NT2776 : Bowling green, Leith Links

taken 8 years ago, near to Leith, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Bowling green, Leith Links
Bowling green, Leith Links
Although the Links are now a public park laid out by the Victorians, the name is a reminder of the grassy, gorse-covered sand-dunes, obliterated by modern Leith which claims to be one of the earliest homes of golf.

"I never saw a concourse of genteel company at any races in England, as appeared on the course of Leith. Hard by, in the fields called the Links, the citizens of Edinburgh divert themselves at a game called golf, in which they use a curious kind of bats, tipt with horn, and small elastic balls of leather, stuffed with feathers, rather less than tennis balls, but of a much harder consistence. These they strike with such force and dexterity from one hole to another, that they will fly to an incredible distance. Of this diversion the Scots are so fond, that when the weather will permit, you may see a multitude of all ranks, from the senator of justice to the lowest tradesmen, mingled together in their shirts, and following the balls with the utmost eagerness. (...) Such uninterrupted exercise, co-operating with the keen air from the sea, must, without all doubt, keep the appetite always on edge, and steel the constitution against all the attacks of distemper." -- Tobias Smollett, The Expedition Of Humphry Clinker, 1771
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 13 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 15 October, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 273 760 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.2885N 3:9.9444W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 273 759
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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