Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


The Trade Guilds elewhere in Scotland and Europe

This a important source of information on the Trade Guilds and is important as it points out how important the Trade Guild (Incorporations) were in Scotland for many centuries.

“The seven trades of Irvine – HAMMERMEN, WEAVERS, TAILORS, CORDINERS, SKINNERS, WRIGHTS and SQUAREMEN, and COOPERS were well established for generations before the granting of the SEAL OF CAUSE.

In order to consolidate their position, in 1646 the CRAFTS united, forming Irvine Incorporated Trades, to seek official recognition of their associations and rules of government in the form of a SEAL of CAUSE or DEKINHEID. The council agreed to this but, probably mindful of the events of 1611, when the TRADES had forcefully complained to the Privy Council over the imprisonment of a SMITH and a SADDLER in Irvine Tolbooth “as if they had been murderers and deprived of meat and drink” added the condition that the CRAFTS would not unite “in a mutinous and hostile way against them (the council) on pain of losing all their privileges”.

In today’s world, the Irvine Trades continue their charitable work, and are one of the many organisations which serve to maintain Irvine’s community spirit.”

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