Leith Rules Golf Society
The aim of the Society is to increase the recognition of Leith Links as the home of the earliest recorded rules of golf and one of the game's prominent early locations

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For golf, for Leith, for Edinburgh and for Scotland - be part of golfing history and help us to raise the funds and bring Rattray to Leith Links. [The John Rattray Statue Fund is a constituted fund of Foundation Scotland (SC022910)]

The Muirfield Experience - Tuesday 27th October 2015
What a great day it was! We did have concerns about what the weather would throw at us in late-October in Scotland, but we needn't have worried - the day dawned beautifully and flat-calm. A detailed report together with photographs can be found here


We were recently featured on the STV Edinburgh TV channel. Click here to view the broadcast.


Statue of John Rattray sited on Leith Links
Our major project is to fund a statue of John Rattray, the Captain of the club by winning the first "Open" golf competition at the Links in 1744 and the signatory to the first rules.
We plan for the larger than life-size Bronze Statue by renowned Fife sculptor, David Annand, to be set in a beautifully landscaped and interactive precinct designed by award-winning Scottish Landscape Architect William J. Cairns, all located at the site of the original first hole at Leith Links.

This unique precinct will also contain interpretative information telling the story of Rattray and his fellow golfers’ contribution to the history of golf.  The redeveloped area will:

  • Engage local, national & international visitors with the history of golf

  • Allow visitors and local residents to learn of the remarkable origins of the modern game in historic Leith

  • Set Rattray’s achievements against the wider backdrop of Scottish history

  • Attract more visitors to include Leith in their Edinburgh itinerary


"2016: The Rattray Statue is coming closer"
A total of £50,000 is needed for the casting of the statue in bronze with its supporting plinth. To date good progress is being made with £33,000 - 66% - of this figure being raised.

The potential of John Rattray on Leith Links is coming ever closer

We are looking forward to achieving the first major stage of this exciting project.

To do so we still need your support in the form of donations and please spread the word to others.

Our sculptor, David Annand has a window of time available shortly to "make the initial life-size moulds".

Fundraising event - Muirfield 27th October
The leaflet/entry form for our major fundraising event for the John Rattray Statue Project is now available and can be downloaded here. Further information about the event itself can be found here.

The Maquette
Our maquette of the statue was created by sculptor David Annand, as shown above. Please click here for further images of the Maquette


Donate Now!
Download a donation form (PDF) here or click on this link to donate online. NB If you are a UK taxpayer, please sign the Gift Aid Declaration as this will significantly increase the value of your donation.

List of our current donors
List of some of our other key supporters
Download the Appeal leaflet