HammermensArms-150x150The Hammermen originally comprised craftsmen associated with metalworking – or “men who wield the hammer” in more poetic terms. Members came from a variety of established trades, with everyone from blacksmiths and goldsmiths to clockmakers lending their experience and expertise.

Sword-makers and armourers are also part of the history of the Hammermen, along with the lorimers who crafted the bits worn by horses through the generations. Goldsmiths, tinsmiths and pewterers have also been among the members as well as other surviving trades such as locksmiths.

Today the men of the hammer embrace every aspect of modern engineering across the full spectrum of disciplines. Through the admission of sons of members, a wealth of other trades and professions are also represented within the most senior of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.

Current Role of Members and Date Joined:

Cecil A. S. Duncan1959 Leslie W. I. Fraser1993 Bruce Campbell2006
George M. Hepburn1965 Frank Cook1997 David G. Cobban2006
James Stevenson1970 Gordon F. Main1997 Graeme Duncan2009
A. Keith Campbell1972 Malcolm A. McDonald1997 Rennie Rushton2010
David A. Henderson1972 Baird S. Shepherd1997 Edward Day2013
Ronnie D. Finnie1977 William F. Slater1997 Alan Law2014
Kenneth A. Eddie1978 Philip A. Sleigh1997 Kenneth Scott2016
Alexander C. Kirk1980 Brian J. Winton1997 Grant James Simpson2018
Alexander D. Thomson1981 David S. Thomson1998 Greig Morrison2022
William W. Leiper1986 Anthony J. Donald2003   
William M. Glennie1990 Bruce F. Fraser2003   


Hammermen Outer Marches – July 2023

The annual Hammermen Outer Marches took place on Sunday the 16th of July. Starting the day with a hearty breakfast at Trinity Hall, the members and their partners then headed to the Perth Races. A great day was had by all.

Hammermen Outer Marches – July 2023

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Boxmaster Ken Scott – Burgess of Trade admission

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 Boxmaster Ken Scott was admitted as a Burgess of Trade along with five other members.

Deacon Convener Bruce Campbell, Boxmaster Ken Scott and Deacon Alan Law

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Hammermen Greetings Tea – 6th January 2023

Deacon Law welcomed the members of the Aberdeen Hammermen Incorporation and their partners back to the Hall after the festive break.

There was a delicious meal provided by Chef Richie Gavryluk followed by lovely relaxing entertainment by David Bracegirdle.


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New member – Mr Greig Morrison

The Aberdeen Hammermen Incorporation are delighted to welcome their newest member Mr Greig Morrison to the table.

One of the items Greig made for his essay piece was a fantastic lamp made of Mini car parts.

Greig Morrison with Deacon Alan Law

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Hammermen Inner Marches 2022

The annual Hammermen Inner Marches took place on Saturday the 16th of July. Starting the day with a hearty breakfast at Trinity Hall, the members then headed towards Royal Deeside with a stop at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery for a whisky tasting. The March finished up with afternoon tea at the Balmoral castle tearoom. A great day had by all.

Hearty breakfast

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Company of Cordwainers of York’s Charter Weekend

Photograph of the attendees of Company of Cordwainers of York's Charter WeekendThe Deacon Convenor and Deacon of The Aberdeen Hammermen Incorporation were delighted to attend the Company of Cordwainers of York’s Charter Weekend. The tour of York Minster was magnificent and Mike the Tour Guide was very knowledgeable. The Annual Livery Dinner in the fantastic Merchant Adventurers Hall, was excellent and pleased to celebrate the election of their new Master, Mrs Anne Reid MBE. …

Gorrod Bowling Competition 2017

The annual bowling competition of the Incorporated Trades was held on the 23rd August 2017, once again at Summerhill Indoor Bowling Club and organised by Graeme Duncan.

The evening commenced with tea and the bowling followed. The competition was an inter Trade round robin tournament which was won by the Hammermen Incorporation, pictured right with the Gorrod Trophy.

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.”

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