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Leisure in Scotland

By shawar
  • Jan 1, 1000

    Origins of the Highland Games

    Though the games have spanned since before recorded history, it is said that races precursoring the games date back to the 11th century. These races helped determine messengers for King Malcolm the III of Scotland. It is also claimed that the Highland Games were an influence to the revival of the Olympic Games.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1100 to

    Pre-Industrial Era, 1100s-1700s

    Work and worship predominated for a long time as the church was strict about how leisure time was spent and what it was spent on.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1200 to

    1200-1600, Origins of Golf

    Golf has been mentioned as early as the 1200s and had many laws associated with it in the 1400s. Recognized as a Scottish invention, golf had also been played in the Netherlands and a game similar to golf had been played in China.
  • Jan 1, 1424

    Origins of Football

    Origins of Football in Scotland. Scotland is home to the second oldest football association in the world.
  • Period: to

    Emerging from the Pre-Industrial Era, 1700s-1800s

    The church's grip on recreation and leisure subsides a bit, gaining way for activities such as cock fighting, bare-fisted boxing, and football as well as lots of drinking.
  • Period: to

    Era of Refined Recreation and Participation, 1800s

    Bloody activities step aside for more formal leisure activities such as dance, theatre, music, and golf. Participation is more important than competition in this era. Church is pushing for people to get active with the church. Drinking has relaxed a bit.
  • Period: to

    Era of Professionalism, late 1800s-Now

    Competition starts to rise within recreation. Betting also becomes popular. Music and theatre thrive as does movies. Heritage is a big part of life and is celebrated through events like the Highland Games and through movies.