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Unsullied and Untarnished: The Common Ridings and Festivals of the Scottish Borders Hardcover – 1 Sep 2015
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'Unsullied And Untarnished' - A photographic portrait of the people of the towns of the Scottish Borders who each year undertake the maintaining of tradition, commemorating their local history and strengthening the bonds of their communities, during the annual Common Riding festivals of the summer months. Braw Lassies and Honest Lads, Left Hand Lassies and Right Hand Men, Cornets, Hunters and Coldstreamers - all titles given to the upstanding youths who lead the festivities, and whose duty it is to carry the burgh or town standard around the common lands, to "bring it back unsullied and untarnished". --- "Some of these ridings and festivals are ancient, stretching back five centuries and more. Others are more modern but, whatever their roots and antiquity, they have something in common. They are annual gatherings of remembrance and celebration; affirmations that though these may be small places there is nothing small about coming from Kelso or Galashiels, Lauder or Langholm." -Excerpt from Alex Massie's essay, in 'Unsullied And Untarnished'.
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Wonderful book giving a small insight into the spectacular but hugely unknown events held in the Scottish Borders during the summer months called the Common Ridings and Festivals. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Houston
Jeremy Sutton Hibbert's sensitive and insightful photographic portraits capture the essence of the Common Ridings festivals of the Scottish Borders in a beautiful book that is sure... Read morePublished 10 months ago by cathy layne
A neat compact book, encapsulating historical, and current traditions, through the portraits taken of the very proud participants during The Common Ridings.Published 10 months ago by meg