Deacons march out in style

Perambulation of the Marches 2014
Perambulation of the Marches 2014

In the run up to Linlithgow Marches on Tuesday, June 16, there’s a week of activity to enjoy and on Wednesday, June 10, you can step out with the Perambulation.

This is the second year it has been organised but the first time it will be led by the new Provost of the Deacons’ Court, Jim Carlin.

Starting at March Stone No 1 on Falkirk Road near St Ninian’s Craigmailen Church at 7pm, the four-mile long Perambulation follows as near to the route of the 1832 parliamentary boundary as it can.

March stones were put in last year and the route is used by walkers at other times but on the Wednesday before the Marches there is a bit more ceremony involved. The walk is led by the Provost, flagbearers and halberdiers of the Deacons’ Court along with the Town Crier.

At each March Stone along the way the procession stops and a standard is mounted while town piper Ross Miller plays.

At the end of the perambulation Linlithgow Reed Band will play at the canal 
basin where refreshments will be provided by Linlithgow 
Union Canal Society on 
payment of a donation.

Those walking this year will include the Linlithgow gala queen Isla Calvert and chief lady Alexandra Elliott who will be in attendance at March Stone No 7 at Rosemount Park. At the end of the walk you can pick up your 
certificate from the back lounge at the West Port Hotel.

Ron Smith of Linlithgow Civic Trust said: “The first Perambulation last June attracted around 250 walkers on a beautiful summer’s evening and a greater number is expected this year although much 
depends on the weather!”

Free booklets will be handed out at the start. You can 
also pick up a copy at the Burgh Halls and the library. The event is run by Linlithgow Civic Trust and most funding came from the Heritage 
Lottery Fund.