About the British Long-bow Society

The Society's official badge
The official badge of the BLBS
The British Long-bow Society (BLBS) is one of several archery organizations in the UK. It was formed in 1951 at a time when the traditional British longbow was in danger of being submerged by the modernisation of the sport and the growth of technology. Today the Society has almost eighteen hundred members in the UK plus others overseas, including "chapters" in Eire, The Netherlands and in the United States. Membership is open to anyone who agrees with its aims and who loves the traditional, low tech, "no excuses" form of archery.

The aims of the Society were and still are to safeguard and perpetuate the traditions of British longbow archery, not only in the shooting field but also in the workshop by supporting and encouraging the crafts involved in making traditional archery equipment. To these ends, it organises bow meetings every year across the country which provide an opportunity for its members to shoot together in friendly competition. It also supports a growing number of affiliated longbow-only clubs. On the craft side, the Society endorses the Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers whose members make longbows, wooden arrows and hand-forged arrowheads, all to a very high standard.

Members at the Andrew MacKay Memorial Clout 2006
The BLBS encourages a friendly, relaxed atmosphere at its meetings

The Scottish section of the BLBS comprises a small and very friendly community of around eighty longbow archers, the majority of whom are active on the shooting line. The youngest is only two (she's not shooting quite yet) and the oldest…well, let's just say the oldest was two a very, very long time ago. All bow meetings in Scotland are of course open to every Society member. The Scottish crowd regularly enjoy the company of members from England, Northern Ireland and Eire, and have welcomed visitors from as far afield as Norway and The Netherlands.