Royal Tribute To Maybole
MADE BY THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
OCCASION OF HIS RECEIVING
THE FREEDOM OF
EDINBURGH IN THE USHER HALL ON
1st MARCH, 1949
There are in this
world hundreds of things which
are right but which
cannot be legislated for
things which will
never be done unless someone is prepared to
do them for no reward except possibly a
Once upon a time it
was a relatively easy matter to clear one's
conscience by contributing
money to various charities
which set out to do the right
method as you all know is not so easy now,
and yet there is just as much to do It will be fatal for us
if we ever come to think
that merely by passing
laws we can get out of our responsibilities
towards our fellow men.
I have come
across two examples of what can be done. There is
the case of Ladywell playing
field at Maybole in
was laid out, levelled and turfed almost entirely
by voluntary labour, and then, not content,
they built themselves a grandstand and changing
In the case of
Sighthill, here in Edinburgh,
the residents got together and made
themselves a bowling green.
craftsmen gave their services
and others helped with their
hands. In both these cases unselfish service
was freely given, and I refuse to believe
that the glow in the hearts of those who
took part is not the brighter
for what they have done."
THE PAGEANT OF MAYBOLE
Provost James T. Gray
Bailie Thomas Murray
Bailie John Dunlop
Councillor Thomas Faulds
Councillor Thomas Hicks
Councillor Robert Watson
Councillor James Mollison
Councillor George Boyd
Councillor Wilson White
Councillor John Brennan
Councillor Mrs Sarah Dunn
Councillor Mrs Mary McLean
Legion (Maybole Branch)
Honorary President Rev. A. M. Douglas
Honorary Vice-President Mr A. B. Coburn
President Col. Sir W. T. R. Houldsworth, T. D.
Mr A. McDowall
Vice-Chairman Mr J. Houston
Secretary and Treasurer Mr S.
Convener of Entertainments,
Investigation and Relief Mr
Stage Manager of Entertainments Mr A. McCrindle
Collector, Carpenter for
Mr H. Clark
Moir, J. Harris,
J. Thorburn, J.
McEwan, J. McLarty,
R. Blackley, T. Fleming
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The Pageant of Maybole
Written and Produced
The Pageant Comprises
A Historical Procession
A Musical Interlude
3. A Sporting Spectacle
Saturday. 30th May, 1953,
weather permitting. If the weather is unsuitable the Pageant will be
postponed until the following Saturday − 6th June. The decision will
be taken before 10am on Saturday, 30th May. If a postponement is
considered necessary, a notice to this effect will immediately be posted
in the Town Hall, the Carnegie Library, and in a number of shops. In
addition, a series of short blasts will he delivered by factories'
starts from Carrick Academy at 2 30.
and progresses via Kirkoswald Road, Whitehall, High Street and Cassillis
Road to Kirkmichael Road. It does not go into the Arena, but is dispersed
near the Quarry.
band will play in the Sheep Park for thirty minutes after the end of the
procession reaches Kirkmichael Road. This will allow spectators who have
watched the procession in Maybole to be in time for the Spectacle.
"Sporting Spectacle" will take place in the
There will be a "Historical Costume Ball" in
the Town Hall
at 8pm. Admission
only. For details
see advertisement in Town Hall window.
General Secretary and Treasurer W.S. Campbell
Production Secretary Miss M.
General Stage Manager and
Staff Manager and Amphitheatre
A .J. Glashan
Mast of the Horse Miss M
Wardrobe Mistress and Dressmaker Mrs McLellan
Mrs J McCulloch Mrs
Equipment Makers for Knights
and their Mounts:
Mr and Mrs Scott, Mrs Rennie, Mr McCrindle
Dr H.G. Grieve
Surgeon W.G. Buchanan, Esq.
J. McCrindle. Esq.
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Introduction to Historical
WHEN measured against the life of an individual the period of history
covered by the procession is considerable: when measured against the life
of the human species, slight. This is shown in the diagram below in which
the continuous line measures the "life" of man (there being indications
that he existed in the latter part of the Ice Age) and the dotted
line the portion covered by the procession.
The early civilisations arc important to us, because from them we borrowed
and adapted much to include in our own civilisation in later years. The
years ago gave the world a calendar with
days in the year, and 366
every fourth year. The Babylonians gave the world hours and minutes,
weights and measures. The Romans, like the Babylonians, studied the sky,
calling certain planets such as Jupiter and Saturn after the names of
their gods. The Phoenicians, living along the coast of Syria, gave us our
alphabet. The Jews of Palestine taught us to believe in one God. Such
words as poetry, arithmetic, mathematics, astronomy, history, geography,
theatre, tragedy, comedy, physician, surgeon, Olympic Games, and
parliament, which originated with the Greeks, give but a slight indication
of their influence on our modern civilisation. They rejoiced in beauty, in
searching for explanations for all the wonders of life, and in striving
for physical perfection. "We who live in Great Britain are descended from
many races: but in mind we are the heirs of the Greeks".
