Riding of the Marches – Burgesses

Dear All

The Musselburgh Riding of the Marches 2016 has issued a last call for residents to apply to become Burgesses and get their name into the town’s record books.

The deadline for applications has been extended to June 30, and residents of Musselburgh, Inveresk, Wallyford and Whitecraig are invited to apply.

The title of Burgess dates back to 1682, when honorable townsfolk were invited to celebrate the ancient tradition of the Musselburgh Riding of the Marches. Every 21 years since then, during Riding of the Marches week, Musselburgh has admitted Burgesses, or worthy townspeople into its record book. Anyone over 18 with a connection to Musselburgh may apply to become an Honorary Burgess. This connection may be birth, education, employment or residence.

Successful applicants will be invited to the Burgess Ceremony held in the Brunton Hall on Monday 25th July where they will be presented with their certificate and their Burgess “Bap”.

Anyone wishing to be admitted as a Burgess should complete an application form (attached for convenience) and return by 30th June with a fee of £10 to the Riding of the Marches Information Centre, 73 High Street, Musselburgh.burgessapplication

For more information please email burgessapplications@rom2016.co.uk Best wishes Janice Burr Administrator for Riding of the Marches 2016 http://rom2016.co.uk/ Musselburgh Riding of the Marches 2016 – YouTube http://rom2016.com/