Aberdeen History Society – 22nd June 2022

On the 22nd June 2022 at a gathering of the Aberdeen History Society, Ex Deacon Convener David Parkinson presented a fascinating talk to the group. The subject matter being Trinity Hall along with information about the first two homes of The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen (Red Friars monastery on Guild Street and Union Street).
The brutalist architecture of the current hall was discussed and various other locations that were considered before choosing the corner of Holburn Street and Great Western road.
Included was a chance to look at the original 1845 plans of the Union street hall which is now the Trinity Centre.

Ex Deacon Convener David Parkinson

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Platinum Jubilee Civic Dinner and Beacon Lighting Ceremony – 2nd June 2022

The Convener Court of The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen were delighted to attend the Civic Reception for the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, hosted by Aberdeen City Council.

The Beacon Lighting Ceremony was such a special occasion and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

There was a wonderful bagpipe performance followed with a song by St Margaret’s School for Girls.

The Platinum Jubilee – 2nd June 2022

The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen offers their most cordial congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee celebration of her 70 year reign.

Pictured is the beautiful card created for the Queen to send our best wishes.

RGU Senior Lecturer becomes first female member sworn into Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation

A senior lecturer from Robert Gordon University has become the first female member to be admitted to the prestigious Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation.

Design Researcher and Senior Lecturer, Josie Steed, from Gray’s School of Art was sworn into The Aberdeen Tailor’s Incorporation at a special ceremony at Trinity Hall, Holburn Street, on Wednesday 2 March, as a new craft member and becomes the first female member in the Trade’s history. …

National Karate Institute visit Trinity Hall

Trinity Hall was the venue for a multiple event on Wednesday 1st May 2019 under the auspices of the National Karate Institute. Organised by Ronnie Watt OBE, ORS, the guest speaker was American born Professor Will Reed from the Yamanashi University in Japan.

Before the seminar, a Scottish Samurai Awards ceremony was held, with nine recipients including Deacon Convener Mervyn Donald and his wife Margaret receiving Shogun awards for their work in the community. …

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. …

Late Deacon Convener James MacPhail Massie – 1934 / 35

What could possibly link Robert Gordon’s College – the Grammar School and the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen?

An unlikely conundrum but they are linked – by one person – but not recorded and perhaps not realised………until now and here is how it happened.

GA President MedalI was preparing to travel to Edinburgh to attend the Association’s Dinner in November 2017, my first as President, and checking that I had all that I needed for the function; Toast to Robert Gordon; President’s Speech and the President’s Badge of Office. I had been given the badge some month’s earlier when elected President but, in truth, had not looked at it. I needed to check that it was the right badge and to check how it was worn. It is a substantial gold and enamel badge of office worn with an elaborate neck chain. I turned it over and saw the engraved legend: …

RGU students commended for their creativity at Tailors trade award

Talented fashion and textile students from RGU Gray’s School of Art have been recognised at the ‘Professional Development Award Scheme’, organised by a branch of the historical Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.
The organisation, which was founded in 1587, includes The Tailors Incorporation which introduced the award last year following on from the Weaver Incorporation, which has had a similar award for its trade since 1987.

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