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to votaries of any game having its origin in the dim past, it is absolutely necessary to cover ground in some

some measure well trodden; but, as travellers from the St Graal ng

alonga road not equally

observant, and many points of interest may have been passed unremarked by former writers, I have ventured to put my observations on record in this little volume.

Prefatorial notices, in manuals of the game, are more or less fragmentary; and while the matter herein may be not altogether new, I hope my brother bowlers will agree with the old Arabic proverb, which says, “ Honour to the beginner, even though the follower does better.”

In the words of the immortal William

“I do beseech you To understand my purposes aright."

H. J. D.

DUNOON, January, 1893.

“Get your enemies to read your works,

in order to mend them; for your friend is so much your second-self that he will judge, too like you.”Pope.

CHAPTER VI. REFLECTIONS.

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Bowls in the City and Country — Prejudices — Gambling — Royal

Patronage-Social Aspect of Bowling-Valedictory-Songs
and Poetic Effusions,

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APPENDIX

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Points Game,
“H. J. D.” Game,
Members of Willowbank, 1836,
Bowling Clubs prior to 1850,
Winners of Glasgow B.C.A. Tournament,
Summary of Results, Glasgow and Ayrshire Match,
Tait Trophy Winners,
List of Trophies,
S.B.A. Constitution, Rules, and Laws of the Game,
Bowling Clubs in Scotland,

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89 89 90

93 99

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

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Charles I. playing his Favourite Game,

Frontispiece, facing Title. Egyptian Ball-Player (initial), Game of Bowles, XIII. Century, Game of Bowles, XIV. Century, Rameses III. playing at Draughts, 3 Egyptian Balls (initial),

3 Ancient Egyptian Toys (initial),

4 Ancient Egyptian Dolls,

5 Egyptian Ball-Players,

6 Egyptian Ball-Players,

6 Egyptian Ball-Players,

7 Egyptian Ball-Players,

8 Tanagra Figurine,

8 Pila,

9 Greek Girl at Ball-Play, Hand-Ball, XIV. Century, Court Tennis of Old (initial), Shuttle-cock, XIV. Century,

14 Figures from Painted Vase,

15 Myron's Quoit-thrower,

15 The Chakra,

16 Pompeian Statuette,

17 Pins and Bowls,

17 Club Kyles, XIV. Century,

18 Club Kyles, XIV. Century,

19 Japanese Hoop-Player, F.gyptian Pastime of the Hoop, · Engraved Gems, Hoop-players, Bowlers, XIV. Century, An Ancient Pastime,

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24 Morris-Dancers, XV. Century,

26 Mummers, XV. Century,

27 Jack-Pudding, XIV. Century,

28 Club-Ball, XIII. Century, ·

28 Hand-Ball, XIV. Century,

29 Half-Ball (initial),

30 Half-Ball, Plan of Game, Club-Ball, XIV. Century,

32 Drake on Plymouth Hoe,

33 Charles I. (initial), Wm. Prinne (initial),

37 Star Chamber (initial),

39 Bowlers, Queen Anne's Time,

44 Bowler, 1837 (tail piece),

47 Old-time Coach,

49 Sketch Map of Glasgow, 1750,

50 “Old Burnt Barns," .

52 The Sauchiehaugh,

54 Sketch Map, showing Sauchyhall Road, 55 A Wellcroft Relic,

57 Whitevale Club House (initial), ·

58 Glasgow Cup,

59 Tait Trophy,

60 Eglinton Cup,

62 Thirteenth Earl of Eglinton (initial), · 63 W. W. Mitchell (tail piece),

65 Bavarian Players (initial), ·

66 Hypothetical Game (tail piece), - 69 The Game of Draughts (heading), 70 Bowlers, XIX. Century (tail piece), end

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