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The Kelso Provost introduces the Provost of Jedburgh
Kelso Provost – Margaret Riddell
Royal Charters were granted by the Sovereign on the advice of the Privy Council and have a history dating back to the 13th Century. St James' Fair was held originally on the first Friday in August at the town of Roxburgh.
Roxburgh rose to prominence under King David I, who is credited with bringing stability to Scotland after decades of internal strife. He chose Roxburgh as his power base, built a castle and royal residence and then awarded the town its Royal Charter. The historical records show David using Roxburgh as his principal seat of government. If history had turned out differently, Roxburgh could have taken the place of Edinburgh today.
After the decline of Roxburgh, Kelso prospered and became the place of commerce and worship with the building of the Abbey. Because Kelso never received the Royal Charter, the neighbouring town of Jedburgh, being the Royal Burgh, claimed the privilege of opening the Fair and also received half of the money made. Some things have changed!
I now call on the Provost of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh to open the Fair.
The Kelso Provost introduces the Provost of Jedburgh, Scotland