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A contemporary account of the King’s visit in April 1603 provided the basis for the programme of events.
King James was escorted the 3 miles from The Border into the town by a cavalcade of of riders including the Chief Marshall of Berwick, the principals of the Scottish Borders Common Ridings and a troop of cavalry in 17th century uniforms.
A t the site of the old town gates in Castlegate, King James knighted William Selby, Gentleman Porter of Berwick.
The streets were lined with pikemen and musketeers and musicians of The York Waits greeted the procession from the Scotsgate.
The Mayor of Berwick-
The garrison of the town then marched past, together with costumed young people carrying banners representing all the parishes within the Borough of Berwick-
Some 500 members of the English Civil War Society from all over England and Scotland represented the garrison and people of Berwick in 1603.
At the end of March 1603, following the death of Elizabeth , King James VI of Scotland set off from Edinburgh to journey to London where he was to be crowned as James I of England.
On 6th April 1603, King James arrived in Berwick-
The arrival of King James at Berwick was announced on the previous evening (5th April) with the lighting of a beacon on Windmill Bastion.
The recreation of King James’ arrival on 6th April began at the Border, beside the ruins of Lamberton Kirk, where the Lords-
King James was greeted at The barracks by Sir John Carey, Governor of Berwick before being entertained by performers from “Past Pleasures” and 17th century musicians “Hautbois”.
The events in the Barracks was staged by courtesy of and sponsored by English Heritage..
During the afternoon, King James inspected the garrison of the town on The Stanks, in the shadow of the Elizabethan ramparts.
Following the review of the troops it was recorded that “…to show instance how much he loved and respected the art military, he made a shot himself out of a cannon.”
The York Waits led the King’s procession out of the town, across The Old Bridge into Tweedmouth, where he knighted Ralph Gray, “a gentleman of great command and possession near the Border”.
An exhibition and programme of talks on a wide variety of historical topics was staged in The Guildhall during the weekend by 15 local and family history societies from both sides of The Border, co-
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