A serious sport

Thomas Kincaid was a medical student at Edinburgh University in the 1680s who took his sport very seriously.

In his diary of 1687-1688, Thomas gives detailed instructions on how the game should be played.

Early handicapping system

He analyses his golf swing, and describes an early handicapping system, as well as the construction and repair of clubs.

When he could afford the coach fare Thomas played at Leith, but nearby Bruntsfield Links was his regular golfing ground.

Part of illustration showing 4 people playing golf surrounded by housing and trees.

Harden's Bruntsfield Links

John Harden's view of Bruntsfield Links shows a group of golfers and their caddies.

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