The Day

You are invited to celebrate Stirling’s heritage in the historic Walking the Marches on Saturday 16th September 2017.

Be part of the 800-year-old tradition of inspecting the city boundaries by joining in walking part of the route complete with pipe band and re-enactment, or just join us in the centre of Stirling on the day and enjoy the celebration. All are welcome!

To join in on the day, meet at 11am outside the Municipal Buildings on Corn Exchange Road.

You are also welcome to join in the Perambulation where the boundaries are actually marked, which happens on Saturday 9th September 2017. More details here.

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History of Walking the Marches in Stirling

The Walking of the Marches in Stirling is an important part of our cultural heritage. It dates at least back to 1611, but the tradition of inspecting and protecting boundaries goes back as far as the 12th century and possibly earlier.

The Walking or Riding of Marches in Scotland is when officials go round their Boundaries or Marches to inspect them and see that they are intact and have not been encroached upon. The main inspectors of the Marches in Stirling are known as Birlawmen led by “The Captain of the Birlawmen” and used their picks and shovels to turn over a sod of grass to mark certain points in the boundary which were later replaced by march stones.

 

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Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the 2017 Stirling Walking the Marches.

 

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