STRATHCONA CUP HISTORY
CANADA vs SCOTLAND
Strathcona Cup was 100 years old
when it was presented to the winning team, Scotland, when the competition was
last played in Canada
in January 2003. The last Canadian
team to tour Scotland
was in 2009 which was the 100th anniversary of the first Canadian Tour to Scotland to play
for the Strathcona Cup. The
Competition is the oldest international curling event in the world and the Cup
is probably the most famous in all the history of the roaring game.
winter of 1902-03, a party of Scots from the Royal Caledonia Club toured Canada, playing against Canadian and
American rinks for the Royal Caledonia Tankard.
In order that the loser in this competition might have a tangible memento
of this event, Lord Strathcona, who was then President of the Royal Club,
provided a second trophy. In 1909
the Scots lost and won the trophy.
They took possession of this trophy which has since become famous as the
Smith, born in 1820, came from Dufftown on the upper reaches of the River Spey
in Scotland to Canada in 1838.
He carved out a distinguished career with the
Hudson’s Bay Company, eventually becoming its chief
executive officer in Montreal.
During the Riel Rebellion, he persuaded the Red River people to begin negotiations with the Canadian
government. In 1871 he became a
member of the Canadian Parliament, and later authored the Smith Liquor Act,
which prohibited sale and use of alcohol in the North West Territories.
To enforce this Act, his recommendation resulted in the creation of the
North West Mounted Police.
As a founding member of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, he risked
his fortune during the five tumultuous years of its construction but was
rewarded in 1885 when he drove the last spike.
returned to Great Britain
and for these and other services, Smith was appointed to the House of Lords as
Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal.
In 1896 he became the High Commissioner of Canada to
until his death in 1914.
Strathcona Cup was fashioned by Messrs. Sorley, Glasgow, silversmith to the
patron of the Royal Caledonia Curling Club (RCCC), His Majesty the King.
It is cup-shaped in form, with two handles and measures about 20 inches
in height and 14 inches in diameter.
The decoration, which is chiefly Celtic in character, is artistically
applied. The arms of His Lordship
and the insignia of the Club are chased in a bas-relief on the opposite sides of
the body of the Cup, which is screwed to a silver octagonal base of eight
panels. On the more important of
these are chased in bold relief representations of Harvey’s famous Scottish
curling scene, a Canadian curling scene, and also views of Scotland’s two
historical castles, Edinburgh
On two minor panels are shown a beaver and a maple tree, and a scotch fir
with thistle foreground representing Canada and Scotland.
The two remaining panels are reserved, one for the winner’s names and the
other for the inscription which, coupled with the inscription on the rim of the
Cup, reads: “Presented by Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal to the Royal Caledonia
Curling Club, to commemorate his Presidency of the Club and of the first visit
of the Canadian Curling team to Scotland, in January, 1909.”
While play is scheduled
every five years, alternately in Canada and Scotland, the tours have occurred
somewhat irregularly due to the two wars and other factors.
Recently the Canadian touring team has consisted of forty curlers split
into 2 groups which compete in northern and southern Scotland during the month
of January, 2009 culminating in Edinburgh.
The Scottish touring team to Canada for 2013 will split their sixty
curlers into separate Eastern, Central and Western Tour groups.
They will arrive in our country on January 9th for a series of
games across the country and finally all tour groups will meet in Toronto on
January 31st at the end of their weeks long curling tour.
The touring teams will compete generally twice daily and will be locally
hosted at lunches, dinners and special events.
The winner is determined by comparing the scoring totals of all of the
matches (200 to 400 games) – Scotland vs. Canada.
The results of the competition to date are:
1st Scottish team to
1st Canadian team to Scotland
2nd Scottish team to Canada
2nd Canadian team to Scotland
3rd Scottish team to Canada
3rd Canadian team to Scotland
4th Scottish team to Canada
5th Scottish team to Canada
4th Canadian team to Scotland
6th Scottish team to Canada
5th Canadian team to Scotland
7th Scottish team to Canada
6th Canadian team to Scotland
8th Scottish team to Canada
7th Canadian team to Scotland
9th Scottish team to Canada
8th Canadian team to Scotland
10th Scottish team to Canada
9th Canadian team to Scotland
11th Scottish team to Canada
10th Canadian team to Scotland
12th Scottish team to Canada
January 27th, 2013