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History of the Scottish Games

Scottish men have tested their strength against each other at Highland gatherings for centuries. King Malcolm Ceanmore, who began his reign in 1057, is credited with initiating crude forms of today's Scottish Highland Games' athletic competition as a means of improving the abilities of his military. While the games had become festive occasions by the sixteenth century, they were still seen as a way for kings and chiefs to choose the best men for their retinues.

The equipment currently used for he Highland Games has evolved from items locally available to the early Scotsman. A Blacksmith's hammer or a mell for driving fence posts has become the 22# hammer. Woodsmen produced the 'caber' (Gaelic for 'tree') for their own event. Thrown for height and distance were 56# and 28# steelyard weights. Tossing a sheaf with a pitchfork likely emerged from agricultural regions. A rounded riverbed stone made the ideal 'clachneart', and still does today.

Today's Scottish Highland Games athlete combines strength, skill and endurance to compete in these time-honored events. In the spirit of the affable Scot, these competitors combine the attributes of the athlete with the fellowship of clansmen to promote and perpetrate the heart of the Scottish Festival the Highland Games


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 If you are interested in Scottish history,  you can visit the website for the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.

Or you may visit the website for the New World Celts.

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