The Jubilee Stone; CS001
The Jubilee StoneAbout this object
The Jubilee Stone weighs 117lbs.
It was presented to the RCCC by Mr John Wilson, Cockburnspath in 1888.
Mentioned in History of Curling by Rev. John Kerr (1890):
"We have kept to the end of the list "the king o' a' the core" - the "last but not the least:" the greatest in fact, of all that mighty race. In the circumstances in which he has made his appearance he claims a special title underneath his portrait, and we have therefore called him 'The Jubilee Stone'. This extraordinary stone was presented to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club by John Wilson, Chapel-lull, Cockburnspath, and exhibited on its arrival, at the Jubilee meeting of the club, held on the 25th July 1888; and its portly presence also graced the banquet on November 28th.
It weighs 117lbs., and belonged to John Hood, a keen curler of that district, who died at Townhead in January 1888. Mr Hood, it appears, had often seen his father play the stone and he himself had played it occasionally before dressed stones were introduced. It was sent by Mr Wilson to be preserved in the archives of the Royal Club; and we are sure that future generations of curlers will look upon it with interest and astonishment, if not with dismay."
The Jubilee Stone gets another mention further along in the book:
"Few of us would care to have our life depending on the chance of sending the Jubilee stone "owvre a' ice." "Tak in by the handle" would be the cry that sealed our doom; but the Titan of Cockburnspath thought nothing of the burden as he enjoyed the play; and, if these weighty stones could speak, they would doubtless relate how sweetly they were swung by the arms of their owners, and how gently they were carried to and from the loch."
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