Beauclerk Upington
1873 - 1938


Advocate, politician, yachtsman and president of the South African Football Association

Beauclerk Upington, eldest son Sir Thomas Upington, was born on 29 March, 1873. He arrived in Cape Town at the age of one. He was educated at the South African College School, Cape Town, and Trinity College, Dublin. After completing his legal studies, he was admitted as an attorney at the Cape Bar in 1898. He became the most famous lawyer in Cape Town and managed to establish the largest legal firm there. He also served in parliament as a representative of the Harbour division and later the Liesbeek division. In 1919 he resigned from parliament. Though his main interests were yachting, he served as president for the South African Football (Soccer) Association from 1913 -1922. He was a trustee for the Table Bay Yacht Club for many years.

Despite his life achievement, Upington died under impoverished circumstances on 23 August 1938.

Source:

Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 5, p. 99.