About the Club
Formed in 1883, Grange Dyvours Lawn Tennis Club is one of the oldest tennis clubs in Scotland and is unique in that the Club has 4 grass tennis courts. There are also 4 all weather courts, all of which are floodlit for year-round play.
Grange Dyvours enters teams in the East of Scotland leagues but if you are into social tennis then there are players of all standards within this thriving section of the Club.
If you wish to join, pop down to the Club to pick up a membership form or download one from this website.
The History of the Club
So what does 'Dyvours' mean? The word 'dyvours' is an old Scots word for bankrupts, and the official explanation goes as follows:
In the 17th Century, bankrupts in Scotland were condemned to advertise their plight by wearing clothes of various colours, particularly brown and yellow which were known as 'dyvours' hose. The founder members of the club mischievously chose to adopt both the title and the colours as 'they had no grounds of their own and intended to play on other people's grounds and eat other people's lunches!' They were also among the first players to adapt the ancient game of 'real' or 'royal' tennis for the outdoors.
Initially, a simplified version of real tennis was played in a building known as the Tin Temple, which stood near to the groundsman's hut. As the game moved outdoors, it was played in summer on land behind the old pavilion. For ten years, the club enjoyed the use of ten grass courts. However, two were donated for the construction of the new Grange pavilion which was opened in 1895.
Following the amalgamation with the Grange Club in 1974, the land from a further court was used for the construction of the squash courts. This was compensated for by two all-weather courts which opened in 1990. Today, the club occupies an unique place in Scottish tennis. In addition to enjoying a peaceful and sheltered location in the heart of Edinburgh, it is the only club in Scotland to have exclusive use of four grass courts. In 1996, the name of the club was changed to Grange Dyvours Lawn Tennis Club to reflect the association with the Grange Club.