Douping of Alastair Graham

Following our visit we went to Loanhead Terrace/Watson Lane where one of our March Stones still remain marking where our lands lay. Tradition is that new members are douped onto the stone. Today’s Health & Safety environment we carried out our dynamic risk assessment in that we covered the stone with tissue to prevent any cross contamination of materials onto our members clothes. Each member had already attended a manual handling course and this is probably the only occasion where members are physically man handled. Care was taken when placing Alastair’s behind onto the stone not to cause injury. No doubt in the past new members was not given the same care and attention as Alastair received. After the douping we returned to the Hall and celebrated with the usual first class meal served in the Hall.
Pictured from L to R Boxmaster Mervyn Donald, Chris Watson, Gordon McKay, Lewis Stuart, Deacon Brian Scott, Alastair Graham & Late Deacon Brian Donald

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Aberdeen Shoemakers Inc Marches

The tradition of riding the marches is still maintained within the Shoemaker Trade and each year during the Month of May the Trade Members visit their old feuing lands which can include a visit to a place of interest and douping of a new member before heading back to Trinity Hall for dinner.
This year the Trade visited the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society at Foresterhill Hospital and was enthralled listening to Dr James Grieve, pictured right, a past president of the Society talking about the many medical links to North East Doctors who were all members of the Society. The Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation intends to make a donation from the funds raised at their recent Male Evening held at the Hall to support the Medico-Chirurgical Society. The facility at Foresterhill is not dissimilar to that of Trinity Hall in that it’s one of Aberdeen secrets. Dr Grieve intimated that the Woolmanhill Hospital site would soon be coming onto the property market for sale. This would be a magnificent site for Aberdeen to create a museum which could hold many different local interests which currently does not have a home to display materials and information about their history. Aberdeen has a great history relating to paper making; granite working and weaving to mention a few. What an opportunity to create both a tourist attraction and educational facility.

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Shoemakers Welcomes New Member

SM_NewMemberAberdeen Shoemakers Inc welcomed new member Graeme Cursiter, into their Trade last night. Graeme and his wife Gillian attended the recent prospective members evening at Trinity Hall where they were able to ask questions relating to the Hall, the Seven Incorporated Trades and regarding joining the Shoemaker Trade. Graeme carried out his essay piece of cutting out the leather pieces to form a brogue shoe with Essay Masters Richard Harwood, Alastair Hunter & Albert Thomson.
As the Aberdeen Shoemakers Inc is an open Trade Graeme being involved in the oil and gas industry joins other members sharing the same profession. The Trade members have many different professions however all carry out the same essay piece to become a member in order to maintain the traditions of the Trade.
The members of the Aberdeen Shoemakers Inc welcome Graeme and Gillian into their company and look forward to sharing many social events in the coming years.

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Shoemakers’ Football Evening

The Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation held a Football Evening in Trinity Hall on Friday 19th April 2013 which was attended by over a hundred members and guests. The guest speaker was the recently retired Aberdeen Football Club Manager Craig Brown and Compere Doug Duthie. Craig entertained the audience with a multitude of stories from his wealth of experience during the times he served as the Manager of the Scottish Football Team and the Manager of Aberdeen Football Club. A charity auction and prize draw were held during the evening raising funds which were divided between two charities close to Craig’s heart. The charities nominated by Craig were Aberdeen Football Club Youth Development & Aberdeen Football Club Ex Players Association. The latter association raising funds to preserve memorabilia relating to Aberdeen Football Club. The cheques were presented by Deacon Brian Scott to Duncan Davidson and Neil Simpson at Pittodrie on Wednesday 12th June 2013.

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Shoemakers

ShoemakersArms-150x150With 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:

Lewis L. Stuart1984Brian Scott2006Barney Crockett2017
John M. Bruce1992David A. Sutie2009Francis Kiernan2020
Mervyn R. Donald1992James A. Graham2012Stuart Cordiner2020
Richard J. Harwood1993Alastair D. Hunter2012Graham Findlay2020
J. Alastair Milne1994Graeme Cursiter2013Miss Sarah Machray2021
Christopher E. M. Watson1996David A. Ross2013Mark Campbell2021
Robert J. C. Bain2000Mark McCue2015Mrs Katie Elder2022
Brian D. Donald2003Alastair Walker2015Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle2023
Graeme McKenzie2003Graeme Cheyne2016  
Albert Thomson2004Iain Hunter2016  

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Shoemakers Dinner Raises Vital Funds

Shoemakers presentation to Sharron O'Loan of MaggiesOn the 26th November 2011, the Shoemakers hosted a fundraising dinner with Chris Cusiter as the guest speaker.  Sharron O’Loan of Maggie’s is presented with a cheque by Ex Deacon Brian Donald and Deacon Brian Scott of the Shoemakers.

Maggie’s is working in conjunction with The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation in an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £3m to bring a Maggie’s Centre to Foresterhill Hospital, Aberdeen for people with cancer and their family and friends across Grampian.

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