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Minutes, accounts, and miscellaneous papers of the Edinburgh Skating Club.

Identifier: MSS.24641-24649

Scope and Contents

The Edinburgh Skating Club was clearly well-established in 1784 when the first minute book starts. Apart from a few years of inactivity the Club flourished until the early 1900's when combined figure-skating declined in popularity. It was finally dissolved in 1966. Although the Club attracted a large proportion of its members from the legal profession, the Edinburgh Skating Club was not socially exclusive and the membership lists include local noblemen, merchants, army offers and a slater. As such, the records of skating expeditions and subsequent social activities provide a valuable insight into the social and intellectual activities of late eighteenth and nineteenth century Edinburgh.


  • Creation: 1784-1966, undated.

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9 Volumes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1967, by D Alan Stevenson Esquire, Edinburgh.

Separated Materials

Club medals and markers presented with the papers were transferred to the National Museum of Antiquities in 1967.

Printed material has been transferred to the Department of Printed Books.


These papers were used by Margaret Elliot in her article 'The Edinburgh Skating Club, 1778-1966' in ‘The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club’, volume XXXIII, part 2, pages 96-136.
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