25 Apr Tailors

TailorsArms-150x150The evolution of the trades has been exemplified by the tailors in the city of Aberdeen. Eminent names from the turn of the 15th century included Willelmus Blacberd and Willelmus Scissor, among the leaders in their chosen field.

The tailors first formed a trade association as part of their bid to prevent women from encroaching on their profession. In time the Aberdeen members changed their stance, making concessions in the 18th century to allow women to make some garments for the female market. It was the only association in Scotland to reach that compromise.

Modern manufacturing and retail patterns have transformed the tailor from necessity to luxury, but the trade in Aberdeen has adapted and through admission from a variety of sectors is integral to the vibrancy and diversity of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.

Current Role of Members and Date Joined:

Gordon Maitland 1963 Gian Pia 1988 Gary Thorpe  2009
Alan Sainsbury 1966 Ian Webster 1988 Philip Sainsbury  2010
James Fowlie 1980 Alexander Anderson 1992 Richard Sainsbury  2010
Arthur George 1983 David N Parkinson 1994
Derek Bruce 1984 Edwin Shaw 1994
Graeme Bruce 1984 Michael Allen 1998
David Fowlie 1984 Derek Simpson 1998
Michael Morrice 1988 Kevin Brown 2005


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30 Aug Tailors’ Weekend Jaunt

Tailors 2016On the weekend of 19th August 2016, six Members of the Tailors’ Incorporation and their wives headed off to Kingussie for their Annual Weekend Jaunt.

Our Boxmaster arranged accommodation at the Duke of Gordon Hotel for two nights.  As we were all arriving at different times, it was arranged that we meet up in the Bar for pre-Dinner drinks.

The rooms, allocated on arrival were found to be comfortable, with the Deacon being allocated one of the larger rooms which helped with the hosting of the pre-Dinner drinks on the Saturday night.  The food at the Hotel was excellent with a large choice of dishes available,  served by friendly, efficient staff who ensured that we would enjoy our stay.

The members took part in a host of activities on the Saturday at Kingussie  which included golf, a ride on the Strathspey Railway line, trip up the Cairngorms, Shinty and general sight-seeing and coffee breaks!

The weather was really kind to us for what was an enjoyable weekend with excellent company, good food and the occasional drink.

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28 Jun Tailors ‘Riding of the Marches’

Philip Sainsbury being ‘douped’ by (L to R) Michael Morrice, Alan Sainsbury Derek Simpson, Richard Sainsbury and Michael Allen.

Philip Sainsbury being ‘douped’ by (L to R) Michael Morrice, Alan Sainsbury Derek Simpson, Richard Sainsbury and Michael Allen.

Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation undertook a “Riding of the Marches” on the 23rd June 2016.  This ancient ceremony was originally carried out on an annual basis but is now part of the acceptance of new members into the Tailors’ Incorporation.  The name ‘March’ derives from the 16th century meaning of a boundary and is usually indicated by stone markers.

Comparatively new members Richard Sainsbury and Philip Sainsbury were ‘douped’ (Doupin is to drop or dump someone down smartly on the buttocks, specifically in the initiation of burgesses by bumping them on the boundary stones) helping to instil in the memory of the new members the position of the boundary stones.

The Tailors’ Douping stone is situated on Gallows Hill next to the Trinity Cemetery overlooking Pittodrie.

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23 Feb Celebration of 50 years membership for Alan Sainsbury

Alan SainsburyThe Aberdeen Tailors’ Incorporation hosted a supper to celebrate Ex Deacon Alan Sainsbury’s 50 years membership of their trade at Trinity Hall on Friday 19th February 2016.

Alan joined the Tailors’ in 1966 and has served as their Deacon twice (1977 – 1979 and 1989 – 1991).

The evening was a great success and was well attended and supported by members and wives in the Minor Hall. Following the Toast to Alan by Ex Deacon Arthur George, Alan replied with a witty reminiscences of his time in the Tailors Incorporation and being a member of Trinity Hall (more…)

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25 Mar Tour of the Aberdeen City Archives

On the evening of the 24th March 2015 a number of the Hammermen and Tailors Incorporation met for a Tour of the Aberdeen City Archives. Welcomed by Mr Hall, of the Archives Department, the members were firstly given a short tour of the Towns House specifically the St Nicholas Room, the newly refurbished, Town and County Hall and the Bon Accord Room.

Matthew, in his talk presented the history of the City and the significance of various parts of the building.

We then were taken to the Charter Room and shown a number of the archives including details of the construction of Union Street, City Seals and original regalia, and records relation to apprenticeships and indentures.

After the visit we had a meal in a nearby restaurant before making our way home. Overall a very interesting and informative evening.

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17 Jul Incorporation of Tailors of Aberdeen v Coutts

In 1823, the trustees of the Incorporation of Tailors of Aberdeen decided to feu the land at Crabeston at a public sale.  This formed Bon Accord Square and a number of detailed feuing conditions were stipulated; the Incorporated Tailors maintained that Adam Coutts, Advocate, Aberdeen and his heirs were obliged to conform to all the details of the Feu Charter, specifically the construction of a pavement, iron railing and a dwarf wall in Bon Accord Square.  With some complications regarding the nature of the tenure and counter claims by the superior that ‘under cover of night’ Coutts had made connection to the main sewer, together with appeals, the case was only resolved in 1840 when Lord Brougham delivered the Lords’ judgement that there was a real burden upon the property in question and is binding of the defender Coutts.  The Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation hold the original paperwork involved with the case and this has now been put on display within the Library at Trinity Hall.

In 2003 the importance of these papers was recognised by Sheriff Douglas Cusine. It was thought appropriate to make a number of copies so that the originals could be preserved whilst the information therein could continue be used by future legal scholars. (more…)

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06 May Gray’s School of Art exhibition

Gray's School of ArtOn Monday 28th April 2014, the Tailors Incorporation in partnership with Dr Guilds Managers hosted an exhibition in the Major Hall of artworks produced by students from Gray’s School of Art. The students studying contemporary Art Practices stage 3, approached Trinity Hall to hold the exhibition as part of the continuing relationship with Robert Gordon’s University and the Tailors Incorporation were keen to assist in part sponsoring the event. (more…)

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18 Nov Office Bearers elected for Tailors Incorporation

The Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation held their Annual Election of Office Bearers at Trinity Hall.

The newly elected Officers for the following year are:
Deacon Ian T. Webster
Boxmaster Michael Morrice
Firstmaster Michael Allen
Late Deacon Kevin Brown

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19 Jul Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation donate to Inspire

Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation donation 1 (3)Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation, part of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, have donated monies towards Inspire, who work with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs in the local area. The money was raised at their annual dinner dance, The Tailors decided the money, raised during their annual dinner dance, should go to a local worthy cause and Inspire was our unanimous choice.
Zoë Barbour, fundraising and events officer at Inspire, continues: “It is with great pleasure that we received this very generous donation from Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation. We are thankful for their support and were delighted that Inspire was their first choice. This donation will go towards offering the people we support additional opportunities that they may not have had access to otherwise.”
The cheque was presented to Inspire on Friday 5th July by Mike Morrice and Kevin Brown from Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation.

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