The Golfing Strath family of St Andrews + St Andrews The Road War Papers, + In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris,
St. Andrews: St. Andrews Golf Press, 2020. Three book set, Limited editions of 300 and 1821 and 300 copies only.
Regular Price £99, £50, £99 =£248
Set price = £199
In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris
278p. illustrated cloth. limited edition 1821 copies only. Forewords, Peter Crabtree (author of Tom Morris The Colossus), Angela Howe, R&A Golf Hertitage Secretary.
Research is the key to this title, unlimited hours have been spent unearthing new facts of Old Tom, the Links and Toon.
The book authored by McStravick and designed by award winning graphic designer Chic Harper, keeps the suspense high and the expectation does not disappoint as each page is turned, large often two page photos of Tom, his counterparts and their home's make for pure fascination to any golf enthusiast, making the reader want to visit the toon its links and walk the streets with book in hand.
Virtually every street, house, citizen, event and change of significance is included.
The Golfing Strath family of St Andrews
174p, cloth. Limited to 300 numbered copies.
Design by award winning designer Chic Harper, winner of the USGA and Murdoch best book of the year multiple occasions.
THE STRATH FAMILY NAME is indelibly written into the history of golf. It can be seen on the Champion's Belt, the original Open Championship trophy, and recurs in the record books and annals of the great game. However, the overall achievements and contributions of a single generation of this golfing family remain largely unsung.
This final book by the late Dr David Malcolm, co-written by Noel Terry, constitutes an attempt to establish the rightful place of the Straths in the firmament of golf
in the 19th century and highlight their contribution
to the evolution of the modern game. It is also the story
of the emergence of a family in a remote Scottish royal burgh in Victorian Britain.
The mid-19th century provided opportunities aplenty in the expanding cities, the sprawling products of the Industrial Revolution, but in the isolated Scottish township of StAndrews, largely by-passed by commerce, the chance for betterment of the individual was limited. Those with an eye to self-improvement were left with the option
of taking their craft skills to the cities or emigrating to
the New World or the Colonies. Golf proved to be the salvation of the town and, for other than the academic families of its ancient University, it provided a living
– none more so than for the Strath family.
Alexander Strath and his seven sons were representative of time and place. Although all of the Strath brothers were talented in the game, their relative successes were regulated by character. Alexander, John
and James were happy to play whilst plying their trade
as plumbers; George was content as a journeyman golf professional and club servant with apparently little appetite for the contest. Only Andrew and Davie seemed prepared to enter the golfing fray, whilst Willie withdrew from competition to the life of a caddy.
The Road War Papers
322pp. illustrated, gatefold (french flaps) stiff wrappers. Limited edition signed and numbered 300 only.
Forewords David Hamilton, Pete Georgiady and Hon Lord Burns (David Burns)
Authored by McStravick and designed by award winning graphic designer Chic Harper, a full three years in the making. Keeps the suspense high and the expectation does not disappoint, like going back in time to 1879 and early, following this case really does give you the feeling of living in St. Andrews 150 years ago., and getting to know on personal its characters.
This new angle of writing, and in depth research is rare today, and actually brings fully new material to the golf historians table.
Published in two editions only, a pre publication (sell out) leather bound limited edition of 50 copies only, and a sure to be sold out very soon limited edition of just three hundred copies, this being part of the latter edition, and still at regular retail price.
McStravick is becoming the modern day Hay Fleming (coincidentally his favourite author) of the town, picking up significant golf awards including the coveted U.S.G.A. Herbert Warren Wind, the British Collectors Society's Murdoch Medal, this volume compliments his Footsteps published in 2016. Item #10969