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BELMADUTHY
Instituted 1860 Admitted 1864


l-r: Rae Brill, Alan Stewart, H D Paul, Charles Fraser
(date unknown)

1904
Patron - James F McKenzie of Allangrange

President - C M Cameron
Vice-Presidents -
Evan N Burton Mackenzie
Frank Grant
Representative Members -
C M Cameron
A Davidson Smith
Chaplain - Rev John Dow
Treasurer and Secretary - Francis Fraser

Committee or Council of Management -
Simon Mann, William Harvey, C M Cameron, John A Beaton,
Dr Brodie

Honorary Members -
Jas. R Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell, Alex. P Smith, Frank Grant

Ordinary Members (Regular) -
Francis Fraser, Robert Macrae, Jno. Macintyre, Charles Burness,
J A Beaton, William Harvey, Rev John Dow, S Mann, C M Cameron, Rod. Matheson, Alex. Beaton, Dr Brodie, Robt. McLean, D Stuart, John Bisset, James Murdoch

Ordinary Members (Occasional) -
J F McKenzie, Murdo Macleod, Rod. Mackay, A Davidson Smith, Ang. Pescodd, R J. Gillanders, Hugh Forbes, W McIntosh,
Alex. Munro, J Urquhart, John A Fowler, A McDonald, Robert Colvill, Hugh Matheson

2004
President - Calum MacRae

Representative Members - B MacIntyre, C MacRae
Secretary - Mrs B A MacIntyre
Treasurer - Brenda A MacIntyre
Match Secretary - Brenda A MacIntyre
Ice Rink - Inverness
Members (Junior under 18 years) -
I Chisholm, P Macintyre, Miss S Macintyre, N Watson
Members (Ordinary) -
I Fraser, Mrs L Fraser, P Fraser, M Hogg, Mrs B Macinture,
Mrs D Maciver, A Maclennan, D Maclennan, G Maclennan, C Macrae, Mrs E Moodie, P Moodie, M. Paul, Dr D Watson

The Belmaduthy Club was founded in 1860 and admitted to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in 1864. The first recorded minutes are of a meeting held in the Tore Inn on "Monday the 30th day of October 1871". Chairman of this meeting was George Ross. However, the President, as entered in the RCCC handbook of 1872, was D MacLeod, Coulmore, and Vice-President James Cameron, Balnakyle. The secretary at this time was Alexander P Smith of Munlochy Mains. James Douglas Fletcher, Rosehaugh, became patron in 1880. At that time the club had two curling ponds, one at Littleburn, just below the A832 junction, and the other at the Tore Inn.

In 1886 James F Mackenzie of Allangrange became patron; the President at that time was George MacLean.

Belmaduthy was not represented at the first meeting of the Ross-shire Curling Association on Wednesday 22 November 1893. However, a communication was read from the secretary (David Stuart) regretting his inability to be present but stating that the Belmaduthy club had agreed to conform to the findings of the meeting. At this time the club had 19 regular and 14 occasional members.

Belmaduthy was the first winner of the Association Trophy, presented by J D Fletcher, at a match played at Muir of Ord on 12 January 1895. There was a rather curious way of assessing the winner, by dividing the 'points up' by the number of rinks put forward by a particular club. This favoured those clubs who entered a small number of rinks, and the practice was discontinued.

The Rev John Dow is first mentioned as chaplain of the club at the AGM of 2 October 1893. He became President in 1927, a post he held until the outbreak of the Second World War. Harold Paul, Munlochy Mains, was Secretary of the club from 1929 until 1938. James Cameron, Balnakyle, was President from 1937 until 1950.

The club celebrated its centenary in 1960. President on this auspicious occasion was Derek MacIver, Wester Strath.

There is little doubt that Belmaduthy has been the most successful club in Ross-shire curling circles in the past decade. Since 1982 they have won the Allan Moore 'A' league no less than nine times. They have also won the Allangrange Trophy eight times, the President's Cup six times, and the Dr John Anderson Bonspiel five times. They are truly the 'Rangers' of Ross-shire curling. They also have been excellent ambassadors of Ross-shire curling in all Area 10 and National competitions.

The nucleus of the team has been Peter, Iain and Brenda Fraser assisted at various times by Paul and Eleanor Moodie, David and Robert Lees, and Robert Urquhart. At present the second Belmaduthy rink of Mike and George Paul, Calum MacRae and Derek MacIver Jun. are on an equally devastating run and are on course to win the Allan Moore in our Centenary year.

Belmaduthy has contributed handsomely to Ross-shire Provincial curling - three Presidents, John Fraser, Peter Fraser and Mike Paul, and many first class players. Dare I say it, we all like to beat them - because they are the best.

And a 2007 postscript to the history of Belmaduthy Club ......


Sarah Macintyre with her parents Alistair and Brenda and displaying her Gold Medal along with the Women's World Junior Championship Cup.


Sarah Macintyre, a Ross junior curler and member of the Scottish Junior Curling Team, has helped her team mates secure the Women's World Junior Championship Cup and individual Gold Medals.

The tournament in Minnesota was the conclusion of a marvellous season for Sarah. Entering Strathclyde University in October 2006, she was invited to join the rink of Sarah Reid, a former Scottish junior champion. Sarah, who is 18 years of age, has represented Great Britain in the World University Winter Games in Italy, and competed in international events in Europe.

The trip to the World Championship followed after achieving the Scottish junior title in February 2007, and success in the USA ended a 10-year wait for Scotland to regain the Women's Junior World Cup.

The Scottish team won the Gold Medal after a slow start to the week. After six rounds they had won only three games and were near the foot of the rankings. Following defeat by China in round eight, a place in the last four seemed unlikely, but in round nine China beat Norway, Russia lost to the USA, and Scotland, with a final round robin win over Italy, were in a tie-break position for fourth place with Norway and Switzerland.

Switzerland beat Norway and Scotland then beat Switzerland for a place in the semi-final. After a tremendous win over the USA in the semi-final, Scotland were into the final to face Canada.

In the final the Scots were down at the fifth after they lost a three in the fourth. Fighting back they took two in the tenth to peel the game. In the extra end the Scots guarded perfectly and Canada were only able to clear one shot at a time. Canada eventually cleared the Scots' shot by raising a guard. Skip Reid drew perfectly round to sit on the pot lid with her final stone. The Canadian skip drew for the hit but her stone stayed straight and took out her own shot. The Scottish team, and Sarah, were then able to celebrate their magnificent success.

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