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 31 May to 8 June 2019 with Installation Friday on the 31 May.
The best viewpoints for the Adult Ride out on Saturday, 1 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.
Friday 15 March – Introduction of the Whipman and Lass Elect for 2019 in the Graham Institute, West Linton
Sunday 26 May – Junior Ride out
Friday 31 May – Installation of the 2019 Whipman and Lass followed by Procession round the village
Saturday 1 June – Adult Ride out – 10.00 a.m. leaving from Howieson Hall, Station Road (Return 3.30/4 p.m.), Children’s Fancy Dress in the morning and Fun Afternoon for the children
Sunday 2 June – Family Cycle Ride out, Kirking of the Whipman and Adult 5 a side Football Tournament and Dog Show in the afternoon
Monday 3 June – Kids/Junior Football, Junior and Adult Netball, Children and Adults Scooter/Cycle events
Tuesday 4 June – Tea and Tots Fun Morning in the Marquee and in the evening Junior Disco in the Marquee
Wednesday 5 June – Cross Country event followed by Bogie and Wheelbarrow races and Men’s and Ladies Pillow Fight
Thursday 6 June – Comedy Shows for Children and Adults in the Marquee and Junior and Secondary Rugby
Friday 7 June – Ex Whipman’s Dinner Dance in the Marquee
Saturday 8 June – 7 a side Hockey in the morning followed by Procession and Sports Afternoon and in the evening Whipman Market, Tug O’War, Presentation of Trophies and Grand Raffle
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.