Dean Bowling Club Edinburgh
Dean Bowling Club Edinburgh



Bob Cranston

0131 332 0015



Try Bowls

Playing bowls can improve your physical and mental health, and promote overall well-being.

Bowls is a unique sport in that it is fully inclusive, so anyone can play it at any age, ability or fitness level, and for more than a hundred and fifty years, it has been one of the great Scottish sporting success stories.

No matter if you play for fun at your local club or are bringing home gold medals for Scotland, bowls offers opportunities for everyone to get involved, and with 860 Bowls Scotland member clubs across the country, you are sure to find a bowling club in your local community.




2017 was a good season for us at Dean Bowling Club winning E&LBA Triples, EBL KO Singles and the 3rds winning division 2


Winner of EBL KO singles Mr Bob Linton Final held at Queensberry Bowling Club Saturday 2nd September 2017. Congratulations Bob you played greats bowls!!!!


Bob Linton of Dean BC grabbed the major headline in the Buyrite Bathrooms sponsored finals of the Edinburgh Bowling League Knockout Championships – the sprightly veteran emerging a super hero with his spectacular win over James Hogg of Carrick Knowe to capture of The Singles title.


Played at Queensberry – the home club of EBL President Brian Jempson – the venue was packed to the gunnels by a banking that reflected great support drawn from across the 46 member clubs. Linton is now a prominent figure in the Seniors Brigade of Bowlers at Dean; but still capable of parading his skills in the Mainstream events the 3 times club champion had made steady progress through the rounds to bask in the limelight of the EBL finals. The chief highlight of what will go down in history as a memorable occasion came in the climax to the Singles with Linton stamping his name all over Finals Day with a phenomenal count of 3 on end 23 to snatch a 21-19 victory over an opponent rated, currently, one of the best in the capital city. Hogg – a player of international status and national title glories – looked set to dominate when adding 2, 1, 1 to lead 14-7; but Linton stirred the banking a with five end purple patch run of 1, 2, 2, 3, 1 that transformed the picture, 16-14, in his favour.

The battle for supremacy was back to evens-stevens at 16-16 then Linton’s double to 18 was answered by a 1, 2 from Hogg to cross19-18 after 22 end played. Hogg elected for a short mat and drew a goodish shot with his opening bowl – Linton run through but did so with a passing kiss of the jack – then really created an electrified buzz on the banking when ditching the jack with his second bowl. Linton held one shot from that then played his third into the area; but his fourth and final bowl came from out of the clouds and seriously from a different planet. With perfectly judged weight and accurate line his Bowl number 4 punched his ‘on green’ toucher into the ditch – then cannoned Hogg’s second shot out of contention – then stayed alive on the green – then carded 3 shots to trigger a title winning salute. “It was an astonishing delivery the best shot I have seen in my life” reflected EBL secretary Robert White and all credit to James (Hogg) “he simply applauded a truly magical masterbowl” The Dean name had been etched on the coveted Singles trophy by George McNab in 2012 while Carrick Knowe were the defending champions with Hogg bidding to emulate the 2016 success of Richard Tough.


 3rd team winners of 2nd division 2017 Vice President Tom Willis collecting the trophy  from EBL president Brian Jempson and Alan Hartman (Alpha Trophies)

2017 Winners of the E&L.B.A Triples Held at Collinton bowling club 1st July 2017

Roddy Watson, Bob Clayton and Kevin Pendleton ( Kevin McNab helped them all the way to the final)

Congratulations to you all well deserved Winners!!!!

New Full Members £50.00 only

(first season only)

(This only applies to new members not past members)


All social Memberships £20.00





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We would be delighted if you can come join us here at the club, Either as a social member or a full playing member, Our club is open all year round.


Would you like to try a game of bowls and find out what the sport can offer you?



You can benefit from our club that offers you official coaching in the game, Enjoy our bar facilities at club prices, Snooker/pool, Darts dominoes in the winter months and meet new friends in a friendly atmosphere.



All ages welcome male or female

If interested please fill in the form on

(Membership enquiry) 

A Committee member then will make contact with you.


Current membership fees are


£120 Full member

                                         £50 New full member

                 ( only applies to new members not past members)

£10 Junior member 

 £20 Social member


(sorry no pets allowed)







Much has happened in 116 years of Dean Bowling, many significant Games and events, many turning points, a host of “characters” and Personalities, a fair modicum of skill and spirit displayed, and huge enjoyment. What is memorable for one member is not necessarily so for another, and one person’s outstanding player, or official, or “worthy” is not necessarily another’s, such is life, and there is no doubting that Dean has seen life to the full.

First Clubhouse 1900
Clubhouse 1907
Members behind the clubhouse 1950
Present day 2015





The History Of  Scottish Bowling

Bowling throughout the world in its present governance is due to the persistence of a Scottish Bowler, Mr W.W.Mitchell from Glasgow.

Until bowling was standardised with an acceptable set of rules it was played in many forms throughout Britain and beyond.

W.W.Mitchell created the first Rules of Bowling

W.W.Mitchell wrote the first Rules of Bowling which became the basis of the game we now play.

The original Bowling Rules which were universally adopted by all have since been amended as required and now provides a sound basis for the great game that has evolved.

In 1848 representatives of around 200 Scottish clubs attended a meeting in Glasgow with the intention of unifying the game of Bowls across the country with a standard set of rules.

Until then towns and villages made their own rules which created disharmony and confusion when they played each other.

The meeting allowed many points to be raised and debated but unfortunately closed without agreement and the moment was lost to create a Scottish Bowling Body to oversee the game across the land.

However a general agreement that rules standardisation was necessary for the good of the game prompted the formation of a committee which convened in 1849; the next year.

Mr William W. Mitchell, a member of Willow Bank Bowling Club and a Lawyer, became the secretary and took it upon himself to write the first set of Bowling Rules which were accepted firstly by the West of Scotland then universally by all clubs in Scotland.

The first publication of the Laws of our game did not take place until 1864.

 The creation of the Scottish Bowling Association

Mr James Brown of Sanquhar first mooted that a Scottish association should be formed.

In 1889 a Mr James Brown of Sanquhar wrote to the Scotsman Newspaper  suggesting again that we form a National Association of authority recognised and accepted by all Scottish clubs.

The rules as they were written by W.W. Mitchell were found to be wanting and needed updating to cease persistent disagreements.

A Mr James Pretsell from Edinburgh’s Lutton Place Bowling Club aligned himself with Mr Mitchell and bowlers from the east of Scotland in calling for a Scottish Association.

Although not initially convinced the Bowlers from Glasgow eventually agreed to take part in the meeting.

A short time later, in 1892, when eventually the Scots got their act together they created the Scottish Bowling Association which has the distinction of being the world’s first to be formed.

By 12th September 1892 James Brown had his wish with 105 delegates attending from all over Scotland.

At this historic meeting in the Waterloo Rooms of Glasgow the Scottish Bowling Association was formed.

Mr James Brown acted as Secretary and became Interim Secretary.

Showing a scanned image of the first "Rules of Bowling"

Sixteen days later he offered his Draft Constitution and the name Scottish Bowling Association was formally accepted.

Priority was given to creating an amended set of rules and the adoption of James Brown’s “Manual of Bowling” as published in 1892.

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18 Comely Bank Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 1AS


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