The History of Leith

April 11, 2007

Musselburgh Links


It is thought that common land such as Musselburgh Links have been used for the playing of golf, as well as other pursuits, for many centuries. Leith Links, Bruntsfield Links, and St.Andrews can also make this claim. Together with the golf course at Musselburgh Links, can claim that they are amongst the oldest. The earliest reference to golf in Scottish history is 1457 when an Act of Parliament was passed that prohibited golf (ye fut bawe and ye golf be utterly cryt done and not usyt(sic)) in favour of the practice of archery. Golf was obviously popular at that time and there is little doubt that it would be played on the common land of Musselburgh Links. for more click here

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