If you care about golf or trivia, you probably know that the Scots are generally credited with inventing golf and you’d be right. You may also know that Mary, Queen of Scots was the queen of the Scots, as her name implies, but in this you’d only be partly right.
Mary was the only surviving legitimate child of her father, James V of Scotland and his second wife, Mary of Guise who was French. When she was five, little Queen Mary was sent to France where she grew up. After the death of her first husband King Francis II (of France), she returned to her native land with a coterie gathered from the members of the French court.
At some point, Mary took up the national sport and apparently loved to swing away out on the heath, but she was less fond of lugging all those troublesome clubs around with her. Solution: have one of the lesser French military men she’d brought with her carry them. The rank of those young men? Cadet, which is pronounced kah-deh, which is where the term “caddy” came from.