Dick McTaggart
McTaggart (left) at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameRichard McTaggart
Born (1935-10-15) 15 October 1935 (age 88)
Dundee, Scotland, U.K.
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
SpouseDoreen Cochran (1966-present)
ClubRoyal Air Force
Dundee Boxing Club
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne Lightweight
Bronze medal – third place 1960 Rome Lightweight
Representing  Scotland
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1958 Cardiff Lightweight
Silver medal – second place 1962 Perth Light welterweight
European Amateur Championships
Gold medal – first place 1961 Belgrade Lightweight

Richard McTaggart, MBE (born 15 October 1935) is a Scottish retired amateur boxer. He competed in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics in the lightweight division and won a gold and a bronze medal, respectively. In 1956 he received the Val Barker Trophy for best boxing style at the Olympics. At the 1964 Olympics McTaggart moved to the light-welterweight category, but lost in the third bout to the eventual winner Jerzy Kulej. McTaggart won the British ABA title in 1956, 1958, 1960, 1963 and 1965,[1] and retired with a record of 610 wins out of 634 bouts.[2]

McTaggart was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1985 Birthday Honours for services to amateur boxing in Scotland.[3]

In retirement McTaggart worked as a boxing coach and prepared the Scottish team to the 1990 Commonwealth Games. In 2002 he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame. His four brothers were also amateur boxers.[1][2]


Year Competition Location Position Event
1954 ABA Championships London, England
1956 ABA Championships London, England
Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia
1958 ABA Championships London, England
Commonwealth Games Cardiff, Wales
1960 Olympic Games Rome, Italy
1961 European Amateur Championships Belgrade, Serbia
IABA Golden Jubilee Tournament[4] Dublin, Ireland
1962 Commonwealth Games Perth, Western Australia
Light welterweight
ABA Championships London, England
1963 ABA Championships London, England
1964 ABA Championships[5] London, England
1965 ABA Championships London, England

1956 Olympic results

Awards and honours


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Dick McTaggart". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Dick McTaggart. sshf.co.uk
  3. ^ United Kingdom list: "No. 50154". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1985. p. 14.
  4. ^ "IABA Golden Jubilee Tournament". Amateur Boxing. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  5. ^ "British ABA National Championships 1964". Amateur Boxing. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Dick McTaggart". Team Scotland. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Dick McTaggart Delighted by Lifetime Achievement Award". Team Scotland. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2022.