- Born 1823 Co Roscommon
- Died 28 April 1893 Dublin
- Occupation Land agent
- Debut 14 August 1861 v Colonel Buchanan's XIV of Scotland at Drumpelier, Scotland
- Cap Number 59
- Style Right hand batsman
- Teams Holyville Park Phoenix
Edward Hudson was a useful batsman, generally in the lower order, who, however, failed to reproduce the form he was capable of on his two appearances for Ireland. He came from a long established Anglo-Irish family, two others of which also played in early matches for Ireland, though their appearances, as is the case with Edward's debut were in "odds" matches and will, therefore not be found in the player statistics on this site. Full records may, however, be seen, by following the links on the Statszone. Additionally, Edward was a cousin of the Kinahan family, three of whom also played for Ireland.
His international debut came in mid August 1861, when he accompanied Charles Lawrence's United Ireland Xi to play against a XIV of Scotland raised by Colonel Buchanan, a noted developer of the game in that country. On this occasion, Lawrence had some difficulty in raising a side, and included three local professionals, one of whom, the Clydesdale bowler Daniel Duff, was together with Lawrence, altogether too much for the hosts' batsmen. Edward held two catches in the match, the Scots batting collapsing twice for 75, but failed entirely with the bat, recording a pair on debut. Ireland needed only 53 to win, but had collapsed themselves to 25-5, against the pace of Army man Captain Jessop - no relation as far as I can trace to the great Gilbert - when stumps were drawn.
Edward was still in the side for the match against I Zingari at Coburg Gardens, Dublin - a ground now mostly submerged by the National Concert Hall, which began on 30 September. The IZ attack was a formidable three pronged one of former Cambridge captain and Ireland all rounder James McCormick - whose biography appears on this site - HW Fellowes, once a bowler of extreme pace but now more of a medium fast operator, and RAH Mitchell a medium pace round armer, then on the threshold of a career that was to bring him an Oxford Blue and a high reputation as a coach running the game at Eton for thirty years. Though Lawrence, Arthur Samuels and Thomas Quinn all bowled impressively for Ireland, the visitors' trio were far too much for the home batsmen, including Edward who bettered his previous performance by one run.
Victorious against the national side the Zingaros moved on to defeat both Dublin University and Phoenix, Edward appearing in the latter match. Mitchell, McCormick and Fellowes were again to the fore as the visitors cahlked up their third win, despite excellent bowling by GF Barry. Edward again failed to score in either innings, but was, at least undefeated in the first!
It is not, perhaps, altogether unsurprising, that Edward Hudson was not seen in an Irish side again !
Edward Liddle, August 2010