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Overview

In 1973/74 Scotland was the first of the Home Nations to set up a domestic league.
Before the birth of the league clubs played friendly matches and newspaper calculated an unofficial table to crown an unofficial scottish champion. The championship was always awarded on the basis of the results between the teams in the championship table only which meant that games against clubs from England or further afield were not counted. Up until 1939 the honour was awarded to the club with the fewest defeats, which led to several seasons where the championship was shared. After 1945 it became more commonplace to determine the champion club based on the percentage of games won.

The league pyramid

The last reform of the league pyramid was in 2014. Since 2014/15 season the league structure is the following:

Level 1 Premiership
10 teams - 1 team to relegation playout and 1 relegation
Level 2 National One
12 teams - 1 promotion, 1 team to promotion playoff and 2 relegations
Level 3 National Two
12 teams - 2 promotions and 2 relegations
Level 4 National Three
12 teams - 2 promotions and 3 relegations
Level 5 to 8 Caledonia League
4 levels - 1 promotion
East Regional League
3 levels - 1 promotion
West Regional Division
4 levels - 1 promotion



Honours Roll

Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2017/18Melrose (10)AyrFinal16-13
2016/17Ayr (3)MelroseFinal12-8
2015/16Heriot's FP (5)AyrFinal29-26
2014/15Heriot's FP (4)MelroseFinal22-20
2013/14Melrose (9)GalaRound Robin 
2012/13Ayr (2)GalaRound Robin 
2011/12Melrose (8)Dundee HSFPRound Robin 
2010/11Melrose (7)CurrieRound Robin 
2009/10Currie (2)AyrRound Robin 
2008/09Ayr (1)Heriot's FPRound Robin 
2007/08Boroughmuir (3)WatsoniansRound Robin 
2006/07Currie (1)AyrRound Robin 
2005/06Glasgow Hawks (3)WatsoniansRound Robin 
2004/05Glasgow Hawks (2)Heriot's FPRound Robin 
2003/04Glasgow Hawks (1)BoroughmuirRound Robin 
2002/03Boroughmuir (2)Heriot's FPRound Robin 
2001/02Hawick (12)BoroughmuirRound Robin 
2000/01Hawick (11)MelroseRound Robin 
1999/00Heriot's FP (3)Glasgow HawksRound Robin 
1998/99Heriot's FP (2)MelroseRound Robin 
1997/98Watsonians (1)MelroseRound Robin 
1996/97Melrose (6) Round Robin 
1995/96Melrose (5) Round Robin 
1994/95Stirling County (1) Round Robin 
1993/94Melrose (4) Round Robin 
1992/93Melrose (3) Round Robin 
1991/92Melrose (2) Round Robin 
1990/91Boroughmuir (1) Round Robin 
1989/90Melrose (1) Round Robin 
1988/89Kelso (2)BoroughmuirRound Robin 
1987/88Kelso (1)HawickRound Robin 
1986/87Hawick (10)KelsoRound Robin 
1985/86Hawick (9)KelsoRound Robin 
1984/85Hawick (8)KelsoRound Robin 
1983/84Hawick (7)GalaRound Robin 
1982/83Gala (3)HawickRound Robin 
1981/82Hawick (6)Heriot's FPRound Robin 
1980/81Gala (2)Heriot's FPRound Robin 
1979/80Gala (1)Heriot's FPRound Robin 
1978/79Heriot's FP (1)GalaRound Robin 
1977/78Hawick (5)BoroughmuirRound Robin 
1976/77Hawick (4)GalaTie breaker15-3
1975/76Hawick (3)GalaRound Robin 
1974/75Hawick (2)GalaRound Robin 
1973/74Hawick (1)West of ScotlandRound Robin 

