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King James II of Scotland Outlaws Golf

On this day in 1457, the Parliament of King James II of Scotland passed Act Number 338, which includes the passage 'It is ordanyt and decreyt… (th)at ye fut bawe and ye golf be Utterly.... cryt done and not usyt' (It is ordained and decreed… that football and golf be utterly condemned and stopped).

Although the 'golf' referred to most likely bore no resemblance to today's game, it appears that a form of stick and ball game had become so popular that it was interfering with regular archery practice, considered essential for the safety of Scotland against the English and the Welsh.

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