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This evening, my blog theme is Scottish lawn bowls. This is a very popular game, particularly with the more ‘mature’ section of the community.There are hundreds of bowls clubs in communities all around Scotland.

The game dates back to at least the 16th century and became increasingly popular in the 17th and 18th centuries with the first bowling club formed in 1709. The rules were codified in 1864 subsequent to which the Scottish Bowling Association was established in 1892 followed by the first National Championship in 1892.

The game is played on a square grass bowling green divided into 6 rinks. Bowls can be any colour and weight is maximum 1.50kg.

Participants can play as singles or in teams. Aim of the game is to get the bowls closest to the jack.

Elsewhere today:

  • Have been finalising an extensive self-drive tour during May/June of England, Scotland and Ireland with a few formalities yet to complete.
  • Submitted an outline itinerary for another self-drive tour of Scotland for later in the year.
  • Responded to a couple of new tour enquiries.
  • Posted information to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog on Morgan family history.

Weather in Glasgow was wet and overcast.

This morning, I cycled up to Greenbank Garden to obtain more images of emerging colours of Spring. This post focuses on daffodils for which Greenbank is famous with about 500 different varieties. In previous posts I have included daffodils from Greenbank. Here is the latest batch.

Narcissus Bunclody


Narcissus Croesus

Narcissus Cyclops

Narcissus Jules Verne

Narcissus Loch Loyal

Narcissus Sealing Wax

Narcissus Trena

Also took this video clip of a section of Greenbank . Gardens feature in my tour portfolio.

Elsewhere today:

  • Posted information on Seaton family history to my GlasgowAncestry blog.
  • Corresponded with clients re upcoming tours.


This evening, my theme is the interesting primrose plant which flowers at this time of year. I found this isolated clump in a Glaswegian cemetery, a typical habitat.  I believe this plant, which forms part of the primula family, is protected by law. The Latin name for the primrose is Primulus vulgaris. The plant normally grows to a height of  10cm and is native to Britain and Europe. The flowers vary from pale cream to deep yellow in colour.

Elsewhere today:

  • Have posted information on Reid family history to my GlasgowAncestry blog.
  • Helped lead person of small group tour I am arranging with lodgings in London.
  • Undertook further work on a new self-drive tour of Scotland and Ireland.