Postcard published by T & G MacKenzie
commemorating the record number of Scottish caps
awarded to Hearts football player
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Steven Oliver, Shropshire, England
Steven Oliver has been researching the football career of the
Heart of Midlothian football player in the early 1900s.
"This postcard celebrated Hearts footballer Bobby
Walker. It shows the 38 Scottish Caps that he was awarded up to 1909.
The reverse of the card says that it was published
by T&G Mackenzie, Athletic Outfitters, 6 Bank Street,
Edinburgh and I believe that the portrait and caps were painted by an artist by
the name of William McGhie."
Steven Oliver, Shropshire, England: November 3, 2007
Steven Oliver e-mailed me again, giving further details of what his research
into Bobby Walker has revealed.
"David Speed, Hearts historian recently
confirmed that the postcard was painted in late-1909 by William McGhie.
Please be aware that there are 1983
reproductions of this postcard in circulation and this is obvious from the
inscription on the reverse. The reproduction has no date or artist's
"Two oil painting of Bobby Walker and his caps, both
by William McGhie, are known:
- One was found in 2006, hanging in a 'mock' English
pub in Kansas, USA. It is almost identical to the postcard, but has a 39th
cap at the bottom.
- The other hangs in Hearts' Board Room. It
shows 45 caps awarded to Bobby Walker. It was painted in 1913.
Both paintings include two caps that don't qualify
as being 'Full International' caps.
Steven Oliver, Shropshire, England: November 4, 2007
Steven Oliver is continuing his research and is looking for more information.
In particular, he asks:
1. What is known about the artist,
2. Where did the 1911 painting
3. What is known of A & G MacKenzie,
athletic outfitters? Did they have any connections with Hearts
between 1909 and 1913?
4. What were Bobby Walker's
International Caps, 1910? There is some doubt as to his total
number: 43 or 44?
5. Did the Argyll Bar, Old Sneddon
Street, Paisley display Bobby's caps or the paintings of them in late '60s
/ early '70s?
6. Bobby's 'Rosebery' Scotland shirt and
cap from the 1901 International at Crystal Palace have turned up at
Hearts. Do you know where these were pre-1980?
7. Do you know where I can have access
to the book:
'The Bobby Walker Story' [Publ. Thornton Sports,
Steven Oliver, Shropshire, England: November 4, 2007
e-mail me if you can help to answer any of the above questions.
Then, I'll pass on your message to Steve.
- Peter Stubbs: December 1, 2007
Thank you to Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh, for replying to Question
"There was a large very well
stocked sports shop called McKenzies right next to the Empire Theatre."
Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh, December 5, 2007
Thank you to Bobby Waugh who replied. Bobby's reply did not answer any
of the 7 questions above, but it included a photograph of Bobby Walker.
"Here is an old photo of the
Hearts Scottish Cup Winning Team of 1901. Unfortunately the quality
is very poor.
The trainer, Bob Waugh, is
my great-grand father.
Bobby Walker is second from left,
Bob Waugh, December 6, 2007
The caption under the photo lists all the players and the trainer.
Unfortunately, the photo would not display well on the web site, and
I'm not able to add it to the site it because it appears to be a
reproduction and I don't know who holds the copyright.
Peter Stubbs, December 9, 2007
Thank you to Lionel Bird, Coventry, Warwickshire, England for telling me
about a William Ironside McGhie who he thinks may be the same person as the
William McGhie who painted the Bobby Walker paintings.
William Ironside McGhie
Lionel is writing a book to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding
of Coventry City Football Club. It was in the course of his research for
this book that Lionel came across a William Ironside McGhie. Lionel
believes that this may be the same man because of:
- the unusual spelling of McGhie in both cases (usually McGhee).
- William Ironside McGhie's interest, as a journalist, in football.
- William Ironside McGhee having been educated in Edinburgh.
Other details about William Ironside McGhie provided by Lionel are:
- He was known as Ian, rather than Ironside.
- He was born on Oct 26 1878 at 4 Railway Villas, Rugby Warwickshire,
- His parents were James, civil engineer and Edith Tate, both born in
- He married Elizabeth Ratcliffe at St Mark's Church, Wolverhampton on
July 19, 1909. 3
- He helped to start the Coventry Operatic Society in 1909.
- He was a member of the Coventry Caledonian Society.
- He was football correspondent for the Midland Daily Telegraph, the
main newspaper in the area in the early 1900s.
- He wrote his football reports under the pseudonym, 'Nemo'.
- When he enlisted in the army in June 1916, he had served for 21 years
for the Midland Daily Telegraph then for the Coventry Herald, for which he had
become editor two years earlier. 1
- He played the trombone in the band of the Royal Worcestershire
- He died in active service in the army, while serving as a Lance
Corporal in France in February 1917. 1
1 = Obituary, Coventry
Herald, February 16, 1917
2 = Birth
3 = Marriage Certificate
Lionel Bird, Coventry, Warwickshire, England: August
Steven Oliver replied, sending his thanks for Answer 3 above.
"I always believed that McGhie enlisted
with the Hearts players, shareholders and supporters and ultimately perished
The latter part of that conclusion
would appear to be spot on and now I can (hopefully) start to trace McGhie's
bloodline and history in greater detail."
Steven Oliver, Shropshire, England: August 7, 2009
Another William McGhie
Thank you to Muriel Inch, Canada, who wrote concerning artist, William
"I am interested in the artist, William
McGhie, who lived in Glasgow. Sadly, he is not the same artist as William
Ironside McGhie mentioned in Answer 3 above.
William McGhie (Glasgow) presented
three oil paintings to my grandfather, John Campbell, as a wedding present in
1907. All were painted in 1906.
My grandfather was a tailor's cutter in
Glasgow. As far as I know, he never left Glasgow, except to go on annual
holiday to Blackpool !"
Muriel Inch, Canada: July 4 + 5, 2010
Reply to Muriel Inch
If you have any information about the Glasgow artist, William McGhie,
please email me, then I'll pass it on to Muriel. Thank
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: July 6, 2010