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From: Gavin Bell <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] Occupation Help
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 2010 13:09:09 +0000
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Ron and Laura Bozzay wrote:

> Here is an interesting URL from the guild perspective.
> http://www.tradeshouse.org.uk/associated_trades/wrights/Wrights.asp
> Depending on the time period the guilds had a lot of say in how someone was classified.

It depended also on the *place*. The site you quote deals with the
Incorporation of Wrights of the City of Glasgow, who take pride in the
fact that they were separate from the Masons and Coopers.

But in other places (eg Aberdeen) the trades combined differently, so
that one of the "Seven Incorporated Trades" of Aberdeen is specifically
the "Wrights and Coopers", and in the neighbouring (but separate) Burgh
of Old Aberdeen, the same combination is commemorated in the street
name: "Wrights' and Coopers' Close".

It may well be that in other Burghs, the various trades will have
combined differently when organising their Guilds.

Gavin Bell

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