Curling stone

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From Melville Castle, near Dalkeith, Midlothian

Postcard of Curling stone.
© National Museums Scotland

Curling stone

This granite curling stone with iron handle is from Melville Castle, near Dalkeith in Midlothian. It dates from around 1830.

The curling stone has been dressed by a mason to a regular shape.

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: 000-100-002-527-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MP 398
Date: Around 1830
Material: Stone
Dimensions: 220mm H x 280mm DIA
Subject: Tools, implements and miscellaneous (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Lasswade, Melville Castle
Description: Curling stone, chiselled but not polished, with an L-shaped iron handle, from Melville Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian
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