Herries Maxwell History

The Herries Maxwell trophy is played between Scotland and the USA. Touring parties travel to play for the trophy on a 10-year cycle. The last tour was in 2007 when the Scots toured the USA and brought back the trophy.

Commander Herries-Maxwell was President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in the year 1950 – 1951. He had travelled out to the USA with some fellow Scots Tourists twice during 1949 (1950-51 Annual – pp. 63-64). His photograph, in full Naval uniform, is shown at the beginning of the same Annual. Although it does not state it in so many words, it is assumed that, having in mind fond memories of these visits, and the generosity shown by the Americans to the Scots, together with the Royal Club’s decision to establish a permanent Tour-pattern, he decided to have a Trophy especially created for this Tour and generously donated same to the Royal Club.

A picture of the Trophy he donated to mark the commencement, in 1952, of exchange Tours between Scotland and the USA, is in the 1951/52 Annual – pp. 19. The first Tour took place with the USA travelling to Scotland in January, 1952. The Royal Club President of the time was David M. Hutcheon and it is recorded in the Annual that King George VI died during the Tour – the only sad note.

The undernoted shows a brief history of each tour with the scores (where given in the appropriate Annuals).

YearWho was PresidentWho was whereWho WonScots ScoreUSA ScoreNo. of Shots Won by
1952David M. HutcheonUSA in ScotlandScots wonNo scores given, but a report is on page 65 in the 1952/53 Annual.  However, scores supplied as a result of the 2001 Tour:
1955 (not 1957)John WatsonScots in USAScots won31927841


YearWho was PresidentWho was whereWho WonScots ScoreUSA ScoreNo. of Shots Won by
1962Festus MoffatUSA in ScotlandScots won367219148 (cup actually presented by Comdr. Herries-Maxwell who stated: ‘I look on this Trophy not only as a cup to be fought for but as a token of the good fellowship between our countries’.
Bill Robertson AikmanScots in USAScots won12931186107
1972W. D. WilsonUSA in ScotlandScots won1041935106 (no total scores given so 29 individual scores added up by the writer !
1977Bob GriersonScots in USAScotland won1216998218
1982Jim WhitefordUSA in ScotlandUSA won88790922 (1st time the Americans won)
1987Alex F. TorranceScots in USA (captained by Alex Torrance)USA wonNo individual scores given in Annuals, but figures supplied as a result of the 2001 Tour:Scots finished 13 shots down.
1992Charles BinnieUSA in ScotlandUSA won79385663


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