ARCHERY , the
See also:art and practice of
See also:shooting with the
See also:bow (arcus) and arrow, or with crossbow and bolts . Though these weapons are by no means widely used amongst savage tribes of the
See also:day, their origin is lost in the mists of antiquity . Amongst the
See also:great peoples of
See also:history the Egyptians were the first and the most famous of archers, relying on the bow as their
See also:principal weapon in war . Their bows were History somewhat shorter than a man, and their arrows varied 1a war . between 2 ft. and 2 ft . 8 in. in length . Here, as elsewhere,
See also:flint heads for arrows were by no means rare, but
See also:bronze was the usual material employed . The Biblical bow was of
See also:wood or
See also:horn, and the Israelites used it freely both in war (Gen. xlviii . 22) and in the
See also:chase (xxi . 20) . The Assyrians also were a nation of archers . Amongst the Greeks of the historic
See also:period archery was not much in evidence, in spite of the tradition of Teucer, Ulysses and many other archers of the Iliad and Odyssey .
The Cretans, however, suppliedGreek armies with the bowmen required . In the " Ten Thousand " figured two
See also:hundred Cretan bowmen of Sosias'
See also:corps . Rustow and Koehly (Geschichte
See also:des griechischen Kriegwesens, p . 131) estimate the range of the Cretan bow at eighty to one hundred paces, as compared with the
See also:forty or fifty, and the
See also:thirty to forty . The Romans as a nation were, equally with the Greeks,indifferent to archery; in their legions the
See also:element was furnished by Cretans and Asiatics . On the other
See also:hand nearly all
See also:Asiatic and derived nations were famous bowmen, from the nations who fought under
See also:Xerxes' banner onwards . The Persian, Scythian and
See also:Parthian bow was far more efficient than the Cretan, though the latter was not wanting in the heterogeneous armies of the East . The sagittarii, three thousand strong, who fought in the Pharsalian
See also:campaign, were
See also:drawn from Crete,
See also:Syria, &c . But the
See also:Roman view of archery was radically altered when the old legionary
See also:system perished at Adrianople (A.D . 378) . After this
See also:time the armies of the
See also:empire consisted in great
See also:part of
See also:horse-archers . Their missiles, we are told, pierced
See also:cuirass and
See also:shield with ease, and they shot equally well dismounted and at the gallop .
These troops, combined with heavy
See also:cavalry and themselves not unprovided with
See also:armour, played a decisive part in the Roman victories of the age of
See also:Belisarius and Narses . The destruction of the Franks at
See also:Casilinum (A.D . 554) was practically the
See also:work of the horse-archers . In the
See also:main, the nations whose migrations altered the
See also:face of
See also:Europe were not archers . Only with the Welsh, the Scandinavians, and the peoples in
See also:touch with the Eastern empire was the bow a favourite weapon . The edicts of Charlemagne could not succeed in making archery popular in his dominions, and
See also:Abbot Ebles, the defender of
See also:Paris in 886, is almost the only instance of a skilled archer in the
See also:European records of the time . The sagas, on the other hand, have much to say as to the feats of
See also:northern heroes with the bow . With
See also:English, French and Germans the bow was the weapon of the poorest military classes . The Norman archers, who doubtless preserved the traditions of their Danish ancestors, were in the forefront of
See also:line at Hastings (1066), but contemporary evidence points conclusively to the
See also:short bow, drawn to the chest, as the weapon used on this occasion . The combat of Bourgtheroulde in 1124 shows that the
See also:Normans still combined heavy cavalry and archers as at Hastings . Horse-archers too (contrary to the usual belief) were here employed by the English . Yet the "
See also:Assize of Arms " of 1181 does not mention the bow, and
See also:Richard I. was at great pains to procure crossbowmen for the
See also:Crusades .
