"they were to meet on the Links for a game of cricket"

The origins of cricket are obscure. Some historians have suggested that it was played in England in some form as long ago as the 12th or 13th century. Certainly it was well established there by the end of the 17th century, but the sport isn’t thought to have arrived in Scotland until it was imported by English soldiers after the 1745 Jacobite rebellion (see note for p. 106). Either George and his friends are fashionably in advance of their times, or this is an anachronism on Hogg’s part.