BakersArms-150x150One of the oldest trades known to man, the Bakers have been at the heart of the Aberdeen business community throughout the existence of the Seven Incorporated Trades.

As one of the few professions to have stayed true to its original form, the trade is steeped in history and current members can trace their roots back through the generations as familiar family names remain prominent.

Quality control has always been a key to success in the trade, with each Aberdeen baker historically using a unique identifying stamp to mark their produce. Fines were meted out to those who used inferior flour or who failed to meet stringent regulations on weight – a mark of the attention to detail which is carried throughout all Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen to this day.

Current Role of Members and Date Joined:

G. Fraser Morrison1968 Norman Hutchison1994  James Strathdee 2010
Peter Morrison1968 Duncan Love1995 Kevin Leiper2013
Denis Low1978 Graeme Ross1995 David Ross2013
J. George Ross1978 Andrew Leiper2000 Gary Leslie2015
J. Clive Sangster1980 John Russell2000 Alan Leith2016
Alistair A. Rait1984 Jonathan Kelly 2004 Gregory Russell2017
Alexander McKinnon1984 Michael Gillan 2004 Tristan Ross2021
Iain W. L. Brown1987 John O’Dowd2007 David A. Ross2022
Cameron Ross1993 Daniel Smith2010   


Aberdeen Baker Incorporation Weekend Away and New Member Outing

A rowie, a buttery or a roll? Its still up for debate!

A fantastic weekend was had by the Aberdeen Baker Incorporation for their annual break but also to welcome their newest member, Mr David Ross to the group.

The weekend was spent at the Fairmount St Andrews with two lovely dinners on the Friday and the Saturday night within the hotel. Saturday daytime members and guests enjoyed a visit to The R&A World Golf Museum, where golf skills were practised and a great lunch was had at the Niblick restaurant. On Sunday morning, some of the members played golf to finish up the weekend. …

Mr David Ross – Burgess of Trade Aberdeen

At a ceremony held at the Town House on Wednesday the 14th of June in the presence of the Lord Provost, Deacon Convener and members of the Aberdeen City Council, our newest member Mr David Ross was admitted as a Burgess of Trade along with five other members.

Deacon Convener Bruce Campbell, Mr David Ross and Deacon David Ross

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Coastguard Awards

Aberdeen Coastguard Rescue Team are commended for their meritorious service, at Trinity Hall 20th April, 2023.

On the 12th August 2020, Coastguard Officers from Aberdeen attended the scene of a train derailment at Carmont, near Stonehaven. The HM Coastguard team provided vital support as part of a multi-agency effort utilising skills and equipment in an unusual environment.

Officers involved performed in an exemplary manor under extraordinary conditions upholding the greatest traditions of HM Coastguard. …

Aberdeen Baker Incorporation – Term Tea

Factor Duncan Love giving his Term Tea talk

Held on the 15th of May, this date holds historic value to the Trades and the Incorporated Trades as a whole…

In Scotland there are two legal terms, the 15th of May (Whitsunday) and the 11th of November (Martinmas). These dates mark the terms of the legal year in Scotland. They were historically used as the days when contracts and leases would begin and end, servants would be hired or dismissed, and rent, interest on loans, and ministers’ stipends would become due.

The terms have historically been significant for the Trades and Trinity Hall because Feu Duty used to be payable twice a year on these dates. The use of term days is now virtually obsolete, and any reference to them tends to be historical or ceremonial.

Feu Duty came to be a major source of income for those Trades who had sold land. Payment was collected on the term dates and historically when the Hall was on Union Street, there would be queues of people along the street waiting to enter the Hall and proceed to the relevant Trade table. These tables would be manned by the Deacon, Boxmaster, Factor (and perhaps a Clerk) and they would tick off all the payments to ensure that Feu Duty was fully paid. The Feu Duty lunch which is now an evening meal began as a means of providing a lunchtime break to those officials who were involved in collection of the duties.

Donation to SensationALL (SCO43156)

Pictured left to right: Deacon David Ross, Kate McNutt of SensationALL, Boxmaster James Strathdee

The Aberdeen Baker Incorporation were delighted to donate £1,212.50 to SensationALL, a brilliant charity who supports all individuals with support needs.

Trinity Hall will be hosting their Ball on the 31st of March.

The Aberdeen Baker Incorporation Dinner Dance – 21st January 2023

A wonderful evening was had at Trinity Hall celebrating the Aberdeen Baker Incorporations annual Dinner Dance. There was a seven course meal provided by our resident chef Richie Gavryluk . After the meal the Graham Geddes band provided the entertainment. Photographs were taken by Ken Taylor.

Deacon David Ross

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