The crossbow had from about the lothcentury gradually become the principal missile weapon in Europe, in spite of the fact that it was condemned by the Lateran Council of 1139 . As early as 1270 in France, and rather later in Spain, the
See also:master of the crossbowmen had become a great dignitary, and in Spain the weapon was used by a corps d'elite of men of gentle
See also:birth, who, with their gay
See also:apparel, were a picturesque feature of
See also:continental armies of the period . But the Genoese, Pisans and Venetians were the peoples which employed the crossbow most of all . Many thousand Genoese crossbowmen were present at
See also:Crecy . It was in the Crusades that the crossbow made its reputation, opposing heavier
See also:weight and greater accuracy to the missiles of the horse-archers, who invariably constituted the greatest and most important part of the Asiatic armies . So little
See also:change inwarfare had centuries brought about that a crusading force in 1104 perished at Carrhae, on the same ground and before the same mounted-archer tactics, as the army of Crassus in 55 B.C . But individually the crusading crossbowmen was infinitely
See also:superior to the
See also:Turkish or
See also:Egyptian horse-archer . England, which was to become the
See also:country of archers
See also:par excellence, long retained the old short bow of Hastings, and the far more efficient crossbow was only used as a
See also:rule by mercenaries, such as the celebrated Falkes de
See also:Breaute and his men in the reign of
See also:John . South
See also:Wales, it seems certain, eventually produced the famous long-bow . In
See also:Ireland, in
See also:Henry II.'s time, Strongbow made great use of Welsh bowmen, whom he mounted for purposes of guerrilla warfare, and eventually the prowess of Welsh archers taught
See also:Edward I. the value of the hitherto discredited
See also:arm . At
See also:Falkirk (q.v.), once for all, the long-bow proved its worth, and thenceforward for centuries it was the principal weapon of English soldiers . By 1339, archers had come to be
See also:half of the whole mass of
See also:foot-men, and later the proportion was greatly increased .
In 1360 Edward III. mounted his archers, as Strongbow had done . The long-bow was about 5 ft., and its
See also:shaft a
See also:cloth-yard long . Shot by a Welsh archer, a shaft had penetrated an
See also:door (at
See also:Abergavenny in 1182) 4 in. thick and the
See also:head stood out a hand's breadth on the inner side . Drawn to the right ear, the bow was naturally capable of long shooting, and in Henry VIII.'s time practice at a less range than one furlong was forbidden . In rapidity it was the equal of the short bow and the superior of the crossbow, which weapon, indeed, it surpassed in all respects . Falkirk, and still more Crecy,
See also:Poitiers and
See also:Agincourt, made the English archers the most celebrated
See also:infantry in Europe, and the
See also:kings of England, in whatever else they differed from each other, were, from Edward II. to Henry VIII., at one in the
See also:matter of archery . In 1363 Edward III. commanded the general practice of archery on Sundays and holidays, all other sports being forbidden . The provisions of this
See also:act were from time to time re-issued, particularly in the well-known act of Henry VIII . The price of bows and arrows was also regulated in the reign of Edward III., and Richard III. ordained that for every ton of certain goods imported ten
See also:yew-bows should be imported also, while at the same time long-bows of unusual
See also:size were admitted
See also:free of
See also:duty . In
See also:order to prevent the too rapid
See also:consumption of yew for bow-staves, bowyers were ordered to make four bows of wych-
See also:hazel, ash or
See also:elm to one of yew, and only the best and most useful men were allowed to possess yew-bows . Distant and exposed counties were provided for by making bowyers, fletchers, &c., liable (unless freemen of the city of
See also:London) to be ordered to any point where their services might be required . In Scotland and Ireland also, considerable
See also:attention was paid to archery .
In 1478 archery was encouraged in Ireland by
See also:statute, and
See also:James I. and James IV. of Scotland, in particular, did their best to stimulate the
See also:interest of their subjects in the bow, whose
See also:powers they had
See also:felt in so many battles from Falkirk to Homildon
See also:Hill . The introduction of hand-firearms was naturally fatal to the bow as a warlike weapon, but the conservatism of the English, and the non-professional character of
See also:wars waged by them, added to the technical deficiencies of early as °a's e firearms, made the
See also:process of change in England weapon. very gradual . The mercenary or professional element was naturally the first to adopt the new weapons . At Pont de 1'Arche in 1418 the English had" petits canons" (which seem to have been hand guns), and during the latter part of the Hundred Years' War their use became more and more frequent . The crossbow soon disappeared from the more professional armies of the continent .
