The 1895-96 "Annual" of the Royal Club reported that the
moving spirit behind the first Scotland v. England match - played at Talkin
Tarn, near Carlisle in January 1895 - was "that man of sport, Mr I'Anson,
the well-known English horse trainer."
(The Scottish Curler, October 1992, p.9)
The "Annual" contains a photograph of Mr I'Anson and his opposing
skip, Sir J.H.Gibson-Craig, with their rinks on the ice prior to the Match.
Sir J.Gibson-Craig v. W.I'Anson
with their teams
(from a photograph by
M.Boak & Sons, Malton)
The same year, in recognition of his work for English curling, he
was elected a Vice-President at the RCCC [Royal Caledonian Curling Club]
Annual Meeting, at which he proposed the establishment of an English Branch
of the Royal Club. The proposal, ammended after discussion, to introduce
"Associated Provinces of England," was adopted.
At the luncheon which traditionally followed RCCC Annual Meetings
in these days, Mr I'Anson presided and received further plaudits for his