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St Andrews in the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris
The golf history of the ancient Scottish town, birthplace of Old Tom Morris.

 

WINNER OF THE USGA's HERBERT WARREN WIND BOOK AWARD 2015

WINNER OF BRITISH GOLF COLLECTORS' SOCIETY

MURDOCH MEDAL 2016

SHORTLISTED CROSS SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

 

 

 

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Latest Book


St Andrews in the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris
The golf history of the ancient Scottish town, birthplace of Old Tom Morris.

 

WINNER OF THE USGA's HERBERT WARREN WIND BOOK AWARD 2015

WINNER OF BRITISH GOLF COLLECTORS' SOCIETY

MURDOCH MEDAL 2016

SHORTLISTED CROSS SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

 

 

 

St Andrews in the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris

By Roger McStravick

What was it like to live in St Andrews in the late 19th century and early 20th century when the legendary Old Tom Morris was there?

What was the town like then? Who were Tom's contemporaries that helped mould the town into what it has become? Where did these entrepreneurs, golfers and friends stay? How did artisan towns folk and caddies make a living?

These and many other questions are answered in this magnificently written and splendidly illustrated, 290-page book that features over 350 photographs, many never previously published.

Choose from two editions that have been exquisitely designed by award winning Chic Harper – the leather-bound '79 Edition' (79 being Old Tom's lowest score around The Old Course at St Andrews) and The Collectors' Edition, a Wibalin-bound edition of 250 books. 

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Exquisitely designed and filled with rare and unseen photographs

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Exquisitely designed and filled with rare and unseen photographs

Flick through some pages of the book using the slideshow above

With access to archives of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, The University of StAndrews and other national and private collections, the research has unearthed lots of new material.
 

  • When was the land for the 1st hole actually created?
  • Should Auld Daw be remembered as more than just the Ginger Beer seller?
  • How was St Andrews saved from terminal decline?
  • Was Jamie Anderson ruined by drink and ostracised by his family?
  • Why was the Principal’s Nose cut off?
  • Who really was George Bruce – the man behind the Bruce Embankment?
  • Where was the dramatic scene of the death of Tommy Morris’ wife and stillborn child?
  • Why is 8 Golf Place so important?

 

There are new studies and biographies on Allan Robertson, Father of The R&A John Whyte-Melville, Hugh Philp, Robert
Forgan, Jamie Anderson and his father Auld Daw, Miss Agnes Grainger, James Wilson, Captain Broughton, Robert Chambers, Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair, George Bruce, H.S.C. Everard, Andrew Lang, James Ogilvy Fairlie, clubmakers and the Strath, Herd, Kirkaldy, Rusack, Auchterlonie and Dempster families to name a small selection.

 
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Over 350 photos


290 pages in full colour, printed on premium 150gsm Silk Art paper

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Over 350 photos


290 pages in full colour, printed on premium 150gsm Silk Art paper

In this large 280mm square book there are over 350 glorious, rare and unseen images, paintings and maps that truly stand out, highlighting new findings.

  • Tom’s first shop from 1848, the house where he actually lived in 1841 and inside 7 The Links – Tom’s home above the shop.
  • Maps from 1580 onwards showing how much land was reclaimed from the beach and how narrow the 1st and 18th were.
  • St Andrews Links – rare images of the Links taken from the late 1840s onwards.
  • Historic figures including HRH Edward VIII, Prince of Wales, Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair, Andrew Kirkaldy, Principal Haldane, George Whyte-Melville, George Bruce, Robert Chambers, Andrew Kirkaldy, David Honeyman and James Foulis.
  • The Grand Hotel in its prime and buildings including St Andrews railway station, the stationmaster’s house and garden,The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, Strathtyrum House, Melville House, Ayton House, St Andrews Castle and Cathedral.
  • Family archives from the Tait family including a letter from Queen Victoria’s Private Secretary when Freddie died in 1899.
  • The birth and growth of ladies golf in St Andrews