Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Leith; the home of Golf, and the centre of the world..

A very stylised look at Leith harbour, circa 18th century. There's a huge crane, front and centre, loading large barrels. The flags are "British", so make it after 1707. The circular sea wall can be seen, and the tall three/four storey houses, right down by the docks. To the right, about half a mile away, is Leith Links, a large grassy area, supposedly used in the defense of the town. The first mention of golf anywhere in the world refer to 'Leith Links'. James II, in 1457, banned 'gouf' and 'fitba' as they detracted from archery practise. Leith's claim to be the home of golf, is bolstered by the fact that St Andrews adopted Leith's rules, back in 1744. Leith; the centre of the world.

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