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Civic Leadership – Public Meeting

Civic Leadership – Public Meeting

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Please click on the link below for further information. This is a City Council event and we thought that Burgesses should be aware and therefore to have the opportunity to attend if they wish. Please do not contact the Clerk to reserve a place details are on the link.

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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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