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Charles Hodgson
  • Born 10 December 1832 Ireland
  • Died 16 April 1901 341, Markham Square, Chelsea, London
  • Occupation Proprietor of Mines (England Census 1861) later Co Wicklow Magistrate
  • Debut 28 September 1860 v I Zingari at Vice Regal Ground, Phoenix Park
  • Cap Number 50
  • Style Hand unknown thought to have been right handed.
  • Teams Carlow

Charles Hodgson was an upper order batsman spent much of his life in England thus greatly restricting his availability for his native country. His appearances for the then flourishing Carlow Club were also few though he played some matches for them in 1860, the year of his one Irish match. This sole representative outing was against I Zingari at the Vice Regal Ground in late September. The visitors were put up by the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Carlisle, who had been responsible for the construction of the ground, having asked the Phoenix professional, all rounder and future guru of New South Wales cricket, Charles Lawrence, to be responsible for its preparation. Lawrence had also raised the Irish side for this match; it should be seen as one of his United Ireland teams. Though it was a strong selection, it was no match for the IZ attack based around Carlisle's ADC, Henry Awkright, a former Cambridge Blue and fast bowler who took 8 first innings wickets, and the Rev Joseph McCormick, playing under the alias of J Bingley, the name of one of the schools he had attended, to disguise the fact of his participation from the parishioners of Dunmore East.

Awkright, who took 22 wickets in three IZ matches v Ireland before his tragic death in a Mont Blanc avalanche in 1866, had Charles in both innings. Batting first wicket down, he was stumped for 3 in the first innings remarkably so considering the bowler's pace. Edward Tredcroft, the wicket keeper, was not even a regular performer in that position. In the second Charles was caught by GR Johnson without scoring. Johnson was a Cambridge Blue as was his son Peter, who, also turning out for Somerset, played first class cricket until he was 49.

Charles Hodgson did not play for Ireland again. Away from the game, he is listed in the 1861 English Census as being married to Bath born Elizabeth, but they were living with his cousin in Ledworth Sussex. He is shown as a proprietor of mines. Ten years later they had moved to Richmond in Surrey and had two children. However they must have divided their time between England and Ireland. Charles no longer had an interest in mines but was a "JP and Magistrate for Co Wicklow." It might be asked how he performed this task from the banks of The Thames. He was visiting friends in Chelsea at the time of his death.