunately lose his position to George Gillespie, when George decided that playing outfield was a bit on the rough side for him! James was President of the Club from 1876-77 and also served the Club as Honorary Treasurer from 1878-1880.
Location: Craigton Cemetry.
Sam Ricketts. Sam was a much respected administrator who became Honorary Secretary in January 1887. He was a huge influence during the growth of the Club and a steadying hand during the turbulent 1880’s.
Location : Craigton Cemetery.
William ‘’ Daddy’’ Dunlop. A hugely influential figure who wrote the first ever account of the birth and early years of the Rangers . He was on committee and rose to become President of the Club.
Location: Cathcart Cemetery.
David Hill. A dependable player who was with the Club for over a decade during which he made 3 international appearances for Scotland. Just recently we found the final resting place of David Hill in an East Kilbride cemetery.
Location: East Kilbride Cemetery.
Tom Vallance. Tom had a remarkable 60 year association with the Club as Player, Captain and President. He was made a life member of the Club in 1898 and was guest of the Rangers when the Main Stand opened in 1929 .
Mr Struth attended his funeral in 1935.
Location : Hillfoot Cemetery Bearsden
Peter Campbell. Peter who was from the Gareloch was described as a wonderful footballer who actually played for Blackburn Rovers for a spell. He chose to follow in the family tradition of going to sea . Tragically in 1883 his ship the St Columba floundered in the Bay of Biscay on it’s way to India with a cargo of coal. Peter Campbell perished,,he was only 25.
Location: Bay of Biscay.
Moses McNeil. Moses is the name recognized by most people when talking about our Founders as he is credited with giving the Club its name of Rangers. He played with the Club for 10 years and was the first Rangers player to be capped for Scotland. He won a beautiful trophy in 1876 at Garelochead for a half mile race and it’s the oldest trophy that the Club has on display at Ibrox Stadium.
He outlived all of his fellow Founders before passing in 1938 aged 83.
Location: Rosneath Cemetery
James Watson. James, who became Head Teacher at Calder Street School, was also a member of the Rangers Committee. He became President of the Club in 1890.
Location : Cathcart Cemetery
Sandy Marshall. Sandy played for Rangers for 3 seasons during his short career from 1877 until 1880.
Location :Craigton Cemetery.
Two of our Founders Peter McNeil and William McBeath aren’t part of the 1877 team photograph as Peter found his strength lay more in the administration of the Club rather than playing and William had left for England in 1876 to pursue a business venture.
Peter McNeil passed in 1901 and is buried with his brother and fellow Rangers William and his parent John and Jean at Craigton Cemetery.
William McBeath died in 1917 aged 60 and is buried in Lincoln Cemetery England.
Some of the final resting places are at different levels of disrepair and this is what the Restoration Project aims to put right.
Details will be issued soon on how the world-wide Rangers support can get involved in giving these men who gave us so much something back.
Iain and Gordon.