Weʼve raised £2,175 to fund a headstone for the grave in St Andrews of three times Open Champion Jamie Anderson and his father, Auld Daw, the ginger beer seller
- St Andrews, United Kingdom
- Funded on Friday, 4th May 2018
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Jamie Anderson (1842-1905) was born in St Andrews. He would become the best golfer in the world, winning three Open Championships in a row from 1877. His life was one of extreme highs and lows. From being called a ‘king of golf’ at the height of his golfing powers, he sadly died in later years in a poorhouse in Thornton.
No headstone was ever added to the Champion's grave. 140 years after his first Open win, I want to put that right.
When I was researching my book, St Andrews In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris, I found Jamie’s life exceptional.
Here is an excerpt from the book about Jamie, Daw and The Anderson Family
About Jamie Anderson
Jamie won all his Championships living at 9 The Links, St Andrews (pictured above) - the first player to win on three different courses. In his prime, he was a man apart. We all have our golfing heroes. Shortly after Jamie died, James Braid spoke about his in the magazine Golf - it was Jamie. When Jamie as then Champion paid a visit to Elie, he spent some time with James the boy and told him that if he practiced, he too could be a Champion. James Braid won five Open Championships.
Jamie for him was the greatest.
About the headstone
The headstone we have gone for is an absolute replica shape wise, albeit larger, of the one Jamie himself picked for his own son David, who died aged 1. The stone will be as close to the Nydie stone, that Jamie’s son's headstone is made of. The two graves side by side will look in keeping with one another - father and son.
The names on the grave will include Jamie, Daw and family as they are in that lair. Daw was so much more than just a ginger beer seller. Caddie to Allan Robertson, Daw also attended to the upkeep of St Andrews links putting the double green at the High Hole in May 1855.
The writing on the headstone is deliberately meant to look as if penned in the early 20th century.
I have been dealing throughout this process with the family of Jamie, who are based in Australia – Mel Lewis and David Anderson and locally in Anstruther. They are hugely supportive and grateful for efforts to provide a headstone after all this time.
Jamie Anderson’s exceptional story will come to the fore one day. He was simply the best in the world and my hope is that we can finally have a headstone to celebrate one of golf’s great icons.
Thank you for considering this.
- 3 years ago
Roger McStravick3 years ago
Dear all, Thank you so much for all your donations. If you would like to attend the unveiling of the headstone in St Andrews Cathedral, we will be doing it during Seniors Open week. Details are 11am, Weds 25th July 2018. There will be an Open Champion there so say a few words too and proceedings will be lead by Very Rev Russell Barr. After the short service, we will be going back to the St Andrews GC for coffee.
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I H Cairns
Apr 9, 2018
Well done Roger.It could have been more than three in a row but for an admin mistake!
Apr 6, 2018
Thank you Roger for your effort on behalf of the Anderson family. We are looking forward to attending the unveiling! Myron, Anita and David Anderson. USA
Mar 14, 2018
Roger. With great appreciation, thank you for all you are doing for the the Anderson family and the memory of Auld Daw and Jamie. From both Mel and Ash Lewis in NZ.
Mar 4, 2018
Roger — I am delighted to contribute to a grave stone for a three-time Open Champion. I wish you the best with your project. I’m a big fan of your book ‘StAndrews in the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris.‘
Feb 23, 2018
Well done, Roger. Let's do this!
Feb 16, 2018
Great idea Roger.
Feb 4, 2018
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Roger McStravick is a golf history writer, living in St Andrews. His book St Andrews In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris, won the highest honours in the USA and UK, being the USGA Herbert Warren Wind Book Award and BGCS Murdoch Medal. www.rogermcstravick.com