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The History of Curling in Alberta

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The History of Curling in Alberta


The Origins of Curling in Canada


The origin of curling has been narrowed down to three countries, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Germany. All evidence has been based on writings, art works, or an analysis of the vocabulary used in the sport, but the exact origin of the sport is still undetermined. The available evidence spans a range of dates that covers most of the 16th century with remnants from both continental Europe and Scotland. However, the oldest artifact to indicate the possible origin of curling was retrieved from the bottom of a pond in Dunblane, Scotland. What is now referred to as the famous Stirling Stone was recovered inscribed with the date 1511, making Scotland the official site of the oldest curling- related artifact to date. With the growth of the sport in Scotland, it became necessary to form a set of rules that could be used by all clubs. Soon thereafter, there was a need for a governing body to coordinate and regulate the expansion of the sport throughout Scotland. In 1833, an avid curler by the name of John Cairnie called for all of the existing clubs to submit information concerning club attendance as well as the results of any games or competitions that had been held. The presiding body came to be known as the Grand Caledonian Curling Club located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Later in 1843, the Club was renamed the Royal Caledonian Curling Club after it was granted royal patronage by Prince Albert.

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