Another FP, J. Harling Turner, was the Ayrshire agent for the Duke of Portland’s estates and was an influential man in many areas of life. Amongst other things, he was the first captain of Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, and during the First World War was an advisor to the war cabinet on agricultural policy. He lived at Cessnock Castle at Galston, where he raised his family.
We think that the Eric Clark Cup was named after the son of James Clark, Rector of Kilmarnock Academy (1907-26). He certainly had a son called Eric, but have so far been unable to ascertain why he wished to name an athletics cup after him.
For over 90 years, pupils of Kilmarnock Academy have competed in the sports competitions, which in earlier times including swimming events held in the school swimming pool – long since demolished. The trophy winners took their prizes home and the cups have graced many a local sideboard for the year following the recipient’s success. Perhaps the best known sporting FP is R.C. (Cameron) Sharp, winner of the Turner Cup in 1973. Cameron went on to represent his country in many athletics events: He won a silver medal for Great Britain in the 1982 European Championships 200m race, and won one gold and four bronze medals for Scotland in three different Commonwealth Games
Time, however, has caught up with these trophies. The competition winners will still get their names engraved on the trophies, but the cups will remain in the school for safe keeping. Instead, lasting mementos of achievements will be given out. The cups require some attention due to their age – new mahogany plinths and new silver bandings for the engraving of future winners. Each cup would require about £150 spent on it.
If you are, or a member of your family was, a winner of any of these trophies, Kilmarnock Academy would be delighted if you could make a small donation towards the restoration. In addition, Stephen and Lesley would be delighted to hear from anyone who can supply any further information on the donors of the cups and their descendants.
All the past winners of the Copland Cup, Turner Cup and Eric Clark Cup are listed below.
Please make any cheques payable to Kilmarnock Academy. Stephen and Lesley will be happy to acknowledge all correspondence, and would be pleased to learn of sporting achievements of former pupils. If we fortunate enough to receive more donations than required for this restoration, there are plans to establish a “Sports Honours Board” to run alongside the Dux and Head Pupil boards within the school.
Please send your donations to:
Sports Cups Restoration
They will be gratefully received and faithfully applied!
Report by Stephen King - School Librarian