Founded in 1536, the Incorporation of
Hammermen of Glasgow originally comprised craftsmen associated
with metalworking - traditionally, "men who wielded the hammer";
blacksmiths, goldsmiths, lorimers, cutlers, armourers,
sword-makers, clockmakers, locksmiths, pewterers, tinsmiths etc.
Today these "men of the hammer", embrace not only all the light and
heavy engineering trades such as shipbuilding but include "social
engineers" such as statesmen, lawyers, accountants, and media
personalities. Every year they elect 6 members to the Trades
The Incorporation has a membership
of over 1400 including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales,
the Princess Royal and the former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of
Glasgow University Sir Muir Russell.
The Incorporation presents annual
Awards to university and college students of £250, which lead
to the award of two Prince Philip prizes of £1,500 which are
awarded annually to the most promising young engineers attending
universities or colleges in the Glasgow area.
An annual Craftsmanship Award is
given to recognise the substantial pool of skilled craftwork in
metal in the West of Scotland with the winner selected on the basis
of skill, design, ingenuity and business acumen.
In conjunction with Scottish
Engineering, there is also an annual award made to recognise
young graduate engineers.
In addition, the Craft awards a
number of Bursaries to students of mechanical engineering at
Glasgow, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities.
The Hammermen also have a tradition
of providing discretionary grants and gifts for the needy. Their
work with pensioners, channelled through the Hammermen Service
Group, aims to give personal assistance with domestic and household
problems and is a byword in Glasgow for compassionate and friendly
efficiency. One of its most appreciated activities is the
organising of regular outings in both summer and winter.
The Incorporation tries to
stimulate friendship among its own members and those of other
crafts both in Glasgow and other cities. The two main social
functions organised for the members each year are the
traditional Breakfast which is held every September and the Annual
Dinner, held each November in the