the early Sixteenth Century Queens of May have been recorded in
Scotland. The practice of crowning a Summer Queen is still wide spread
and basically the proceedings followed are similiar - the ceremonious
arrival of the Queen and her attendants, crowning on a decorated dias,
procession, sports and games. Many of the Summer Queens have
distinctive names eg in Lanark, a Lanimar Queen, crowned on Lanimar
Day which is essentially a children's Gala Day. Lanimar Day is one of
the highlights of Lanark Lanimar Week which dates back to 1140 and
arose from marking the Burgh's boundaries.
lesser scale than Lanark the East Wemyss Gala has just been held
with The Flag’s 11-year-old Caitlin Wallace as Gala Lass – she had a
Whatever the title of your local Summer
Queen, she will surely enjoy a "Royal" treat, Balmoral
Shortbread. Queen Victoria was said to be very fond of this shortbread
and regularly enjoyed it with a fly cup! To her credit, Victoria found
the plain and simple delicacies of the Scottish baking tradition much
to her taste.
Ingredients: 12 oz ( 375 g ) plain
flour; 4 oz ( 125 g ) sugar; 8 oz ( 225 g ) butter; pinch of salt.
Makes 36 - preheat the oven to 350 deg F/
180 deg C or gas mark 4
Method: Sift the flour onto a board. Put the sugar
into a separate pile and, using both hands, work all the sugar into
the butter. Now start kneading in the flour a little at a time.
When all the flour is worked in you should have a firm ball of dough.
Sprinkle a little flour on the board and roll out very thinly 1/8 "
- 1/4 " ( 3 - 5 mm ). Cut into circles about 2 1/2 "
in diameter ( 6 1/2 cm ) and prick with a fork in domino fashion with
three pricks. Bake on a greased tray in a moderate oven for 30