David Hill

As player and person Davie Hill seems to have been somewhat under-estimated by history. In football his place is as a member from 1875, aged just seventeen, to 1884 of Rangers' second generation, the winner of three caps and runner-up in the Scottish Cup, whilst in his commercial life he is consistently recorded as a Yarn Salesman. 

What is not made clear is that as a player the runners' up medal could easily have been a winner's one. He was in the Gers team that in the 1879 final scored in the twelfth minute, protested a ruled-off second goal, only conceded in the eighty-seventh and then deliberately did not appear for the replay. And then he was also in the Scotland teams that in 1881 beat England 1-6 and two days later Wales 1-5, both away, two of the three best, international results ever. 

And what is also not really mentioned is that by 1891 he was a Shipping Clerk with an East Kilbride-based, East India Merchants owned by his mother's family, all also Perth-born, and two decades later have strong connection to the United Turkey Red Co., in 1911 and staying in a large, now listed house in Balloch, a short distance from its works further down the River Leven in Alexandria and Renton. 

David Hill had been born in Perth, his parents both from the city, his father a Calico Block Printer. But they did not stay long, moving to Glasgow, eventually settling north of the river, by Glasgow Green, the young David employed ay twenty-one as a Clerk in a Calico Warehouse, already established at Rangers and just beginning an international career that would include a third cap in 1882. However, about that time work seems to have taken over somewhat. He may even have already moved to East Kilbride making appearance more sporadic. Certainly by 1901 he had an established address in the town that he was to occupy until at least 1910. 

And meanwhile in 1904 at the age of forty-five, he had married, the ceremony taking place in Hairmyres. His bride was Glasgow-born, Jane Storer, the daughter of an analytical chemist and twenty years his junior, he recorded as a Turkey Red Manufacturing Assistant. 

David and Jane were to have two children, a girl in 1906, who would die in infancy, and a boy, born in 1909. And from East Kilbride and Balloch they would settle in Glasgow, in Hillhead. And it was there in 1920 he would pass away, at the age of just sixty-one to be buried back in East Kilbride beside his infant daughter, Jane surviving him by two decade, dying in 1943 at sixty-five in Ayr.

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