Bowling Clubs

Ayrshire is the home of bowling. Kilmarnock Bowling Club founded in 1740 is the oldest in the world. In 1849 one of its members, William Mitchell, wrote the first rules of the game, Laws of Bowls, and followed it up with the first textbook, Manual of Bowl Playing, in 1861. In 1857 the Earl of Eglinton started a bonspiel between Glasgow and Ayrshire's clubs playing for the Eglinton Cup. Today bowling is still very popular in Ayrshire with most towns and villages having one or two clubs.
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