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Edward Hudson Kinahan (later Sir Edward Hudson Hudson-Kinahan)
  • Born 27 November 1828 Dublin
  • Died 3 September 1892 at Maryborough, Queen's County (Laois)
  • Educated Private
  • Occupation Senior partner in Distillers; High Sherriff for the City and County of Dublin
  • Debut 25 May 1856 v Gentlemen of England at Phoenix CC Phoenix Park
  • Cap Number 12
  • Style Hand unknown.
  • Teams Dublin University, Phoenix

Edward Kinahan, whose first cousins Charles and George also played for Ireland, was a member of a well known Anglo-Irish family, with roots in Cork, Dublin and Co Down. A well known member of the Down branch in the 19th Century was the eminent geologist George Kinahan (not the cricketer), while, in more recent times, the family's cricket tradition has been maintained by the late Sir Robin Kinahan, Stormont MP, Lord Mayor of Belfast and President of both the Irish and Northern Cricket Unions.

Edward was a useful batsman, who, however struggled, in majormatches. The first such game involving him of which a score has been seen was the match between XXII of Phoenix and the United England XI in 1854. This was a low scoring contest which resulted in a win for the home side by 135 runs, though their batting failed twice against bowlers of the fame of James Grundy and Jemmy Dean. However the visitors, possibly enjoying the social side of their visit as the travelling elevens were sometimes prone to do, crumbled even more dramatically against the fast round arm deliveries of the Phoenix professional, Charles Lawrence. Edward contributed little to the victory, being caught by Grundy off Dean for 2 in the first innings, batting at 9, and reaching double figures before being bowled by Grundy for 10.

Having made a rather inglorious debut for Ireland in 1856, he appeared for XXII of Dublin v Charles Lawrence's United Ireland XI in 1857 and 1858. In the first match, at Rotunda Gardens, he opened the batting in the first innings and was run out for 2. The mismatch between the sides was clearly shown in the second innings, as Lawrence and James McCormick repeated their first innings feat and carved up the wickets between them. The XXII totalled 37, Edward getting the second top score 5, before being caught by Hugh Despard off McCormick. The following season saw the match played in "The Park," but the change of venue did little for the XXII. In their first innings Lawrence, this time abetted by underarm propagandist Arthur Samuels, tore through the batting. Edward was again second top score, this time with 7 out of 65, before being bowled by Samuels. Second time around he made just one run, still a better score than a number of his team-mates achieved. His final match of any significance was in 1860, for Phoenix against I Zingari. The hosts failed to get going against a powerful attack, Edward, having been run out for 3 in the first innings, was caught by Fred Ponsonby off McCormick for the same score in the second.

His Irish debut was against the Gentlemen of England at Phoenix in 1856 the second match ever played by an Irish XI now recognised as such. The visitors team was much stronger than the one which had been defeated in the corresponding match in 1855, and, Edward was one of those swept aside by the pace of WS Fiennes in the first innings, when he was caught for 0 by William Nicholson, a fine, fast scoring batsman and, according to Scores and Biographies, "one of the best wicket keepers in England." William later became an MP, but is best remembered in cricket history as the financial savour of Lord's and MCC in 1866. In the second innings, Edward completed his pair, falling to the medium pace of former Oxford captain and all rounder Reggie Hanky, who was "one of the best amateur batsmen of his day." The visitors were victorious by 39 runs. Edward also played for Ireland v I Zingari in Phoenix Park in 1859. The visitors won by an innings and 33 runs, largely thanks to excellent bowling by Edward's nemesis McCormick, who now ordained, played under the alias of J Bingley, having had part of his schooling in the Yorkshire town. He also played some matches as J Cambridge, though, despite having had the bulk of his schooling on Merseyside, never appeared as J Liverpool. Edward, equalling his top score in "big" matches managed 10 in his first innings before "Bingley" had him caught, but was, yet again, run out in the second innings for 3. The bright spot for Ireland in this match was the bowling of Samuels who took 9 wickets in the IZ innings.

He also appeared for Ireland in two odds matches the following year. In the first of these fixtures, he was one of the side which took on Colonel Buchanan's XVI of Scotland at Drumpellier. This was really a venture by Lawrence and his United XI, but both sides were sufficiently representative for the match to have become regarded as an official one.

The Scots, who had some hopes of winning, were defeated by an innings, with Edward, batting at 8, being caught off one B Rankin for 9. Rankin was in fact the star turn for the hosts, taking 7 wickets in Ireland's only innings. However he appears to have been a slow bowler.

Edward's finale was against the powerful All England XI which had been the first of the travelling XIs to take to the road. They were too strong for XXII of Ireland, with their two great bowlers Edgar Willsher and Crispin Tinley so destroying the Irish batting that only three double figure scores were recorded in the match. Edward, in the upper order, was batting soundly, though slowly in the first innings, when he was run out for 6. He was clearly often very unlucky or a judge of a run to put Denis Compton and "Sir Geoffrey" in the shade. No fieldsman assistance was required to dispose of him in the second innings, Tinley yorking him for 3. The visitors won by 7 wickets.

Like other members of his family, Edward was prominent in public life, being High Sherriff for the City and County of Dublin. He was succeeded in this role by his fellow cricketer and cousin George. In 1887 he was created a baronet, and, changing his name to Hudson-Kinahan, became the First Baronet of Glenville in The County of Cork. He had three distinguished successors, but the title is now extinct.