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.

Epeynate Tac – what does it mean?


Rev Thomas Blackwell, whose portrait hangs in the main corridor at Trinity Hall in Aberdeen, was called to the Ministry as Presbyterian minister at Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 5 April 1693.

His ordination was delayed until 28 August 1694 for various reasons, one being his own uncertainty about accepting the call.

He moved to Aberdeen on 9 October 1700, and in 1710 he was elected Professor of Divinity at Marischal College. 

Visit from Garry Cant – Ancestor of Reverend Andrew Cant

24th October 2018

Trinity Hall were delighted to welcome Mr Garry Cant from Queensland Australia for a tour with Ex Deacon Convener David Parkinson. Mr Cant is a distant descendant of the late Reverend Andrew Cant whose portrait hangs within Trinity Hall. Reverend Andrew Cant was the Rector of Kings College in 1651 and his son, also Andrew, and a Minister went on to become the principal of Edinburgh University. Mr Cant and his wife visited several sites of relevance to their family history on their trip to Aberdeen including Edinburgh University and St Nicholas Kirkyard where Reverend Andrew Cant is buried.

Trinity Hall Golf 2018

On the 22nd August the InterTrade golf competition took place at Alford Golf club.  On a summers day typical of 2018 a hard fought competition was won by a team from the Weavers Incorporation .

Rennie Rushton from the Hammermen won the Littlejohn Trophy as the best individual followed by George Esson who won the Assessors Cup.  The day was arrange by Ian Logan and thanks for all his efforts of the past years as Ian has intimated his wish to resign as golf convener.

Littlejohn Trophy         Rennie Rushton

Assessors Cup             George Esson

Team Trophy               Weavers Incorporation


Admissions of Burgess of Trade

On the 5th March 2018 at a meeting of the commencement of a full council meeting at Aberdeen’s Towns House, Graeme Cheyne and Iain Hunter of the Shoemakers Incorporation and Peter Murray of the Weavers Incorporation were admitted as Burgesses of Trade.  In the absence of the Deacon Convener George Esson, Ex Deacon Convener David N Parkinson proposed all for full membership.  Having met the requirements laid down and paid the appropriate dues to the Lord Provost they confirmed to abide by the rules and responsibilities of a city Burgess.

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