Ernest Gower was born in Cambridge and moved to London with his parents in 1817. He found the London MC Club (now Camden MCC) almost by accident, confusing their offices with a bar he was looking for. However, and to the game's eternal good fortune, he found the game highly entertaining and noted in his diary that it appealed to his logical mind. He became captain of the B grade team in 1831 and captained the A team to victory against the Oxford MC Society in 1834.
Gower retired from competition in 1867 and devoted his remaining years in the club to research on forms of straddle and shuffle?, developing important theories of optimal usage patterns based on token colour sequence. He was a gentlemanly player who was noted for his occasional humorous play (see fF Notation) and quick wit. He died at the age of 88.