Bonnet Guild Festival Week

The Bonnet Guild is delighted to announce the Corsehill Queen and her court for 2022 as selected by Stewarton Academy.  The Corsehill Queen Elect will be Eva Millar and this year’s First Courtier will be Paul Smith 

All chosen from second year pupils by Stewarton Academy (with the exception of the two Pages and Queen’s Highlander who are chosen by the local primary schools) the full court is as follows; Corsehill Queen Elect Eva Millar, 1st Maid Aoife Yates, 2nd Maid Aaynaan Patankar, Maids: Isla Nokes, Elise Stimpson, Catriona Northorpe and Sophia Davidson. First Courtier Paul Smith, 2nd Courtier Stewart Wilkie, Herald Murray Franklin, Sword Bearer Rohan MacDonald, Crown Bearer Benjamin Dwyer, Sceptre Bearer Ciaran Cowan, Queen’s Highlander David Bruce, Pages – Reuben Varma and Charlie Borland. 

This year’s 89th Bonnet Guild festival week will run from Saturday 11 June to Sunday 19 June 2022 

with the highlight of the week, the crowning of the Corsehill Queen, taking place on Gala Day, Saturday, 18 June in Avenue Square, Stewarton.   Two special ‘abbreviated’ crownings will also take place on the 18th, to recognise the Corsehill Queens (Katie Paterson 2020 and Freya McInnes 2021) – and Courts, who were all selected during the pandemic, when lockdowns did not allow for the traditional crowning ceremonies to be held. In the event of wet weather, the crownings will be moved indoors to the Area Centre, just off Avenue Square.   

Hugh Gillies, President of Stewarton Bonnet Guild said: “After a two year absence, this year marks the 89th anniversary of the Bonnet Guild and we are looking forward to reinstating our festival week very much, with a unique triple crowning ceremony, as well as a whole host of traditional activities! Preparations are well underway and celebrations will commence with traditional bunting being hung along the main streets of Stewarton at the beginning of the week, and will finish with the parade to the war memorial and divine service on Sunday 19 June.  The “Movies” theme for the decorated shop window displays and float parade on Saturday 18 June, is sure to be one of the most colourful and anticipated parts of the week and we are hoping for record participation in this our 89th year!” 

The eagerly anticipated festival returns with a week of the usual fun, games and activities planned, for all ages to enjoy including the popular junior football and tennis, trail runs, small bore rifle shooting, car treasure hunt, pool, darts and pub quiz as well as some new events like an open badminton competition, karaoke, dance class and kids party night! 

For the full programme of festival event details see Bonnet Guild Souvenir Programme – on door to door sale from Friday 27th May and then in various outlets around the town.  Despite very best efforts, the Bonnet Guild cannot offer contactless payments, so please save up your £2.50 cash to be able to buy a programme and support your Bonnet Guild programme sellers! 

The Bonnet Guild festival began in 1933 and was originally created by local businessmen in Stewarton to provide a summer gala day for local families.  Today, it is a week-long community festival, run by volunteer members of the Bonnet Guild – a non-profit organisation. All proceeds raised from this year’s festival will go towards ensuring the local festival will return next year for the whole community to enjoy once again. 

Anyone interested in helping, sponsoring, supporting or donating to this year’s Festival should contact President Hugh Gillies via email: [email protected]  


Please credit David Gilbert Photography for all photographs 

Photographs attached: 

Full 2022 Bonnet Guild Court.jpg 

Back row (l to r): Crown Bearer Benjamin Dwyer, Queen’s Highlander David Bruce, Sceptre Bearer Ciaran Cowan, Queen Elect Eva Millar, First Courtier Paul Smith, 2nd Courtier Stewart Wilkie, Sword Bearer Rohan MacDonald, Herald Murray Franklin 

Middle row (l to r): Maid Isla Nokes, 2nd Maid Aaynaan Patankar, 1st Maid Aoife Yates, Maid Elise Stimpson, Maid Catriona Northorpe and Maid Sophia Davidson.  

Front row (l to r): Pages – Charlie Borland and Reuben Varma. 

Eva and Paul Bonnet 1  Court 22.jpg 

(l to r) Corsehill Queen Eva Millar and First Courtier Paul Smith 

Eva and Paul Bonnet 1b Court 22.jpg 

(l to r) Corsehill Queen Eva Millar and First Courtier Paul Smith 

Paul and Eva 5 Bonnet  Court 22 3.jpg 

(l to r) First Courtier Paul Smith and Corsehill Queen Eva Millar 

For further press information contact: 

Katie Ronald 

Tel: 07908 616462 Email: [email protected]