Trophy, of The Thistle Golf Club, Edinburgh

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Trophy, of The Thistle Golf Club, Edinburgh

This silver trophy of the Thistle Golf Club in Edinburgh dates from 1876.

The engraved scene on the trophy is a realistic representation of Bruntsfield Links and the tenements beside them.

Golf was almost exclusively a sport for the Scots until the second half of the 19th century, and it was played by a limited number of people. It expanded quickly, particularly after 1880, and was taken up by the English, women, and far more Scots.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-966-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 739 A
Date: 1875 - 1876
Material: Silver. Inscription: [Indecipherable or void oblong punch mark on rim]
Dimensions: 250 mm H; rim 230 mm D; base 145 mm D
What: Trophy, golf
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Charles I
Mackay, Cunningham and Co., Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Thistle Golf Club
Where: Scotland, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Bruntsfield (Barclay Church)
Event: Irish Rebellion
Description: Silver golf trophy with two engraved scenes, one believed to represent Charles I being told of the Irish Rebellion while golfing, by Mackay, Cunningham and Co., Edinburgh, 1875 - 1876
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