Rev. Robert Adams Paterson (c. 1829 – April 1904) was a Scottish-American clergyman who invented the inventor of the gutta-perchagolf ball — known as the guttie — in 1848.
Paterson was born in Scotland, where he attended the University of St Andrews. Golf was popular at the university, but Paterson was very poor and could not afford to buy the expensive balls, which were made with pigskin and stuffed with feathers. He instead used gutta-percha, which had been wrapped around an idol from India as packaging.