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Monthly Archives:June 2019

Friendship Trophy v Incorporated Trades – Golf Match

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Once again we are looking for players to represent the Aberdeen
Burgesses of Guild versus the Incorporated Trades. This year’s match
for the Friendship Trophy will take place at the Mackenzie
Championship Couse at Hazelhead with tee times booked from 13:03 to
13.38 on Tuesday 3rd September 2019.

Can players wishing to take part confirm names and handicaps to Garry
Stevens at clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com  prior to 23rd August in order
that we finalise what arrangements are required.

GHAT – Curated Tour

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As Chairman of the Friends of Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT), fellow Burgess, Sam Murray, has secured an exclusive curated tour of GHAT’s extensive collection at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for us on Thursday the 5th of September at 6.00pm.The 1 hour tour will be led by a senior member of the GHAT team and will have a maximum of 10 people. If you have any questions, or to book places, please contact Sam Murray directly at sam.murray@btinternet.com. Places will be allocated on a first come basis. You will be required to make a minimum cash donation of £5 per person at the end of the tour. If these are successful, more dates will be made available to us, so spouses and partners are welcome.

University Graduations

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Yvonne Thomson and Gail Mair are Burgesses who are members of the Civic Team at Aberdeen City Council supporting our Lord Provost.
They also provide valuable assistance to the Lord Dean and Garry Stevens and last week they represented the Burgesses at a graduation ceremony at The Robert Gordon University.  Here they are with the Lord Dean whilst at lunch at HMT.

The Lord Dean also wishes to thank all Burgesses who attended both University Graduations and hope you all enjoyed the experience.

Welcome to New Burgesses

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Welcome to the following new Burgesses admitted on Monday 24th June 2019 In order from top:

Julien Brown – Chartered Engineer, Proposed by Ronnie Watt OBE and seconded by Gail Watt.

Graham Guyan – Company Director, Proposed by David MacDermid, and Seconded by Colin Johnston.

Rt Rev Bishop Hugh Gilbert – Bishop of Aberdeen.

Pamela Snape – Retired schoolteacher, Proposed by Irene Cormack and Seconded by Marjorie Bosomworth.

Kevin McCormick – Managing Director and Charity Volunteer, Proposed by John Michie and Seconded by Joe Mackie OBE.

Congratulations to three Burgesses

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I am sure all Burgesses would welcome the news that the following have been honoured in the Queen’s recent birthday honours list, links to each recipient below:

Burgesses fund new defibrillator for Aberdeen Street Pastors

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The Lord Dean and Assessor Joe Mackie were present on Friday 3rd May to present a new defibrillator part funded by the Aberdeen Burgesses of Guild to the Aberdeen Street Pastors.

The link below gives more information


Aberdeen Industrial Heritage Museum

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Our Industrial Heritage

Plans are being formulated to create a Heritage Museum in the City to celebrate the North East of Scotland’s wide ranging and far reaching industrial past.

This will be a hands-on interactive facility for both locals and visitors alike and will help preserve the historical relevance these industries have played in shaping the City we live in today.

Given the current economic climate, it will be some time before anything concrete happens.

In the meantime, a database of sources of information and artefacts is being compiled, which can be used as part of the planning and funding process – so your help is required.

Do you, or someone you know, have a box of documents or photographs in a loft, or a rusting piece of machinery or old tools in a shed, which would not look out of place in a museum?

If so, please send basic details to Sam Murray at sam.murray@btinternet.com

Burgess Lunch Guest announced Wednesday 2 October 2019

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Professor George Boyne became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen on 1 August 2018.

Professor Boyne has spent the majority of his academic career in Wales. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and a member of University Executive Board at Cardiff University since 2012.

He was previously Dean of Cardiff University’s Business School, and is a world-leading expert on the performance of public sector organisations. Professor Boyne has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2010.

The lunch will take place at RNUC at the usual time of 12.14 pm. Cost is £14, If you wish to attend please email Clerk Garry Stevens 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/Lunch.

Seabank House Charity

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We are pleased to assist a local charity, SEABANK HOUSE, and share this notice to encourage interest from individual Burgesses. Anyone interested and wishing further information can make direct contact with LIZ STEWART at STRONACHS liz.stewart@stronachs.com

Please see below for more information:

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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