What is the Crying of the Marches ?
On the Friday before the Marches Day itself, the Town Crier, Davie Duncan, parades the High Street from the Low Port to the West Port (the ancient gateways into the burgh) and every so often stops to duly inform the townsfolk that their presence is required the following Tuesday to participate in the Riding of the Town`s Marches. In recent years the parade has carried on to the grounds of Linlithgow Bridge Primary School where the
children welcome the procession and provide refreshments and entertainment.
In his mock-Mediaeval garb, the Town Crier also stresses the importance of the occasion by announcing that everyone must attend in their best "carriage and equipage, apparel and array" - under a non-attendance penalty of one hundred pounds Scots!