Leith Rules Golf Society
The aim of the Society is to increase the recognition of Leith Links as the home of the earliest recorded rules of golf and one of the game's prominent early locations

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There are many books and websites on the history of Leith, but the importance of the creation of the first rules of golf in the town is either not given sufficient emphasis or not even mentioned at all. 

A number of years ago an attempt to change this was started, which quickly evolved into the creation of the Leith Rules Golf Society

The Society has sought to publicise the importance of this in a number of ways, the most prominent to date being the organising of golf using hickory clubs on Leith Links each year and the erection of a statue to the first Captain, John Rattray, on the site of their course at  Leith Links.




Our logo is from David Allan's "Procession of the Silver Club with tuck of drum" circa 1780. The club, with attached engraved balls presented by past captains, was carried through the streets by a Council official, with drummers to draw attention and the town guard to ensure security



President of the Society, (the Late) Douglas Foulis (formerly captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield) presents the first member, Rev Ian Gilmour, with a coloured version of the logo.  Ian was at the time the Church of Scotland minister of the parish, a keen golfer and an active member of the Society.  Many of his predecessors in the 17th & 18th century disapproved of and discouraged the playing of golf on the Links. We are delighted Ian broke with that tradition!




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Copy of an article that appeared in the Edinburgh Times, with thanks to John Arthur.


Thoughts on some of our past members.



Cornie Waugh

Dan Orr