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From Melville Castle, near Dalkeith, Midlothian

Curling stone
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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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