Carter Haugh hand ball game – Fri 4 Dec

April 10, 2016

A reenactment of the Carterhaugh handball game was played on Fri 4 Dec 2015… To commemorate the 200th anniv of the match.

The game was originally an idea by Sir Walter Scott – and was attended by him, Henry Scott Riddel and James Hogg. The match in 1815 was played by the men of Selkirk and shepherds of Yarrow and ended in a 1:1 draw.

The club was kindly invited along to add a splash of history to a similar game that was played 200yrs ago. The game took place at 2pm… with Sir Walter Scott attending, played by the actor Crawford Logan.  The Duke of Buccleuch played himself. The club led the players onto the field – with a drummer and flags flying.

A speech was read out by Hawick historian Ian Landles – who made the arguable claim that this was the first game of rugby in the world. The Duke Richard then threw the ball in the air … and it was started. The game lasted about 2hrs – and ended in a 1:0 victory for Selkirk.





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