Selkirk Common Riding 2013

Fletcher Selkirk commemorates and celebrates her history at the annual Common Riding, always held on the second Friday after the first Monday in June, when the town's boundaries or 'marches' are ridden. Usually in the region of 300-400 mounts, Selkirk boasts one of the largest cavalcade of horses and riders in Europe. The culmination of the day involves the town's Standard Bearer ( Martin Rodgerson 2013 ) casting, or flying, the town's standard (A St Andrew's cross with the town seal placed in the centre) in the Market Place in memory of Fletcher's "O' Flodden Field", consolidating the ceremony's late-medieval / early-modern historical roots.

Selkirk men fought with William Wallace at Stirling Brig and Falkirk, and also with Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn, but it is Selkirk's connection with The Battle of Flodden in 1513, her response to the call of the King, the brave bearing of her representatives on the fatal field, and the tragic return of the sole survivor, provide the Royal Burgh with its proudest and most maudlin memories, it being the celebration of a five hundred year old defeat.

Only one returned from the battle, "Fletcher", bearing a blood-stained English flag belonging to the Macclesfield regiment. On his return he cast the captured English standard around his head before falling to his death as the last returning fighting Souter.