Friday 3rd December

For our third day of advent, we’re taking you back to the end of the eighteenth century for what could be a rather tall *cough* tale.

Taken from The Rev. James A. Simpson’s “The Kirk and Golf”, Life and Work, July 1980, the following tells of an intriguining golf competition involving the clearly not-so-high Kirk.

In 1798 a strange golf competition involving the Church took place in Edinburgh. A challenge had been issued to the Burgess Golfing Club to see whether two members could be found capable of driving a golf ball over the spire of St Giles’ Cathedral. The golf balls used, made of feathers encased in leather, were capable of being hit about half the distance of the modern golf ball. Mr Sceales and a Mr Smellie were chosen to take up the challenge. They were each allowed six balls. We are told that the balls passed considerably higher than the weathercock and were found opposite the Advocates’ Close.

So, quite a feat considering the top of the weathercock stands just under 50 meters.