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The King’s Cup

The King’s Cup was an annual Archery Meeting held by the Royal Toxophilite Society at the _ Grounds.

In 1834 King William 4th spended a Silver Cup to be shot at the „Kings Target Day“. The shooting Distances were 120, 90 and 60 yards with 36 Ends of 4 Arrows, make it a total of 144 Arrows. J. Norton was the first winner of the silver cup.

In 1835 the number of arrows were reduced to a total of 132 Arrows or 33 Ends.

In 1836 the number of arrows were increased to a total of 192 Arrows or 48 Ends.

In 1837 King William 4th spended, like the years before, a Silver Cup to be shoot for, but he died on June 19th and no Kings Cup was held that year.

In 1838 the King’s Cup was held again with the same distance, but with 47 Ends due to an upcoming Storm that day. That was the last King’s Cup for 23 years.

In 1860 J. Norton presented the Silver Cup, he had won in 1834, to the Society and it was decided that the King’s Cup should be renewed with the original first Silver Cup as prize.

In 1861 the King’s Cup was renewed, the shooting Distance were set to 120 yards and with 36 Ends or a total of 144 Arrows.

Name

Hits

Score

20.06.1834

J. Norton

15

50

03.07.1835

Alexander Glen Finlaison

45

157

01.07.1836

J. Norton

65

239

1837

No Contest that year

29.06.1838

W. Peters

68

266

25.07.1861

J. Spedding

27

103

31.07.1862

J. Spedding

14

58

18.06.1863

T. Boulton

??

156

23.06.1864

J. A. Froude

21

75

03.08.1865

J. A. Froude

30

112

12.04.1866

W. W. Spottiswood

37

133

04.04.1867

W. W. Spottiswood

36

158

Sources:
A history of the Royal Toxophilite Society, Toxophilite, 1867
The Archer’s Register 1891/92, Fred T. Follett, 1892