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 2021 

Over the years, our celebration of the date of the signing of the first rules has taken many different forms, from lunches and dinners to visits to golf museums and historic locations in Leith. It started in 2007 and we were not letting COVID-19 stop us!

 

So, as you can see, we convened via Zoom on Monday 8th March.

 

Our President, John Dixon, opened the "meeting" by welcoming everyone, he specifically mentioned Charles Urquhart who has joined the Committee. John mentioned the events that are provisionally planned - see our Events page for details.

 

The main part of the evening was a talk by Heather McHaffie from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh on the "Wild Flowers of Leith Links". Those who tuned in expecting to hear about some of Leith's colourful people may have been disappointed! Instead, Heather gave a most interesting and informative talk about the varieties of wild flowers at the Statue Precinct. A list of them can be found here.

 

Heather explained she had been a teacher at Lorne Street school for 12 years, during which time she had assisted in the planting of the crocuses on the Links which, as any passer-by can testify to, come up in full bloom each Spring - as witnessed by the picture on our Home Page. 

 

She went far back in time to the Ice Age and through the 12th and 18th centuries to the present day - and all in around 30 minutes!

 

Thank you Heather for your most interesting talk in testing - and we do hope, unique - circumstances!