ON 3RD JULY 1646, A SEAL OF CAUSE WAS GRANTED BY THE ROYAL BURGH OF IRVINE

This united the seven individual Crafts, Hammermen, Weavers, Tailors, Cordiners, Skinners, Wrights & Squaremen and Coopers into the Incorporated Trades.
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THE SEVEN TRADES OF IRVINE

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 1424, in the reign of James 1, King of Scots, it was decreed by Act of Parliament that each Trade should choose a ‘Dekyn’ or ‘Master’ to control the quality of craftsmanship within its own particular trade.

Mary, Queen of Scots, gave permission in 1556 for two craftsmen to serve on the high burgh council enabling the crafts to have a secure footing in the local government of the day…

HAMMERMEN

WEAVERS

TAILORS

CORDINERS

SKINNERS

WRIGHTS & SQUAREMEN

COOPERS

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A WELCOME FROM DEACON CONVENER RODDIE FRASER

A big welcome to our new website. We hope you discover more about the incorporated trades.

As for me, I’m a local businessman, born and bred in Irvine and have worked most of my life in the music industry in various roles and along with my wife Ann-Marie we run a property rental company

My history with the incorporated trades includes being a past deacon of the Cooper Craft, past deacon of the Cordiner Craft and past President of Irvine Seagate Rotary.

I have been involved in various local and national charites.

I am passionate about the Royal Burgh of Irvine and keeping its traditions going.