Frank Reginald Adams

Frank Adams
Full name Frank Reginald Adams
Date of birth 14 September 1852
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne[1]
Date of death 10 October 1932
Place of death Vancouver, British Columbia
School Wellington College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Forward
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Richmond F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1875–1879[2]  England 7 Goals:0;

Frank Adams was a rugby union international who represented England from 1875 to 1879. He also captained his country.[2]

Early life

Frank Adams was born in 1852, the second son of Frank Adams and Ellen Straith. His father was a Major General and was the son of the former Mayor of Coventry and High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Henry Cadwallader Adams of Ansty Hall, Warwickshire and Emma Curtis, daughter of Sir William Curtis, 1st Baronet of Cullonds Grove (1752–1829), the former Member of Parliament for the City of London, Lord Mayor famed for the definition of the 3Rs as "reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic" (attributed to him from a speech made at a Board of education dinner).[3] The Adams possession of the family seat at Anstey dated back to 1799 with Burke's Peerage detailing the family lineage back as far as the Rev. Simon Adams rector of Aston Le Walls 1627 to 1673, himself the son of Simon Adams[4]

Frank's siblings were his older brother William Ormond(born 1847), and younger siblings Howard Cadwallader, Ellen Georgina, Emma Catherine and Mary Beatrice. He was educated at Wellington College,[5] a younger co-student of another England rugby captain Henry Lawrence.

Rugby union career

Adams played his club rugby for Richmond F.C. and made his international debut on 15 February 1875 at The Oval in the England vs Ireland match.[2] The pitch was described as a quagmire and Adams was one of nine new caps to earn a victory in front of 3000 spectators. In total it took Adams four years to earn his seven caps and he was on the winning side on four occasions.[2] He played his final two matches for England as captain, drawing with Scotland and then on 24 March 1879 at The Oval beating Ireland.[2] After retiring from international rugby he continued to play for Richmond and was a member of the unbeaten 1886–87 team led by Edward Temple Gurdon. He was described as "a valuable player by reason of his weight strength and vigorous following up".[6] Notably, Adams was playing first team rugby football in both the 20-aside and 15-aside eras of the game.


Professionally Adams was a shipping insurer, a career that took him to Australia, New Zealand and later to the USA where he married. His punishing travel schedule put pay to his rugby playing career.[6]

Personal life

Adams was married twice. His first wife was Rachel Seabrook of Charleston, South Carolina, USA in 1904 he married Julie Henrietta Ogden Jones, the daughter of William Ogden Jones of Park Avenue, New York, USA Together they had two sons, Frank Ormond Adams (born 1905) and William Ogden Cadwallader Adams (born 1907). Frank Ormond Adams became a Colonel in the US Army serving in both the Second World War and the Korean War. Adams family associations included his father's cousin Henry Cadwallader Adams (1817–1899), the children's writer.

Frank Adams died aged 80 in 1932.[6]


  1. Howard, Joseph Jackson, 1827–1902; Crisp, Frederick Arthur, 1851–1922; Visitation of England and Wales (1893), Volume: 18, College of Arms (Great Britain), (Publisher: [London]:Privately printed)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Frank Adams Profile on
  3. Biography Retrieved 8 February
  4. John Burke A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions Or High Official Rank: But Uninvested with Heritable Honours, p388 (Publisher: Published for Henry Colburn, by R. Bentley, 1838)
  5. Steve Lewis, One Among Equals, page 50 (Vertical Editions:2008)
  6. 1 2 3 Steve Lewis, One Among Equals, page 51 (Vertical Editions:2008)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Murray Wyatt Marshall
English National Rugby Union Captain
Succeeded by
Lennard Stokes
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