James Scott
Personal information
Date of birth 1895
Place of birth Airdrie, Scotland
Date of death 1 July 1916 (aged 20–21)[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

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]

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. ^ a b "The Raith Rovers stars who never returned". Archived from the original on 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ a b "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. ^ a b 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.