See also:Charles the Bold had, before the
See also:battle of
See also:Morat (1476), ten thousand coulevrines a main . But in the hands of
See also:local forces the crossbow lingered on, at least in rural France, until about 1630 . Its last appearance in war was in the hands of the
See also:Chinese at Taku (1860) . But the long-bow, an incomparably finer weapon, endured as one of the principal arms of the English soldier until about 1590 . Edward IV. entered London after the battle of
See also:Barnet with 500 "smokie gunners" English use . (
See also:foreign mercenaries), but at that engagement
See also:Warwick's centre consisted solely of bows and bills (1471) . The new weapons gradually made their way, but even in 1588, the
See also:year of the
See also:Armada, the local forces of Devonshire comprised 800 bows to t600 " shot,' and 800 bills to 800 pikes .
But the Armada year saw the last appearance of the English archer, and the same
See also:county in 1598 provides neither archers nor billmen, while in the professional army in Ireland these weapons had long given way to musket and
See also:caliver, pike and halberd . Archers appeared in civilized warfare as
See also:late as 1807, when fifteen hundred " baskiers," horse-archers, clad in chain armour, fought against
See also:Napoleon in Poland . As a weapon of the chase the bow was in its various forms employed even more than in war . The rise of archery as a
See also:sport in England was, of course, a consequence of its military value, which caused it to be so heartily encouraged by all English sovereigns . The
See also:Japanese were from their earliest times great archers, and the bow was the weapon par excellence of their soldiers . /span . The standard length of the bow (usually
See also:bamboo) was 7 ft . 6 in., of the arrow 3 ft. to 3 ft . 9 in . Numerous feats of archery are recorded to have taken place in the " thirty-three span " halls of
See also:Kioto and Tokyo, where the archer had to shoot the whole length of a very low
See also:corridor, 128 yds. long . Wada Daihachi in the 17th century shot 8133 arrows down the corridor in twenty-four consecutive
See also:hours, averaging five shots a minute, and in 1852 a
See also:modern archer made 5583 successful shots in twenty hours, or over four a minute . The Pastime of Archery.—The use of the bow and arrow as a pastime naturally accompanied their use as weapons of war, but when the
See also:gun began to supersede the bow the and his
See also:queen, Catherine of
See also:Braganza, interested themselves in English archery, the queen in 1676 presenting a
See also:silver badge or shield to the "
See also:Marshall of the Fraternity of Archers," which badge, once the
See also:property of the
See also:Finsbury Archers, was transferred to the keeping of the Royal Toxophilite Society, when in 1841 the two clubs combined .
The Toxophilite Society was founded in 1781; for though in the
See also:north archery had long been practised, its resuscitation in the south really
See also:dates from the formation of this
See also:club by
See also:Lever . This society received the title of " Royal " in 1847, though it had long been patronized by
See also:royalty . It is an error to suppose that the Finsbury Archers were connected with the Archers' division of the Hon .
See also:Company, but many members of the Toxophilite Society joined that division, and used its ground for shooting, securing, however, a London ground of their own in the
See also:district where Gower Street, W.C., now is . When this ground became unavailable, the shooting probably took place at Highbury, and later in 1820, on
See also:Lord's cricket ground, the present ground in the Inner Circle of
See also:Park, near the Botanical Gardens, not being acquired till 1833 . The society may be regarded as the most important
See also:body connected with archery, most of the leading. archers belonging to it, though the
See also:National Archery Society controls the public meetings . Among its more important events is the shooting of 144 arrows at
See also:loo yds. for the Crunder
See also:Cup and
See also:Bugle . In the early days of the club targets of different sizes were used at the different ranges, and the scores were recorded in
See also:money (e.g . " Mr Elwin, 86 hits, £5: 5: 6 ") . The Woodmen of
See also:Arden can claim an almost equal antiquity, having been founded—some say "revived "—in 1785 . The number of members is limited to 8o; at one time there were 81, Sir Robert Peel having been elected as a supernumerary by way of compliment . The headquarters of the Woodmen are at
See also:Meriden in
See also:Warwickshire; the club has a nominal authority over vert and
See also:venison, whence its
See also:officers bear appropriate names—warden, master-forester and verderers; and the
See also:meeting is called the VVardmote .
