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)]
 

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.
The larger than life-size Bronze Statue by renowned Fife sculptor, David Annand, is planned to be located at the site of the original first hole at Leith Links.

The Original Rules of Golf - A film by Leith Rules Golf Society To see the film by John Duncan click here
 

Our next major fund-raising event for the Statue fund is taking shape ....
Following on from the success of our Muirfield event in 2015, we are holding
a similar day's golf at Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh on Thursday 5th October 2017. Please click here for the Information Leaflet and Entry Form.

 

Rattray takes shape at Powderhall Bronze ....
Thanks to our generous donors, the casting of Rattray in bronze with its supporting plinth is now well underway at Powderhall Bronze Foundry in Edinburgh.  A small group of committee members and donors visited to see the head and shoulders and the Torso in wax form, one of the first stages in the 12 stage casting programme.

 

We are seeking help currently to make up the small shortfall for the final payment to the Sculptor and we then move on to funding and “in kind assistance” for the landscaping. We will be working with our contacts to ensure Rattray’s Statue is in a fine setting on Leith Links.

 

In addition, three interpretive plaques are planned to give details of the Rattray Story, our significant Donors and the original thirteen rules.  The Statue itself should be ready mid-Autumn and positioning on Leith Links will be as soon thereafter as the earthworks can be carried out.  Much will depend on successful co-operation and funding!

 

The head and shoulders in wax looked very fine when viewed recently by a group from the Statue Committee and friends. The Times, The Herald and The Express all covered the story on Saturday 15th July and we agreed with the Sculptor, David Annand, that he looks a fine handsome chap - that's John Rattray we are talking about of course!

Click here for the newspaper articles
Click here for to see the work in progress
 

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Download a donation form PDF format or RTF Format 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
 

The Muirfield Experience - Tuesday 27th October 2015
It seems a long time ago now, but the memories of the great day are still fresh in the mind! 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 featured on the STV Edinburgh TV channel. Click here to view the broadcast.

 

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