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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Welcome to the Leith Rules Golf Society website

Last update to site: 22 April 2019

The first recorded rules of the game of golf were created by the golfers playing at Leith Links in 1744.  Leith is the famous port of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, the country called the "Home of Golf". The Society seeks to ensure that this important milestone in the history of golf is appropriately recognised today.  


Planning is well underway for the 2019 events - details here. Our fervent hope is the culmination of the erection of the statue to John Rattray on Leith Links - please follow the links on this page and elsewhere for the latest information. Our first event was on Monday 28th January when we held our AGM at Seafield Bowling Club.


We have lift-off!
The first stage of w
ork began last Autumn at Leith Links to install the Rattray statue, with the commencement of the ground work. Please click here for more information, we will update progress regularly.


Miniatures of the Statue
In order to support the completion, launch and installation for the statue on Leith Links, LRGS member David Anderson arranged for the production of a limited number of 11" and 16" bronzes of John Rattray. These have sold very well, one of each was on display at our recent 7th March commemoration event.

The work has been carried out by the same sculptor and foundry that have made the main statue.

It was a great pleasure to present the first of the 16" Rattray bronzes to the R&A in recognition of their most valued contribution to our fund raising.


Our photograph shows David Rickman, Executive Director Governance & Chief of Staff and Angela Howe, Museum & Heritage Director receiving the R&A's John Rattray Bronze from the sculptor David Annand and Lachlan Rattray of Rattray. The Rules department had just completed an office move and so David was delighted with our sense of timing in providing something very relevant to exhibit at their new location.'

If you would like to enquire about purchasing one of the miniatures, please contact David Anderson at david@golfandthistle.com / www.golfandthistle.com or telephone him on 07836-789937.



More information about the John Rattray Statue ....
Please click here

  Our 2019 events ....
Please click here for information

The Society has made a film about the Original Rules of Golf
Filmmaker John Duncan was commissioned by the Society to create a film about us. To view the film click here. (This is an updated version of the film, that includes the current financial status and how much we have left to complete the project).


The first rules of golf created by the golfers at Leith in 1744 tell us something about the challenges faced by these early golfers and the society they lived in. View them here.




Background information on the Society
Find out more here


Become a member of the society ?
Join here. Our membership encompasses much of the world, from Australia, USA, Japan, as well of course from all over Britain.