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In 1618, James I took action to protect the Scottish golf ball manufacturers from Dutch competition, fixing a maximum price of 4 shillings each.
Charles I was playing golf at Leith when news came of the Irish rebellion.
James II, while still Duke of York and acting as commissioner of Charles II to the Scottish Parliament, won a memorable game against two Scottish noblemen, with Johne Patersone, a shoemaker, as his partner
The family failing for pall-mall, a kindred game, seems to have reappeared. The course laid out at Whitehall for playing it became the street of the same name. Probably French in origin, the ball had to be propelled through an iron ring using a wooden mallet and is probably the more ferocious ancestor of croquet.