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The first Beltane Queen honour was given to Margaret Muir. She was crowned at the Mercat Cross located at the junction of the High Street, North Gate and East Gate. The ceremony proved so successful that it was accepted that it could not be held at the first choice and had to be moved. The church steps of the Parish Church at the end of the High Street was chosen. This meant that the crowning ceremony would take place at an elevated position allowing all to view the Queen’s crowning ceremony.

The Beltane Queen  is dressed in robes presented by the Royal Burgh of Peebles Callants' Club  in 1988, (to replace earlier robes gifted in 1926 by Peebles’  exiles in New Zealand).  The Queen is crowned on a Coronation Chair which came from South Africa in 1922.  The Crown was gifted in 1921  by exiled Peebleans, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. Daniels, Singapore, who subsequently gifted the Sceptre in 1926 to complement the Crown and new  robes.  The new robes and Sceptre were first used by Beltane Queen Mary Thomson in 1926. The Sceptre is unique in that the head is a model  of  the Parish Church Steeple.

During both the First and Second World Wars the Beltane ceremonies were scaled down. For instance in 1915 it was held in Whitestone Park and in 1940 the Beltane Queen, Miss Sheila Murray (Crowning Lady 1990) was crowned in the playground of Kingsland School. In 1945 the Beltane Queen, Edna Murray, was crowned in the cricket pavilion in Whitestone Park. This was the last time the Beltane Queen would be crowned away from the Parish Church steps.

Only twice has the Beltane Festival seen a mother and daughter given the honour of Beltane Queen. Sarah McGrath (1988) followed in her mother’s footsteps, Sandra McKenzie (1962). Then in 2007 Kerry Woods was Beltane Queen, the honour previously given to her mother Margaret Frame (1969).

The honour for sisters to share in the selection of Beltane Queen has happened on 7 occasions, 1900 and 1905, 1904 and 1909, 1906 and 1908, 1934 and 1936, 1952 and 1954, 1955 and 1957, and 1991 and 1994.

For the names please see The Past page.

The Beltane Queen and Court 2015

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BELTANE QUEEN: Emma Latto (Priorsford)
CHIEF MAID: Amy Brown (Halyrude)
FIRST COURTIER: Paul Armitage (Kingsland)
SECOND COURTIER: Callum Thornley (Halyrude)

 Second Maid: Abbie Sorrell (Kingsland)
Third Maid: Jodie Bennett (Priorsford)
Fourth Maid: Emma McCafferty (Kingsland)
Fifth Maid: Rachel Anderson (Kingsland)
Sixth Maid: Katie Paulin (Priorsford)

Sword Bearer: Aiden Coulstock (Priorsford)
Crown Bearer: Rory Gilfillan (Kingsland)
Standard Bearer: Rory Bell (Priorsford)
Sceptre Bearer: Theo Smith (Priorsford)
Casket Bearer: Jamie Magowan (Kingsland)

 Admiral: Hans Kobus (Kingsland)
First Herald: Sam Foster (Priorsford)
Second Herald: Oliver Landers (Halyrude)
Royal Herald: Owain Jones (Priorsford)
Queen’s Highlander: Tom Ryalls (Kingsland)
Telegram Girl: Macy Short (Kingsland)

 Immediate Entourage:
Laura Eggleton (Priorsford), Imogen Lewis (Priorsford)
Lily Robertson (Kingsland), Molly Saxon (Priorsford)
Noée Sellar (Halyrude), Melissa Watts (Kingsland)
Ellie Weir (Kingsland)

 Queen’s Pages:
Rory Clark, Reece Dobie, Thomas Glasgow,
Thomas Hilton, Robbie Knox, Hamish Semple

Every effort is made to ensure the name spellings and schools are correct. If you spot a mistake please email the webmaster and we will correct the error as soon as possible.

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