Hammermen enjoy an August Burns Supper

Once again the Hammermen, members of the seven incorporated trades and guests enjoyed their Annual August Burns Supper in the Golden Lion. Why August? Because Burns had a meal in the Wingate Hotel (now the Golden Lion) on 26th August 1787. Deacon of the Hammermen Andrew McEwan introduced the top table and MC for the evening.

The Top Table and the Haggis were piped in by Shauna Shand and Douglas Lawson.

Hammermen Sandy Anderson started the proceedings by giving an excellent rendition of the Address to the Haggis.

Following the excellent meal, the more formal part of the meeting started with Bill Adair singing some Burns songs followed by Joe Smith from Bannockburn Tartan Weavers Burns Club giving a very humorous but serious immortal memory. Joe had even compiled a poem along the lines of Tam O Shanter.

Some more of Bill Adair followed by our own David Sibbald reading an anonymous Scots Poem that he had come across.

By tradition our final guest gives a Toast to the City of Stirling and that was Immediate past provost Mike Robbins who has been very supportive of the revival of the Hammermen and the Seven Incorporated Trades over the last few years. He gave an insight into the history and attractions that Stirling has to offer and how the City was promoting itself and increasing visitor numbers. He also encouraged the audience to visit the Stirling Archives. He ended proposing the traditional toast “The City of Stirling”

No Burns supper would be complete without a rendition of Tam O Shanter. Our own world-renowned Burns enthusiast David Sibbald gave an inspiring rendition of the poem to draw the evening to a close.

The evening was rounded off by a vote of thanks by Bailie John Clarke.

A great evening was had by all celebrating Burns visit to Stirling in 1787.

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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