Sir Home Gordon, 12th Baronet

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Sir Home Seton Charles Montagu Gordon, 12th Baronet Gordon of Embo, Sutherland (30 September 1871 – 9 September 1956 at Rottingdean, East Sussex) was a journalist and author who was best known for his writing on cricket. He contributed regularly to the magazine The Cricketer as well as writing numerous books on the subject.

After completing his schooling at Eton College in 1887, Montagu became a journalist and writer and subsequently a publisher, at one time being the sole proprietor of Williams & Norgate Ltd. In addition to his own books, he contributed to annuals for county clubs and also wrote for the Encyclopædia Britannica.

He was known on cricket grounds all over the country, being recognisable by the red carnation that he always wore. His memories of cricket went back as far as 1878, when as a small boy he was taken to the Gentlemen of England v. the Australians match at Prince’s Cricket Ground. He first went to Lord’s in 1880, when he met W. G. Grace. Later that season he watched the first Test match to be played in England, at The Oval. He attended no fewer than seventy of the annual Oxford v. Cambridge games. He was an enthusiastic statistician but a somewhat inaccurate one, a fact noted by Plum Warner in Sir Home’s obituary.

He was friends with such great figures of the game as K. S. Ranjitsinhji, with whom he drove in a silver coach to the Delhi Durbar, Lord Hawke and Lord Harris. He collaborated with the latter two in editing the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) Memorial Biography of W. G. Grace. He was President of the London Club Cricketers’ Conference in 1917-18, chairman of the Sports Conference in 1919, and held practically every honorary position for Sussex, being their President in 1948.

When young he played for MCC amateur sides, but never played first-class cricket. However, for his services to Sussex, he was given a county cap, an old one belonging to A. E. R. Gilligan.

Outside cricket, he held a post at the Air Ministry in 1918 and was a member of the Committee of National Alliance of Employers and Employed from 1918 to 1919.

He succeeded to the Baronetcy when his father died in 1906. As he had no children from either of his two marriages, the title, created by King Charles I in 1631, became extinct with his death.

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