Happy #Marymass to our Irvine followers!
This festival has been associated with many events over the years, including an apparent visit from Mary Queen of Scots to Irvine in the 16th century. However historians have claimed that Marymass is historically linked with the celebration of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption Day. The earliest known reference to this in Irvine is by King Robert II on 22 October 1386, in a royal charter where he granted the annual rent of the land for the construction of Irvine Tolbooth. The rent would cost ‘one penny of silver, at the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, every year.’ The charter in question is over 600 years old and held by Ayrshire Archives to be preserved for future generations!

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