2016 Hammermen Burns Supper

The Incorporation of Hammermen enjoyed a Burns Supper 229 years to the day the Bard stayed at the Golden Lion. It was an evening of songs, speeches and poems that he would have been proud of. Many often ask “why hold a Burns Supper in August?” A few years ago the Incorporation agreed to have a Burns Supper in recognition of his visit and meal to the Golden Lion (then called Wingate’s Inn) on 26th August 1787.

Deacon Andy McEwan started the night introducing the top table. After the haggis had been piped in by Shauna Shand and Douglas Lawson, Sandy Anderson gave a fine Address to the Haggis with Bailie Ken Johnston following on with Grace. After a good meal, the addresses were interspersed by songs from Delia Binney accompanied by her husband Tim. Ken Dow gave an outstanding Immortal memory the best many had heard with historical facts and light hearted humour intertwined. David Sibbald then recited a humorous poem followed by the Toast to the City of Stirling given by Bailie Lewis Allen.

The evening wouldn’t be complete without David giving his world famous rendition of Tam ‘O’ Shanter. The evening then concluded with Auld Lang Syne and a vote of thanks from Bailie Robin Mair.

Pictured below L-R Douglas Lawson, Bailie Lewis Allen, Deacon Andy McEwan, Ken Dow, Bailie Ken Johnston.

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Some Pictures of the evening

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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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