Team appearances

Premiership since 1997/98 National One since 1997/98
TeamTeam
appearances
First
appearance
Last
appearance
Currie Chieftains 22 1997/98 2018/19
Heriot's FP 22 1997/98 2018/19
Melrose 22 1997/98 2018/19
Boroughmuir 20 1997/98 2018/19
Glasgow Hawks 20 1998/99 2018/19
Hawick 20 1997/98 2018/19
Stirling County 17 1997/98 2018/19
Ayr 16 2003/04 2018/19
Watsonians 16 1997/98 2018/19
Gala 11 1999/00 2016/17
Aberdeen Grammar Rugby 10 2001/02 2013/14
Edinburgh Accies 10 1997/98 2018/19
Dundee HSFP 6 2006/07 2012/13
Jed-Forest 6 1997/98 2011/12
West of Scotland 6 1997/98 2010/11
Selkirk 4 2008/09 2015/16
GHA 3 2003/04 2007/08
Peebles 3 2002/03 2010/11
Stewart's Melville 3 2005/06 2011/12
Biggar 2 2004/05 2005/06
Kirkcaldy 2 2000/01 2001/02
Hamilton 1 2011/12 2011/12
Kelso 1 1999/00 1999/00
Marr 1 2017/18 2017/18
TeamTeam appearancesFirst
appearance
Last
appearance
Kelso 20 1997/98 2018/19
Selkirk 17 1998/99 2018/19
Jed-Forest 16 2001/02 2018/19
Biggar 15 1997/98 2014/15
Dundee HSFP 13 1997/98 2018/19
Stewart's Melville 13 2003/04 2017/18
Aberdeen Grammar Rugby 12 1998/99 2018/19
GHA 12 2002/03 2018/19
Peebles 12 1997/98 2015/16
Gala 11 1997/98 2018/19
Edinburgh Accies 9 1998/99 2017/18
Kirkcaldy 9 1997/98 2018/19
Musselburgh 9 1997/98 2018/19
Hillhead/Jordanhill 8 2005/06 2014/15
Hamilton 7 2006/07 2018/19
Watsonians 7 2001/02 2015/16
Haddington 6 2003/04 2009/10
Cartha Queens Park 5 2005/06 2018/19
Murrayfield Wanderers 5 2001/02 2005/06
Stirling County 5 1999/00 2009/10
West of Scotland 5 2000/01 2011/12
Falkirk 4 2010/11 2017/18
Marr 4 2014/15 2018/19
Ayr 3 2000/01 2002/03
East Kilbride 3 1999/00 2001/02
Grangemouth 3 2001/02 2003/04
Berwick 2 2004/05 2005/06
Boroughmuir 2 1999/00 2013/14
Glasgow Hawks 2 1997/98 2012/13
Hawick 2 2009/10 2012/13
Howe of Fife 2 2015/16 2016/17
Kilmarnock 2 1997/98 1998/99
Dunfermline 1 2009/10 2009/10
Preston Lodge 1 1997/98 1997/98
Whitecraigs 1 2011/12 2011/12

