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Sashing Ceremony

Wednesday, 22nd July 2015

Sponsored by: The Rotary Club of Musselburgh


The Sashing Ceremony will take place this year on the green beside the historic Hayweights Clock at approx 7.00pm
(If raining then 7.30pm in North Esk Church)

The Lad and Lass 2015 will be sashed with the emblems of their office by this year's Sasher.

The Burgh Flag will be officially handed over to the Honest Lad by this year's Civic Head and will be bussed at the Sashing Ceremony. He will be given the responsibility to return the flag 'unsullied and unstained' after the ride-out on Saturday afternoon.

The Honest Lass will be presented with the Jewelled Riding Crop and the Lad and Lass will receive gifts from the Fisherrow Fishing Community, Crudens, The Old Musselburgh Club and the Musselburgh Rotary.

A feature of the Sashing Ceremony will be the presentation of Medallions to the Official Party which will act as a lasting reminder of their year in office. The ceremony ends with the Official Party dancing the Musselburgh and Eightsome Reels.

The ceremony will also see the winners of the Youth Golf Tournement, the Shop Window Display, the House Decoration and the Scarecrow competions being presented with their Trophies.


Sasher 2015

James Donald Charteris
Earl of Wemyss & March
James Donald Charteris, Earl of Wemyss & March was born in Edinburgh on 22 June 1948 to David, 12th Earl of Wemyss (1912-2008) K.T., who was Lord Lieutenant for East Lothian 1967-87, Chairman then President of the National Trust for Scotland, 1947-91, and Mavis Lynette Gordon Charteris, Sasher for the Honest Toun 1953.

James grew up at Gosford House, Longniddry, where his main hobby was pigeon racing with the Aberlady Homing Union. He was educated at Belhaven Hill, Dunbar; Eton College University College, Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy & Economics; St. Antony’s College, Oxford where he completed
a doctorate entitled The Singapore Naval Base & the Defence of Britain’s Eastern Empire 1919-41, published in 1981. He studied at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (Land Agency & Agriculture Division) in 1983.

Since then his main activity has been the management of the family estate at Gosford and at Stanway Gloucestershire. His main hobby is history, and he has written books about Gosford, Stanway, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Jacobite Attainders & Forfeitures 1688-1826. He was a founding member of the UK Independence Party in 1993.

He is married to Amanda Feilding, whose Beckley Foundation promotes the use of psychedelics in neuroscientific research and encourages the reform of global drug policy by hosting international seminars and advising interested governments, especially in Latin America and the Carribbean.

He has a son and a daughter and two step-sons


Links to Events Pages...

Family Cycle

Kirking Sunday

Crusaders' Chase


Junior Ride Out

Sashing Ceremony

Fancy Dress Parade

Saturday Ride Out

Festival Raft Race

Harbour Ceremony

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