Leslie M Balfour-Melville

(B.1854 - D.1937)
Cricket, Rugby Union, Tennis, Golf
Inducted in 2002

Leslie Balfour-Melville’s finest moment in his sporting career was on 29 July 1882. As captain, opening batsman and wicket-keeper, he led Scotland to victory over Australia at cricket. Balfour-Melville was also a tennis player, rugby player, skater, curler, long-jumper and billiards player. He was a prolific golf medal winner and captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1906, as well as being crowned British Amateur Golf Champion in 1895. His impressive sporting pedigree was also recognised on the rugby pitch, when he represented Scotland against England in 1872. In 1879, Balfour-Melville also won the Scottish Lawn Tennis Championship.

Leslie M Balfour-Melville