Hammermen visit Forth Valley College

At their April meeting, Deacon Stuart Campbell and members of the Incorporation of Hammermen enjoyed an excellent meal at “The Gallery” restaurant at Forth Valley College, Stirling Campus. This was followed by a very interesting tour of the College facilities conducted by Ian Morrison (Head of the Department of Construction) and Bill Hamilton (Curriculum Manager). Of particular interest to the brethren were the joinery workshops and those used by Historic Scotland for training stonemasons. Pictured at the front are (L-R) Deacon Stuart Campbell, Bailie Hugh McCrea with Bill Hamilton and Ian Morrison.

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About Seven Incorporated Trades of Stirling

The power to grant incorporated status to trades rested with the magistrates of royal burghs. An incorporated trade was granted the right to monopolise and control their trade within the burgh. Trade Incorporations were usually constituted by a seal of cause granted by the magistrates but some were constituted by use and consuetude. A strict monopoly was enforced within the burgh and non-members of an incorporation were not allowed to trade within the bounds of the town.
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