Re-match after more than 380 years

Pictured on the first tee are (from left) Tom Coull, Patrick Colquhoun of Luss, the Duke and Duchess of Montrose, Jamie Graham, and Jim Grant.'Gable End Photography
Pictured on the first tee are (from left) Tom Coull, Patrick Colquhoun of Luss, the Duke and Duchess of Montrose, Jamie Graham, and Jim Grant.'Gable End Photography

THE DESCENDANTS of two of Montrose’s most famous golfers came together on Friday to re-enact a game first played almost 400 years ago.

Jamie Graham, elder son of the Duke of Montrose, and Patrick Colquhoun, son of the current Laird of Luss, teed off on the medal course as part of the Montrose 450 celebrations. The game recalled that played by James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose and the Laird of Luss in November, 1629, on the night before the Marquis’s wedding.

They were watched by the Duke and Duchess who also attended at the invitation of the Montrose 450 committee.

Chairman David May said the event had gone well and the players had enjoyed their round of the links. Afterwards they were each presented with a copy of Bill Coull’s definitive history of the course, ‘Golf in Montrose’, by Mr Coull’s daughter, Lynn.

Mr May said: “They obviously enjoyed themselves and they were both delighted to receive a copy of Bill Coull’s book, which mentions the 1629 game. Although they hadn’t met before last Friday, I was really pleased that Jamie Graham managed to arrange the game which was a key event in the year of celebration.”

A keen golfer, the Marquis was also reputedly the first golfer on record to hire a caddy when, in 1628, he paid a local boy four shillings to carry his clubs for him.