The History of Leith

July 3, 2012

The Goff

President Forbes was so enthusiastic a golfer that
he frequently played on the Links of Leith when
they were covered with snow. Thus Thomas
Mathieson, minister of Brechin, in his quaint poem,
” The Goff,” first published in 1743, says :—
” great Forbes, patron of the just,
The dread of villains, and the good man’s trust,
When spent in toils in saving human kind,
His body recreates and unbends his mind.”
Elsewhere he refers thus to these Links :—•
” North from Edina eight furlongs or more,
Lies the famed field on Fortha’s sounding shore.
Here Caledonian chiefs for health resort—
Confirm their sinews in the manly sport.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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