Curling stone

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From Melville Castle, near Dalkeith, Midlothian

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Curling stone

This granite curling stone with iron handle is from Melville Castle, near Dalkeith in Midlothian. It dates from around 1800.

The curling stone has been carefully selected from a river bed and is undressed.

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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Online ID: 000-100-002-525-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MP 396
Date: Around 1800
Material: Stone / iron
Dimensions: 200 mm H x 390 mm L x 290 mm W
Subject: Tools, implements and miscellaneous (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Lasswade, Melville Castle
Description: Curling stone, consisting of an undressed, water rolled boulder with an L-shaped iron handle on top, from Melville Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian
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