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James Prinsep Clapham Rovers FC

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  Sub-Inspector General James Frederick MacLeod Prinsep
"Appointments ...These appointments will have effect from the 10th May last, the date of Mr. J. H. Prinsep's appointment to be Magistrate and Collector of Allyghur." - The Friend of India, Thursday, 22 August 1861.
Birth Saturday, 27 July 1861 as a British Subject in Simla, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
registered in India Births & Baptisms 1786-1947
"PRINSEP―July 27th inst., at Simla, wife of J. H. Prinsep, Esq., son." - The Homeward Mail, Saturday, 28 September 1861.
Baptism 7 October 1861 in Simla, Kolkata, 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 is living at 46 Thurloe Square in Kensington. He also has a home in Alexandria, Egypt.
Marriage to Evelyn Elizabeth Campbell, 27 July 1891, at St. Stephen's Church in Kensington
registered in Kensington July-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." - London Daily News, Thursday, 30 July 1891.
Children James and Evelyn Prinsep had three children together. Evelyn Siegfried MacLeod (b.23 April 1892 in Al Iskandariyah, Egypt), Caradoc Stuart MacLeod (b.3 March 1893) and David Walter MacLeod (b.16 June 1895 in Kensington).
Death Friday, 22 November 1895 in Nairn, between Inverness and Elgin, Highlands of Scotland. 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.
aged 34 years 118 days no registration found
"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." - London Morning Post, Tuesday, 26 November 1895.


"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 Sudanese sailor from drowning in the Nile."
- Leeds Mercury, Wednesday, 27 November 1895/Chelmsford Chronicle, Friday, 29 November 1895/Barking East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park & Dagenham Gazette, Saturday, 30 November 1895.
"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 Essex 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."
- Inverness Courier, Friday, 29 November 1895.
Tuesday, 26 November 1895
Nairn cemetery, 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 Egyptian 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." - Glasgow Herald, Wednesday, 27 November 1895.
Probate "PRINSEP James Frederick Macleod of 46 Thurloe-square Middlesex and of Alexandria Egypt sub-inspector-general of the coast guard of Egypt died 22 November 1895 at Nairn North Britain Administration London 22 November to Evelyn Elizabeth Prnsep widow.
Effects £1204." [2019 equivalent: £159,202]
  Evelyn Prinsep died 27 September 1902 in Kensington, buried in Brompton
Source 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 AFC; Attended The Royal Military College in Sandhurst from 1878;
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1878-79, winner 1880-81;
Individual honours Surrey FA
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
Source 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 252 days;
Individual honours The Stripes (one appearance, February 1879);
The South
(one appearance, March 1880)
Distinctions Held the record of England's youngest ever player for just under 124 years.
First 1860's-born player to represent England.
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. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.200.

The Numbers
parties Appearances withdrew minutes captain
4 1 three 90 0 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 4 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match played at a home venue

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

Age 17 trial  
one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 26 February 1879

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

9 1 March1879 - England vs. Scotland, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr postponed - frost res
1 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW   hb

one of eight who became the 62nd (65) players to appear for England
one of three who became the eighth (nine) player from Clapham Rovers to represent England
the youngest player to represent England - until 2003
first 1860's-born player to represent England

Age 18 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 6 March 1880

11 115 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW withdrew injured

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

Age 19
13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL reserve

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