Walking the Marches 2015

On Saturday 13th June, the 2nd historic walking of the Marches of the City and Royal Burgh of Stirling took place. The weather was fair and the procession started with the swearing in of the Birlaw men by Bailie of the Hammermen Andrew McEwan. The members of the Seven Trades, Guildry, Stirling Council, with Provost Mike Robbins, Snawdoun Herald of Arms Elizabeth A Roads LVO, Depute Lt. Colin O Brien, Sharon McGrouther carrying the Council Mace and piper Cameron McKay from QV School then left the Municipal buildings in procession down to the new March stone laid last year at the Smith Museum where Bailie Andrew McEwan, spoke of the history of the marches and proposed a toast courtesy of Deanston Distillery to the Stirling Marches. Locals and tourists alike watched the 80 strong procession as it continued around the top of the town, down King Street, through the busy farmers market back to the Municipal buildings where Provost Mike Robbins pronounced the walk a great success. He thanked the organisers and all who attended, looking forward to the same again next year. There then followed a civic reception courtesy of Stirling Council.

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A You Tube video is available courtesy of Barry Ferguson showing a toast and the tradition ably explained by Captain of the Birlaw men Andy McEwan – see link below:-

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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