West Linton Whipman Play
Whipman is the old Scots word for a carter or carrier, and the story of the Linton Play began in 1803 when the Linton Benevolent Society, providing mutual aid to its members, held their annual meeting.
The West Linton Whipman Play will be taking place from Friday 5 June to Saturday 13 June, with Installation of the 2020 Linton Whipman and Lass on Friday on the 5 June. The Junior Ride Out will take place on Sunday 31 May, and the Adult Ride Out on Saturday 6 June.
The best viewpoints for the Adult Ride out on Saturday 6 June will be from anywhere in the village centre (Station Road & Main Street) or at the Ford (crossing point) on the Lower Green. You can also take the A702 towards Dolphinton then turn right for approximately 2 miles to Garvald. Riders will ride out at 10.00 am and will be back at 3.30 pm.
On one of the few holidays of the year, The Whipman of Linton paid formal visits to local mansions and spent the rest of the day at the gathering which was devoted to sporting activities. This gathering became known as “The Whipman Play.” The Linton Whipman is installed and invested with his sash of office on the Friday evening and leads a mounted procession through the village. Saturday begins with a rideout and is followed by a week long programme of activities, sports, and competitions.