Gray’s School of Art exhibition

Gray's School of ArtOn Monday 28th April 2014, the Tailors Incorporation in partnership with Dr Guilds Managers hosted an exhibition in the Major Hall of artworks produced by students from Gray’s School of Art. The students studying contemporary Art Practices stage 3, approached Trinity Hall to hold the exhibition as part of the continuing relationship with Robert Gordon’s University and the Tailors Incorporation were keen to assist in part sponsoring the event. …

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Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation donate to Inspire

Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation donation 1 (3)Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation, part of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, have donated monies towards Inspire, who work with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs in the local area. The money was raised at their annual dinner dance, The Tailors decided the money, raised during their annual dinner dance, should go to a local worthy cause and Inspire was our unanimous choice.
Zoë Barbour, fundraising and events officer at Inspire, continues: “It is with great pleasure that we received this very generous donation from Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation. We are thankful for their support and were delighted that Inspire was their first choice. This donation will go towards offering the people we support additional opportunities that they may not have had access to otherwise.”
The cheque was presented to Inspire on Friday 5th July by Mike Morrice and Kevin Brown from Aberdeen Tailors Incorporation.

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Tailors’ Dunkeld Weekend

On the weekend of 17th May Seven Members of the Taylors’ Incorporation and their wives headed off to Dunkeld for their Annual Weekend Away. Our Boxmaster arranged accommodation at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel for two nights. As we were all arriving at different times, it was arranged that we meet up in the Bar for pre-Dinner drinks.

The rooms, allocated on arrival were found to be comfortable, with the Boxmaster being allocated the largest room through the generosity of a member who had been an early arrival. This helped the Boxmaster, who in the absence of the Deacon, hosted the pre-Dinner drinks on the Saturday.
The food at the Hotel was excellent with a large choice of dishes available, served by friendly, efficient staff who ensured that we wold enjoy our stay.

A game of Bowls was arranged on the Saturday at Pitlochry at which five of the party took part. The remainder spent their time going for walks, sight-seeing and the inevitable retail therapy!

The weather was really kind to us as we missed the monsoon style rain in Aberdeen. An enjoyable weekend with excellent company, good food and the occasional drink.

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TailorsArms-150x150The evolution of the trades has been exemplified by the tailors in the city of Aberdeen. Eminent names from the turn of the 15th century included Willelmus Blacberd and Willelmus Scissor, among the leaders in their chosen field.

The tailors first formed a trade association as part of their bid to prevent women from encroaching on their profession. In time the Aberdeen members changed their stance, making concessions in the 18th century to allow women to make some garments for the female market. It was the only association in Scotland to reach that compromise.

Modern manufacturing and retail patterns have transformed the tailor from necessity to luxury, but the trade in Aberdeen has adapted and through admission from a variety of sectors is integral to the vibrancy and diversity of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.

Current Role of Members and Date Joined:



Gordon Maitland1963 Alexander Anderson1992 Philip Sainsbury 2010
Alan Sainsbury1966 David N. Parkinson1994 Richard Sainsbury 2010
Arthur F. George1983 Edwin Shaw1994 Alan Moir 2021
David A. Fowlie1984 Michael Allen1998 Ms. Josie Steed2022
Michael R. Morrice1988 Derek Simpson1998 Richard H. D. Cairney2023
Giancarlo T. Pia1988 Kevin Brown2005   
Ian T. Webster1988 Garry Thorpe2009   


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Tailors Incorporation carries out the “Doupin’ Stane” ceremony

Derek Simpson, Michael Morrice, Kevin Brown, Michael Allen, Ed Shaw

The occasion was the annual inspection by the Court of land and property they own in theDerek Simpson, Michael Morrice, Stuart Stephen, Michael Allen, Ed Shaw city, and the initiation of new members by “doupin’.  Derek Simpson, Michael Morrice, Michael Allen and Ed Shaw are pictured with Kevin Brown (left) and Stuart Stephen (right) during the initiation.

An old Scottish tradition that is still continued through some of the Incorporated Trades in Aberdeen.  Doupin is to drop or dump someone down smartly on the buttocks, specifically in the initiation of burgesses by bumping them on the boundary stones.  New members of the Trade were douped during the Riding of the Marches (checking the Trades boundaries (normally marked by Stones) and is carried out for on those attending for the first time.   They were hauled to the stone and members bumped the new member on the stone.  This helped reinforce the remembering where the stones per placed.  The Tailors Incorporation carries out this act at the march stane on the hill behind the Trinity Cemetery.



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