AGG Asher

A. G. G. Asher
Full name Augustus Gordon Grant Asher
Date of birth (1861-12-18)18 December 1861
Place of birth Poona, India
Date of death 15 June 1930(1930-06-15) (aged 68)
Place of death Kingussie, Scotland
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Half-back
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Fettesian-Lorettonian Club
Murrayfield Wanderers RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1882-1886  Scotland 4

Sir Augustus Gordon Grant Asher CBE (18 December 1861 – 15 June 1930)[1] was a Scottish international rugby and cricket player.[2]


Grant Asher was born in India in 1861.[1]

Grant Asher went to Loretto School, and attended Oxford University after that.[1]

In later life he was a Writer to the signet.[1]

He was president of the Scottish Rugby Union from 1929–30.[1]

Rugby career

One of the earliest Scottish players, he was capped four times for Scotland between 1882 and 1886.[2] He also played for Oxford University RFC,[2] as well as the Fettesian-Lorettonian Club, and Edinburgh Wanderers.[1] He played at half back.[1]

R.J. Phillips, the first historian of Scottish rugby said:

"no one has arisen to bear comparison with A.R. Don Wauchope at quarter or half back, where he and A.G.G. Asher still hold claim as the greatest pair to have played together for their country."[3]

Other sport

At Oxford, he played in 10 first-class cricket matches for the Oxford University team in 1883 and 1884, winning a Blue for cricket in 1883.[4] He also played for the Scotland national cricket team,[1][2] and was also Scotland's pole vault champion.[1]

See also



  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  • Goodwin, Terry Complete Who's Who of International Rugby (Cassell, 1987, ISBN 0-7137-1838-2)
  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)