From the archives: 40 years ago

Brechin Cricket Club’s happy association with Kinnaird Castle goes back to its earliest days.

The present Earl’s grandfather, Sir James Carnegie, was the first to stretch out the hand of friendship to the young Club whose first appearance in match play took place on the invitation of Sir James, at Kinnaird Castle on June 8, 1850. Last year the Club celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding. This year, fittingly, there is to be a game marking the anniversary of that first match on Wednesday of next week when the present Earl is bringing a team to Guthrie Park.

B.C.C has had close links with successive generations of the Carnegie family, the late Earl, a first class player, strengthened the Brechin team on various occasions and also brought teams to play here.

As a schoolboy at Eton, the present Earl, then Lord Carnegie, turned out for Brechin when on holiday. He is described in O’Neils ‘Annals of Brechin Cricket’ as “a very correct batsman who bowled an effect googly”. Later he organised cricket house parties and captained his team against the neighbouring Clubs.

The Kinnarid v. Brechin match on June 8, 1850, was won by Kinnaird by 52 runs