The master-forester, orcaptain for the year, is the maker of the first "gold " at the annual target; he who makes the second is the
See also:senior verderer . The club devotes itself to the old-fashioned clout-shooting at long ranges, reckoned by " scores," nine scoremeaning 18o yds., and so on . (Vide " Clout-shooting " infra.) The chief matches in which the Woodmen engage are those against the Royal Company of Scottish Archers . The Royal
See also:British Bowmen date back to the end of the 18th century . Like many others, during the
See also:Napoleonic war they suspended operations, revived when peace was made . The club was finally dissolved in 1880 . The Royal Kentish Bowmen were founded in 1785, but did not survive the war . John O'Gaunt's Bowmen, who still meet at
See also:Lancaster, were revived, not created, at the same time, and still flourish . The
See also:Herefordshire Bowmen only shoot at 6o yds., while the West Berks Society is limited to twelve members, who meet at each other's houses, except for their Autumn
See also:Handicap, shot on the Toxophilite Grounds—216 arrows at 100 yds . The Royal Company of Archers is the chief Scottish society . Originally a semi-military body constituted in 1676, it practised archery as a pastime from the time of its foundation, several meetings being held in the first few years of its existence . It devoted itself to " rovers," or long-range shooting at the " clout," among its most interesting trophies being the "
See also:Musselburgh Arrow," first shot for in 1603, possibly even earlier, in that
See also:town; the competition was then open to all corners, for archery was long popular in Scotland, especially at
See also:Kilwinning, the headquarters of popinjay (q.v.) shooting .
Other prizes are the "
See also:Peebles Silver Arrow," dating back to 1626, the "
See also:Edinburgh Silver Arrow " (1709), the "
See also:Selkirk Arrow," a very ancient prize, the " Dalhousie Sword," the " Hopetoun Royal
See also:Commemoration Prize," and others, shot for at ranges of 18o or 200 yds . The most curious is the "
See also:Goose Medal." Originally a goose was buried in a butt with only its head visible, and this was the archers' mark; now a small
See also:glass globe is substituted . The " Popingo (Popinjay) Medal," for which a stuffed
See also:parrot was once used as the mark, is now
See also:con-tested at the ordinary butts . The Kilwinning Society of Archers, founded in 1688, did not disband till 1870; the
See also:Irvine Toxophilites flourished from 1814 till about 1867 . But of all
See also:societies the Grand National Archery Society, regulating the great meetings, though comparatively
See also:young, is the most important . Various open meetings were already in existence, but in 1844 a few leading archers projected a Grand National Meeting, which was held in
See also:York in that year and in 1845 and 1846, and subsequently in other places . But the society did not exist as such till 1861, after the meeting held at Liverpool, since when, not-withstanding some
See also:financial troubles, it has been the legislative and managing body of English archery . The chief meetings are the " Championship," the "
See also:Leamington and Midland Counties," the " Crystal Palace," the " Grand Western" and the " Grand Northern." For some years a "Scottish Grand National" was held, but fell into
See also:abeyance . The "Scorton Arrow" is no longer shot for in the
See also:village of that name, but the meeting, held regularly in the county, dates back to 1673 by record, and is probably far older . The silver arrow and the captaincy' are awarded to the man who makes the first gold; the silver bugle and lieutenancy to the first red; the gold medal to most hits, and a horn
See also:spoon to the last
See also:white . In the
See also:United States archery has had a limited popularity . The only one of the early clubs that lasted long was the " United Bowmen of
See also:Philadelphia," founded in 1828, but defunct in 1859 .
