Fleshers

FleshersArms-150x150The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen came to pass when the Fleshers were added to the membership in 1657 to entitle them to use the first Trinity Hall following its establishment in the city centre.

The Fleshers, drawing its skilled men from butchery businesses and the slaughterhouses of the burgh, had first been incorporated as a trade in 1534. It became custom for new entrants to provide a lavish banquet as part of their acceptance, making use of their renowned produce.

Today the Fleshers take pride in their role within the social calendar of the organisation, with each of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen sharing responsibility for organising a range of functions to open the doors of Trinity Hall to members and guests alike.

Current Role of Members and Date Joined:

Alan D. Cain1972 Gordon L. Chalmers2002 Malcohm Hetherington2012
Robert A. Bannerman1982 Graeme A. Ross2002 Richard Leith2012
James W. Barber1991 Stuart A. Ross2002 Neil Montgomery2012
Alistair Ross1993 Donald Bannerman2004 T. Kenny Milne2015
E. Craig Matheson1995 Andrew J. Paxton2006 Phillip Whyte2021
Edward Martin1996 Ian A. MacIntosh2010   

Donation to Grampian ICU

The Aberdeen Fleshers Incorporation have generously matched funds raised via a raffle held at their Election dinner on the 20th of November 2021, totalling £850.
Deacon Leith said: “The Intensive Care unit cared for Late Deacon Andrew Paxton. The Fleshers Incorporation thought this to be a fitting donation to make, to express their gratitude to all the team at the ICU.”

For more information, please visit the charities website: https://www.nhsgcharities.com/fundraising/

2018/2019 Aberdeen Fleshers Election

The annual Election of Office Bearers within the Aberdeen Flesher’s Incorporation was held on Tuesday 9th October at Trinity Hall.

The newly elected Officers for 2018/2019 are:
• Deacon: Andrew J Paxton
• Boxmaster: Richard Leith
• First Master: Kenny Milne
• Late Deacon:Malcohm Hetherington
• Joint Trades Clerk & Assessors: Mr Craig Pike & Mr David Rose

2017/2018 Aberdeen Fleshers Election

The annual Election of Office Bearers within the Aberdeen Flesher’s Incorporation was held on Monday 9th October at Trinity Hall.

The newly re-elected Officers for 2017/2018 are:
• Deacon: Malcohm Hetherington
• Boxmaster: Andrew J Paxton
• First Master: Richard Leith
• Late Deacon: Ian A MacIntosh
• Joint Trades Clerk & Assessors: Mr Craig Pike & Mr David Rose

2016/2017 Aberdeen Fleshers Election

The annual Election of Office Bearers within the Aberdeen Flesher’s Incorporation was held on Tuesday 4th October at Trinity Hall.

The newly elected Officers for 2016/2017 are:
• Deacon: Malcohm Hetherington
• Boxmaster: Andrew J Paxton
• First Master: Richard Leith
• Late Deacon: Ian A MacIntosh
• Joint Trades Clerk & Assessors: Mr Craig Pike & Mr David Rose

Visit to ‘Craftsmen of St Andrews Past and Present’

Ex Deacon Convener Graeme Nicol accepted an invitation to visit an event at St Andrews town hall on Saturday 7th May entitled – Craftsmen of St Andrews Past and Present. The event was inspired by the early modern craft books, specifically the books of the Fleshers, Baxters and Hammermen – which are held within Special Collections at the University of St Andrews’ library.

Led by Dr Claire Hawes, and funded by a Cultural Engagement Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the research is linked with the Medieval St Andrews project and run within the university’s Institute of Scottish Historical Research. Dr Hawes commented that: “In an age of mass production it is easy to forget the importance of craftsmanship. These skills have shaped our society for hundreds, if not thousands of years. This project gives a new perspective on the history of the town, and connects it to the exciting range of skilled crafts and trades in the area today.”

Fleshers member goes that extra mile for charity

Ian_chssAn Aberdeen Fleshers member is going the extra mile to raise vital funds for Scotland’s Health Charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), a charity which needs to raise £8 million each year to fund its programme of support for people living with chest, heart and stroke illness.  The charity provides care, information and support when it’s needed most – helping people to regain their independence. They also fund vital research into these illnesses and offer confidential advice and information.

Deacon Ian MacIntosh, who is from Torphins is taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon is already going all out with fundraising with an incredible £2,500 raised as a result of taking part in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, a fund raising event and from the generosity of Trinity Hall. …

Admission of City Burgesses

On the morning of the 16th December 2015, Bakers member Gary Leslie and Flesher Kenny Milne were admitted as burgesses of Trade at the start of the full council meeting at Aberdeen Towns House.  They were proposed for membership by Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson who was attending on behalf of the current Deacon Convener Sandy Mckinnon. Having met the requirements for admission and undertaking to pay the necessary dues to the Lord Provost they then accepted the responsibilities incumbent by law as a true and faithful of a City Burgess of the city of Aberdeen.

 

Baker Gary Leslie with Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson Flesher Kenny Milne with Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson

Late Deacon Convener David N Parkinson picutred with both Baker Gary Leslie (left) and Flesher Kenny Milne (right)

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