Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen
The society comprises seven trades:
- Hammermen (1519)
- Bakers (1398)
- Wrights and Coopers (1527)
- Tailors (1511)
- Shoemakers (1484 and 1520)
- Weavers (pre 1222)
- Fleshers (1534)
The first Deacon Convenor of the joint seven trades was George Elphinstone, a saddler in the Guild of Hammermen, appointed in June 1587. In an effort to alleviate disputes between the various trades this body was created and created what was known as the Aberdeen Magna Carta, a charter drawn up to agree processes and settlement of disputes ratified in August 1587 and raised to the status of a Royal Charter by King James VI on 16 July 1617.
- Rev Dr Thomas Blackwell 1716 to 1728
- Rev Dr William Laurence Brown 1824 to 1828
- Very Rev J Mitford Mitchell 1890 to 1895
- Sir George Adam Smith 1924 to 1938
- Very Rev Alan Main 2000 to 2013
- Bain, Ebenezer (1887). Merchant and Craft Guilds. A History of the Aberdeen Incorporated Trades. Aberdeen: Edmond.