Common Riding Principals 2018
Cornet Gareth James Renwick, Cornet’s Lass Jennifer Margaret Nichol
and Acting Father and Acting Mother John R. Lyle and his wife Lynn I. Lyle.
The Hawick Common-Riding is the first of the Border Common Ridings and celebrates both the capture of an English Flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick at a place called Hornshole and the ancient custom of riding the marches or boundaries of the common land.
The Cornet for the year is elected at the beginning of May, well in advance of the Common Riding proper, when the Provost’s Council, on the recommendation of the two previous Cornets (called the Right and Left-Hand Men) invites a young man to act as Cornet. The Halberdier, accompanied by the Drum and Fife Band, carries an official letter of invitation to the nominated Cornet. Invitation accepted, the Officer is rewarded with a new “shilling” and asked to carry the Cornet’s letter of acceptance back to the waiting Council. Afterwards the Cornet with his two predecessors walk round the older parts of the town before attending a congratulatory Smoker. From then until the festival is over the Cornet is an honoured figure in Hawick. The first recorded Cornet was in 1703 and other than the World Wars there has been an unbroken line to the present day. [More]…
Right Hand Man & Lass Alistair M George & Katy Moffat.
Left Hand Man & Lass Euan Reilly & Lisa McLean.
25 Year Principals
Ex Cornet Rory O. Culton, Ex-Cornet’s Lass Elizabeth Culton, Ex-Acting Father & Mother Murray & Ebie Richardson.
50 Year Principals
Ex Cornet J. Elliot Hutton, Ex-Cornet’s Lass Sheila Richardson, Ex-Acting Father John Robertson
70 Year Principals
Ex Cornet C.N. Whillans & Ex- Cornet’s Lass Sheila Snowie.
Attendance at all licensed events is restricted to 18 year olds and over.
‘Challenge 25 Rule’ will be enforced.