South Inch Archery Butts

Originally this bench on the South Inch was a column marking the site of the archery butts on the scholars’ knoll. The knoll was lost during the levelling of the Inch during the 16th century. In the medieval period, towns which were attacked, relied on their citizens for defence which meant regular practice of archery was vital. According to Marshall a second stone, now lost, was sited “500 fathoms” from the first, approx. 1,000 metres. This must give an indication of what was expected from archers. The importance attached to archery can be judged by the setting out of two areas…


History of Golf in Perth

Until recently there was a modern information board close to the railway bridge over the Tay, setting out the history of the game in Perth. There is a reference to James IV playing in Perth in 1504 despite the recently past  laws prohibiting the game. (see Archery Butts). Beside it was another board entitled 'Perth and the Railways' and nearby one called 'Wildlife on the Tay' but all of these have been removed.


Dewars Corner Archery Butts and Amphitheatre

An interesting plaque is attached to the railings of Roslin House at Dewars Corner (the junction of Glasgow Road and Glover Street). It sets out the believed location for both the archery butts and the amphitheatre where James V watched plays in 1539. The actual site of the amphitheatre is believed to be in the area now occupied by the industrial park opposite. In 2023 the owners had the railings re-painted and the lettering was made much clearer.

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