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TITLE
Curlers, Muir of Ord
EXTERNAL ID
PC_WGORDON3_009_010
PLACENAME
Muir of Ord
DISTRICT
Muir of Ord
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Urray
PERIOD
1950s; 1960s
SOURCE
W Gordon
ASSET ID
30337
KEYWORDS
curling
golf
sport
Grand Caledonian Curling Club
Royal Caledonian Curling Club
Curlers, Muir of Ord

This photograph shows a group of men curling at an outdoor ice rink at Muir of Ord. Second from the right is Sandy McEwan son of William and Helen McEwan of Highfield, Muir of Ord. Sandy was a barber by trade and as well as being a keen curler, he was a golf enthusiast. A golf club champion at Muir of Ord on several occasions, there is a bench on the first tee at the golf club in his memory.

The precise origins of curling are unknown though the earliest curling stone, found near Stirling, bears the date 1511. In 1838, the Grand Caledonian Curling Club (later renamed Royal Caledonian Curling Club) was formed with the aim of establishing standardised rules of the game.

Modern curling stones are 30 cm wide and 11 cm high. They are made from a shock-absorbing granite and weigh approximately nine kilograms. The path of the stone on the ice is controlled by players sweeping the ice in front of it. This reduces friction between the ice and the stone, clears any debris from the ice and can also affect the curl of the stone. The object is to get as many stones as possible closer to a pre-determined point on the ice (the button) than your opponent's nearest stone

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Curlers, Muir of Ord

ROSS: Urray

1950s; 1960s

curling; golf; sport; Grand Caledonian Curling Club; Royal Caledonian Curling Club

W Gordon

Winnie Gordon (photographs)

This photograph shows a group of men curling at an outdoor ice rink at Muir of Ord. Second from the right is Sandy McEwan son of William and Helen McEwan of Highfield, Muir of Ord. Sandy was a barber by trade and as well as being a keen curler, he was a golf enthusiast. A golf club champion at Muir of Ord on several occasions, there is a bench on the first tee at the golf club in his memory.<br /> <br /> The precise origins of curling are unknown though the earliest curling stone, found near Stirling, bears the date 1511. In 1838, the Grand Caledonian Curling Club (later renamed Royal Caledonian Curling Club) was formed with the aim of establishing standardised rules of the game.<br /> <br /> Modern curling stones are 30 cm wide and 11 cm high. They are made from a shock-absorbing granite and weigh approximately nine kilograms. The path of the stone on the ice is controlled by players sweeping the ice in front of it. This reduces friction between the ice and the stone, clears any debris from the ice and can also affect the curl of the stone. The object is to get as many stones as possible closer to a pre-determined point on the ice (the button) than your opponent's nearest stone