Members and friends of the Society met
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.
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.