There was a revival twenty years later, when a National Association was formed; and various meetings were held annually and championships instituted, but there was never any popular
See also:enthusiasm for the sport, though it showed signs of increasing favour towards the end of the 19th century . The longer ranges are not greatly favoured by
See also:American archers, though at some meetings the regulation "York
See also:Round" (vide infra under "Targets ") and the " National " are shot . Other rounds are the "
See also:Potomac," 24 arrows at 8o, 24 at 70, and 24 at 6o yds.; the "
See also:Double American," 6o arrows each at 6o, 50 and 40 yds.; and the "Double
See also:Columbia," for ladies, 48 each at 50, 40 and 30 yds . In team matches ladies shoot 96 arrows at 5o yds., gentle-men 96 at 6o . The Bow.--As used in the pastime of archery the length of the bows does not vary much, though it bears some relation to the length sportry of pastime lost its popularity . Charles II., however, sport . of the arrow and the length of the arrow to the strength of the archer, to which the weight of the bow has to be adapted . The proper weight of a how is the number of lb which, attached to the
See also:string, will draw a full-length arrow to its head . For men's bows the
See also:drawing-power varies from 40 to 6o lb, anything above this being extreme; ladies' bows draw from 24 to 32 lb . Estimating 50 lb as a
See also:average, such a bow would be 6 ft . T in. long for a 3o-in., 6 ft. for a 28-in., and 5 ft . 11 in. for a 27-in. arrow, but the height as well as the strength of the archer have to be considered .
See also:lady's bow on the average
See also:measures about 5 ft . 6 in. and her arrows 25 in . Modern bows are either made entirely of yew (occasionally of other woods), when they are called " self-bows," or of a combination of woods, when they are called " backed-bows." Self-bows are rarely or never made in a single stave, owing to the difficulty of obtaining true and flawless wood of the necessary length; hence two staves joined by a double
See also:fish-joint, which forms the centre of the bow, are used, tested and adjusted so that they may be as equally elastic as possible . The best yew is imported from Italy and Spain, and is allowed to
See also:season for three years before it is made into a bow, which again is not used till it is two years older . In backed-bows the belly, the rounded part nearest to the string, is generally but not necessarily made of yew, the back, or
See also:flat part, of yew (the best),
See also:lance or other woods, glued together in strips . The centre of the bow, for about 18 in., should be stiff and resisting, then tapering off gradually to the horns in which the string is fitted, the greatest care being taken that the two limbs are
See also:uniform . The bow of self-yew is generally considered more agreeable to handle and has a better "
See also:cast," throwing the arrow more smoothly and with less
See also:jar, and since no glued parts are exposed, it is less liable. to injury from wet . On the other hand, " crysals " (tiny cracks, which are
See also:apt to extend) are more frequent in this class of bow . Self-yew bows cost 08 or £Io, where a
See also:good backed-bow can be bought for about half that . The self-bow is more sensitive than other bows, and its work is mostly done during the last few inches of the pull, where the backed-bow pulls evenly throughout . The backed-bow should be perfectly straight in the back, but after use often loses its shape either by " following the string," i.e. getting bent inwards on the string-side, or by becoming " reflex " (bending the opposite way) . Self-bows are even more apt to lose their shape than backed-bows, as there is no hard wood to counteract the natural
See also:grain .
A bow that is strongly reflexed at the ends is known as a "
See also:Cupid's bow." To
See also:form the handle the wood of the bow is
See also:left thick in the centre, and braid,
See also:leather or indiarubber is
See also:wound round it to give a better grip . The String and Stringing.—The string is made of three strands of
See also:hemp, dressed with a preparation of glue, and should be perfectly round, smooth and not frayed, as a broken string may result in a broken bow . The string, at its centre, is 6 in. from the belly of the man's bow; 5 in. in the lady's bow . The clenched fist with the thumb upright was the old, rough and ready estimate, known as " fist-mele." For a few inches above and below the nocking point the string is lapped with
See also:thread to save it from fraying by contact with the arm; the nocking point being made by another lapping of filoselle
See also:silk, so that the string may exactly
See also:fit the nock of the arrow . When a bow is properly strung the string should be longitudinally along the
See also:middle of the belly . Arrows and Nocking.—The parts of the arrow are the shaft, the " nook " or notch, the "
See also:pile " or point, and the feathers . The shaft is made of seasoned red
See also:deal, and may be " self " or " footed." Most arrows are " footed," i.e. a piece of hard wood to which the pile is attached is spliced to the deal shaft, which should be perfectly straight and stiff . The shaft is made in several shapes . Most archers prefer the " parallel " pattern—the shaft being the same size from nock to pile; the next is the " barrelled," the shape being thick in the centre and tapering towards the ends . The " bob-tail " diminishes from the pile to the nock; the " chested " tapers from the middle to the pile . The pile should not be taper but cylindrical, " broadshouldered " where the point begins . The nock is cut square .
