The speaker at last week’s Rotary meeting was Brian Graham who is a member of the Leith Rules Golf Society.
The aim of the society is to increase the recognition of Leith Links in Edinburgh as the home of the earliest recorded rules of golf and one of the game’s prominent early locations. In 1505, it is recorded in his household accounts that James the second bought balls and clubs in order to play and in 1681, Leith Links, with 5 holes, was the scene of the first known international foursome in golf.
In those days, it was a sport for “gentlemen of distinction” who played “gowff” for wagers there and competitions were organised with cash prizes.
On March 7 1744 a set of rules was drawn up by the Gentlemen Golfers of Edinburgh, who would go on to become the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, and these rules known as the Thirteen Articles, were copied almost identically ten years later when a similar Challenge was instituted at St Andrews.
This interesting and entertaining talk appealed to Rotary Club members, both golfers and non-golfers alike. Vote of thanks was by John Balsillie.
At the lunchtime meeting 2 weeks ago. Members had a soup and sandwich lunch instead of their usual cooked meal but paid the normal weekly charge. The balance was sent to the Nepal Disaster fund. Arduthie Primary School, who were the winners of the local round of the annual Rotary Primary School quiz competed in the Area final at Banchory last Saturday. They achieved fifth place but the first five teams were each within a point of each other and ahead of the rest of the teams, so well done to Arduthie for such a good effort. The team members were Campbell Mearns, Emily Montgomery, Iain Burt, Ben Robertson and reserve was Owen Hepburn.