Image from page 107 of "Scotland" (1907)
Authors: Grierson, Elizabeth Wilson
Subjects: Scotland -- Description and travel
Publisher: London : A. and C. Black
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
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toScotland, because he feared that his people would learnto be better golfers than fighters. So, as he knewwhat good bowmen the English archers were, he orderedthat Scotch lads should stop playing golf and begin tolearn archery fra they be twelve yeir of age ; and inorder that they might have plenty of opportunities todo this, he caused bow-butts, or targets, to be set upbeside every parish kirk. His son, James II., and his great-grandson, James IV.,also tried their best to cry down golfe as an un-profitable sport, but without much success, which isnot to be wondered at perhaps, when we find thatthese Kings were very fond of the game themselves, sothey could hardly expect their subjects to give it upwhile they went on playing it. After the union of the crowns the Stuart Kingscontinued to play golf whenever they came to Scotland,and we read how the news of the Irish Rebellion wasbrought to Charles II. when he was playing golf withhis courtiers on Leith Links, and how he dropped his 72
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SPINNING IN SKYE. PAGE 47. National Games clubs and drove back to Edinburgh at once, and left forLondon immediately. There is one town which may be called the golfingcapital of Scotland, and that is St. Andrews. It you went there, no matter what time of year itwas, you would find the links crowded with playersfrom morning to night, and you would notice that agreat many of them wore scarlet coats, almost like thecoats which gentlemen wear when they are riding tohounds. These coats make pleasant touches of colour, andthey show that their wearers belong to a very old golfclub, which has been in existence for more than ahundred and fifty years. It is called The Ancientand Royal Golf Club of St. Andrews. and its rules J j are held to be authoritative by golf-players all over theworld. CHAPTER XVIIINATIONAL GAMES (continued) Curling IF golf were once the game of Kings, and is nowplayed principally by people who have time to spareand a certain amount of money to spend (for peoplehave general
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