‘Old Tom’ photos come home to St Andrews

'Old Tom' Morris.
'Old Tom' Morris.

A rare collection of Tom Morris-owned photographs are coming home to St Andrews.

The images will be going on display for the first time in the Best Western Scores Hotel from March 28 until April 1 as part of the St Andrews Golf Festival.

Dating back to the mid-1850s, they were discovered gathering dust in a St Andrews attic by two collectors.

Owned by ‘‘Old Tom’’ himself, they include personal photos of him and his family along with images of early Open champions like Willie Park, Andrew Strath and, perhaps, the greatest of them all – his son, ‘‘Young Tom’’ Morris.

Now part of the world famous Old Golf Images archive (www.oldgolfimages.com), some of the rarer images will go on tour for the next six months before being offered for sale as a collection with a minimum price tag of £350,000.

Laura Ptaszkiewicz, of OGI, told the Citizen this week: “Obviously we hope they stay in Scotland, but the ‘‘Old Tom’’ name is known worldwide and we expect worldwide interest.”

Richard Wax, chairman of the Golf Festival, added: “We are delighted that Old Golf Images has agreed to exhibit this unique collection for the very first time at the St Andrews Golf Festival, which is destined to showcase the world’s rarest and most exciting collections.

‘‘To have the original prints that ‘‘Old Tom’’ Morris owned himself returning back to St Andrews at the very first St Andrews Golf Festival is a truly special moment and a real festival highlight.”

The display will be open from 10am until 5pm