With the motto ‘Lord crown us with glory’, the shoemakers belong to a trade steeped in tradition. Their patron saints are the St Crispian and St Crispinian – brothers said to have settled in the 3rd Century to preach the gospel and who, according to legend, worked as shoemakers by night.
It has been said that the angels supplied St Crispian and St Crispinian with materials for their work – with French shoemakers naming their tools of the trade in their honour. October 25, the date on which they were martyred, remains a special anniversary for the trade across the world.
Commonly known as cordiners, the shoemakers were among the earliest members of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen in 1484 and today maintain their place at the heart of the modern organisation whilst never losing sight of their heritage.
Current Role of Members and Date Joined:
|Donald A. Law||1951||Robert J. C. Bain||2000||Alastair Walker||2015|
|Gordon G. McKay||1968||Brian D. Donald||2003||Graeme Cheyne||2016|
|George D. Bruce||1976||Graeme McKenzie||2003||Iain Hunter||2016|
|David C. Leslie||1979||Albert Thomson||2004||Barney Crockett||2017|
|Lewis L. Stuart||1984||Brian Scott||2006||Francis Kiernan||2020|
|John M. Bruce||1992||David A. Suttie||2009||Stuart Cordiner||2020|
|Mervyn R. Donald||1992||James A. Graham||2012||Graham Findlay||2020|
|Richard J. Harwood||1993||Alastair D. Hunter||2012|
|J. Alastair Milne||1994||David A. Ross||2013|
|Christopher E. M. Watson||1996||Mark McCue||2015|