History is the source of the many tales that keep us interested but remember that history is happening around you all the time, so take heed and add it to your experiences of life.
Well we now move on to this week’s tales and it is interesting to note that Scotland is the home of many sports and not just curling which we have proved ourselves very adept at in the recent winter Olympics. The Canadian side which did so well derived the sport from the many Scots who emigrated there over the past few centuries. The Canadian winter climate with its many frozen lakes was very suitable for curling.ow shinty, or camanachd in its gaelic form, is Scotland’s oldest national sport having probably been played in this country since the sixth century.
It is considered to be the forebear of the modern game of hockey and a similar form of game is played in Ireland called hurling.
Again Highland emigrants to Canada took the game with them but for convenience many games were played on frozen lakes hence the formation of ice hockey. So you can see that the Scots were responsible for that sport as well. We are also proud to acknowledge that the Scots gave golf to the world and as the Scots went world wide seeking their fortune they took the game with them. Now, no matter where you go you will probably find in some hidden corner a few golf holes laid out. Even on the moon a gentleman with the good Scots name of Armstrong played golf. The ruling authority of the game is the Royal & Ancient Golf Club based at St. Andrews. You may not be aware that water polo was invented in Scotland by William Wilson president of the ASCS when in 1870 he was asked by the Bon Accord Swimming Club in Aberdeen to devise a diversion to liven up their annual swimming gala. Wilson came up with a set of rules for a game of ‘aquatic football’ which the Aberdonians enthusiastically played from bank to bank of the River Dee. The game moved to the swimming pool and the rules improved to become adopted world wide.ou would think from this that the Scots had little to do apart from fighting the English, but nothing could be further from the truth; it shows that when the harvest was in or the ground too frozen to do anything else, the Scots turned their hand to enjoying many sports adapting them to the conditions applicable at the time. There are many more sports devised by the inventive Scots, but for these you will have to wait for next week, see you then.