The History of Leith

April 26, 2009

Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

Start date: 6 September 2009
End date: 6 September 2009
Time: See website for details
Summary: After a 63 year absence, the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches will be re-introduced which will see over 250 horses parade in the centre of Edinburgh. The event on 6th September 2009 will see riders makes their way from Tower Farm stables in the Braid Hills into the city and up the Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross. The Riding of the Marches was originally held between 1579 and 1718, where the purpose was to inspect the Common Land and boundary markers of the city to stop the unlawful encroachment and the integrity of the city boundary. In 1946 there was a one-off Riding of the Marches in Edinburgh to celebrate the end of the war, but has not been repeated since. A new banner has been commissioned that bears the Arms of the City of Edinburgh Council and was first recorded in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in 1774. The banner is being donated to the Lord Provost by Robert Miller from RH Miller as a gift to the City.
Venue: Royal Mile/Holyrood Park
Access/facilities for special needs: External Event
Suitable for children? Yes as spectators
Price: See website for details
Website: Edinburgh Riding of the Marches
Category: Arts/Culture

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