Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Archers shoot 300 in Meadows today

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the first competition for The Edinburgh Arrow which is a prize competed for by the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland - The Royal Company of Archers. The official date that The Royal Company was founded is 1676 although some members appear to have been competing for archery prizes as early as 1603 as shown by the medallions on an earlier prize - The Musselburgh Arrow. However, it was in 1709 that the Magistrates of Edinburgh presented a silver arrow to be competed for by members of The Royal Company as an archery prize. Originally a prize of five pounds was given to the winner by "The Magistrates" of the City but this fell into abeyance after 1716.
Early records show that The Royal Company used to march with its drums and colours to the location for the shoot - something which that will take place on 16th June this year, but although those competing will have a pipe band to lead them, colours will not be carried. The competition will take place on The Meadows on the north side in East Meadow Park in an area which is normally roped off by the City Council. The prize is shot for over a distance of 180 yards with two targets or 'clouts' as the aiming mark - one at each end of the range.
The above is an extract from the website of the Royal Company of Archers and the shoot is this afternoon between 2:30 and 5pm

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