Questions related to the country of Scotland, which is located at the northern end of the island of Great Britain. The island lies close to the Atlantic coast of Europe. Scotland together with Northern Ireland, England and Wales comprises the nation called The United Kingdom

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Accents and Dialects

What does the Scottish word lucky tatties mean?

The lucky tattie is a traditional sweet made in Scotland. It is flavoured with cassia, and steamed and covered with cinnamon powder.

Northern Ireland

Is the word lad Irish or Scottish?

Neither. Lad is derived from the English word ladde.

History of Golf

When and where did golf originate?

Golf's Actual Origins"With th' exciption maybe iv th' theery iv infant damnation, " said Mr Dooley, "Scotland has given nawthin' more cheerful to th' wurruld thin th' game iv goluf." Golf appeared in 1350 in St Andrews, Fife. It was forbidden by the king thrice during the 1400's, as it was considered to distract young men from their archery and Church, but was re-legalised in 1502. It is a common misperception that it began in the 1600s; as early as 1567, Mary Queen of Scots played golf on the St. Andrews Links. The oldest remaining club here is the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, dating back to 1834, which still accepts only male members, with the exception of once in the year for the Women's Open.

Golf originated in Scotland in the 1600's.

"Gentlemen Only, Ladies Prohibited" is, of course, an backronym for the game, but the reality is that there were games similar to golf played as far back as the 1100's in China. Golf as a western sport began in the late 1500's in Scotland, but the name "golf" has nothing to do with the above acronym.

The "Gentlemen Only; Ladies Forbidden" explanation is an Urban Legend. You can learn more here:

Did the word "golf" originate as an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden"? That's a common old wives' tale. Or, in this case, more likely an old husband's tale. No, "golf" is not an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden." If you've ever heard that, forget it immediately. Better yet, find the person who told you and let them know it's not true.

Like most modern words, the word "golf" derives from older languages and dialects. In this case, the languages in question are medieval Dutch and old Scots.

The medieval Dutch word "kolf" or "kolve" meant "club." It is believed that word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed the word into "golve," "gowl" or "gouf."

By the 16th Century, the word "golf" had emerged.

Sources: British Golf Museum, USGA Library

The origin of golf is open to debate among Chinese, French and Scotish. Golf is widely believed to be a Scottish invention, as the game was mentioned in two 15th-century laws prohibiting the playing of the game of "gowf". Some scholars, however, suggest that this refers to another game which is much akin to shinty or hurling, or to modern field hockey. They point out that a game of putting a small ball in a hole in the ground using golf clubs was played in 17th-century Netherlands. The term golf is believed to have originated from a Germanic word for "club".

The oldest playing golf course in the world is The Old Links at Musselburgh. Evidence has shown that golf was played on Musselburgh Links in 1672 although Mary Queen of Scots reputedly played there in 1567.

Golf courses have not always had eighteen holes. The St Andrews Links occupy a narrow strip of land along the sea. As early as the 15th century, golfers at St. Andrews established a customary route through the undulating terrain, playing to holes whose locations were dictated by topography. The course that emerged featured eleven holes, laid out end to end from the clubhouse to the far end of the property. One played the holes out, turned around, and played the holes in, for a total of 22 holes. In 1764, several of the holes were deemed too short, and were therefore combined. The number was thereby reduced from 11 to nine, so that a complete round of the links comprised 18 holes.

The major changes in equipment since the 19th century have been better mowers, especially for the greens, better golf ball designs, using rubber and man-made materials since about 1900, and the introduction of the metal shaft beginning in the 1930s. Also in the 1930s the wooden golf tee was invented. In the 1970s the use of metal to replace wood heads began, and shafts made of graphite composite materials were introduced in the 1980s.

In January 2006, debate provoked again over who invented golf again. Recent evidence unearthed by Prof. Ling Hongling of Lanzhou University, China suggests that a game similar to modern-day golf was played in China since Southern Tang Dynasty, 500 years before golf was first mentioned in Scotland.

Dongzuan Records (Chinese:�|܎��) from the Song Dynasty describe a game called chuiwan (����) and also include drawings. It was played with 10 clubs including a cuanbang, pubang, and shaobang, which are comparable to a driver, two-wood, and three-wood. Clubs were inlaid with jade and gold, suggesting golf was for the wealthy. Chinese archive includes references to a Southern Tang Dynasty official who asked his daughter to dig holes as a target. Lin suggested golf was exported to Europe and then Scotland by Mongolian travellers in the late Middle Ages.

Spokeman for Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, one of the oldest Scotland golf organization, said "Stick and ball games have been around for many centuries, but golf as we know it today, played over 18 holes, clearly originated in Scotland."

Golf was invented in the 15th century by the Scots.

A little know fact about golf: Golf was banned in Scotland in 1457. The reason for the ban was that the game interfered with archery. Archery, then, was a much-needed practice because the country's defenses depended upon it. However, the Scots continued to play despite the ban from Parliament and the church. The Scots played golf on courses laid out by the sea. These courses are called links.

There is an urban legend that says the word "golf" stood for "Gentlemen Only; Ladies Forbidden." This is false. We know this, to some degree, since Mary, Queen of Scots, the mother of James VI of Scotland and who later was James I of England, was known to have participated in the "sport" of golf.

