29 Oct Gorrod Bowling Competition 2018

The annual bowling competition of the Incorporated Trades was held on Wednesday 15th August 2018 at Summerhill Bowling club.

The evening commenced with tea and the bowling followed. The competition was an inter Trade round robin tournament which was won by the Tailors Incorporation, pictured right with the Gorrod Trophy.

TAILORS TEAM :   3 members and (one weaver as a stand in )Mike Morrice, Sandy Wiseman, Ian Webster And Ed Shaw.


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28 Oct Epeynate Tac – what does it mean?


Rev Thomas Blackwell, whose portrait hangs in the main corridor at Trinity Hall in Aberdeen, was called to the Ministry as Presbyterian minister at Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 5 April 1693.

His ordination was delayed until 28 August 1694 for various reasons, one being his own uncertainty about accepting the call.

He moved to Aberdeen on 9 October 1700, and in 1710 he was elected Professor of Divinity at Marischal College. 

Rev Blackwell was elected fifth Patron of the Seven Incorporated Trades in 1716 remaining in post until his death.

During his time as Professor of Divinity he wrote three works of theology;

“Ration Sacra or an appeal unto the Rational World about the Reasonableness of Revealed Religion directed against three grand prevailing errors of Atheism, Deism, and Bourignonism” (1710)

Note: Bourignonism was named after Antoinette Bourignon a French religious fanatic of the time.

“Schema Sacrum or a Sacred Scheme of Natural and Revealed Religion making a Scriptural-Rational Account of Creation, Divine Predestination and of the Wise Divine Procedure” (1711)

“Methodus Evangelica” (1712

His portrait (above) shows him with a book open to a page where the words Epeynate Tac are shown.

During a visit to Trinity Hall, Daisuke Matsunaga, Consul General of Japan noticed the words Epeynate Tac and asked what they meant and in what language.

Initial enquiries proved difficult and using the English version of the words, I located a single reference in the book “The Fragments of Heracleon” by Heracleon the Gnostic in1891.

I was advised that the words are ancient Greek and after more research, using ancient Greek text, I found numerous references to the following – ερευνάτε τας γραφάς – which apparently means, investigating the Scriptures or examine the Scriptures or seek the Scriptures, but with no further explanations.

It did, however, make sense with Rev. Blackwell being a Professor of Divinity.  It may have been the simple message he wanted to get across for those who saw the portrait.

His Eminence +Lorenzo, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church – Abroad and Archbishop of Palermo and All Italy, provided some additional confirmation in that “euranate tas graphas” is the correct transliteration from Greek, which indeed does mean “search the writings” (i.e. Scriptures) from Saint Pau’s Second Letter to Timothy, Second chapter, verse 15.  (II Timothy 2:15)

Finally I came across the New Testament in Greek & English, Volume 2 by Hē Kainē Diathēkē: the New Testament in Greek and English, Volume 2

On page 36 the reference is – “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”   See below for the full reference.

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28 Oct Visit from Garry Cant – Ancestor of Reverend Andrew Cant

24th October 2018

Trinity Hall were delighted to welcome Mr Garry Cant from Queensland Australia for a tour with Ex Deacon Convener David Parkinson. Mr Cant is a distant descendant of the late Reverend Andrew Cant whose portrait hangs within Trinity Hall. Reverend Andrew Cant was the Rector of Kings College in 1651 and his son, also Andrew, and a Minister went on to become the principal of Edinburgh University. Mr Cant and his wife visited several sites of relevance to their family history on their trip to Aberdeen including Edinburgh University and St Nicholas Kirkyard where Reverend Andrew Cant is buried.

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22 Aug Trinity Hall Golf 2018

On the 22nd August the InterTrade golf competition took place at Alford Golf club.  On a summers day typical of 2018 a hard fought competition was won by a team from the Weavers Incorporation .

Rennie Rushton from the Hammermen won the Littlejohn Trophy as the best individual followed by George Esson who won the Assessors Cup.  The day was arrange by Ian Logan and thanks for all his efforts of the past years as Ian has intimated his wish to resign as golf convener.

Littlejohn Trophy         Rennie Rushton

Assessors Cup             George Esson

Team Trophy               Weavers Incorporation


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20 Jun Stanley Jack recognised with as a Honorary Graduand

20th June 2018 University of Aberdeen

The Deacon Convener and senior office bearers of the Seven Incorporated Trades attended the summer graduations at the University of Aberdeen during the week commencing the 18th June 2018. One of the highlights of this year’s ceremonies was the Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday at 3.00 p.m.  (more…)

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21 May Admissions of Burgess of Trade

On the 5th March 2018 at a meeting of the commencement of a full council meeting at Aberdeen’s Towns House, Graeme Cheyne and Iain Hunter of the Shoemakers Incorporation and Peter Murray of the Weavers Incorporation were admitted as Burgesses of Trade.  In the absence of the Deacon Convener George Esson, Ex Deacon Convener David N Parkinson proposed all for full membership.  Having met the requirements laid down and paid the appropriate dues to the Lord Provost they confirmed to abide by the rules and responsibilities of a city Burgess.


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22 Mar Trinity Hall visit by the Consul General of Japan of Scotland


We were pleased to welcome to Trinity Hall the Consul General of Japan in Scotland, Mr Daisuke Matsunaga andmembers of the Order of the Scottish Samurai. Mr Matsunaga was appointed to his current post in May 2016 following a distinguished career in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His previous roles were Director for the Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and while in that post, also served as His Majesty the Emperor’s official English interpreter for two years.


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The 2017 golf outing was held at Alford Golf Club on Wednesday 16th August.

An excellent turnout of twenty-seven members and five guests, including our Patron Rev. Iain Thomson, enjoyed the delights of Alford Golf Course on a mainly dry afternoon.  As usual, the course was in excellent condition.  After the keenly contested golf, we partook of an excellent two-course supper pleasantly served in the relaxing and friendly atmosphere of the Clubhouse.


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26 Dec 50th Anniversary – 28th October 2017

The Big Five-Oh!

While a fiftieth birthday has a large significance in the short live of individuals, this is less so in the life of an organisation 430 years old. It remains nevertheless well worth marking. Our present Trinity Hall celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its official opening ceremony on Saturday 28th October 2017, the official opening itself having been also on a Saturday, 28th October 1967. To mark this noteworthy event we enjoyed a small series of events.

On Friday 22nd September our own Clerk and Assessor, Craig Pike, along with wife Sophie, mother Eileen, and friends Amanda Massie and Alastair Corbett, treated us to a wonderful and varied concert of music popular in the 1960’s. Our sincere thanks to them for a great evening.


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20 Sep Admission of City Burgesses – Gregory Russell

On the morning of Wednesday 23rd August 2017, Aberdeen Bakers Incorporation member Gregory Russell was admitted as burgesses of Trade at the start of the full council meeting at Aberdeen Towns House. He were proposed for membership by Deacon Convener George Esson. Having met the requirements for admission and undertaking to pay the necessary dues to the Lord Provost they then accepted the responsibilities incumbent by law as a true and faithful of a City Burgess of the city of Aberdeen.

Deacon Convener George Esson pictured with Gregory Russell.

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