Sporting / recreational archives

The Library has built up important collections in this increasingly popular area of study.

Although most of the records of sporting organisations are for clubs in east-central Scotland, private papers give world wide coverage of the sporting activities of Scots from the 15th to the 20th centuries. List of sporting archives in NLS collections.

Golf and shinty

Golf is well covered. We have important holdings of the earliest surviving records of the game, together with the archives of leading Golf Clubs, for example, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

Another of Scotland's native sports, shinty, is represented by the archive of its organising body, the Camanachd Association.


Mountaineering is also well served with the archive of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, the papers of notable mountaineers and climbers like Thomas Graham Brown and Fanny Bullock Workman, and of writer-mountaineers like Hamish Brown and Andrew Greig.

Other sports and recreations

A wide range of other sports are represented from horse racing, bowling and curling to skating, yachting and cricket. Popular recreations are also covered.

For example, we have many journals of walking tours in Scotland, and their modern equivalents, the caravan journal and motoring logbook.


Manuscript collections


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