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A Group Of Golfers At St Andrews in 1855
Golf at St. Andrews
Golf is an ancient game that has evoked great emotion over the centuries. In 1123 King David gave the land that is now St. Andrews golf course to the people of Scotland. By the 1400s the game had been invented and was being played at St. Andrews. In 1457 King James II banned the game because he felt it was distracting young men from archery practice. The ban was upheld by Kings James III and IV.
In 1502 King James IV (1473-
In 1754 came the founding of the Society of St. Andrews Golfers. The club established rules and conventions as all clubs like to do. By 1797 the club and lands belonged to the town of St. Andrews but the town was in some serious financial difficulty. They borrowed money using the links as collateral but in the end, lost the land.
The land changed hands a couple of times and in 1799 the links were purchased by a couple of farmers: my 4x great grandfather, Cathcart Dempster (1764-
Not exactly avid golfers, Cathcart and Charles used the links to raise rabbits. Other folks, who were still avid players, complained that the rabbits were destroying the course and in turn, their favourite game.
In 1805 the Court of Session decided that inhabitants of St. Andrews had the right to kill and destroy rabbits on the links. Thus began the "rabbit wars" pitting putters against bunnies.
The "war" was ended in 1821 when the course was again sold. The purchaser was James Cheape of Strathtyrum, a local landowner and keen golfer, who, in his own estimation, 'saved the Links for golf.'
Here is a detailed chronology if you are interested.
In 1842 Lt.-
I have played a few rounds of golf but I think I take after gt. gt. gt. gt. grandfather Cathcart: I’d be better off raising rabbits.
My 4x gt grandfather
My 4x gt grand uncle