The death of John Herbert McLaughlin

August 11, 1909
By the death of Mr. John Herbert McLaughlin, chairman of the Celtic Football Club, a well-known figure in Scottish Athletics has been removed. Mr. McLaughlin had been ill for eighteen months, and his death did not come in the nature of a surprise. Indeed, about a year ago his illness was of a severe nature.

Mr. McLaughlin died at his residence, Strathmore, Hamilton. He was one of the founders of the Celtic Football Club in 1888 and on is formation as a Limited Liability Company in 1897 he became chairman. He also acted as secretary and treasurer of the club at various times.

He took an active interest in the affairs of the Scottish Football Association, serving for a time as its president, and also filled the office of treasurer.

He represented Scotland on the Football International Board, and his opinion on football matters commanded much respect on both sides of the Border.

Kindred sports also claimed a good deal of Mr. McLaughlin’s attention, especially bowling, and he was president for three years of the Hamilton Caledonian Club.

The deceased, who was 46 years of age, is survived by a widow and family. A native of Glasgow, he was educated in St. Mungo’s School and finished at Stoneyhurst College, where he took the highest honours and was gold medalist for two years in succession.

An accomplished musician, he was organist for many in St. Mary’s Church, Abercromby Street, Glasgow, and latterly he held a similar appointment with much acceptance in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hamilton.

The funeral takes place on Saturday to Dalbeth Cemetery, and a pathetic coincidence is that on the same day the annual athletic meeting of the Celtic Club in which the deceased always took a great interest, will be held.
(Source: Evening Telegraph: August 12, 1909)

John Herbert McLaughlin (picture with article).
John Herbert McLaughlin

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