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Burgess Events for Coming Year

Burgess Events for Coming Year

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Aberdeen and the Great War

Where – Aberdeenshire Cricket Club

When – Tuesday 19th February – 6.30pm start

Cost of event – £10 per person and guests are invited to attend as well.

Join fellow Burgess Dr Chris Croly of the University of Aberdeen as he explores some of the ways in which the Great War, 1914-1919, interacted with Aberdeen.

Buffet supper included.

Anniversary Event

Where – Aberdeenshire Cricket Club

When – Wednesday 27th – 7 pm start

Cost of event – £20 per person and guests are invited to attend as well

Something different, a bit of history with enjoyable entertainment, learning and listening, and an opportunity to participate; together with supper and free parking!    An altogether unbeatable package!

The Burgesses of Aberdeen have a long history much of which is coming to life through the Aberdeen Burgh Records Project which is a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen, the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives and the National Records of Scotland.    This has been in place since 2012 and a Leverhulme-funded project ‘Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers 1398-1511’ has focussed on the first eight volumes of the Aberdeen Council Registers.   It might be considered that these are the Burgesses’ records.

One of the matters of interest brought to our attention is that in the 1490’s the town employed two Minstrels and ‘the Council assigned £10 to these Common Minstrels to be taken from the Deans of Guild to pay for their passage to a feast where they may play to the pleasure of His Majesty’.

Fast forward 500 years or so, bring Guests, and join Fellow Burgesses in an evening with a difference.  This promises to be an evening like no other.

Dr. Claire Hawes and Dr. William Hepburn from the University will set the scene before we introduce two modern-day Minstrels who will play for you, to entertain ‘right royally’.    

Aberdeen City Council Budget Briefing

Where – Council Chamber, Town House Broad Street

When – Tuesday 19th March – 6.30pm start

Jonathan Belford, Chief Finance Officer at Aberdeen City Council will present the budget plans for the Council for the coming and future Financial Years.

Doorways to Drumorty

Where – Aberdeen Arts Centre

When – Friday 19th April- 7.30pm start

Cost of event – £15 per person guests are invited to attend as well

Burgess Mike Gibb has a national tour of his play Doorways to Drumorty. The play is an adaption of the book of short stories (which was banned for fifty years in Strichen as everyone recognised themselves!) in the imaginary Drumorty (based on the birth place of writer Lorna Moon). It is by turns funny and sad and moving and was very well received by audiences around Scotland on its two previous tours. We have secured a block booking for Burgesses and guests.

The play will begin at 7.30 and should finish at 9.30 with a 20-minute interval. Refreshments will be served immediately after the show with members of the cast attending.

Burgess AGM

Where – Town & County Hall, Town House

When – Tuesday 14th May – 12.00 noon start

Information and papers will be issued in due course, we are pleased to advise that Michelle Handforth, Chief Executive at Aberdeen Harbour Board will be guest speaker at conclusion of business, when she will give an update and overview of the harbour project underway and plans moving forward.

Sleep better and live longer. Talk by Dr Olga Runcie

Where – Aberdeenshire Cricket Club

When – Thursday 10th October – 6.30pm start

Cost of event – £10 per person, guests are invited to attend as well.

Sleep remains a scientific enigma. It is the only physiological process for which there is a lack of scientific agreement concerning its function. Why do we need to sleep? What happens when we asleep? In this talk Dr Runcie who currently works at Albyn-BMI hospital and ROC Private clinic in Aberdeen, will discuss advances in sleep neurobiology answering questions about sleep functions and mechanisms of sleep and wake control. You will learn how to use this knowledge to improve your sleep.

A buffet supper will be served at conclusion of the talk

We are working on other events for the year, details of which will be posted to the website once arranged.

If you wish to attend any of the events please email Garry Stevens, Clerk at:


Payment can be made by cheque made payable 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 you can pay online to Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609 Ref Surname/Events

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