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Burgess Lunch Program – 2018

Burgess Lunch Program – 2018

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We are pleased to announce our line-up of guest speakers for the Burgesses of Guild lunches for 2018. As usual, unless listed the lunches will commence at 12.14pm (date our Charter was granted) at the RNUC, Albyn Place, Aberdeen, and end promptly at 2.00pm. Cost of the lunch is £14 per person.  Unless otherwise stated, guests are welcome at every event.

If you wish to attend any of the lunches, please email clerk Garry Stevens at:


Payment can be made via cheque to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen, and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ or via online banking to: Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609, Ref Surname

Wednesday 7th February 2018

‘Understanding Hitler in the 21st century’ Professor Thomas Weber of the University of Aberdeen has been researching Hitler for more than a decade. Discover why this research continues to be so important, learn about new discoveries and interpretations and one researcher’s journey into the life and mind of one of the most infamous men in history. 

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Guest speaker will be fellow Burgess and ex Councillor, Mariner and Teacher, John Corall who was born and bred in Aberdeen will give us a talk on “Aberdeen Streets with a Story to Tell”.

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Fellow Burgess and retired Chief Constable, George Esson,  will give his recollection of the dramatic Peterhead Prison Riot on September 28th 1987 with some interesting exhibits on display!

Wednesday 2nd  May 2018

Guest speaker will be Paul Adderton. Former Producer Director with Grampian and Scottish Television, trained at the BBC and the National Film and TV School.

The talk will be “There’s more to a TV programme than watching it”. This will be a talk about how a TV programme is made from thought to screen and Paul will cover editorial, casting, location, budget, copyright and legal.

Wednesday 6th June 2018 

Guest speaker will be Dr Fiona McIntyre, MD of Greyhope Bay project. We will hear about the exciting plans to deliver a new world class visitor and marine education centre for Aberdeen.

Greyhope Bay aspires to be a transformational project for Aberdeen with our dolphins and coastline at the foremost and our natural heritage at the heart of the city’s development plans.

July – no lunch planned.

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Guest speaker will be Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Douglas Lumsden  who, being a relatively new Councillor, will give an insight to how he is adapting to his role as Co-Leader and his plans for the future.

Wednesday 5th September 

We take our annual away day lunch to the Beach Ballroom where Ballroom Manager and fellow Burgess  John Johnstone will give a guided tour of the Ballroom and discuss its history.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Atli Arnason, MD at FirmaMentum in Aberdeen has over 20 years experience in working with and supporting businesses within High Tech industries based on Aviation, Tourism and Hospitality, Marine, Manufacturing, Finance, Energy, Oil and Gas and IT. He is an Honorary Alumni  from Robert Gordon University and his talk will be centred on the importance of Tourism & Hospitality to Aberdeen City & Shire.

Wednesday 7th November 2018 (TBC)

MP for Aberdeen South, Ross Thomson will give an insight to his role as a Member of the Westminster Parliament with some information on his current and planned future activities.

December – no lunch planned

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Excellent lunch at RNUC today. Burgess John Corall gave a very informative talk on the history of Aberdeen Streets. 45 Burgesses attended. John’s presentation will be posted to the Burgess website for viewing. Next lunch is on 4th April with Ex Chief Constable and Burgess George Esson giving a talk “The Day the SAS came to Town!” George was Officer in Charge at the Peterhead Prison riot in 1987 and will bring along some exhibits to show lunch guests. ...

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Left to Right, Past Dean of Guild, Fred Dalgarno, Lord Provost George Adam and Lord Dean of Guild, Colin Taylor, launch the Aberdeen Guildry Awards at Town House this evening. Further details of the awards and criteria can be found on www.aberdeenburgesses.com awards page.

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Left to Right, Past Dean of Guild, Fred Dalgarno, Lord Provost George Adam and Lord Dean of Guild, Colin Taylor, launch the Aberdeen Guildry Awards at Town House this evening. Further details of the awards and criteria can be found on www.aberdeenburgesses.com awards page. ...

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Last evening was an amazing and historic one for the Burgesses of Guild of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen, also for the City. I was proud to lead and chair the proceedings. Some 150 Burgesses and guests gathered in the Town and County Hall in the Aberdeen Town House, we were the guests of the Lord Provost and Aberdeen City Council whom we thank for their generous hospitality. There were a number of special guests including Aberdeen City Councillors, the Late Deacon Convener of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, two representatives of The Guild of Freemen of England and Wales, and the Lord President of The Court of Deans of Scotland.

There was an 'All Star Cast' of Mr. George Adam - Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Dr. Joseph Morrow - The Lord Lyon King of Arms, and the Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance - Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland.

The date was significant and deliberately chosen for it was on 27th February 1214 that the Burgesses were granted their Royal Charter by King Alexander ll of Scotland. The King made a brief appearance last night, apparently raised from his 767 years of rest, and, after an exchange of views with the Lord Lyon he bade farewell with these messages to the Burgesses : " I thank ye most graciously for protecting the city and its people", and, "take care never to disturb my rest again !".

King Alexander was played by Alec Westwood who is a local, professional Actor, and Burgess Fiona-Jane Brown acted a part to represent female Burgesses, she also wrote the script.

During the ceremonial part of the evening the Lord Provost presented to the Burgesses a carving of the Shield which is at the heart of our coat of arms, this is located on the ceiling of the St. Nicholas Room in the Town House in the company of many Shields of families and organisations connected to the city.

Our new Coat of Arms and Letters Patent were formally presented to myself on behalf of all Burgesses by the Lord Lyon, it was a privilege granted to the Burgesses that he announced the granting of these arms at our 800th anniversary dinner on 27th February last year, and his return yesterday for this ceremony was an absolute honour.

Finally, before the assembled company enjoyed civic hospitality for an hour or so, the Dean of the Royal Chapel in Scotland who is also a Burgess gave a blessing on the Burgesses and on their new Letters Patent, this was a very fitting conclusion to the formalities.

Here is a selection of photographs and more wil appear on our new website which is close to going live.

COLIN G. TAYLOR - Lord Dean of Guild

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