The Riding of the Marches of the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Linlithgow is a tradition dating back to the 16th century. In the 21st century the Riding is essentially
The Riding of the Marches of the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Linlithgow is a tradition dating back to the 16th century. In the 21st century the Riding is essentially just as it was in the early years of the 20th and the thriving Deacons’ Court will continue to organise the Riding on the first Tuesday after the second Thursday in June every year.
The town`s most important day begins at 5 am when the residents are awakened by flute and drum: as they would have been in the 14th century when the first recorded Riding took place. At 6 pm the town piper makes his rounds, in case the populace has fallen back to sleep. Finally, at 7 am, the Linlithgow Reed Band, having begun their day with the playing of the 23rd Psalm, marches from the West Port to the house of the elected Provost for fraternisation and refreshment.
WHEN DOES THE PARADE START?
The Deacons’ Court official party breakfasts in the Burgh Halls at 8-30am. Other organisations meet in establishments around the burgh. The various groups begin to rally around the Royal Palace before taking their places in the High Street for the 11 o’clock start. On the ringing of the Burgh Hall bell, at 11 am sharp, the parade moves off towards Linlithgow Bridge. Anyone and any organisation can enter a float or tableau or decorated bike in the parade – just email the clerk for details Email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Tuesday) 5:00 am - 6:00 pm GMT
Linlithgow High Street