Foot­ball

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15th Cen­tury

In 1981, the world’s old­est foot­ball was dis­cov­ered be­hind the pan­elling of the Queen’s bed­cham­ber in Stir­ling Cas­tle, Scot­land. Dated back to the 1540s and made from cow leather and a pig’s blad­der, it is be­lieved to have be­longed to Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived there and was known to en­joy a game of foot­ball. It was likely a gift from her fa­ther, King James IV, who bought four foot­balls in the 1490s.

It’s been ar­gued a young

Mary may have hid­den her foot­ball as a form of pro­tec­tion from witch­craft

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