James "Daddy" Dunlop

James Dunlop was born in Gourock. But the family was from Paisley and it was to there that they soon returned and where "Daddy", as he became known, lived the rest of his far too short life. At eighteen he, an inside forward, was playing first team football having come through youth and reserve ranks. At twenty he was team captain. Yet, his team was St. Mirren despite he staying only a little over half a mile from the ground of Paisley's other top-flight team of the era, Abercorn. Dykebar was the third but never at the same level. But then the grounds of the two clubs were themselves about the same distance from each other. 

Nor by 1890 was recognition confined to his home town. There were offers from Down South, which he knocked back, he already had his first cap, at aged nineteen against Wales, and was said to be on for a cap against England but for turning professional . Moreover, St. Mirren itself was steady. 1890-91 was the first year of the Scottish League. Both Abercorn and The Saints took part, both finished mid-table, Abercorn one point to the better and automatically safe, St. Mirren safely re-elected. 

And more or less the same would happen the next season, when there would be a two point gap. But it would be completed without Dunlop. On New Year's Day 1892 the two club had met in a local derby at Underwood Park, Abercorn's field, almost within sight of where the Dunlops, including Daddy were living by that time. During the game he cut a knee on broken glass on the pitch. Ten days later he was dead of "lockjaw", i.e. tetanus. 

Grief on his death was shared across the whole town as he was buried in Woodside Cemetery with money raised for a fine monument erected a year later in the graveyard to his enduring memory.  

Birth Locator:

1870 - Railway Tavern, Quay St., Gourock, Renfrewshire

 

Residence Locations:

1871 - Adelaide St., Gourock, Renfrewshire

1881 - 82, Broomlands, Paisley

1891- 4, Greenhill Road, Paisley

 

Death Locator:

1892 - 4, Greenhill Road, Paisley

 

Grave Locator:

Woodside Cemetery, Paisley

 

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