Longtime friend of US Lacrosse and noted women’s lacrosse historian Jane Claydon was recently featured in the BBC program, “Celebrity Antiques Road Trip” as she discussed the sport’s migration to Scotland. 

“Lacrosse is such a unique sport with a very unique history, “Claydon said. “The story is quite remarkable.”

The sport has its origins in North America among the Native peoples, dating back several centuries, but made its debut across the pond at Scotland’s St. Leonard’s School for Girls in 1890.

“The girls at St. Leonard’s were playing a game they had invented, called goals, and also played cricket, but they wanted another game for spring term,” Claydon said. 

In the program, St. Leonard’s is described as being “hugely progressive with women playing sports” and is given credit for providing lacrosse with the visibility to grow all across Scotland.

“The headmistresses were really keen on the idea of lacrosse because the girls’ posture, of course, was much better,” Claydon said. “That was part of the reason that lacrosse became very fashionable.”

● Watch the full segment on the BBC’s website.

Lacrosse historian Jane Claydon, center, was featured on the BBC program, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

To learn more about the history of lacrosse, visit the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum, located at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Maryland. The museum is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 p.m.  Admission is free.