IT is hoped that no reader will expect to find in this book anything more
than what the title-page professes it to embody. The compilation is entirely
outside the category of practical Manuals and Handbooks of Sports, many of
which exist and are deservedly popular. Its sole object is to set forth a
sort of history, somewhat after (though confessedly a long way behind) the
model of Strutt's Sports and Pastimes of the People of England: only this
and nothing more."
The compilation has been the pleasing labour of years.
Portions have previously appeared in print here and there; but these have
been much amplified with new matter; and, so far as I am aware, the book, as
it now stands, is the only one dealing with the generality of Scottish
Sports on the same lines. I trust it will be found both interesting and
useful, as illustrative of varied phases of the habits, manners, and customs
of byegone generations of Scotsmen of all ranks and classes.
R. S. F.