Robert Duncan and David Tait

In the Renton team of 1895 that that year from outwith the League lost Scottish Cup Final there are two players on the team-sheet, who get none of the recognition afforded to the others who furthered their careers elsewhere. They are forward, twenty-year old Robert Duncan, and half-back, twenty-one year old David Tait. No known biographies exist of them but perhaps a little more can here be added for posterity. 

A Robert Duncan was born in 1874 in Renton. In 1891 he was sixteen, Printfield Worker and living on Main St., in fact at No.27, an address his family seems to have shared with Donald Colman's. They, the Duncans, had moved there from Alexandria and would stay in Renton for at least another decade, Robert now a Stonemason to trade. And in 1911, Robert now married and with a young family was still there in the village, as he would be in 1921. In fact he would live out his life within it close-knit community, dying there in 1933 at the age of fifty-eight. 

As for David Tait he might have been an Alexandria-boy, born in 1873 so twenty-two in an Engraver to trade, who soon after the loss, Renton also reaching the semi-final the following year but clearly with no offer from elsewhere emigrated to the United States. There in 1900 he married in New Hampshire, his bride giving an address in that state, he in Massachusetts. He then seems to have lived out almost all his life in America, with the exception of his passing. It was in Canada, in Toronto, where his daughter was married and living. It was in 1939 in hospital in the city, he a widower, aged sixty-seven.  

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