Riding of the Marches

Riding of the Marches  -  Edinburgh, September 6, 2009

2009

History

The 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

The 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  and
Edinburgh Times, March 2009, p.6.

The Edinburgh March Riders web site gives an earlier starting date.  It says '1579 to 1718.'

 

UPDATE

Photographs

Please click n  the thumbnail image below to see some photos of the event.

Riding of the Marches  -  Edinburgh, September 6, 2009

 

 

 

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