History Scotland

TALES FROM THE RING: CELEBRATING SCOTLAND’S BOXING HERITAGE

The University of Stirling Archives holds one of the largest sporting heritage collections in Scotland. At its core is the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive, which documents the participation and achievements of Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, from the first competition in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930, to the 2018 Gold Coast Games. The collection includes a detailed record of the competitions hosted by Scotland (Edinburgh 1970 and 1986 and Glasgow 2014). The experiences of the Scottish team at other Games held across the Commonwealth are preserved in the wide range of personal papers and sporting memorabilia that form part of the collection.

Boxing is one of the core Commonwealth sports, having featured in every Games. Scotland has won at least one boxing medal at every event, the only sport to have this record. This achievement is all the more impressive when the trials and tribulations of the athletes who represented Scotland at the Games are considered, particularly

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