CHAPTER 18

 

Sporting Activities

 

THE PEEBLES BOWLING CLUB
Bowling like curling has a long history in Peebles. As early as the sixteenth century there is mention of the bowling green on Castlehill. Indeed, John Buchan uses the Peebles bowling green in John Burnet of Barns as the venue for Plenderleith's warning of the onset of the great Tweed Flood of the seventeenth century, Plenderleith having run from Tweedsmuir to carry the warning to the burgesses of Peebles.

In 1874, the bowling green was moved from Castlehill to the present site at Walkershaugh. The present clubhouse was opened in 1914 and it has recently been extended. Many sets of bowls have been left to the club by past members and amongst them are pairs marked 'John Grieve 1786', 'John Marshall, Surgeon, 1786' and 'Francis Russell, Esq, 1786'. Many more of similar antiquity bear only initials.

The game itself is perhaps even more popular than it was in earlier times, the club being well supported locally, and providing a welcome both to visiting clubs and holiday visitors.

THE PEEBLES CURLING CLUB
Curling has long been a sport in Peebles and Peeblesshire. The present club dates from 1821 and as early as 1823 Sir John Hay, Bart, of Haystoun, had presented a silver medal to the club to be competed for annually, and to be worn by the successful competitor.

In 1830 the same Sir John Hay further presented a massive silver buckle embellished with suitable insignia and a leather belt. The 'Belt of Victory' was contended for annually by the married men versus the bachelors on the town curling pond. The pond was created on St

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