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Recreation – Quoits & Medal

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These heavy brass quoits were used by Willie Watters, who was Scottish Quoiting Champion from 1895 to 1927. Next to the quoits is one of his many quoiting medals.

Quoits is an outdoor game played with metal discs, traditionally made of steel. The 12lb discs are thrown at a metal spike, set a distance away in a square of clay. The aim of the Scottish version of the game (“The Long Game”) is to throw your quoit nearest to the pin, a bit like the game of bowls.

Quoits was once a very popular sport in mining communities and there were large number of quoiting clubs across Scotland. Today only one club remains, in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen.