Record

CodeNA7636
Dates1658-1860
Person NameTailor Incorporation of Arbroath; 1658-1860
ActivityThe power to grant incorporated status to trades rested with the magistrates of royal burghs. An incorporated trade was granted the right to monopolise and control their trade within the burgh. They set strict guidelines controlling workmanship within the Incorporation. They protected work for the craft within the burghs against outsiders, prevented apprentices from being drawn away from their masters and stopped irregularities and irresponsible craftsmanship amongst their members. An entry fee had to be paid to gain admission to the Incorporation. The son of a burgess paid the lowest fee, the son-in-law of a burgess paid more and a stranger paid the highest fee. Their names would be recorded in the minute books. Trades Incorporations were governed by a Deacon with the aid of a Boxmaster and a council of craftsmen who were elected annually. This group fixed wages, prices, set rules of conduct for the members of the Incorporation and governed the training and the conduct of apprentices. They held a court which could fine craftsmen for contravening the rules and held the ultimate penalty of expulsion. The Industrial Revolution made the incorporations redundant and they were officially abolished in 1846.The extant records of the Arbroath Tailor Incorporation commence in 1686 and engross a list of Deacons since 1658, when John Elder was appointed, along with their statutes and ordinances, which appear to be modelled on those of Brechin. The Incorporation continued in an unofficial capacity for a number of years after 1846.
Corporate NameTailor Incorporation of Arbroath
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