Andrew Watson wore the Rosebery colours in his first game for Scotland. He has been selected as captain and would lead the Scottish National team to a 6-1 humbling of the English at the Oval in London. This remains the worst defeat England has ever suffered on home soil.
Alistair Firth explores the history of the Rosebery colours in Scottish Football...
So the Rosebery colours were worn in honour of the SFA Honorary President, a former Prime Minister. But before this role and before the 1900 match?
As a young man, he apparently boasted that he would marry the richest woman in England, become Prime Minister and own a Derby winner; he succeeded in all three. The 5th Earl of Rosebery was a wealthy man. His fortune increased hugely when he married Hannah de Rothschild, who had inherited her family fortune in 1874 and became the richest woman in Britain. Upon the death of the 6th Earl of Rosebery, the de Rothschild ancestral home was sold. The family has since been settled in the Primrose family home on the Dalmeny estate, later becoming Midlothian.
He entered the cabinet in 1885 and served twice as foreign minister, paying particular attention to French and German affairs. He succeeded Gladstone as prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party in 1894. The Liberals lost the 1895 election, and he resigned from the party leadership in 1896 and never again held a political office.
But what is the connection to the Scottish National team and colours?