I recently wrote about a Quoiting Club opening up on the Quoiting ground at Broompark in 1932. However, another club opened perhaps at that location, quite some time earlier. As such, there may have been another Quoiting Ground in High Blantyre. The Sunday Post, dated 16th February 1919, says, “QUOITING. A new club is being formed at High Blantyre, and will be opened for the 18 yards game in March. Look out for the talent. Keep me advised, Mr Paterson.”
The Blantyre Project The sport of quoiting (pronounced “koiting” or “kiting”) was popular in mining communities throughout Scotland between 1900 and 1940 or so. At one time there were about 30 quoiting clubs in Lanarkshire and the game was at its most popular between World War I and WorldWarII. Quoits are rarely played today and there are only a few clubs left in Scotland.
Quoiting required a great deal of skill and strength as it involved throwing heavy iron or steel rings (weighing between 6 and 12 pounds or 2.7 to 5.5kg ) a pin in in the ground. The Scottish game used to be played by throwing the quoit a distance of 21 yards (about 19 metres) but the shorter distance of 18 yards (about 16.5 metres) was sometimes played.
A game is played by 2 people each throwing 2 quoits at a 3 foot (almost 1 metre) square bed of clay or turf. The players then change ends and throw their quoits at the opposite end. The player whose quoit is nearest the pin wins that end, scoring 2 points if both their quoits are nearest the pin or, otherwise, just one point. The game is won by the first player tor each score limit of 21, 51, 61, 71 or 81, the limit being agreed prior to the start of the match. Blantyre’s quoiting game was best known at Auchentibber , the team there winning the Scottish Championships in 1928.
Well done Catherine! I actually used my own “definitive Blantyre” book draft to look up your answer, the first time i have done so for anybody!