History of Curling and Fifty Years of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club

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General Books, May 11, 2012 - 154 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ...winter sport. In the small and compact county of Kinross we have two most efficient clubs, both with interesting records, to guide us in tracing the history of curling and finding out the nature of its secrets. Kinross Club was the creation of an awakened conscience among the Lochleven curlers of the time, who felt that they had not been doing their duty toward their ancient and valuable inheritance. Since it was started in 1818 it has, under faithful rulers from the time of Sheriff Skelton to that of Mr Burns Begg, its present enthusiastic president, made its influence felt in the curling world, and done much to uphold the best traditions of the national game. In its minute-book in "pristine purity" the sacred Eleusinian mysteries of the Curling Court are carefully guarded by the warning voice, " Procul, oh procul este profani!" and much that is interesting and valuable about the curling of the past is there treasured up. A fine type of the keen Kinross curler of this period was John Wright Williamson, writer and banker, who, from the time he settled at Kinross in 1818 till the day of his death, never ceased to take an interest in the Kinross Club, and in all that concerned the game. It was the delight of his life to curl, and among the Lochleven band there was no better player. When infirmity forced him to lay down his channel-stane, he would still trudge many a weary mile against a blinding snowstorm to follow the fortunes of his club; and to the very last he appeared at their social meetings, enlivening them by his sprightliness and humour. "Nothing," says Mr Begg, "could have been more enjoyable than the spirit and effect with which The Channel-stane was sung by this veteran curler, even after the touch of extreme old...

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