In old Glasgow, boots, jerkins and other leather goods were provided by a group of tanners, curriers, barkers and souters. They adopted the single title of Cordiners (from "Cordoba - workers", i.e. those who worked with the best Spanish shoe-leather) while in due course their ranks were augmented by craftsmen from the Netherlands and France to replace those "slane in the wars".
Following a series of Acts of the Scottish Parliament the crafts gradually acquired greater control of their own affairs and the Cordiners' Minute of Michaelmas 1550 refers to the election by the craftsmen "after the auld wise and consuetude" " of a "Dekin " Auditories, Cersaris of the mercat" and an "Officiar" to regulate their affairs, a situation further regularised by an incorporating Seal of Cause from the Town Council confirmed by the Archbishop as feudal superior of the Burgh in 1558 just before his hurried departure as a result of the Reformation. Seals of Cause confirmed a Craft's power to control entry to the Craft by apprenticeship, the exclusive right to trade in a Burgh and responsibility for the quality of the goods offered for sale as well as the allocation of booths in the market. In 1919 the Incorporation was honoured to receive a Royal Charter. Today it sends 6 representatives to the Trades House.
When the exclusive privileges of trade and burgh election were abolished under the Reform Acts in the last century the Incorporation gave up operative trade membership as a condition of entry. It continues to assist the leatherworking craft where appropriate. It also concentrates on charitable assistance to members and their families, to employees in the trade and to non-state-aided charities.
Scottish Charity no: SC016220
Deacon: Prof. Ewan MacDonald OBE
Collector: Dr Beverly Bergman
Late Deacon: Dr Iain Lennox
Ex Conveners: Dr Alistair J Dorward
James Y Miller
Roy A Johnson
- Kenneth E L Brown
- Liam Devlin
- Dr Christine Linnell
- Duncan Norman
- Trevor Paterson
- James H Roulston
- Dr. Adrian Pierotti
- Jonathan Wright
- Dr Natalie Pierotti
- Brian McAlinden CBE
Clerk: Thomas W Monteith
69 Buchanan Street
Choosing Dinner Friday 1st February 6.30pm
For more information, visit the Incorporation of Cordiners website.
New members, both gentlemen and ladies, are very welcome. There are no age restrictions on membership, and the gift of membership makes a wonderful and enduring commemoration of a christening or a baptism, a special birthday, or an exam success.
Applicants may apply to join either:
At The Near Hand if they are: sons or sons in law of present or late members, or daughters or daughters in law of present or late members, or At The Far Hand if they have no such previous connection.
There are three stages involved in joining:
1. Burgess Ticket - applicants should have a Burgess Ticket from Glasgow City Council or any of its predecessors and so be a Burgess and Guild Brother of the City of Glasgow of Craft Rank. The cost is £20. Members of any of the other Crafts forming The Trades House will already have a Burgess Ticket and do not need to apply again.
2 Trades House Matriculation - applicants require to matriculate with the Trades House which costs £25.
3 Entry Money - the dues of membership for the Craft itself are presently:
- Near Hand - if under 18 years of age, £41.00, otherwise £61.00
- Far Hand - if under 18 years of age, £51.00, otherwise £101.00
Membership is for life, and there are no annual subscriptions.
The total amount for each application then is £146 for Far Hand and £106 for Near Hand.
Cheques should be made payable to "The Incorporation of Cordiners"
The Clerk will be pleased to process all stages on behalf of any applicant.