Two traditional ceremonies take place one week prior to the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches: The Kirking and the Flodden Wall Walk.
They will be held on Sunday 9th September 2018.
The Edinburgh Captain and Edinburgh Lass and all associated parties join the Lord Provost of Edinburgh in a ceremonial handing-over of the Edinburgh City Banner, whereupon the Lord Provost requests that the Edinburgh Captain returns this, unsullied and unstained, one week from that date. This is the re-enactment of the ancient instruction given to the Captain of the Trained Band (the Edinburgh City Guard), who would ride the boundaries of the City of Edinburgh to check for raiders, along with his horsemen and any person that had possession of a horse.
Minister Richard Frazer of Greyfriars Kirk and his congregation welcomes this ceremony as part of their Sunday morning service, weaving the history into the community.
All are welcome to join us for the Kirking.
The Flodden Wall Walk
Taking place on the same day as the Kirking, the Flodden Wall Walk is the ceremonial walking of the boundaries of the ancient Flodden Wall that once stood as a defence around the City of Edinburgh. The Walk starts at the Bore Stone in Morningside, where a pinch of stour, collected from the Battlefield of Flodden during the Flodden Ride that year, is thrown at the base of the stone as a mark of respect and marks the commencement of the Flodden Wall Walk.
The Walk is led by the Edinburgh Captain and Edinburgh Lass, supported by the previous year’s Captain and Lass as well as any past Principals and associated parties. Anyone is welcome to join in the Flodden Walk, which is a deeply significant event that brings history, education and comradery to those who take part. The Walk begins at 0845hrs, with a breakfast stop on George IV Bridge at 0930hrs, after which it breaks for the Kirking at Greyfriars Kirk, which takes place at 1100hrs. After this, the Walk then continues to the Memorial at City Chambers on the Royal Mile where the City Banner is dropped to the ground for a one minute silence, to remember the fallen of the Battle of Flodden. The Walk then continues on its journey, concluding at the crossing of St Mary’s Street and the Canongate at 1500hrs.
More about the Bore Stone, Flodden Wall, Common Land and associated history.