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The Manly Art of Self Defence - Perth and Kinross Council Archive

Handbill from 1852 advertising a sparring match in one of Perth’s public houses. A letter was sent to the Council about the match, pleading that they ‘put a stop [to the match], for the honour of the city and the good safety of the citizens’. 

Boxing was frowned upon by the middle classes who sought to regulate, license and reform all kinds of working class sport. The introduction of the Queensberry rules later in the century was an attempt to 'gentrify' boxing.

Perth and Kinross Council Archive holds records dating back over eight hundred years. Ranging from municipal and official records to collections created by individuals, businesses and organisations. The Archive is where you can explore the people and places of Perthshire and Kinross-shire. Visit the online catalogue to see what you can discover.

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