Richard Ibbetson on how one Edinburgh surgeon helped to shape the modern game.
Much of the history of the College is linked to the development of surgery not only within the City of Edinburgh but throughout the UK. However, indications of a sporting heritage can be found. John Rattray (1707-1771) was a surgeon in Edinburgh in Jacobean times. He trained as a surgeon and in 1740 applied to become a Freeman (Fellow) of the Incorporation of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which later became our Royal College.
Chris Oliver visits Nepal’s Sun Kosi River – one of the top kayaking destinations in the world
My journey down Sun Kosi River, or ‘River of Gold’, was 270km through Nepal’s remotest regions where most of the rapids were Grade III/IV pool-drop with great surfing and hole-riding. I was there with some old friends but the age of the group ranged from 36 years to 64 years, with two of the group possessing a bus pass; the age of the silver adventurer has arrived.
John Orr on why St Andrews remains one of the world’s top golf attractions
Golf has been played on the Links of St Andrews for at least 500 years. The rights of the Burgess of the town to play on the Links was enshrined by Charter in 1552, which are maintained to this day through the St Andrews Links Trust, a charitable body which administers and maintains the town’s courses.