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James Prinsep

Clapham Rovers FC

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  Sub-Inspector General James Frederick MacLeod Prinsep
Birth Saturday, 27 July 1861 as a British Subject in Allyghur, Bengal, India.
Baptism 7 October 1861 in Simla, Calcutta, by the Chaplain, Julian Robinson.

According to the 1871 census, James, son of James Hunter and Christina Louisa (née White), is a scholar, one of three cousins living with their aunty at 14 Warwick Place, Milverton in Warwickshire. His father is part of the Indian Civil Service.


There is no James Prinsep on the 1881 and 1891 census'. Evidently, James was on army duty in Egypt.


At the time of his marriage, as well as death, Prinsep was living at 46 Thurloe Square in Kensington. He also had a home in Alexandria, Egypt.

Marriage To Evelyn Elizabeth Campbell, 27 July 1891 at St. Stephen's Church in Kensington [registered in Kensington, September 1891].
"PRINSEP―CAMPBELL.―27th inst., at St. Stephen's, Gloucester-road, by the Very Reverend the Dean of Gloucester, assisted by the Reverend J. P. Waldo, Vicar of the parish, and the Reverend H. Prinsep, Captain J. F. M. Prinsep, Essex Regiment, son of J. H. Prinsep, of 46, Thurloe-square, to Evelyn Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Campbell, of 64, Cromwell-road." - Thursday, 30 July 1891, London Daily News.
Three children, Evelyn, Cradoc and David.
Death Friday, 22 November 1895 in Nairn, between Inverness amd Elgin, Highlands of Scotland, aged 34 years 118 days. He died while on holiday to Scotland. A game of golf on a wet day led to pneumonia. After seven weeks of illness, Prinsep died of blood poisoning and kidney disease.
"PRINSEP―On the 22nd inst., at Nairn, James Frederick McLeod Prinsep, Captain Essex Regiment, son of James H. Prinsep, Bengal Civil Service, aged thirty-four." - Tuesday, 26 November 1895, London Morning Post.


"Captain James Frederick McLeod Prinsep, of the Essex Regiment, died at Nairn on Friday last, aged 34. He was son of Mr. James H. Prinsep, late of the Bengal Civil Service. Captain Prinsep was awarded the bronze medal of the Humane Society for having, on December 23ed, 1884, saved a private soldier from drowning who had fallen into the Shaban rapid in the Nile. He also received a clasp for having, in 1885, saved a Soudanese sailor from drowning in the Nile."
- Wednesday, 27 November 1895, Leeds Mercury/Friday, 29 November 1895, Chelmsford Chronicle/Saturday, 30 November 1895, Barking East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park & Dagenham Gazette.
"NAIRN―THE LATE CAPTAIN PRINSEP.―Much regret is felt at the death of Captain J. F. M. Prinsep at Nairn on Friday. Captain Prinsep at the end of the shooting season returned to Nairn out of health, and for several weeks back his serious condition had been a source of great anxiety, but hopes were entertained almost to the end that he would be able to overcome the illness he had contracted. Captain Prinsep belonged to the Essix Regiment, but for several years past he had been engaged in the Egyptian Coastguard Service, and only came home from Egypt this year on a visit. Captain Prinsep was known to be an able linguist and an accomplished artist―some of his sketches were exhibited at the recent Fine Arts Exhibition in Nairn. He was an exceedingly popular officer, and his death at the early age of thirty-four is deeply regretted."
- Friday, 29 November 1895, Inverness Courier.
Funeral Tuesday, 26 November 1895 in Nairn.
"The funeral took place at Nairn yesterday of a very promising young British Officer, Captain J. F. M. Prinsep, who had been for several years employed in the Egyptain Coastguard service, and had only returned this year on leave of absence. Captain Prinsep belonged to the Essex Regiment and volunteered for service in Egypt. He was an able linguist and a very accomplished draughtsman." - Wednesday, 27 November 1895, Glasgow Herald.
Left £1204 to his widow, Elizabeth. [2018 equivalent = 110,684]


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Charterhouse School (1874-78), playing football there 1877-78; Played his regular football with Clapham Rovers FC and Old Carthusians FC; Attended The Royal Military College in Sandhurst from 1878; also represented Surrey FA.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1878-79, winner 1880-81;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Prinsep held the record for being the youngest player to play in an FA Cup final, playing in the 1879 final against Old Etonians at the age of 17 years and 245 days. This record was broken in the 2004 final.
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 62nd players (65) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
Only match No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 17 years 253 days;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Held the record of England's youngest ever player for just under 124 years.
Despite his tender years when he died, he was the second player to die from the 1879 team, after Claud WIlson.

Beyond England

Prinsep was commissioned into the Essex Regiment in May 1882, serving in the Sudan campaign 1884-85. In 1885, he joined the Egyptian Army, making Lieutenant in 1886, he was involved in operations around Suakin, Sudan in 1888. He was promoted to Captain in 1890 and transferred to the Egyptian Coastguard Service, becoming Sub-Inspector General. He received two Royal Humane Society awards for rescuing men from the Nile. On 23 December 1884, Lieut. Prinsep saved Private Wheeler from drowning.  He then saved a Sudanese sailor almost a year later. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.200.

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min Captain
3 1 90 0 none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1

Match History
 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 17
1 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start hb

Age 18
11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW withdrew injured

 Club: Old Carthusians F.C. - no full appearances  

Age 20
15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL withdrew injured
16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL