James Scott (footballer, born 1895)

James Scott (1895 – 1 July 1916) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a forward in the Scottish League for Raith Rovers.[3] He scored on his only appearance for Scotland in a wartime international in 1916, during the First World War.[4] He was described as "an all-round forward" and "the most consistent goalscorer Raith have ever had".[3]

James Scott
Personal information
Date of birth 1895
Place of birth Airdrie, Scotland
Date of death 1 July 1916 (aged 2021)[1]
Place of death near Ovillers-la-Boisselle, France[2]
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Craigton Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1913 Petershill
1913–1915 Raith Rovers 59 (23)
National team
1916 Scotland (wartime) 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Personal life

Scott was born in Airdrie to James Scott and Annabella Bennett.[5] He attended Airdrie Academy and later became an apprentice wire rope maker with the Caledonian Wire Rope Company.[6] On 4 April 1915, Scott married Catherine Reekie and they had one child, James.[7] Scott served as a private in McCrae's Battalion of the Royal Scots during the First World War.[3] On the first day of the Somme, he was hit in the stomach and neck by machine gun fire and killed during an attack on Ovillers-la-Boisselle.[2][6][8] Scott is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.[1]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Scottish Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Raith Rovers 1913–14[9] Scottish First Division 28 12 2 0 30 12
1914–15[9] 31 11 0 0 31 11
Career total 59 23 2 0 61 23



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  2. "The Raith Rovers stars who never returned". Archived from the original on 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  3. "They Died in the Conflict in Season 1916–1917" (PDF). p. 12. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. "Scotland (wartime) player James Scott". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  5. "Annabella Bennett 1871–1937". Ancestry. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  6. "James Scott". Scotland's War. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  7. James Scott on Lives of the First World War
  8. "Private James Scott" (PDF). Lochnagar Crater. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  9. Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
  10. "Raith Rovers Hall of Fame". Raith Rovers FC. Retrieved 29 April 2020.