Lancashire player number 59 - Mackinnon, Donald William
by Don Ambrose

Player:DW MacKinnon

Lancashire 1870-71
Born 3.3.1842 Bangalore, India.
Died 19.11.1931 Waterlooville, Hampshire.


Educated at St.Andrews, Fife, Scotland, he joined the Indian Army as Ensign at the age of 18.


He served with the 109th Regiment at Madras, under the old East India Company. When these forces were transferred to the Crown Lieutenant Mackinnon received a commission in the Leinster Regiment. In 1868 he served in the Abyssinian campaign as a Sub Assistant Commissary General.


He first played for Lancashire in July 1870 as a Lieutenant against Hampshire at Old Trafford, scoring 24 in his only innings. In 1871 he opened the innings against Yorkshire at Old Trafford at the end of June scoring 0 and 16 and taking two wickets for 45 runs. His last match for Lancashire was on 17th to 19th August 1871 against Derbyshire at Derby, when he scored 23 and 3 and in the first innings took three wickets for 13.


On 18th to 20th August 1870 he had played for the Gentlemen of the North against the Gentlemen of the South, at Beeston, Nottinghamshire.


On the 4th to 6th August 1870 he played for Twenty of Preston against the United North of England Eleven at Preston, scoring 4 and 5 and taking no wickets for 35 runs, plus one catch.


On 6th December 1873 he was promoted to Captain and on 1st July 1881 to Major. On the disbandment of the Leinster Regiment he was transferred to the 109th Foot.


At the time of the 1881 Census he was living in married quarters at Aldershot, aged 39, born in Poona, India, a Captain in the 109th Foot, with his wife Hannah Sinclair, aged 29, born at Leith, Scotland. There are two stepsons, Charles Russell Campbell aged 5, and Norman Sinclair Campbell aged 3, both born in Scotland. There are two Irish domestic servants.


His last known Army command was at Fort Cakcutta, India, before he retired from the Army as Colonel in 1897. He was an all-round sportsman and as well as his cricket he was a big game hunter and a life member of the Royal and Ancient St Andrews Golf Club.


In 1916 he took up residence at Manor Croft, Fareham, moving in 1929 to Laggan Cottage, Stakes Hill, Waterlooville. He was buried at Fareham Cemetery.


(Article: Copyright © 2004 Don Ambrose)


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