Royal T. Farrand
BornOctober 8, 1867
Detroit, Michigan
DiedMarch 28, 1927(1927-03-28) (aged 59)
Appleton, Wisconsin
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Known forFootball player/Medical doctor

Royal Twombly Farand (October 8, 1867 – March 28, 1927) was an American football player and medical doctor.

Farrand was born in 1867 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of David Osburn Farrand, a surgeon, and Elizabeth Twombley. He graduated from high school in Detroit in 1886 and enrolled at the University of Michigan. He was the starting quarterback for the undefeated 1887 Michigan Wolverines football team that outscored its opponents by a combined score of 102 to 10.[1][2] In November 1887, Farrand led Michigan to an 8-0 win over Notre Dame in the first meeting between the two schools.[3][4][5] However, when the teams agreed to play two additional games in the spring of 1888, Farrand was left home in Ann Arbor with his knee in a cast and was replaced by Ball.[6]

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After graduating in 1890, Farrand returned to Ann Arbor for medical school and served as the manager of the 1891 team.[7] While serving as manager of the football team in 1891, Farrand hired the team's first coach. On October 13, 1891, the Michigan Daily reported that the Athletic Association had instructed Farrand to retain Mike Murphy, trainer of the Detroit Athletic Club, "for a few days to get the team in shape to turn over to a coach."[8] Farrand graduated from Michigan's medical school in 1892 and subsequently took post-graduate work at the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons.[9][10]

After completing his medical studies, Royal T. Farrand worked for a time as an intern at the Atlantic Copper Mine Hospital in Houghton, Michigan.[9] He next practiced medicine in Detroit. In 1898, Farrand moved to Niagara, Wisconsin, where he worked for nine years as a physician at the Kimberly-Clark mill.[9] In approximately 1907, he moved back to Houghton, Michigan. In approximately 1922, he moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he worked as a part-time assistant in swimming and "basement management" at the Appleton YMCA.[9]

Farrand married Jessie Douglas MacNaughton in September 1896 in Calumet, Michigan.[11] They had three children, Isabel Douglas Farrand (born 1898 in Detroit), David Osburn Farrand (born 1902 in Niagara) and Katherine MacNaughton Farrand (born 1905 in Niagara).

In March 1927, Farrand died in Appleton, Wisconsin, after a long illness at age 58.[9][12] He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery Detroit.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. "1887 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  2. "1888 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  3. "The Foot-Ball Trip". The Chronicle: p. 68. December 3, 1887.
  4. "Football". Scholastic. November 1887.
  5. "We Get There With Both Feet: Our Foot-ball Team wins Laurels for the U. of M.". The Michigan Argonaut: p. 62. December 3, 1887.
  6. "Things Chronicled". The Chronicle: p. 238. April 21, 1888.
  7. "1891 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  8. "University of Michigan Football Coaches: Mike Murphy and Frank Crawford". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "Deaths: Dr. Royal T. Farrand". Appleton (Wisc.) Post-Crescent. March 28, 1927.
  10. "Last Rites For Dr. Royal Farrand". The Border Cities Star. March 30, 1927.
  11. "Marriage Announcement 1 -- No Title". Detroit Free Press: p. 19. September 27, 1896.,+1896&author=&pub=Detroit+Free+Press+(1858-1922)&edition=&startpage=19&desc=Marriage+Announcement+1+--+No+Title.
  12. "Deaths". Journal of the American Medical Association. May 14, 1927. p. 1584.
  13. "Necrology". The Michigan Alumnus, Vol. 33. 1927. p. 682.
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