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Francis MacKinnon
Personal information
Full name Francis Alexander MacKinnon
Born 9 April 1848(1848-04-09)
Paddington, England
Died 27 February 1947 (aged 98)
Forres, Scotland
Batting style Right-handed
International information
National side England
Only Test (cap 17) 2 January 1879 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1870 Cambridge University
1875–1885 Kent
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 1 88
Runs scored 5 2,310
Batting average 2.50 15.71
100s/50s 0/0 2/7
Top score 5 115
Balls bowled 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 0/– 38/–
Source: Cricinfo, 3 October 2009

Francis Alexander MacKinnon, The 35th MacKinnon of MacKinnon (9 April 1848 - 27 February 1947) was the longest-lived Test cricketer until being surpassed by Eric Tindill of New Zealand on 8 November 2009. MacKinnon, who was 98 years, 324 days old when he died, was the oldest-ever first-class cricketer at that time.

MacKinnon was born at Acryse Park, near Folkestone in Kent, and was educated at Harrow School. An amateur cricketer, he joined the MCC in 1870, and played first-class cricket from 1870 to 1885.

He attended St John's College, Cambridge, graduating in 1871.[1] He played cricket for Cambridge University, winning his blue in 1870. He played in the famous University match in 1870, known as Cobden's Match, in which Cambridge's Frank Cobden conceded only one run and took three wickets in the last four-ball over to win the match by two runs.

MacKinnon played for Kent from 1875. He toured Australia with Lord Harris in 1878-79, and played his only Test on this tour, making 0 and 5 in his two innings, bowled by Fred Spofforth twice. His first dismissal was the second in the first Test hat-trick. He was president of Kent in 1889.

In 1888, MacKinnon married the Hon. Emily Hood. They had one son and one daughter together. His wife died in 1934.

He was a Captain in the Royal Kent Yeomanry from 1871 to 1893, promoted to Honorary Major in 1886. He was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Kent from 1900 to 1902. On the death of his father in 1903, he became The MacKinnon of Mackinnon, the 35th Chief of the Mackinnon Clan.

He died at his home, Drumduan, in Forres, Morayshire, Scotland.


  1. ^ MacKinnon, Francis in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.

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