What is dubbed the 'first golf international', involving Scotland versus England, is said to have taken place on Leith Links, near Edinburgh, in 1681.
James Duke of York challenged to a game 2 English nobles who claimed golf was an English sport. The Duke chose as his partner John Paterson, an Edinburgh cobbler and local golf champion.
John Werden, the Duke's Secretary, kept a pocket book when he came to Scotland in 1679-1681.
This includes accounts for expensive golf clubs and balls bought for the Duke, confirming that he played golf in Scotland.
The balls John Werden bought were almost certainly featherie balls made from pieces of leather stitched together and stuffed with goose feathers.
Featherie balls were made in Scotland from at least 1554, when they were the subject of a dispute between Edinburgh and Leith tradesmen.
A pen and ink drawing of Edinburgh from the Firth of Forth from the pocket book of James Werden, the Duke of York's secretary.
James Paterson bought a house in Edinburgh with his golf winnings. The Duke of York placed this plaque on the wall.