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JOCK  DALZIEL 

(1852-1929)

Great Dalkeith Athlete

Jock Dalziel 1852-1929  

OLD-TIME ATHLETES EARNED THEIR MONEY

An article written in the Dalkeith Advertiser

FIRST AND LAST

Jock won his first Powderhall handicap at the age of 17 and his last Powderhall handicap at the age of 44. He entered races at some games until he was 60.

None of Jock's seven sons took up the running game seriously, although Thomas did give it a trial. He could not perform anything like his father. Six of Jock's sons fought in the Great War and it was a proud day for Jock Dalziel when he received a letter from His Majesty commending him for giving his sons to fight for King and country. The oldest and youngest were killed in action and one was permanently disabled.

  An article written in the Dalkeith Advertiser


FROM A NEWS REPORT OF THE 1880 POWDERHALL MEETING.

Here is a characteristic story of one of the finalists: "Jock" Dalziel of Dalkeith who in physique certainly ranked in the group of powerful athletes of the bull-dog breed.

Full of confidence in himself, Dalziel tried in vain to procure a "gaffer", but his aspirations to success in a event of this class were laughed to scorn by meeting officials. Nothing daunted, however, "Jock" sold his horse and cart (his only means of livelihood), and with the proceeds "stood" himself, finishing a respectable fourth.


Unfortunately a fire in the 1940's destroyed a lot of records from the era of Jock Dalziel but some results featuring Jock competing at Powderhall have survived and these have been kindly contributed by Frank Hanlon from the NEW YEAR SPRINT, formally known as the "Powderhall".

1876 Jan 1-3
300 Yards Handicap

1. W.Cricton, Edinburgh
2. T.McGilI, Leith
3. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith
4. J.Hardie, Musselburgh

Winning Time unknown
1877 Jan 2-3
300 Yards Handicap

1. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith
2. A.Anson, Glasgow

Winning Time of 31.5 secs
1878 Jan 1-2
Mile Handicap

1. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith
2. J.Tawse, Edinburgh
3. J.Duckworth, Edinburgh
4. J.Turner, Edinburgh

Winning Time of 4min 17secs
1880 Jan 1-3
130 Yards Handicap

1. J.Change, Edinburgh
2. J.McLintock, Glasgow
3. J.Laws, Jarrow
4. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith

Winning Time of 12.5 secs
1st prize value raised to £80 this year.
1880 Jan 1-3
600 Yards Handicap

1. G.Wood, Edinburgh
2. A.Kerr, Edinburgh
3. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith
4. R.Ross, Edinburgh

Winning Time of 1 min 10.5 secs
1885 May 21-23
300 Yards Handicap

1. J.Scott, Edinburgh
2. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith
3. T.Robertson, Dalkeith

Winning Time of 29.5 secs
1886 May 20-22
1 Mile Handicap

1. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith
2. J.Huntly, Edinburgh
3. R.Todd, Musselburgh
4. J.Clark, Whitehill

Winning Time 4 min 27.5 secs
1887 Jan 1-3
1 Mile Handicap

1. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith
2. H.Darrin, Sheffield
3. A.Scullion, Broxburn
4. L.Affleck, Rosewell

Winning Time of 4 min 27 secs
1889 May 23-25
300 Yards Handicap

1. W.Balmier, Edinburgh
2. T.Denholm, Edinburgh
3. J.Carrick, Paisley
4. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith

Winning Time 30.5 secs
1890 May 22-24
300 Yards Handicap

1. W.Hardie, Edinburgh
2. J.Dalziel, Dalkeith
3. R.Davidson, Leith
4. A.McQueen, Loanhead

Winning Time of 30 secs

 


 

Group of sports celebrities present at Powderhall on occasion of a "benefit" meeting

July 6 1928


Celebrities at Powderhall 1928_Jock front row 3rd from left

Photograph kindly contributed by Frank Hanlon from the NEW YEAR SPRINT, formally known as the "Powderhall".


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Updated 31 July 2005