Notes and acknowledgements

Most of the details of the Championships have been obtained from digitised versions of the Scotsman and the Glasgow Herald, from the National Library of Scotland’s bound copies of the Field (which has for most years an exemplary index which helped enormously) and from the Croquet Association’s copies of the Croquet Gazette. Information about the CA silver medals was taken from Townsend's Croquet Almanac 1989 edited by John Walters.

I have drawn on work done by Ian Wright, which has appeared in several editions of the Scottish Croquet Association Handbook, and I am equally grateful to Ian for passing on some information (and a little misinformation) given to him by David Prichard whose book, referred to in the text, was indispensable. I would also like to thank the other members of the SCA for various levels of help and encouragement, particularly Ruth Munro, Bruce Rannie, Bill & Eleanor Spalding and Tony Whateley.

Chris Williams, Liz Larsson, Klim Seabright and David Magee all kindly looked things up for me in the Croquet Association archives, though I did manage to visit Cheltenham to do some of the work myself. Tony Baxter used his copy of the 1881 census to locate Provost Forrest in Hamilton, discover CJK Woolston’s occupation and find Canon Lister for me. Julian Lawrie told me about his grandfather and kindly allowed me to use a photograph of him and two excerpts from his family’s memoirs. John Burnett of the National Museum of Scotland helpfully suggested that DM Stevenson was the man who became Lord Provost of Glasgow. A visit to Traquair House by Peter and Margaret Lowe led to Arthur Maxwell Stuart's first name and title, and, once I had discovered from the Manchester Guardian that John Hughes was a member of the Southport club, Tony Thomas provided a little extra colour. I am grateful to Prof Roland Paxton for telling me about A Star for Seamen and to John Prince for some facts about Keith Izard's life. Dr Tim Leunig of LSE generously gave me a database containing railway timetables for 1905 and some details of the pricing of rail travel.

Staff in Darlington library and Low Parks Museum, Hamilton were particularly helpful and I also had swift and friendly responses from the Signet Library, the Wellingborough Heritage Centre and St Andrew’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The photographs of the medals and the mallets were taken by Ian Wright, that of the cigarette box by Colin Tait, those of the cups are from Gail and Tremaine Arkley’s collection. I am grateful to Martin Murray for those of Woolston, Boumphrey and O’Callaghan and to Dr John McMordie of the Aldermaston Berkshire Croquet Club for the one of his grandfather. The photograph of DM Stevenson is courtesy of Glasgow University, whose archivists kindly also found the one of Macfie in the Temperance Leader and League Journal; that of Forrest is courtesy of South Lanarkshire Libraries who also gave me a lead which helped me track down Mrs Barbara Jean Lakshminarayanan, Jessie Clark Forrest's granddaughter, who kindly sent me the photographs of her grandmother; those of Borthwick Hall, Edinburgh Hydropathic and JW Blake were supplied by Midlothian Library, as was Blake’s signature. Permission to use the photograph of CA Stevenson was given by the Northern Lighthouse Board. I am indebted to the staff of all these institutions for their more than courteous assistance. The photograph of the author was taken by Derek Watts.

For the identification of hallmarks and their dating various web-sites were helpful, and in addition to the information I acquired from ScotlandsPeople, Google tracked down many other facts about the players. In a more academic treatise I would have referenced my findings more thoroughly, but I decided this was not the sort of publication which needed footnotes.

Finally I would like to acknowledge the generosity of those people who have given trophies to the SCA. Gail and Tremaine Arkley’s offer to the SCA of the 1906 and 1913 cups (when I had only requested photographs) made doing the research on the Championship and related matters so much more enjoyable. And it was delightful to be able to add not only the Riviera trophy to our collection, but also a photograph of Mary Macfie, courtesy of Jill Goulder.