23 May York Welcomes Deacon Convener

Informal group photo

On the weekend of the 11th & 12th May 2013 the Deacon Convener and his wife were invited to attend the livery dinner and charter service following the installation of the new Master of the Company of Cordwainers in York.

The Company of Cordwainers is one of the seven York Guilds & Companies, The Guilds, founded in the medieval period or earlier, have retained traditions that stretch back into the mists of time and add greatly to the rich pattern of life in the City of York. Cordwainers were shoemakers and derived their name from the Spanish city of Cordova, which manufactured the finest leather from goat’s skins.

The weekend started with a tour of York Minster along with some of the other guests attending the weekend, followed by light lunch in the Treasurers Hall, a few minutes from the Minster. After a free afternoon we met in The Medieval Hall of the Merchant Taylors for dinner.

The Scottish Trades were well represented at the function with members from the Irvine and Kircudbright Trades in attendance along with Master of Guilds from York and London.


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23 May Inner Marches Day 2013

Arbroath Abbey

On Saturday 18th May 2013 thirteen members of the Hammermen Incorporation along with the Deacon Convener visited Arbroath as part of the Inner Marches day.

After meeting at Trinity Hall for breakfast, the Deacon, Bruce Campbell, informed those present of the programme for the day. Prior to departure he asked the Deacon Convener to talk about the portrait of King William the Lyon on display in Trinity Hall.
Boarding the minibus, we then set off for Arbroath Abbey. On arrival we were given a guided tour of the Abbey buildings. Founded in 1178 for monks of the Tironensian order by King William the Lion,
King William, who died at Stirling, was buried before the high altar of the church in 1214. (more…)

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23 May Fashion and Textiles comes to Trinity Hall

It was with pleasure that on Friday 26 April 2013 the Aberdeen Weaver Incorporation and the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen jointly hosted with The Robert Gordon University, Gray’s School of Art 2nd and 3rd Year Fashion and Textiles Degree Fashion Show. Infront of an audience of over 150 people in the magnificent surroundings of Trinity Hall the audience viewed the models showcasing a comprehensive collection of fashion items that had been designed and produced by the students from the degree course. The show itself followed a number of themes to reflect the fashion statements including tweeds, silks and tartans.

The evening started with drinks and canapés with guests being given the opportunity to catch-up with old friends and make new. Following welcome speeches from Georgina Lowen, 3rd year student from Gray’s school of Art and Deacon David Henderson of the Weaver Incorporation it was lights, cameras and action and to the back drop of pulsing beats the show began. With eight different themes displayed throughout the show the audience were given a first hand taste of the varying styles and outfits that had been designed and crafted by the students.


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28 Feb Naval Regional Commander tours Trinity

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn 26th February 2013 the Deacon Convener, David N Parkinson gave a tour round Trinity Hall to Captain Chris Smith, Naval Regional Commander Scotland & Northern Ireland. After the tour the Deacon Convener presented Captain Smith with a Gavel and Stand made on an old Drummond lathe circa 1920 from Leith Docks workshops by one of the members of the Wrights & Coopers, Alan Steele, using materials from Trinity Hall furniture off cuts.

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27 Jan New Seven Trades Website

Welcome to the new website for the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen. This website aims to provide information and articles relating to the history Of the crafts of Scotland and specifically the seven trades of Aberdeen.

The craftsmen in Aberdeen came to be divided into seven separate Guilds, Hammermen, Bakers, Wrights and Coopers, Tailors, Shoemakers, Weavers, and Fleshers, each with its own Deacon and office-bearers, and having at their head a Deacon Convener and head court, consisting of the office-bearers of the individual Trades.

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02 Aug Trinity Welcomes Regensburg Historical Society

Regensburg Historical SocietyOn Sunday 31st July 2011 the Master of Trades Hospital, David N Parkinson gave a tour round Trinity Hall to representatives from Regensburg Historical Society.  After the tour the Master of Trades Hospital presented Hubert Wartner with a Gavel and Stand made by one of the members of the Wrights & Coopers, Alan Steele.

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