25 Apr Shoemakers

ShoemakersArms-150x150With the motto ‘Lord crown us with glory’, the shoemakers belong to a trade steeped in tradition. Their patron saints are the St Crispian and St Crispinian – brothers said to have settled in the 3rd Century to preach the gospel and who, according to legend, worked as shoemakers by night.

It has been said that the angels supplied St Crispian and St Crispinian with materials for their work – with French shoemakers naming their tools of the trade in their honour. October 25, the date on which they were martyred, remains a special anniversary for the trade across the world.

Commonly known as cordiners, the shoemakers were among the earliest members of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen in 1484 and today maintain their place at the heart of the modern organisation whilst never losing sight of their heritage.

Current Role of Members and Date Joined:

Donald A. Law 1951 Richard J. Harwood 1993 Alastair Hunter 2012
Gordon G. McKay 1968 J. Alastair Milne 1994 Graeme Cursiter 2013
John E. Harwood 1974 Robert J. C. Bain 2000 David A. Ross 2013
George D. Bruce 1976 Brian D. Donald 2001 Mark McCue 2015
David C. Leslie 1979 Graeme McKenzie 2003 Alistair Walker 2015
Lewis L. Stuart 1984 Albert Thomson 2004
Chris E. M. Watson 1986 Brian Scott 2006
John M. Bruce 1992 David A. Suttie 2009
Mervyn R. Donald 1992 James A. Graham 2012