The three famous Studd brothers, Charles, Kynaston & George, were Victorian gentleman cricketers; they were educated at Eton and Cambridge. They all represented Eton in the Eton v Harrow annual needle match and represented Cambridge at cricket. These three Studd brothers dominated the Cambridge cricket scene in the early 1880s.
The brothers were still at Eton when their father Edward Studd became a born-again Christian and they were far from pleased by his efforts to interest them in the gospel. However, all three themselves converted when a visiting preacher went to stay with the Studd family during the summer holidays of 1878 - an event that was to have a profound influence on and in all of the rest of their lives.
The three brothers grew up within their larger family at Hallaton Hall, Hallaton, Leicestershire and then Tedworth House, Netheravon, Wiltshire. They excelled at cricket both at Eton and later at Cambridge; at Cambridge the brothers achieved a remarkable record of each captaining the university cricket team in successive seasons from 1882 to 1884.
The very exceptional skills shown by Charles gained him a place in the England team in 1882 which lost the match to Australia which originated the tradition of the "Ashes" between the two countries. The following winter he toured Australia with the MCC (England) team that recovered the trophy.
The Studd family is believed to be descended from William the Conqueror.
Charles played in the original test against Australian were the Ashes were first named and was one of the last 2 batsman in.
The match was low scoring and had been affected by recent rain. Australia batted first and scored 63 - and England only managed 101 in reply. In their second innings the Australians scored 122 -on the second day, England needed only 85 to win.
When England's last batsman went in the team needed only 10 runs to win, but the final batsman Edmund Peate scored only 2 before being bowled by Boyle. The astonished crowd fell silent, not believing that England could possibly have lost by 7 runs. When what had happened had sunk in the crowd cheered the Australians.
When Peate returned to the Pavilion he was reprimanded by the captain WG Grace for not allowing his partner at the wicket CT Studd to get the runs. Despite Studd being was one of the best batsman in England Peate replied, "I had no confidence in Mr Studd, sir, so thought I had better do my best." By now the damage was done and The Sporting Times next headlined with the following famous phrase:
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF ENGLISH CRICKET WHICH DIED AT THE OVAL, 29th AUGUST, 1882, DEEPLY LAMENTED BY A LARGE CIRCLE OF SORROWING FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES R.I.P. N.B.-THE BODY WILL BE CREMATED AND THE ASHES TAKEN TO AUSTRALIA.
Longer lasting fame continues for the brothers in the form of the inscription on the Ashes' urn itself, which reads:
For a more detailed look at the lives of the famous three brothers, see the related articles below:
The minor brothers
In addition to the three famous brothers, there were four Studd brothers who were competent cricketers and all played for the MCC, but who did not rise to the fame of their siblings:
Yet another Studd
A great-nephew Peter of the brothers was also a notable cricketer and also a Lord Mayor of London.