We are delighted to announce that our photography competition will be judged by Graeme Nicol, former Deacon Convenor of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.
Mr Nicol joined the Aberdeen Weaver Incorporation in 1978, after becoming Managing Director of Kilgour and Walker Ltd, a long-established textile company. He was elected Deacon of the Weavers four times, in the late 1980s and 1990s. From 2008-2010 he served as Deacon Convener of the Seven Incorporated Trades.
Like St Andrews, Aberdeen was home to the Baxters, Fleshers and Hammermen crafts, as well as Weavers, Tailors, Wrights & Coopers, and Shoemakers. The first Deacon Convener was elected in 1587, in order to allow the crafts to defend their interests collectively, and the position has been continuously occupied since then.
The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen meet in Trinity Hall. Each craft has its own stained glass window in the Major Hall (shown in the photo, above) which depicts its crest and motto.
In common with their early modern counterparts, the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen engage in charitable work and education, to support their members and the local community more broadly.