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C — Curling

People packing curling stones into barrel

Packing curling stones for Canada, around 1950s-1960s.


Recent winters have not been so kind to outdoor curling, the 'roaring game' which flourishes in colder climates.

Nevertheless curling is said to have been invented in the freezing Scotland of several centuries ago, with 16th century evidence from Paisley Abbey and Dunblane. Kilsyth claims the oldest — and longest-running — curling club in the world, from 1713.

Refrigeration and indoor rinks have kept curling alive whatever the weather, and it has spread overseas with Scots, inevitably to Canada and the United States, but also to Europe and Japan.

Scotland's Rhona Martin was a memorable skip for the winning team at the Salt Lake Winter Olympics of 2002.


An ABC of Scotland

Curling was just one of the 'C' topics in our alphabetical exhibition celebrating some of the outstanding achievements by Scotland and Scots.

'Wha's like us?' ran from 13 December 2013 to 18 May 2014.

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