The Edinburgh Pilgrimage began belatedly on Sunday 13 June 1926 with a midday service in St. Giles’ Cathedral, followed by a rally in Charlotte Square. Mrs McNair, of the Scottish Women’s Co-operative Guild, presided at the rally where the model resolution of the Pilgrimage was put. This was followed by a ceremony whereby names of places that had already passed the resolution were nailed to poles that would be carried onwards on the pilgrimage.
The start of the pilgrimage had been delayed by problems caused by the General Strike. But the pilgrims would set off at 3pm on Sunday, accompanied part of the way by supporters and friends. More than a dozen of them intended to travel all the way to London in time for the main rally on 19 June. Because of the delay in starting the pilgrimage, it was intended to travel onwards by train from Newcastle.
The Scotsman, 9 June 1926.
Edinburgh Evening News, 12 June 1926.