Descendants re-enact famous game

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TWO SIGNIFICANT anniversaries will be recognised this week with the re-enactment of a famous round of golf over the Medal course.

On Friday morning Jamie Graham, son of the Duke of Montrose, will tee off against Patrick Colquhoun of Luss to recreate a game their ancestors played in 1629.

James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose, was born 400 years ago this year, while the first recorded game of golf was played over Montrose Links in 1562.

A keen golfer and like many young men today, the Marquis enjoyed a game of golf against the Laird of Luss the day before his wedding to Magdalene Carnegie.

He was also reputedly the first golfer on record to hire a caddy when he paid a local boy to carry his clubs for him.

Friday’s game has been organised as part of the Montrose 450 celebrations and committee chairman David May this week said he is delighted that the historic meeting will go ahead.

He said: “This will in many respects be a re-enactment of the historic game in 1629 when, on the night before his wedding, the 1st Marquis of Montrose played golf with the Laird of Luss.

“The tee-off by the descendants of those who played one of the most famous rounds in the 450 years of golf at Montrose will be watched by the present Duke of Montrose and his wife whom we are also delighted to welcome to our historic course.”

The round is due to start on the Medal course at 11.54am.