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 Robert J. C. Bain 2000 Alastair Walker 2015
Gordon G. McKay 1968 Brian D. Donald 2003 Graeme Cheyne 2016
George D. Bruce 1976 Graeme McKenzie 2003 Iain Hunter 2016
David C. Leslie 1979 Albert Thomson 2004 Barney Crockett 2017
Lewis L. Stuart 1984 Brian Scott 2006 Francis Kiernan 2020
John M. Bruce 1992 David A. Suttie 2009 Stuart Cordiner 2020
Mervyn R. Donald 1992 James A. Graham 2012 Graham Findlay 2020
Richard J. Harwood 1993 Alastair D. Hunter 2012 Sarah Machray 2021
J. Alastair Milne 1994 David A. Ross 2013    
Christopher E. M. Watson 1996 Mark McCue 2015