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 Marches

On the 11th of June 2024, two of the most recent members of the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation – Mrs Katie Elder and Mr Mark Lindley-Highfield – were “douped” on one of the Shoemakers March stones on Watson Lane, Rosemount.

The Shoemakers also had a tour of the Aberdeen Treasure Hub which stores an amazing collection of artwork and objects that are currently not on public display. This was followed by a delicious meal at Trinity Hall.

Shoemakers Marches

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Shoemakers Donation

The Deacon and Boxmaster of the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation were delighted to present Janine, Fundraising Manager from Archway with £1,562.50 for the charity.

Archway was founded in Aberdeen in 1986 by a group of parents of children with learning disabilities who were looking for respite. 30 years later they are still going strong and supporting so many people across the North East.

Pictured: Deacon Chris Watson, Janine Davies – Fundraising Manager and Boxmaster Barney Crockett

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Shoemakers donate to Calico

Representatives from the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation were delighted to welcome Magnus and Karen from Calico – Cancer and Leukaemia in Children Orientated and present them with their £1,562.50 donation.

Well done to the Shoemakers for the donation to this great charity.


Pictured in front of the Shoemakers stained glass window: Boxmaster Barney Crockett, Chairman Magnus Harcus (CALICO) and Ex Deacon Brian Scott

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Shoemakers Dinner Dance – 17th February 2024

An amazing £3125.00 was raised at the recent Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation Dinner dance for donation to Archway and Calico – Cancer and Leukaemia in Children Oriented.

A great time was held by all with entertainment by Mustang which kept the dance floor busy all evening! Wonderful food was provided by our resident chef Richie Gavryluk. …

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Mr David Ross & Mr David Suttie – Burgess of Trade admissions

At a ceremony held at the Town House on Wednesday the 14th of June in the presence of the Lord Provost, Deacon Convener and members of the Aberdeen City Council, our members Mr David Ross and Mr David Suttie were admitted as Burgesses of Trade along with four other members.

Deacon Convener Bruce Campbell, Mr David Ross and Deacon Chris Watson

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Obsidian Tears by Albert Thomson

At the end of January this year Albert Thomson of the Shoemaker Incorporation, who already has three history books and one Armorial Register to his name, released his first book of poetry entitled Obsidian Tears and other Poems.

The book consists of 66 pages of poetry with a foreword by Sheena Blackhall, Makar (Poet Laureate) for Aberdeen and North-East Scotland. …

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Cancer Card Donation

Deacon of the Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation Chris Watson and Founder of Cancer Card Jen Hardy

The Aberdeen Shoemakers Incorporation were delighted to donate a total of £3,277.50 to the wonderful charity, Cancer Card. Funds were raised at their dinner dance earlier in the year.

Cancer Card is for everyone affected by cancer- patients, partners, family, friends, employers and professionals. …

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