James Keddie was a clubmaker in Elie (or rather its "twin" village of Earlsferry) from the mid-1880s until the early 1890s, his business being recorded in the business directories of the day.
The records of Earlsferry Thistle Golf Club show him as runner-up by a stroke in their two round competition in 1887 to a young lad of seventeen by the name of James Braid.
He competed in the Open Championship of 1886 at Musselburgh.
Either he went to Hastings as their first professional in the early 1890s and his brother, John, went to Chiswick to fulfil the same function, or vice-versa!
George James Keddie, born in Fife in 1870, and appearing in the 1911 census for Kent may well be his son.
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