The History of Leith

July 3, 2012

A solemn match at golf

In the year 1724 the Hon. Alexander Elphinstone
(of whom more anon), elder brother of the unfortunate
Lord Balmerino, engaged on Leith Links
in what the prints of that time term ” a solemn
match at golf” with another personage, who is better
known in history—the famous Captain John
Porteous of the City Guard—for a twenty guineas’
stake.
On this occasion the reputation of the players
for skill excited great interest, and the match was
attended by James, Duke of Hamilton, George
Earl of Morton, and a vast crowd of spectators.
Elphinstone proved the winner.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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