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John Mayne - First Golf-Club Maker?

24 November 2017

William Mayne's grandfather was a bow-maker who supplied clubs to King James IV. Was he a golf-club maker? William Mayne is known as the first golf-club maker in 1603, although the title may really belong to George Gibson in 1588, for the reasons discussed in The Bower Burgesses[/news/bower-burgesses-from-william-mayne-to/]. Read more

The Hutton Letter - Golf at Kinghorn 1812

9 October 2017

A recently discovered letter written by John Hutton to Alexander Orrock at Wemyss in 1812 records that golf was being played on Kinghorn Links in the early 19th century and probably for some time before that. Read more

The Bower Burgesses of Edinburgh

12 April 2017

New research for this website shows that there are direct connections between William Mayne, his Majesty's bower in 1603, and the golf-club makers of the early 20th century in Edinburgh. For ease of understanding, *known or noted club makers in this article are shown in bold. Read more

Right Royal Company - the Archers and the Golfers

10 April 2017

The close connections between the Royal Company of Archers and the early Leith Golfers are well known. Recent research has now shown that there were also strong connections with the golfers at Bruntsfield for over a hundred years. Read more

Two New Golf Club Makers in 17th Century

4 April 2017

Two new 17th century golf club makers have just been discovered. They are John Elder and Patrick Fyfe. Read more

Bruntsfield Links - Home of Club Golf III

3 April 2017

Below is the outline of chapters 5 to 8 of Bruntsfield Links - Home of Club Golf. Click here for overview and details of ordering[/news/bruntsfield-links-home-of-club-golf/]. Golf House East Many people know about the Golf House Tavern at the west end of Bruntsfield Links. Read more

Bruntsfield Links - Home of Club Golf II

2 April 2017

Below is the outline of chapters 1 to 4 of Bruntsfield Links - Home of Club Golf. Click here for overview and details of ordering[/news/bruntsfield-links-home-of-club-golf/]. Read more

Bruntsfield Links - Home of Club Golf I

31 March 2017

Bruntsfield Links - Home of Club Golf is a new book by Neil Laird published today. It tells the previously unknown story of the golf clubhouses of Bruntsfield Links, covering over 300 years of golf history. This is a collector’s book – 180 pages, 26. 5 x 28. Read more

William St Clair - A Tale of Two Pictures

24 March 2017

Why the Royal Company of Archers have a golfing picture of their President and why the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers only have a copy of the picture they commissioned. Read more

Origin of Golf Club Makers Mark

8 January 2017

The curious story of how the first golf-club maker's trademark logo was created. McEwan thistle James McEwan - the first golf club maker's logo James McEwan is the first golf-club maker for whom there are any known extant golf clubs. Read more

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