North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

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Queen of the Sea

In 1528, Saltcoats Town was elevated to a Burgh of Barony (the right of buying and selling and holding markets and of electing bailies being given to the inhabitants), the charter being granted to the Earl of Eglinton by James V of Scotland. As part of the Quater Centenary celebrations in 1928, the Town Council inaugurated the Queen of the Sea pageant, styled after a mediaeval coronation ceremony. The Queen was elected from one of the four local schools by her fellow pupils.

The ceremony was accompanied by a procession through the town and after the crowning the Queen and her maids of honour laid their bouquets at the War Memorial. The first Queen of the Sea was Miss Netta Duff crowned on 25th August 1928 by the wife of Provost William D Kerr. A crowd of 20,000 watched the ceremony.

The ceremony continued from 1928 until 1935, except 1934 when the Ayrshire Pageant took place, then again from 1950 to 1963. The ceremony was restarted in 2000 as part of the Millennium celebrations.

The previous Sea Queens were

Video footage of previous ceremonies can be viewed as follows:

Sources

Burgh of Saltcoats Quater Centenary Book 1528 - 1928 - available in the Heritage Centre Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
(a) available on microfiche in the Heritage Centre
(b) Saltcoats Old and New printed 1909 - on The Three Towners' website.

Netta Duff, Queen of the Sea 1928, crowning. Miss Netta Duff being crowned by the wife of Provost William D Kerr. The Queen of the Sea pageant was inaugurated by the Town Council as part of the celebrations to mark the Quater Centenary (1528-1928) of the forming of Saltcoats into a Burgh of Barony.
Annie Harper, Queen of the Sea 1933. Miss Annie Harper, en route to her crowning passing pupils from Kyleshill School. The pageant was inaugurated by the Town Council as part of the celebrations to mark the Quater Centenary (1528-1928) of the forming of Saltcoats into a Burgh of Barony.
Queen of the Sea 1930 Programme. The programme and timetable for the 1930 Queen of the Sea Procession and Crowning. The Queen of the Sea pageant was inaugurated by the Town Council as part of the celebrations to mark the Quater Centenary (1528-1928) of the forming of Saltcoats into a Burgh of Barony.

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