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.
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


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 Championship course.

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


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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