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Title Scottish Bowling Association - Jubilee 1892-1942
Author Rev H O Wallace
Publisher Scottish Bowling Association, Glasgow, Scotland
First published 1942
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
21.8 x 13.8
Number of pages 68
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 10 None
Synopsis This book, described as a 'brochure' in its text, chronicles the history of the first 50 years of the Scottish Bowling Association (SBA). By the time of the first general meeting, held in Glasgow on 23 November 1892, 122 clubs had joined the Association, but it is not known how representative this figure was of the total number of clubs existing in Scotland at the time. By 1942, however, 601 clubs were on the Association's roll.

Fascinating insights are given of the early days of the Association when the laws of the game, originally drafted by William W Mitchell in Glasgow in 1849 but without an authoritative body to sanction them, were high on the agenda. Eventually, by the time the International Bowling Board was formed in 1903, the first international games were played under the rules of the SBA.

In 1893 the first national rinks competition was held in which 182 clubs participated. This was followed in 1894 with the first national 'single-handed' competition when 73 clubs entered, and in 1933 with the inaugural pairs competition. In 1942, despite the war, some 500 clubs took part in these three national competitions.

Much of the latter part of the book deals with international matches, from their early beginnings in 1903 when Dr W G Grace played a large part in their organisation, to accounts of tours by the Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and South Africans. The book concludes with lists of the winners of the three national competitions.