Swing through golf's early history
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A newly revised golf history book reveals some curious facts and remarkable claims about the game's early days.
A Swing Through Time 1457-1744, by Olive M Geddes, looks at the earliest written records of golf in Scotland.
The book uses documents and books from collections at the National Library of Scotland and elsewhere. It explores golf's journey from its 'dark ages' to the formulation of the first 'Rules' of golf by the Company of Gentleman Golfers in 1744.
Among the discoveries we make along the way are that:
- Golf was outlawed by the Scottish Parliament in the 15th century, as was football, because it was seen as dangerous and a nuisance.
- According to her enemies, Mary Queen of Scots went golfing a few days after her second husband's murder.
Published by the National Library of Scotland and NMS Publishing, the book is available in leading bookshops. Read more about A Swing Through Time in our press release.
31 May 2007
Kirkcaldy's clean sweep in pamphlet competition
It was a double win for Kirkcaldy at this year's Scottish poetry pamphlet publishing competition.
Both the winning entry and the runner-up in the 2007 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award were produced by Fife-based poets.
Maureen Sangster collected the winner's prize of £500 and the Callum Macdonald Memorial Quaich for her humorous collection, Menopausal Bedtime Rhymes. Akros Publications was runner-up with William Hershaw's Fifty Fife Sonnets. Mr Hershaw himself won the 2003 award.
The prizes were presented at the National Library of Scotland last month. See our press release about the award for more information.
31 May 2007