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   Ian T. Webster 1988   Garry Thorpe  2009
Alan Sainsbury 1966   Alexander Anderson 1992   Philip Sainsbury  2010
Arthur F. George 1983   David N. Parkinson 1994   Richard Sainsbury  2010
Graeme Bruce 1984   Edwin Shaw 1994      
David A. Fowlie 1984   Michael Allen 1998      
Michael R. Morrice 1988   Derek Simpson 1998      
Giancarlo T. Pia 1988   Kevin Brown 2005