David Wotherspoon

The three Wotherspoon brothers — David, Thomas, and John —were original or near-original members of Queen's Park, as their names appear on the 1868 roll but with younger brother Thomas's name no longer there in 1869. Indeed David became a member of committee in April, 1869, remaining for five years, and had a prominent role in the club, being credited with the club's black and white hoops, until both he and John both left for Clydesdale with Robert Gardner in February, 1874. Meantime off the field David had been club-secretary from November, 1869 and Robert Smith's move to London until the annual meeting in 1872, when Archibald Rae replaced him. And on field, whilst at his first club, David also played, as a forward in both the first international, at Partick in 1872, the second in London in 1873, in the FA Cup and as a full-back for Glasgow against Sheffield in 1874. Then in 1874 he was in Clydesdale losing team to Queen's Park in the Scottish Cup whilst elder brother John also played against Sheffield but in in1875 again as a member of Clydesdale.

David Wotherspoon was born in 1849 in Hamilton, the son of a baker and one of ten children. But as early as late 1861 with the family he had moved to Glasgow, to Paterson St. in Tradeston. His father died there in December that year. Certainly by 1871 was a clerk to an Iron Merchant and living at number 24, after which came first the Clydesdale move and then marriage, in 1876 to Mary Galbraith, with whom he would have five daughters. 

It would be shortly after marriage that Wotherspoon seems, aged about twenty-eight, to have given up the game. By 1881 the family was living at 13, Kenmure St. in Pollockshields, he now an increasingly prosperous Iron Merchant. They then moved out of town. In 1891 they were to be found in Bothwell, possibly actually Uddingston, on Clydeford Drive. Yet by 1901 mother and daughters were back in Pollockshields at Leven Street. but with David not recorded. Leven St. was, however, given as his home address in 1906 when in a Kelvin nursing-home he was another to succumb to tuberculosis, plus complications, aged just fifty-six, to be buried in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis, in a since much neglected grave.

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