Alex was one of Scotland’s bowling greats and remains one of the country’s most capped and successful national players. At international level he represented Scotland at four World Championships and three Commonwealth Games.
History was made at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, as Alex skipped his Newbattle clubmates John Slight, Norrie Pryde and David Pearson to the Fours silver medal – the first and only time that a club rink has achieved this distinction. He went one better in 1974, taking victory alongside Jackie Christie for Scotland’s first ever Commonwealth Games gold in the Pairs, before rounding out his Commonwealth Games career at Edmonton 1978 with another Pairs medal, this time a silver with Willie Wood.
He was also a medallist on the world stage, winning Fours silver at Worthing in 1972, which contributed to Scotland being awarded the prestigious Leonard Trophy as the best performing team for the first time since the event’s inauguration. And he also claimed silver in the Fours at Melbourne in 1980 and Triples in Henderson, New Zealand, in 1988.
- Date of Birth 24/05/1936
- Commonwealth Games Representation 1970, 1974, 1978
Did You Know?
In one of his proudest sporting moments, Alex carried Scotland's flag into the opening ceremony of the Edmonton 1978 Games