One of the features of Langholm Common Riding is the quaint emblems which are carried in the procession.
Three of these symbols appear in the Langholm Coat of Arms.
A Barley Bannock and salted herring fastened by a "twal-penny nail" - to a wooden platter and flourished aloft on a pole.
The bannock symbolises certain of the privileges of the Baron under the obligation of thirlage, while the fish may be symbolic of the Baron's right to the fisheries in the Esk or merely of the necessity of having some "kitchen" or relish to go with the dry fare of the bannock.
The very epitome of the Common Riding, used as it is for cutting sods at different points of the Common and for clearing out the pits which originally marked the boundaries on the Common Moss up Whita Hill.
A gigantic Scottish Thistle
A most picturesque accompaniment. The origin and purpose of the introduction of the thistle is very obscure. Being the national emblem of Scotland, it may have been adopted as such, or possibly on account of its 'jags' as a warning to anyone who contemplated interfering with the Fair.
The Floral Crown.
It has no historical significance, and may have been adopted as a symbol of loyalty to the sovereign.