Seven Trades to Walk the Marches

On the 4th of October, the Seven Trades, Guildry and members of Stirling Council headed by the Provost will revive the custom of Walking the Marches, last held about 40 years ago. Starting at the Municipal Buildings at 11.00am, the route will take in the Corn Exchange, Dumbarton Road (where a new March Stone kindly donated and made by Historic Scotland will be installed in the grounds of the Smith Museum). The route will then take in Royal Gardens, Greenwood Avenue, Backwalk, Academy Road, St Johns Street, Broad Street, Baker Street, King Street, Port Street, Dumbarton Road and back to the Municipal buildings for a civic reception.

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About Seven Incorporated Trades of Stirling

The power to grant incorporated status to trades rested with the magistrates of royal burghs. An incorporated trade was granted the right to monopolise and control their trade within the burgh. Trade Incorporations were usually constituted by a seal of cause granted by the magistrates but some were constituted by use and consuetude. A strict monopoly was enforced within the burgh and non-members of an incorporation were not allowed to trade within the bounds of the town.
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