Alexander William MacDougall was drafted into the Nottinghamshire side for the home Championship match against Surrey in June 1858 because Notts were without four regular players; he made 3 and 0, did not bowl and took no catches. Two other Notts debutants were in the XI that day; Alfred Diver, like MacDougall, did not play for Notts again – despite being the top scorer in each innings – but the other newcomer was rather more significant. Richard Daft, who made 44no in Notts’ second innings, was destined to become the finest professional of his age.
The same could not be said about MacDougall, who at that time was an undergraduate at Trinity College Cambridge. He played in several matches for the University but was not awarded his blue, even though in 1857 it was reported that he was: "wonderfully improved both as a bat and field. We hope to see him in the (Cambridge) Eleven this year." His best score whilst at Cambridge was 34 v Quidnuncs, also in 1858.
MacDougall was born in Jamaica on 19 March 1837 and was educated in Worcestershire. He lived in Wilford at the time of his only Notts appearance and played a few games for the Nottingham Commercial club. Towards the end of the 1858 season, he organised a three-day match at Trent Bridge between his own XXII and the United England Eleven (UEE). A few Notts names were in his team, including Richard and Charles Daft, but the most telling contribution from a home player came from Jemmy Grundy, who took 10 second innings wickets for UEE as the visitors won easily. This was the only game that MacDougall played at Trent Bridge.
A barrister by profession, he lived in London from about 1870 and was in chambers at Lincoln’s Inn from 1871. He died in Greenwich on 1 November 1917, aged 80.
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 87