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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March 7th 2019 

Members and friends of the Society met for the anniversary celebration of the signing of the first written rules of golf by John Rattray. Whilst every year is special, this year was particularly so, being the 275th anniversary and we hope the last prior to the unveiling of the Rattray statue on Leith Links later this year. We returned to the Malmaison hotel in the heart of Leith.

 

Society Secretary, Brian Graham, welcomed everyone.

An excellent meal was followed by a talk
from our speaker Robin Dow. Robin is on the Muirfield committee that is redeveloping the display of the rich heritage and artefacts that Muirfield has. 

He gave examples of the past failures in this regard and how this was particularly galling given that the club has the best golfing heritage in the world. As Muirfield was formed from the original "Gentlemen Golfers of Leith", we all naturally agreed with this sentiment!

Robin explained that the Dining Room will hold 3 main display cases, pride of place going to a replica of the original rules - the absolute original is held by the National Museum of Scotland, being one of THE most important artefacts in our country's history - and the original silver club first competed for in April 1744.

His talk concluded in our traditional way - by the presentation of one of our Society Ties!
 

During the meal our Society President, John Dixon, had passed round some historical items in his possession, including an original "feathery" ball.

John closed the event by thanking Brian Graham for his organisation, Malmaison for an excellent dinner, Robin for hie excellent talk  and everyone for supporting the Society.