Riding of the Marches was held in Edinburgh between 1679* and 1718.
The purpose was to inspect the common land and boundary markers. The
event was held again in 1946 to celebrate the end of World War 2.
September 6, 2009
The last day of the Edinburgh Festival
Riding of the Marches is due to return to Edinburgh in 2009, as part of
Scotland's 'Year of the Homecoming' celebrations.
Two hundred and fifty horses, with riders wearing
colourful sashes, are due to make their way from Tower Farm stables
in the Braid Hills to Holyrood, then up the Royal Mile to the Mercat
Cross. The event will last about seven hours.
Edinburgh Evening News, Feb 2, 2009
Edinburgh Times, March 2009, p.6.
Edinburgh March Riders web site gives an earlier starting date.
It says '1579 to 1718.'