Linking past with present

Original March stone marking Linlithgows town boundary
Original March stone marking Linlithgows town boundary

A new family event - The Perambulation of the Marches will commence this year, with the hope that it will become an annual event run in conjunction with the Marches.

The ‘Perambulation’, celebrating Linlithgow’s history, will be a pleasant evening walk of about four miles, following the town’s 1832 ‘Parliamentary’ boundary as closely as possible, passing many features of historical interest.

The route passes seven of the eight march stones (one original and seven replicas) marking the old Burgh boundary.

The first walk takes place next Wednesday, June 11, starting at 7pm and will be led by a piper. It starts at march stone number one in Falkirk Road, just to the west of St Ninian’s Craigmailen Church.

The official entourage will be led by the Provost along with flagbearers and halberdiers of the Deacons’ Court and the Town Crier.

Ron Smith of Linlithgow Civic Trust said: “The Trust is extending an open invitation to all residents and visitors to take part in this new opportunity for people to get involved in checking Linlithgow’s 
ancient boundaries as an added attraction to Marches Day and its related ceremonies”.

Deacons’ Court Provost, Jack Adair, said: “This is an exciting new event which will give more local individuals and families the opportunity to connect with the Marches traditions and will constitute true added value to the civic festival period”.

The route for the walk will proceed along Philip Avenue and along the south side of Linlithgow Loch to Fiddler’s Croft then via the west side of the cricket ground to the Union Canal.

The route proceeds westwards along the canal (where the canal tearoom will be open for refreshments), up Manse Road, past the Carmelite Friary remains, through Rosemount Park to Priory Road, then back down Preston Road to the West Port.