There are three feathers, the body feathers of a
See also:turkey or
See also:peacock being the best . They should all
See also:curve the same way, are about 11 in. long and in. deep, with the ends near the nock either square, or
See also:balloon-shaped . The weight of an arrow is its weight in new English silver; a five-
See also:shilling arrow is heavy for a man's bow, while four-shillings is
See also:light . A 28-in. arrow for a 50-lb bow may weigh four-andninepence; a 27-in. arrow four-and-sixpence . This may serve as a rough standard . Other Implements.—The archer uses
See also:finger-tips, or a " tab " of leather, to protect the fingers against the string, and a leather " bracer " to protect the left arm from its
See also:blow . Quivers are not now used except by ladies . A
See also:special box for carrying bows and arrows about; a proper
See also:cupboard, known as an "
See also:ascham," in which they may be kept at home in a dry, even temperature, not too hot; and a baize or leather case for use on the ground, are important minor articles of equipment . Targets, Scoring and Handicapping.—The targets, 4 ft. in diameter, are made of
See also:straw 3 to 4 in. thick, and are supported sloping slightly backwards by an iron stand . The faces are of
See also:floor-cloth painted with concentric rings, 44 in. each in breadth . The
See also:ring, white,
See also:counts one point; the next, black, three; the next, blue, five; the next, red, seven; and the next, gold—a
See also:complete circle of 41 in.radius—nine . The exact centre of the gold is called the "
See also:pin-hole." The targets are set up in pairs, facing each other, the distances for men being 100, 8o and 6o yds.; for ladies, 6o and 50; for convenience, 5 yds. are added to allow for a shooting-line that distance in front of each target .
The centre of the gold should be 4 ft. from the ground . Each archer shoots three arrows— an " end "—at one target ; they then
See also:cross over and mark the scores . If an arrow cuts two rings, the archer is credited with the value of the higher one . In matches a " York Round " or a " St
See also:George's Round " is usually shot by men, the former consisting of 144 arrows, 72 at Too yds., 48 at 8o yds., and 24 at 6o yds., the latter of 36 arrows at each of these distances . One York Round only is shot on a day; a double York Round is shot, one on each day, at the more important meetings . Ladies usually shoot the " National Round " of 48 arrows at 60 yds. and 24 at 5o yds . At most meetings the prizes are awarded on the
See also:gross scores; at others, including the Championship meeting, on points, two points for the highest score on the round and two for most hits on the round, one point each for highest score and most hits at each of the three ranges, ten points in all . Ladies' scores are calculated similarly . To decide the Championship, the Grand National Archery Society passed a rule in 1894 that " The
See also:Champion prizes shall be awarded to the archer gaining the greatest number of points, provided that those for gross hits or gross score are included; any points won by other archers shall be redistributed among those gaining the points for gross hits or gross score." Handicapping may be done by " rings," the winner of a first prize not being allowed to count " whites " at subsequent meetings, and " blacks " and " blues being lost for further successes . Better methods are (I) to deduct a percentage from the gross score of successful shooters, (2) to handicap by points, as in other pastimes, or (3) to
See also:rate a shooter according to the average of his last year's performances, re-rating him monthly, or at convenient intervals, the system being to add his average of the current year to his average of last year, and
See also:divide the sum by two to form his new rating . Clout and Long Distance Shooting.—T his form of archery is chiefly supported by the Woodmen of Arden and the Royal Company . At Too yds., the target (smaller by 4 in. than the usual one, but with an inner white circle instead of the blue) is set up against a butt only 18 in. from the ground, but for nine-score, ten-score, and twelve-score shooting it is a white target, 2 ft .