Related trophies

Unofficial Scottish Championship
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
1972/73Boroughmuir (1) Round Robin 
1971/72Hawick (14) Round Robin 
1970/71West of Scotland (9) Round Robin 
1969/70Watsonians (15) Round Robin 
1968/69Jordanhill (1) Round Robin 
1967/68Hawick (13) Round Robin 
1966/67Melrose (3) Round Robin 
1965/66Hawick (12) Round Robin 
1964/65Hawick (11)
West of Scotland (8)
 Round Robin 
1963/64Hawick (10) Round Robin 
1962/63Melrose (2) Round Robin 
1961/62Glasgow High (5) Round Robin 
1960/61Hawick (9) Round Robin 
1959/60Hawick (8) Round Robin 
1958/59Langholm (1) Round Robin 
1957/58Stewart's College FP (3) Round Robin 
1956/57Gala (2) Round Robin 
1955/56Edinburgh Accies (20) Round Robin 
1954/55Hawick (7) Round Robin 
1953/54Glasgow High (4) Round Robin 
1952/53Selkirk (1) Round Robin 
1951/52Melrose (1) Round Robin 
1950/51Glasgow High (3) Round Robin 
1949/50Heriot's FP (5) Round Robin 
1948/49Hawick (6) Round Robin 
1947/48Aberdeen Grammar Rugby (1) Round Robin 
1946/47Stewart's College FP (2) Round Robin 
1938/39Allan Glen's (1) Round Robin 
1937/38Stewart's College FP (1) Round Robin 
1936/37Hillhead (2)
Watsonians (14)
 Round Robin 
1935/36Glasgow High (2) Round Robin 
1934/35Watsonians (13) Round Robin 
1933/34Hillhead (1)
Royal High (2)
 Round Robin 
1932/33Dunfermline (2)
Hawick (5)
 Round Robin 
1931/32Gala (1) Round Robin 
1930/31Dunfermline (1) Round Robin 
1929/30Edinburgh Accies (19) Round Robin 
1928/29Heriot's FP (4) Round Robin 
1927/28Heriot's FP (3) Round Robin 
1926/27Hawick (4) Round Robin 
1925/26Glasgow Academicals (15) Round Robin 
1924/25Glasgow Academicals (14) Round Robin 
1923/24Glasgow Academicals (13)
Glasgow High (1)
 Round Robin 
1922/23Heriot's FP (2) Round Robin 
1921/22Glasgow Academicals (12) Round Robin 
1920/21Watsonians (12) Round Robin 
1919/20Heriot's FP (1) Round Robin 
1913/14Watsonians (11) Round Robin 
1912/13Glasgow Academicals (11) Round Robin 
1911/12Edinburgh University (6)
Watsonians (10)
 Round Robin 
1910/11Watsonians (9) Round Robin 
1909/10Watsonians (8) Round Robin 
1908/09Hawick (3)
Watsonians (7)
 Round Robin 
1907/08Edinburgh University (5) Round Robin 
1906/07Jed-Forest (2) Round Robin 
1905/06Edinburgh Accies (18) Round Robin 
1904/05Glasgow Academicals (10) Round Robin 
1903/04Glasgow Academicals (9) Round Robin 
1902/03Edinburgh University (4)
Glasgow Academicals (8)
 Round Robin 
1901/02Edinburgh University (3)
Watsonians (6)
 Round Robin 
1900/01Edinburgh University (2) Round Robin 
1899/00Edinburgh Accies (17)
Edinburgh University (1)
Hawick (2)
 Round Robin 
1898/99Edinburgh Accies (16) Round Robin 
1897/98Edinburgh Accies (15) Round Robin 
1896/97Clydesdale (1)
Jed-Forest (1)
Watsonians (5)
 Round Robin 
1895/96Hawick (1) Round Robin 
1894/95Watsonians (4)
West of Scotland (7)
 Round Robin 
1893/94Watsonians (3) Round Robin 
1892/93Watsonians (2) Round Robin 
1891/92Watsonians (1)
West of Scotland (6)
 Round Robin 
1890/91West of Scotland (5) Round Robin 
1889/90West of Scotland (4) Round Robin 
1888/89West of Scotland (3) Round Robin 
1887/88Edinburgh Accies (14) Round Robin 
1886/87Edinburgh Accies (13) Round Robin 
1885/86Edinburgh Accies (12) Round Robin 
1884/85West of Scotland (2) Round Robin 
1883/84Royal High (1) Round Robin 
1882/83West of Scotland (1) Round Robin 
1881/82Edinburgh Institution FP (2) Round Robin 
1880/81Edinburgh Institution FP (1) Round Robin 
1879/80Edinburgh Accies (11)
Glasgow Academicals (7)
 Round Robin 
1878/79Edinburgh Accies (10)
Glasgow Academicals (6)
 Round Robin 
1877/78Edinburgh Accies (9) Round Robin 
1876/77Edinburgh Accies (8)
Glasgow Academicals (5)
 Round Robin 
1875/76Glasgow Academicals (4) Round Robin 
1874/75Edinburgh Accies (7) Round Robin 
1873/74Glasgow Academicals (3) Round Robin 
1872/73Glasgow Academicals (2) Round Robin 
1871/72Glasgow Academicals (1) Round Robin 
1870/71Edinburgh Accies (6) Round Robin 
1869/70Edinburgh Accies (5) Round Robin 
1868/69Edinburgh Accies (4) Round Robin 
1867/68Edinburgh Accies (3) Round Robin 
1866/67Edinburgh Accies (2) Round Robin 
1865/66Edinburgh Accies (1) Round Robin 


Sources

www.bbc.com - BBC site
www.scottishrugby.org/ - Scottish rugby union site
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_in_Scotland - Wikipedia pages about scottish rugby
news.google.com/newspapers?nid=GGgVawPscysC - The Glasgow Herald digitalized edition
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org
Many data were found on Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook of various years.