Tailors ‘Riding of the Marches’

28 Jun Tailors ‘Riding of the Marches’

Philip Sainsbury being ‘douped’ by (L to R) Michael Morrice, Alan Sainsbury Derek Simpson, Richard Sainsbury and Michael Allen.

Philip Sainsbury being ‘douped’ by (L to R) Michael Morrice, Alan Sainsbury Derek Simpson, Richard Sainsbury and Michael Allen.

Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation undertook a “Riding of the Marches” on the 23rd June 2016.  This ancient ceremony was originally carried out on an annual basis but is now part of the acceptance of new members into the Tailors’ Incorporation.  The name ‘March’ derives from the 16th century meaning of a boundary and is usually indicated by stone markers.

Comparatively new members Richard Sainsbury and Philip Sainsbury were ‘douped’ (Doupin is to drop or dump someone down smartly on the buttocks, specifically in the initiation of burgesses by bumping them on the boundary stones) helping to instil in the memory of the new members the position of the boundary stones.

The Tailors’ Douping stone is situated on Gallows Hill next to the Trinity Cemetery overlooking Pittodrie.