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Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland
Clubmakers
Hugh Philp
St Andrews
Described as 'a dry haired man, rather gruff to strangers' he was born at Cameron Bridge in 1786 and only began repairing golf clubs as a sideline to his main business, joinery and housepainting, in 1812. By 1819, though, he had been appointed official clubmaker to the Society of Golfers (later the R&A) and his fame had spread. It was said he might spend a whole afternoon hand polishing a single clubhead.

In the late 1840s he took on James Wilson as an assistant and, in 1852, his nephew, Robert Forgan. Even shortly after his death (in 1856) a trade in counterfeit clubs bearing his name had arisen.

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