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
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
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
Attract more visitors to include Leith in their Edinburgh itinerary
We require £250,000 to secure the entire project.
Fund-raising has started with great support from LRGS members and
friends of the project.
To date £60,000 has been raised or pledged
Every little helps ... so please encourage friends to help with a
donation of any size!
As soon as funding is secured we will be ready to start work.
Fundraising event - Muirfield 27th October
The next fundraising event is being held at Muirfield
(The "Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers") on 27th October.
Details will be available later in the year, it promises to be
a very special event, the first the Society has held over an Open
Our maquette of the statue was created by sculptor
David Annand, as shown above.
Please click here for further images of the Maquette
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
List of our current donors
List of some of our
other key supporters
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