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Broadside entitled 'Grand Cavalcade'


This public notice continues: 'SONS OF CRISPIN, / FROM / Holyrood-House / TO THE / Calton Convening Hall, / REGENT BRIDGE, / ON THURSDAY, 25th October 1821.'

St Cripsin is the patron saint of shoemakers, due to the prominent part shoemaking plays in his life story and preaching. He was martyred on the 25th October, sometime in the 3rd century A.D. As a result, his processional day, organised by the shoemakers, cobblers and cordwainers' guild, and taken as holiday by them, occurs on this day. This sheet reveals the details of the procession held in Edinburgh, and suggests that there was some opposition to it being held.

Broadsides are single sheets of paper, printed on one side, to be read unfolded. They carried public information such as proclamations as well as ballads and news of the day. Cheaply available, they were sold on the streets by pedlars and chapmen. Broadsides offer a valuable insight into many aspects of the society they were published in, and the National Library of Scotland holds over 250,000 of them.

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Probable date published: 1821   shelfmark: L.C.1268
Broadside entitled 'Grand Cavalcade'
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