The "Story" which follows, together with the notes on pages
give information about the individuals and scenes in the procession.
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Story of Maybole
Carrick in Olden Times
CARRICK derives its name from the Celtic, Carraig, meaning a rock.
The fertile land, which to-day produces abundant crops and supports fine
herds of dairy cattle, was once covered with dense forest, bog and swamps.
The hills which to-day support sheep and grow timber, were once a mixture
of bare rock and tangled gorse. There were no towns. The people
lived in lake dwellings (crannogs), or in hill forts, which were abundant
in what is now the Maybole area.
The early history is obscure and as a result there are several theories
advanced to explain the origin of the many tribes which for hundreds of
years lived, fought and died in Carrick. Some think that the first
inhabitants came from Spain: others that they came from France. It is,
however, generally accepted that when Christ was on earth the people in
Carrick were Celtic, with the possible exception of the Picts, who may
have been of Scandinavian origin.
The word "Celtic" includes a number of different peoples, such as Britons,
Belgae, Scots and Cruithne. They were all of Gallic extraction.
The first written references to Carrick appear in Latin, written by the
Romans, during their occupation which started in
They refer to the local inhabitants as the Damnii. The Damnii were
Britons, who were closely connected with the Celtic tribes of Galloway and
Wales. Their religion was Druidism. Evidence of this can be found in the
many burial grounds on the tops of the surrounding hills, and on the site
of the Druidical circle at Kirkoswald. The Carrick Britons spent much of
their time fighting the Pictish raiders from the North-East, and the Scots
raiders from the North-West and from Ireland.
The earliest known settlement in the district was at Loch Spouts. This
dwelling was built in the lake by the use of wooden piles. The erection,
which was built on a foundation of beams, brushwood and branches, was
circular in shape, contained three fireplaces, and was ninety-five feet in
diameter. The floor was made of oak beams, the fireplaces of stone
embedded in yellow
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clay. Its inhabitants probably lived by hunting and fishing, and
perhaps in addition by grazing cattle. They were primitive metal workers,
and also made beads and ornaments for personal adornment. A sandstone
spindle whorl which was excavated suggests that weaving was also practised.
This "crannog" was probably inhabited at various times up to the first
century. The inhabitants were converted to Christianity by followers of
St. Ninian, who carried the Gospel to Carrick in the early part of the
the Romans withdrew from Britain, and the tribes of what is now Ayrshire,
Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire, Dumfriesshire, Liddesdale, Teviotdale,
Galloway, much of Dunbartonshire and Stirlingshire, formed themselves into
a distinct kingdom called Alcluyd, (Strathclyde). The history of this
kingdom is one of war. War between the kingdom and the Picts: between the
kingdom and the Scots: between the kingdom and the Anglo-Saxons: between
parts of the kingdom itself.
In a.d. 843
the Scots and Picts, who for centuries had fought bitterly, combined under
one king, and frequently attacked Alcluyd. Peace had scarcely been secured
between them by the marriage of the King of Alcluyd to the daughter of the
Scottish king, when they were faced by a new danger, the Vikings. In
the Viking fleet sailed up the Clyde, seen no doubt by the sentries on the
fort at Balchriston. The Vikings having plundered the country returned the
following year to Dublin, their base, taking with them as prisoners
Picts, Britons and Scots. After another raid in
large numbers of the kingdom of Alcluyd set out to join their Celtic
kinsmen in Wales. Although attacked by the Anglo-Saxons at Lochmaben they
managed to force their way to Wales, where their descendants live to this
day. Alcluyd, weakened by the loss of so many warriors became once again a
prey to the Scots, and in a.d. 975
was broken up, Carrick being annexed by the Scottish kingdom. The Scots
had earlier, in a.d. 945,
ceded Cumberland to England, but in 1018,
after the battle of Carham, gained Lothian.
Before the invasion of Britain by the Angles in the fifth century, Celtic,
in various forms and dialects seems to have been spoken over the whole of
Britain. The language spoken in Carrick and Strathclyde for about
years after the birth of Christ was very similar to Welsh as spoken in
Wales to-day. When Carrick became a part of Scotland the Highlanders
introduced their Gaelic: the Anglo-Saxons, English: the Normans, French.
The fusion over
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