Royal Dornoch PhD

The Royal Dornoch Golf Club together with donors from the USA have joined forces with the University of the Highlands and Islands Center for History to fund a three year PhD investigating the history of sport and culture in Dornoch and wider Moray Firth coastal region. Donations from the University of the Highlands and Islands Scotland Foundation have provided much needed support to enable this PhD to proceed and we are extremely grateful to our generous supporters.

We continue to seek support for this PhD, so please donate today.

In 2016, Dornoch will mark four centuries of golf being played in the area with the earliest evidence of the game dating back to 1616. However, few records exist from the period 1600-1800 and a new project aims to bridge the gap in knowledge in the lead up to the town’s 400 years of Golf in Dornoch celebrations. The lucky recipient of the PhD gift is Canadian Wade Cormack who recently completed a MA in Scottish History at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

Neil Hampton

“Supporting a student to conduct their PhD on the history of golf in our area was such a natural and very exciting thing to do and we are very much looking forward to seeing what is unearthed”

Neil Hampton, General Manager, Royal Dornoch


“This studentship excites me because I will be going further back in Scottish history, another two full centuries, to examine the foundations of golf, and sports in general in the Moray Firth region”

Wade Cormack, PhD Student