Remembering David B Smith

Notice: Sheriff David Smith’s funeral will take place on Friday 11th December 2015, 2pm at Masonhill Crematorium.

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club was saddened to hear of the passing of David Smith, or The Sheriff as he was known, who was a keen curler, collector and historian.

David began curling in Edinburgh at the old Haymarket Rink in 1963 with Coates Curling Club, the actual successor of the famous Duddingston Curling Society. In order to be able to enjoy more curling he and a legal friend instituted the Abbotsford Curling Society. He moved to Troon in 1976 and joined Ayr CC and Troon Portland CC.  He was also a Trustee of the Scottish Curling Trust, set up by the RCCC.

David was an advocate for 15 years, and a sheriff of North Strathclyde at Kilmarnock for 26 years, and he retired in 2001.

David B SmithDavid had always been interested in history – particularly that of Scotland, and of its legal system. This predilection meant that as soon as he began curling he became keen on the history of the game. This interest involved the collection of curling stones, paintings, books, photographs, medals, in short, anything connected with curling. He also compiled a long list of curling places in Scotland which evolved into the Historical Curling Places website.

David also wrote a comprehensive history of the game, Curling: An Illustrated History, published in 1981. He wrote many articles on curling in newspapers, and magazines, particularly The Scottish Curler, and has regularly made major contributions to the Curling History Blog.

He has also been involved in two large historical exhibitions in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and two in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

His historical work for curling was recognised in 2005 by the RCCC granting him a Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2015 he received his fifty year medal at the Annual General Meeting of the RCCC.

He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and had articles on curling published in their Proceedings.

David was a larger than life character, a generous man, a great raconteur and had curling in his heart.

Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Hazel and their children and grandchildren.

Photo: Bob Cowan

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