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Curling stone

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From Bathgate, West Lothian

Curling stone
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This granite curling stone is from Bathgate in West Lothian. It dates from around 1700. This type of curling stone is known as a 'loofie' and was held by the hole in the top of the stone.

The curling stone has deep hollows for the thumb and fingers of the right hand.

Curling became the most popular sport in Scotland around 1800 and was played by all classes. It was more common in the country than in the towns because deep frost was likely to put a stop to work. Townsfolk went to the country nearby to curl.

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