Norman Davidson

Born as James Norman Grieve Davidson on the 28th of January 1931, he was the first baby to be born in the Haig Maternity Hospital in Hawick.  A former Rugby Union internationalist, he represented Scotland from 1952 till 1954 and also played for  Scotland at cricket.

From a young age, he was very interested in sport and remembers watching cricket at Wilton Park, rugby at Mansfield Park and seeing his boyhood heroes play. His ambition as a young boy was to strive to make the grade at school and at sport in the hopes that he might one day play for Scotland.

Davidson attended Hawick High School from 1942 till 1948. During school his favourite subject was Mathematics but he had a number of different teachers across different subjects. Mr William Redpath for Mathematics, Mr Cuthbert Robb for English, Mr Purvis for Chemistry and Dr. Kilgour for Latin and Greek.

At the age of 23, Norman Davidson became a doctor. New graduates had to work in a hospital for the first 12 months. He was house physician for Sir Stanley Davidson in Edinburgh Royal infirmary for six months, then house-surgeon for Mr John Bruce at the Western General hospital. The reason he studied medicine was primarily that he admired his family doctors, Dr. Ross Haddon, Dr. Kerr Henderson and Dr. Paul Riley, saying they were outstanding men.

His rugby union playing ended when he was aged 28 and cricket at age 30. In 1960 he emigrated to New Zealand and still lives there with his wife Margaret. Now retired and aged 81, he still plays golf three times a week and bridge at the local bridge club with his wife.  He also enjoys gardening, reading, listening to music and watching sport on television. Although cricket was his number one love, he greatly enjoys watching both sports and has followed the All Blacks for 50 years now. Davidson hasn’t been back to Hawick for many years but remembers it fondly.  He will always be remembered as one of Hawick’s great sporting legends.

By Mhairi Rowntree