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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.

Hammermen Burns Supper 2018

The Incorporation of the Hammermen held their Annual Burns Supper on the 24th August. It commemorates the Bards visit to Stirling and notably the Golden Lion (then the Wingate) in August 1787. The evening was a night Burns would have … Continue reading

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Seven Trades visit Bannockburn House

Last Sunday saw the Hammermen and Shoemakers visit Bannockburn House courtesy of Bannockburn House Trust. The house a 17th Century A-listed house has remained relatively unchanged apart from a Victorian extension. On November 14th 2017, Bannockburn House became fully owned by the … Continue reading

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New Information of the Trades of Stirling

New information on many of the Trades has been added to the following pages of the web site. Hammermen Skinners Weavers Tailors Fleshers Shoemakers Some information on the Maltmen, Mechanics, Small Crafts and Omnium Gatherum is shown on the following … Continue reading

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Hammermen visit Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

On fathers day, a group of Hammermen visited the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and its museum. As a bonus, on arrival at Bo’ness, they discovered there was a classic car show in progress. The group led by Bailie John Clarke who … Continue reading

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2017 Annual Dinner

The Annual dinner took place on Friday 24th November courtesy of the Allan Park Hotel. A new member Howard Allen was inducted into the Hammermen by Deacon Andrew McEwan prior to the start of the dinner. Howard is shown opposite, … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday 2017

Members of the Seven Trades attended the Remembrance Sunday Service at the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling. Following the service, the members walked down to the War Memorial and took part in the service. Deacon of the Hammermen Andrew … Continue reading

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Whisky Tasting 2017

In late October, the Incorporation held its Annual Whisky tasting courtesy of Calum McMillan and the Allan Park Hotel. It was a popular night as ever and Calum took us on a journey of comparisons. The Whiskies sampled and compared … Continue reading

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Walking the Marches 2017

On Saturday 16th September, Stirling Walking the Marches was held for the fourth year. This year was bigger and better with more participants and a slightly longer route. The procession gathered at the Municipal Buildings where they set off after an … Continue reading

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Perambulation of the Marches 2017

On Saturday 9th September, one week before the official “Walking the Marches”, Captain of the Birlawmen Andrew McEwan, swore them in before they commenced their walk to check and mark the March boundaries in the traditional manner. This is done … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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