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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For golf, for Leith, for Edinburgh and for Scotland - be part of golfing history and help us to raise the funds and bring Rattray to Leith Links. [The John Rattray Statue Fund is a constituted fund of Foundation Scotland (SC022910)]

Statue of John Rattray sited on Leith Links

Our major project is to fund a statue of John Rattray, the Captain of the club by winning the first "Open" golf competition at the Links in 1744 and the signatory to the first rules.
The larger than life-size Bronze Statue by renowned Fife sculptor, David Annand, is planned to be located at the site of the original first hole at Leith Links.

The Original Rules of Golf - A film by Leith Rules Golf Society To see the film by John Duncan click here

2018 "Rattray cast and ready at Powderhall Bronze"....
With many thanks to our generous donors, the Statue of Rattray is now cast in bronze with its supporting plinth and patination is being carried out at Powderhall Foundry, Granton.  During the casting process, a group of committee members and donors visited to see the head and shoulders and the Torso in wax form, one of the first stages in the 12 stage casting programme.


We have made the final payment to the Sculptor and now move to funding and “in kind support” for the landscaping. Working with our contacts we aim to ensure Rattray’s Statue is in a fine setting on Leith Links.


In addition, three interpretative plaques will give details of the Rattray Story, our significant Donors and the original thirteen rules.  Our current focus is to be ready to unveil the Statue itself on Leith Links in summer 2018.  Much will depend on successful co-working and some further funding for the landscaping, plaques and lighting as well as the longterm maintenance of the Statue.


Please click here for the newspaper articles
Please click here to see the early work in the casting process

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Download a donation form PDF format or RTF Format or  click on this link to donate online. NB If you are a UK taxpayer, please sign the Gift Aid Declaration as this will significantly increase the value of your donation.

List of our current donors
List of some of our other key supporters
Download the Appeal leaflet


Miniatures of the Statue
In order to support the completion, launch and installation for the statue on Leith Links, LRGS member David Anderson has arranged for the production of a limited number of 11" and 16" bronzes of John Rattray.

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 and Standards 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.'

Please address any enquiries concerning the above to david@golfandthistle.com  or telephone him on 07836-789937.

The Muirfield Experience - Tuesday 27th October 2015
It seems a long time ago now, but the memories of the great day are still fresh in the mind! We did have concerns about what the weather would throw at us in late-October in Scotland, but we needn't have worried - the day dawned beautifully and flat-calm. A detailed report together with photographs can be found here

We were featured on the STV Edinburgh TV channel. Click here to view the broadcast.


The Maquette
Our maquette of the statue was created by sculptor David Annand. Please click here for further images of the Maquette