6 in. in diameter, with a black centre . The target, the centre and the arrow that hits the centre are each known as a " clout." Hits and misses are signalled by a marker stationed, rather perilously, by the side of the butt . The target is sloped backwards to an
See also:angle of 6o°, with rings marked round it on the ground at distances of II ft., 3 ft., 6 ft. and 9 ft., a
See also:hit in the outer ring counting one, and in the next two, and so on, the clout or centre counting six . For the longer ranges lighter arrows are used . The Scottieh clout was a piece of
See also:canvas, stretched on a
See also:frame; the range 18o or 200 yds.; all arrows counted one that were within 24 ft. of the target, the clout counting two . Modern archers have paid scant attention to mere distance-shooting, which is an art of its own, but their experiments prove that with a fairly heavy bow, say 6o lb or 63 lb, and a long light arrow, known as a "
See also:flight arrow," a good archer should be able to reach 300 or 310 yds . With a heavier bow, properly under
See also:control, 50 or 6o yds. might be added to this by a strong man . These experiments seem to be verified by a
See also:quotation from
See also:Shakespeare (Henry IV . Act iii . Sc . 2) : " A' would have clapped i' the clout and twelve score, and carried you a forehand shaft a fourteen and fourteen and a half," i.e . 286 or 290 yds .
Instances are recorded of Englishmen shooting 340 and 36o yds., but in 1795 MahmoudEffendi of the Turkish
See also:embassy shot 482 yds. with a Turkish bow, and Sultan
See also:Selim 972 . The Turk, however, used a Turkish bow and a 14-in. arrow, with a grooved
See also:rest on his left arm along which the arrow passed, to compensate for the difference between the draw of the bow and the shortness of the arrow . The diplomatist's shot is supported by good evidence, but the sultan's is regarded as improbable at least . Championship and Scores.—The British championship meetings, instituted in 1844, are conducted under the
See also:laws of the Grand National Archery Society: the prizes, apart from the
See also:Challenge prizes, are given in money, there being also a rule that any one who makes three
See also:golds at one end receives a shilling from all others of the same sex who are shooting . The most notable champion was Horace A .
See also:Ford (d . 1880), who held the title for eleven consecutive years, 1849 to 1859 inclusive, and again in 1867 . He made a four-figure score at four other championship meetings, his highest, 1251 (in 1857) for 245 hits being unapproached . To him the modern scientific practice of archery must largely be attributed, together with its improvement and its popularity . The names of G .
See also:Edwards, Major C .
See also:Fisher, H .
H . Palairet, C . E . Nesham, and G . E . S . Fryer, are also notable as champions . Among ladies Mrs Horniblow was champion for eleven years between 1852 and 1881,
See also:Miss Legh for nineteen years between 188o and 1908; Mrs Piers Legh, Miss Betham and Mrs Bowly claim the title on four occasions . Mrs Bowly's score of 823 (1894) was the highest made for the champion-
See also:ship till Miss Legh made 825 with 143 hits—only one arrow missed altogether—in 1898; beating her own record with a score of 841 (143 hits) in 1904 . It should not be forgotten that as the champion-ship is awarded by points, the highest score does not necessarily win . See Roger Ascham, Toxophilus (1545), edited by Edward
See also:Arber (London, 1868) ; The Arte of Warre, by William Garrard (London x591); The Arte of Archerie, by Gervase Markharn (London, 16J4); Ancient and Modern Methods of Arrow
See also:Release, by E . S .
Morse (1885); The English Bowman, by T . Roberts (London, 1801); A
See also:Treatise on Archery, by
See also:Thomas Waring (London, 9th ed., 1832); The Theory and Practice of Archery, by Horace A . Ford (new ed., London, 1887); Archery, by C . J . Longman and H . Walrond (
See also:Badminton Library, London, 1894) . (W . J .
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