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Frank Coutts

Obituary of Brigadier Frank Coutts; born 8 July, 1918, in Glasgow; died 20 October, 2008, in Edinburgh, aged 90.

Brigadier Frank Coutts CBE, DL was a giant of a man in every way, a son of the manse who became a much-loved leader of men wherever he went. He started his career as a London “bobby” on the beat but became a career soldier and war hero with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. After the war he played as a second-row forward for Scotland at Murrayfield and Twickenham, as well as for the Barbarians, before being elected president of the Scottish Rugby Union in the late 1970s.

Before his retirement from the army in 1973, “the Brig”, as he was widely known, held several of the most senior Scottish commands in the army – chief of staff Scottish Command, divisional brigadier Scottish Division and commander Highland area. Thereafter, he dedicated himself to his other passion, rugby, but also to the welfare of his fellow ex-servicemen, notably as joint general-secretary of the Royal British Legion and the Earl Haig Fund from 1973-83 and subsequently as a dedicated fundraiser for them, for the Sea-gull Trust (providing canal trips for the aged and disabled), the Gurkha Welfare Trust, Erskine (care homes for veterans) and various other charities until his death.

He was an elder of the Church of Scotland from 1962 and deputy-lieutenant, the City of Edinburgh, from 1983 until his death. His second book, The Golden Thread, was published in 2006.

Full story at The Scotsman.

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