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Kirkwall’s Riding of The Marches 2019

Images by Noel Donaldson

Kirkwall’s Riding of The Marches took place on Sunday 11th of August.

Riding  of The Marches

The annual rideout takes place after Orkney’s biggest agricultural event – The County Show.

Riding  of The Marches

Riding of The Marches

Riding  of The Marches

The 2019 Standard Bearer was Christine Harcus.

Riding of The Marches

Riding of the Marches

The Riding of The Marches celebrates the granting of a Royal charter to the town of Kirkwall by James III, King of Scots.

Riding of The Marches

Riding of The Marches

The Marches mark the Royal Burgh’s boundary as granted by the King in the 15th Century.

Riding of The Marches

Most of the rideouts take place in Scotland’s Border towns and areas with strong links to the Scottish Monarchy like Linlithgow. The Riding of The Marches in Kirkwall was revived in 1986 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Royal Charter.

The Riding of The Marches

The Riding of The Marches

In some parts of Scotland there are restrictions on who can take part – not so in Orkney where big or small all are welcome.

Riding of The Marches

Riding of The Marches

The weather held and anotherĀ  event celebrating a Kirkwall tradition was successful.

riding  of The Marches

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