Hammermen celebrate Robert Burns visit to Stirling

To continue the revival of local Stirling traditions, the Incorporation of Hammermen celebrated their 2nd Annual Burns supper in The Golden Lion Hotel to commemorate the Bard’s visit to the very same hotel on 26th August 1787. Deacon Stuart Campbell chaired the proceedings with Dr John Rankin giving a very thoughtful and witty Immortal Memory. A musical interlude followed from local musician Dougal Thornton, who sang some famous songs penned by Burns. Stirling’s very own David Sibbald then went on to give a rendition of Tam ‘O’ Shanter illustrated with the cartoons of Joseph D Shearer. Baillie Andy McEwen rounded off the evening with a Toast to the City of Stirling. Pictured (L-R) are Baillie Andy McEwan, Deacon Stuart Campbell, Piper Shauna Shand, Dr John Rankin and Baillie Ken Johnston.

Hammermen Burn Supper Speakers August 2014

Some pictures of the evenings proceedings.

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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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