Lifetime was full of many achievements


James Maxwell April 30, 1931-August 28, 2017

JIMMY Maxwell's achievements were many and outstanding. He is probably best known as a rugby player, the 1955 Langholm Cornet and as the Common Riding's officiating magistrate.

But his contribution to his community and his country added up to so much more.

He played for and captained the Langholm 1st XV and Sevens teams and played 21 games for the South District. One of those matches was against the All Blacks at Gala and the other against Australia at Hawick.

and gained his Scotland cap against Ireland at Murrayfield in 1957 after playing in several Scotland trials. It was to be his only cap.

Jimmy began played rugby at 17 and was a natural. He was coached as a fly half by the Rev Jimmy Cotter, minister of Langholm parish church and a former Scottish fly half.

He played for Langholm for 16 seasons and under his captaincy in the 1958/59 season the club lifted the unofficial Scottish championship and the Border League title. They were unbeaten all season.

During that decade the Langholm Sevens team appeared in 12 finals and won five. In the spring of 1959 Jimmy led his side to victory at their home ground for the first and only time.

During his National Service he captained the RAF team and was twice in the Barbarians squad which toured Wales in 1961.

After retiring in his early 30s, he joined the Langholm committee and was also elected to the South District selection committee.

He took up the game of golf, getting down to a handicap of six and watched Carlisle Utd and Queen of the South.

Jimmy had always wanted to be Cornet; it was in his genes and he achieved his ambition aged 24. After his three years, he remained involved, becoming vice-chairman of the committee and then chairman in 1961. He stepped down in 1987.

The committee asked him to become the officiating magistrate in 1988 but he could not be persuaded to take on the job until 1990.

He grew into the role and began to enjoy it and many will remember his clear voice and passionate words at the start of each Common Riding.

After leaving school at 14, Jimmy joined his father's plastering firm as an apprentice. James Maxwell Building Contractors expanded under his leadership and he passed it on to his two sons.

Jimmy married Audrey in 1959 and they had three children, Roger, Geoff and Deborah. The couple also had seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

They lived most of their married life in their home in the Kirk Wynd but Jimmy was cared for in the last years of his life at Virginia Lodge in Longtown.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:27PM
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