The Aberdeen Baker Incorporation owned two cemeteries – Nellfield (behind Trinity Hall) and Springbank. They also held the lands of Kincorth amongst other bits and pieces across the City.

“Feus” were once the most common form of land tenure in Scotland. The word “Feu” is the Scots variant of the word “Fee”. Feu duty would be paid to the Trades for land they possessed that other people would utilise. Essentially renting out land to people in the city and the Trades would determine who could use the land, for how long and under what conditions.

Term dates mark the divisions of the legal year in Scotland where contracts and leases would begin and end, servants would be hired or dismissed, and rent, interest on loans, and ministers’ stipends would become due.

Feus were abolished in Scotland many years ago however term dates and feu duty is still celebrated at the Hall, to remember the positive impact they had on the Trades.

Two of these dates which are still of significance to Trinity Hall are:

Whitsunday in May – the Seventh Sunday after Easter and Martinmas on the 11th of November.

These dates are still of importance as it is when payments are made to our Widows and “Old Men”.

The Aberdeen Baker Incorporation Term Tea was held on Monday the 20th of May with a talk from Ex Deacon Duncan Love on the feus followed by a speech from the Master of Trades Hospital Ian A. MacIntosh with his aspirations for his time in office and the bright future of Trinity Hall.

Deacon James Strathdee

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