On This Day 31st January 1865
Curling on Airthrey Loch, Grand Match, North v South. 25 rinks a side.
The men of the North were under the leadership of Lord Abercromby of Airthrey Castle and the South under Colonel Murray of Polmaise. It was a 12 o’clock start and three hours were played. A ballot was taken so rink was drawn against rink.
The North consisted of the following curling clubs:
Alloa, Alloa Prince of Wales, Alva, Blairdrummond, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane,
The South consisted of:
Sauchie & Canglour, Larbert, Stirling, Borestone, Camelon, Dunmore& Bruce Castle, Gargunnock, Denny.
The South won by 420 shots to 380.
The Bridge of Allan Reporter stated 'There were a considerable number of spectators present during the day, but the intense cold had no doubt the effect of keeping many back. Lady Abercromby, however and a few other ladies graced the ice by their presence. After the game, the curlers and their friends were regaled by Lord Abercromby with an ample supply of bread and cheese, hot ale and beer which was very acceptable on such a cold day.
On the numbers being announced, the players from the South sent up a hearty cheer in which many of their Northern brethren joined. Three cheers were given for Lord Abercromby, three for Lady Abercromby and three for the committee.'
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January 29: Stuart Campbell, “Walking the Stirling Marches ”
February 26: Eleanor Muir, Visitor Experience Manager, Stirling Castle,
“ Renaissance Rags and Riches at the Royal Court in Stirling – A presentation by the costumed Interpreters at Stirling Castle ”
March 26: Bill Inglis, “The Battle of Sherrifmuir”
April 30 : AGM. followed by Dr David Caldwell, “Doune Pistols”
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