Golf was originated in Scotland near the 1600's and St. Andrews was the first course ever played. The queen of Scotland was so happy that golf was invented but many were not. The men were not happy because she was going to allow the women to play. The guards killed the queen just because of that. So that's why only men could play before and now in present time women can too which is AWESOME! I am so glad that the rule changed that women can play too!! in my backyard. I don't like mii gym teacher! he plays golf ewyy. Haha.*Cupcake&Babii Boo*

golf started in Ireland. the balls were rocks and the clubs were sticks

Golf was first found in the year of 1340.

There is no certain answer to that question. Historians are still trying to find out when and where golf was created.


Ask tiger Woods!!! =P

Soccer History
English Football

Name 3 players who have played in the Glasgow derby the Merseyside derby and the Manchester derby and London derby?

Paul Stewart Andrei Kanchelskis Michael Ball


Does Skegness have city status?

No, Skegness is a town.


What is scotland's most famous animal?

Red Deer, Wildcat, Loch Ness Monster. Golden Eagle, Capercaillie.

Clydesdale horse, sheep, highland cow


What does Scotland's national flag look like?

Scotland's flag is called the Saltire or the St Andrew's Cross. It is a blue flag with a white diagonal cross.
The Lion Rampant which has a red lion standing on its rear legs on a yellow background and is the Royal Standard of Scotland.

The design may be seen as similar to that of Jersey, white flag of ratio 3:5 with a red St. Andrew's cross style cross, with Jersey's coat of arms in the upper most white triangle. The coat of arms was added in 1981.

It is also similar to Jamaica - a yellow cross crating 4 triangles, of which the top and bottom ones are green and the right and left ones are black. This was adopted in 1962 and the flag is described by locals as follows: 'Hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth'.

History of England

What did King Charles do upset Scotland?

Charles I, tried to force the Scots to use an English Prayer book, they refused and invaded England. The Bishops' wars cost a lot of money and Charles I, could not afford this so had to ask Parliament for money, and that proceeded after 11 years.

Divorce and Marriage Law

Can you marry your second cousin in Scotland?

Cousins are permitted to marry in Scotland

United Kingdom

Where is Scotland's largest fishing port?

Peterhead (population: 18,000) situated in the easternmost point of Aberdeenshire is largest fish port.


What is money called in Scotland?

Pounds sterling (£), same as the rest of the UK.

History of Europe
History of Scotland

Do the Scottish like the Irish?

we have nothing against them.


Is there a shell oil company in Scotland?

Yes a base in Aberdeen


Did Scottish women wear kilts?

No. The kilt is only worn by men.

History of Scotland

Why is Scotland's national animal a unicorn?

In ancient times, the Scots believed in many aspects of mythology, including mythical sea monsters (such as the kraken) and unicorns. The unicorn appears in ancient mythology, and it has come to symbolize innocence, healing powers, joy, and life. The first known written account of the unicorn is from John Guillim's "Displays of Heraldy" from the 17th century. The unicorn was also worshipped by the ancient Babylonians.


How many people live in Scotland in 2011?

Estimate 5 million

Holidays and Traditions

What do Scotsmen wear?

kilts, plaid skirts and berets. tap shoes and knee-high socks. carry bag pipes with them, stand on top of any random hill and play until sundown, or need a glass of water for chapped lips. also they wear white collar shirts with red/green vest on top. ya, i would know cuz I'm traditionally Irish. hope ur happy thnx for reading.


What type of music is used in Scottish highland dancing?

Traditional Scottish music.


Who is the Princess of Scotland now?

Technically Camilla Parker-Bowles. Although he holds it the title of Prince and Great Steward of Scotland is not normally used in Scotland by the heir to the throne or his wife. It has not been generally used by Prince Charles nor Diana (Princess of Wales) nor now his current wife Camilla. He and his wife are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothsay in Scotland. Camilla has taken the title of Duchess of Cornwall and is generally known by that.

United Kingdom

England and Scotland and Wales are located on what island?

Great Britain, part of the United Kingdom.


Is England bigger than Scotland?

Yes, and the population is 10 times bigger.


Yes, If you take population and area but if you take tourist inflow and culture then Scotland is far ahead.


England is 1.66 times the area of Scotland.

Politics and Government
UK Politics

What form of government does Scotland have?

Scotland currently has its own devolved government at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. The Scottish Parliament has 129 members elected in a system which is a mixture of proportional representation and first past the post. This government has some powers to legislate over health, education, law, transport etc. These are called devolved matters.

The Westminster government in London is the government for the whole of the UK and as such maintains the right to legislate over a number of other matters, such as defence, foreign policy and the economy. These are called reserved matters.

In 2014, the current Scottish Government will hold a referendum on full independence. If the Scottish people vote yes this would result in Scotland eventually having the same type of government as every other sovereign country in the world, as opposed to the current situation where the Westminster government can still dictate certain matters.

The government of the UK is the Houses of Parliament in London, this is split into two chambers the elected House of Commons and the unelected House of Lords with the Queen as head of State. The Scottish Government is a devolved executive based in Edinburgh which is currently formed by the Scottish National Party who hold a parliamentary majority. The First Minister of Scotland is the SNP leader, Alex Salmond.
The Scottish Government is formed from the Scottish Parliament, which is a devolved parliament with powers over such things as health, education, transport and law in Scotland.

?There are certain 'reserved' matters, such as defence and finance, which are under the control of the UK Government. ?
Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. Scotland has its own parliament (elected every 4 years) and government, but is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Is Scotland hilly?

Yes! Very!


Is Scotland bigger than wales?



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