The Lauder Cornet bears the standard over Lauder Common.
The common ridings in the Borders are a must for tourists. Most Border towns have a festival to celebrate the history and traditions of the community. These events are steeped in history and strengthen the bond between the locals and the town. Pride and history all tied up with a great spectacle, community spirit and a friendly welcome.

In this picture, the Cornet, at the head of some 300 riders, is off to the Waterin Stane to lead the town in the singing of Jeannie’s black e’e. the words written by Hector MacNeill (1746-1818).

The sun rose sae rosy, the grey hills adorning,
Light sprang the lav’rock and mounted sae hie,
When true to the tryst o’ blythe May’s dewy morning,
Jeannie cam’ linkin’ out ow’r the green lea’.
Tae mark her impatience, I crep’ ’mang the brackens,
Aft, aft tae the kent gate she turn’d her black e’e;
Then lying doon sae dowilie, sigh’d by the willow tree,
“I am aslep, dinna wauken me”.

Saft thro’ the green birks I stole to my jewel,
Strek’d on spring’s carpet aneath the saugh tree,
“think na, dear Lassie, that Willie’s been cruel,”
“I am asleep, dinna wauken me”.
“Wi love’s warm sensations I’ve marked your impatience,
Lang hid midst the breckans I watch’d your black e’e;
You’re no sleepin, pawkie Jean, open that lovely e’e".
“I am asleep, dinna wauken me”.

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  • michaelby3
    michaelby3about 6 years ago


  • Thanks Michael. Next year will be very special. See the link on the right.

    – Ranald

  • felicitas
    felicitasabout 6 years ago

    Cool Silhouette!! Very nice! Like out of a movie ;-)).

  • Thanks Frida. This happens in most Border towns every year. My favourite is Lauder (where this one is) and there are often over 200 horses. The ground shakes when they are at full tilt.

    – Ranald

  • felicitas
    felicitasabout 6 years ago

    Wow….yes, I believe that!!….really beautiful……

  • It’s spectacular. See the link on the right.

    – Ranald

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarabout 6 years ago

    Wow, are you a soldier? ;))
    And do you have a horse?? ;)

  • Oh no no no, not a soldier. Not a “pongo”, you see wherever the army goes, the pong goes!
    I don’t have a horse but I wish I did. I always used to dream of being the “cornet” and charging along with the standard held high and proud.

    – Ranald

  • Cyril Marchand
    Cyril Marchandabout 6 years ago

    Ho yes ! It will be great ! And I’m looking forward to be up there for the event !
    Ranald, You’re living in wonderful country…

    Ooops ! lol !… And very nice shot of course !! Like the silhouettes !

  • :-) Good to see the Auld Alliance is alive and well. Thanks for puting the pictures on.

    Glad you like my picture too.

    – Ranald

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarabout 6 years ago

    Oooo, I made a mistake, that’s Riding, not war :)))))

  • Ranald
    Ranaldabout 6 years ago

    :-) No need to worry. The ridings have their origins in more warlike times. Now it’s all very friendly and welcoming.

  • saseoche
    saseocheabout 6 years ago

    Love this definitly goes to my fav. very well done my friend

  • You are too kind. Thanks so much.

    – Ranald

  • Tamara Bobst
    Tamara Bobstabout 6 years ago

    Very Beautiful

  • Thanks so much Tamara

    – Ranald

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot. Nothing else to say

  • So is this the last comment I will get from you? :-) Thanks for appreciating my shot Andy.

    – Ranald

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