Hammermen Elect a New Deacon

At the Annual General Meeting of the Incorporation of Hammermen, Baillie Andrew McEwan was elected as New Deacon. He thanked the Old Deacon Stuart Campbell for his invaluable contribution to both the revival of the Hammermen (now with 26 members) and also re- igniting the interest in the other six trades. He also thanked Stuart for the many projects he had instigated during his term.

The revival of the official Walking of the Marches, the erection of a new March stone (courtesy of Historic Scotland) at the Smith Museum and also the ongoing recreation of the Blue Blanket by the Embroiders Guild.

New DeaconPictured L-R New Deacon Andrew McEwan, Old Deacon Stuart Campbell

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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