John (Jackie) Paterson was born on the 5th September 1920 in Springside Ayrshire, at the age of 8 The Paterson family emigrated to Scranton, Pennsylvania. John returned to Scotland in his early teens to work at John Brown & Co shipbuilders on the Clyde working on Hull number 534 later named The Queen Mary. He later worked as a butcher.
When John was thirteen he joined the Anderson Club and began to box as an amateur. Turning Professional at 17 John was a southpaw with an exceptional knockout punch in either hand, his most lethal weapon was his left hook. A featherweight boxer, in the latter stage of his career he fought as a Bantamweight.
Paterson’s first professional fight took place in the Argyle theatre, Greenock in May 1938. He would win on points against Joe Kiely, He would go on to have another 8 fights in 1938, travelling to Belfast and Newcastle.
Jackie would move up the rankings very quickly, On the 31st May 1939 at Cairn hall Dundee he would defeat Freddie Tennent for the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) Scottish Area fly title. 30th September at Carntyne Greyhound Track he would knock-out Paddy Ryan for the BBBofC British Fly Title.
11th March 1940 at the King’s hall, Belle Vue, Manchester Richie “Kid” Tanner was next in his sights, both fighters would contest the vacant Commonwealth Fly Title, Jackie would win the bout on points. Just over a year later on the 5th August 1941, Jackie would fight Jim Brady for the Commonwealth Bantam weight title at Hampden Park. Unfortunately he would go the distance and lose on points.
4 years later again at Hampden Park on the 12th September 1945 Jackie would fight Jim Brady for the Commonwealth Bantam title. This time he was successful on points after once more going the distance. 6 months later he would add the European Bantam title to his collection defeating Theo Medina at The Royal Abert Hall.
In 1948 there was a turn in his career, he would go onto lose all his titles to Rinty Monaghan at the King’s Hall in Belfast. He would lose 11 of his next 13 fights and retire in 1951.
After retiring Paterson moved to Detroit, he then moved to South Africa where for several years he was running hotels. He briefly came back to the UK, but returned to South Africa in December 1965 and began working as a lorry driver in Durban.
Paterson died on the 19th December 1966 aged 46 after being assaulted with a deadly weapon outside a bar.
John (Jackie) Paterson Master Mason Lodge Glasgow at Glasgow No.441
Initiated 20th June 1947
Passed 31st October 1947
Raised 2nd April 1948
Mark Ceremonial 3rd March 1950