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Mauchline Holy Fair  
Fri 23rd, Sat 24th May 2014 - 11am to 5pm

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We are very happy to report that essential funding is now in place to enable us to put on a 2014 Mauchline Holy Fair.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.mauchlineburnsclub.com

We are also very pleased to have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable us to remember those who left for World War 1 and didn't return and the effects of that on families.

On the Friday evening (23rd May 2014) there will be a march to the Mauchline War Memorial, an appropriate service there, and a march back to the Loudoun Street Car Park for around an hour and a half's entertainment on the mobile stage which will be there for the Saturday.

For the Remembrance Event and march, we are grateful for the help and advice of the local Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Event Info

Acts and attractions booked at this time are:-

Friday 23rd May 2014

March, service and stage Entertainment:

Isle of Cumbrae Royal
British Legion Pipe Band

The Band was formed in 1999, at the instigation of Millport Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland and from modest beginnings the Band has grown in numbers and can now count around 40 members ranging in age from 15- 70.


Saturday 24th May 2014 starting as usual at 11am

On the Stages and round about:

  • Main Act :- Jai McDowall 
  • Scottish Singer Kirk James
  • Jill Woodburn's Highland Dancers
  • Jesse Garron
  • Earl Haig Memorial Pipe Band from Flanders
  • Flanders Jocks - WW1 Re-enactment Group from Flanders
  • Dumfries Aviation Museum Exhibition
  • Uncle Billy Williamson - Childrens Entertainer
  • Jolly Beggars Cantata
  • Screaming Preachers
  • Charlie Chaplin Comedy
  • Stilt Walker
  • Suffragettes
  • Old Mauchline 1914 Media Presentation Kenny Baird/ Stewart Howie
  • Tractors of the 1914-18 period
  • 1914-18 Fundraising Tank Reconstruction
  • Above Ground replica Trench
  • Over 70 Stalls


2014 Programme of Events

Jai McDowall

Jai is Ayrshire’s own gem, born in Tarbolton, Ayrshire he rose to fame when he won the fifth series of Britain’s Got Talent in June 2011. He first auditioned in Liverpool singing “Anthem” from Chess, receiving positive comments from the judges, Michael McIntyre, Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff. He received three yeses and was put through to the next round, and through to the live semi-finals.

Jai performed for a second time in the semi-final on 2 June 2011, singing “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence. He once again received positive comments from the judges. Jai received the highest number of votes on the night and was put through to the final. In the final, Jai performed “To Where You Are” by Josh Groban. He once again received positive comments from all four judges and was announced as the winner and received a fantastic cash prize as well as being invited to perform at the 2011 Royal Variety Performance.


Scottish Rain

Scottish Rain presents a tribute to the Legends of Scottish Music. The show includes the hits from five decades of some of the most iconic and unforgettable Scottish pop & rock stars, such as Texas, Deacon Blue, The Proclaimers, Del Amitri, Alex Harvey, Runrig, KT Tunstall, The Fratellis, Simple Minds, Paolo Nutini, The Bay City Rollers, Gerry Rafferty, Nazareth, Pilot, Wet Wet Wet, The Bluebells, Travis, Danny Wilson, Frankie Miller, The Marmalade, Aztec Camera, Hue and Cry, The Corries, Rod Stewart, to name but a few. This makes Scottish Rain a tribute act like no other. Rather than a single artist, the band pays homage to the legacy of some of the best bands the UK has ever produced. It just so happens that they are all Scottish!


Owl Magic

Owl Magic is Ayrshires Premier Owl Display Team with over 50 birds ranging from our smallest owl, Titch, the pygmy owl who is no larger than a sparrow to our largest Galaxy, the milky eagle owl. All our birds are hand reared and enjoy human interaction. We are well travelled not only in Ayrshire but all over Scotland !! We have been well recieved at the Mauchline Holy Fair over the past few years and have received a lot of interest.

All our handlers are trained to excellent levels and are full of information regarding the birds and their habits. We look forward to seeing our many friends at Mauchline Holy Fair again this year.


Gordon Highlanders

The Gordon Highlanders 1914-1918 is an organisation of civilian re-enactors which exists to re- create as accurately as possible the life of the soldiers of the Gordon Highlanders during the Great War 1914-18.

All members of the Regiment wear the exact uniform and equipment of the period and carry the Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifle (S.M.L.E.).




Let's jump back in time, to 1786...

The Kirk Burns worshipped in in Mauchline was a 17th century building which he described as —'as ugly a lump of consecrated stone as ever cumbered the earth.' The interior was as bleak, with a floor several feet below ground level due to subsidence. It was lit by six small windows supplemented by a few candles. The sermon was expected to last an hour and one passage of scripture was expected to be examined over several weeks. One year, eight verses of one psalm provided material for sermons for the next 19 months.

The Kirkyard was in as bad a state as the Kirk itself. The Session records describe it as- ' a sort of dunghill, a receptacle for all filthiness so that one can scarce walk to Kirk with clean feet. Disorderly people break the windows and break the tombs and deface the engravings .' And it was in this Kirk and in these grounds that the original Holy Fairs were held.

The fair was actually an opportunity for people all round Mauchline to take communion. Some Kirks held communion irregularly, so hordes flocked to Mauchline on the second Sunday in August for the service. The occasion lasted 3 days: Saturday for cleansing and preparation, Sunday for the services, and Monday for reflection. It was also a continuation of the Covenanters open-air conventicles.

In 1788, 1800 people took communion, 400 only being Mauchline folk, but the Kirk could cope with only 200 at a time. So the crowds had to mingle in the Kirkyard for hours as they waited. Two elders stood at the gate opposite Poosie Nansie's with the collection plate. Stalls like Punch and Judy shows, offered pulpits to local preachers. The communicants entered the Kirk in groups of 80 taking 15 or16 sessions to cater for the crowds.

Tents supplied food and drink while various hucksters offered other entertainment, and Racer Jess, Poosie Nansie's daughter, plied her trade at the gate.

For more details on the Mauchline Burns Club Holy Fair Please visit the official website www.mauchlineburnsclub.com

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