|Curling pond near Swinhill, Dalserf, Lanarkshire|
John Quinn a notary in Paisley, Scotland, first described the sport in 1541 when he wrote about a challenge between a monk in Paisley Abbey and a representative of the abbot. The word curling was first used in 1620 in the a poem written by Henry Adamson. We also know the weavers of East Ayrshire relaxed by playing curling matches. They used the heavy stone weights from their warp beams outfit with a detachable handle. The brass handles were frequently kept on the mantle of the home's fireplace, and wives would keep them highly polished. Scottish immigrants brought the game with them to Canada where it is firmly established today and a winter Olympic sport.
|Curling on a lake in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1892; photo courtesy of Wikipedia|
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