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Philp, Hugh (1786–1856), golf club maker, was born in the Fife village of Cameron, some four miles from St Andrews, on 19 March 1786, the son of Thomas Philp, an agricultural labourer, and his wife, Helen Shaw, also from a local labouring family. He moved to ...

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Allan Robertson (1815–1859) by Thomas Rodger, c. 1850 courtesy of St Andrews University Library

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Robertson, Allan (1815–1859), golfer and golfball maker, was born on 11 September 1815 at St Andrews, Fife, son of David Robertson, a weaver and golfball maker, and his wife, Anne Bell. He was the third generation of feather ball (‘featherie’) makers in St Andrews...

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Ryder, Samuel (1858–1936), seed merchant and golf sponsor, was born on 24 March 1858 at Walton-le-Dale near Preston in Lancashire, the first son of Samuel Ryder (1823/4–1904), a gardener, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Martin (1822/3–1904), a dressmaker. He had three elder and two younger sisters and two younger brothers. He attended ...

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Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) by unknown photographer, 1930 © PA Photos