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Robert Moir (Bob) Grieve

Born on the 1st February 1911, Bob was the eldest child and only son of James and Chrissie Grieve. He was the older brother of Ruth who still lives in the village. His father was a monumental sculptor, stone mason and builder, who carried on the business of R & J Grieve (Maxton) Ltd, which his father, Robert, had set up.

Bob attended Maxton Public School and Kelso High School, before leaving to work in the family business

In the winter, he attended classes at the Heriot Watt in Edinburgh, as part of his apprenticeship training. He started his rugby playing at school and joined St Boswells Rugby Club before playing for Kelso. He played for the South of Scotland and the Barbarians as well as Scotland. He was first capped in 1935 when he played against Wales, Ireland and England and also New Zealand who toured that year. That cap was a very special one, as Scotland had not played New Zealand since 1905 and would not play them again until 1954. In 1936 he played against all three Home Countries again. He could not win a cap for playing against the French, because there were no matches between Scotland and France during the years 1932-46.

The war years were spent in the Royal Engineers, when he played for the Army, but as a result of war-time injuries he was no longer able to play when he was demobbed. Thereafter he returned to the family business. Bob retired from the business, which moved to Bowden and then was wound up. After the death of his wife, Bob built a house in the former builder's yard in Maxton, in which he lived for some years. Latterly, Bob's health was not good and he moved, first, into a home at Nenthorn and then down south beside his son, David.

Bob died on 13th August 2000 and is interred in Maxton graveyard.


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