Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

september, 2019

15sep12:00 am4:00 pmEdinburgh Riding of the Marches


Event Details

Get caught up in the excitement of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches and enjoy an age old tradition that dates back to 1579. Last year War Horse Memorial was privileged to join in the spectacle and present the Lord Provost with our of our symbolic horseshoes at the top of the historic Mercat Cross – and we will be there again as the Purple Poppy Appeal seeks to raise fund to support this wonderful event.

Riding of the Marches commemorates the tradition of inspecting the city’s boundaries and re-enacts the Captain of the Trained Band’s return to the city with news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. After the Union of Parliaments in 1707 the annual inspection ceased until 1946 when a ride was held to celebrate peace after the Second World War. It returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year.


Every year, following a morning of high-energy gallops through some of Edinburgh’s countryside to re-enact the riding of the boundaries of the City, the Captain and Lass will lead the horses up Edinburgh’s Royal Mile towards the Mercat Cross. Crowds in excess of 20,000 line the Royal Mile from midday onwards, awaiting the arrival of the Cavalcade. Accompanied by several pipe bands and led by the Lord Provost, City Officer, The High Constables, The Deacon Convener of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, Trades Officer, The Old Master and Lord Dean of Guild of the Merchants Company of Edinburgh and representatives carrying their Edinburgh Trades Banners and representatives from the Edinburgh Exiles Association, all carrying their associated banners and flags in what has proven to be a fantastic spectacle, with resonating historical and cultural significance.

The event is free to spectators and each year attracts thousands of eager spectators throughout the city. So come along with your friends and family from midday onwards, to enjoy the entertainment and commemorate this fantastic and historic Edinburgh event.

For more information on the history of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches visit edinburghridingofthemarches.com.


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