Andrew McDiarmid has shared on his Simply Scottish blog this fascinating account of the origins of the sport of curling. Thanks for posting this Andrew. We are also enjoying tuning in to your “Sport in Scotland” series on your PodOmatic broadcasts on Simply Scottish.
It has been great watching both the CANADIAN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OLYMPIC CURLING TEAMS take the GOLD MEDALS at the Sochi Olympics. We are also sharing this in honour of our son-in-law, Eugene (Carl) German of Winnipeg who is also a champion curling skip.
The first evidence of such a game in Scotland was uncovered when an old pond was drained in Dunblane. Two curling stones were found bearing the years 1511 and 1551 on them. Written evidence from 1540 records what seems to be a legal dispute that was settled on the ice between John Sclater, a monk in Paisley Abbey and Gavin Hamilton, a representative of the Abbot. The word curling appears in the work of Scottish poet and historian Henry Adamson…
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Ian, many thanks for sharing this with your readers! I’ve also reworked the info into an article for Yahoo! called Ten Things You Should Know about Curling: http://yhoo.it/1k5Rdsh