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Monthly Archives:March 2020

Remembrance Sunday Update

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Attendance by Burgesses at the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremonies has always been appreciated by the Lord Dean and indeed by the City and Council.   Regrettably, this year, for reasons which will be understood by everyone, the Ceremony will be a closed event with restricted attendance.  The Burgesses will be represented by the Lord Dean who has accepted an invitation to join the Civic Party. We look forward to a normal and well-attended event next year. 
COLIN G. TAYLOR, Lord Dean of Guild

Remembrance Sunday

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Dear Burgesses of Aberdeen

It would normally be my pleasure to invite you to all participate in a civic ceremony, however that will unfortunately not be possible this year, due to the restrictions imposed on us by the Covid19 pandemic. 

The Elected Members of Aberdeen City Council recently approved plans for a scaled down, socially distanced ceremony of remembrance to take place inside the Remembrance Hall of Aberdeen Art Gallery.  The event will be filmed and streamed on the internet and social media channels to the public on the morning of Sunday 8th November.  Details of how to access the stream will be circulated/published in due course.

There will be a modest civic presence at the ceremony which will include the Lord Dean of Guild, so your institution will be represented.

I very much hope that next year we will be able to conduct the ceremony of remembrance in the time honoured fashion but, in the meantime, I thank you for your understanding.

Kindest regards,

Garry Watson

Garry Watson , Civic Affairs Officer Aberdeen City Council.

National Commemoration of St Valery

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Please see email below from fellow Burgess Neil McLennan:

I have brought three veteran’s charities together: PoppyScotland, Legion Scotland and the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (I am a director of the last one) to mark the first national commemoration of St Valery. https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/get-involved/saint-valery/
Can I ask that you share this with fellow Burgesses.  Many Aberdeen men and their families were impacted by St Valery. It is apt that we mark their service and sacrifice on the 80th anniversary.
Many thanks in advance

Message from Lord Dean

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Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen


17th May 2020

Dear Burgesses of Guild

I am pleased to report a successful AGM last week, with the assistance of the internet meeting place, Zoom.    In accordance with tradition a group of Burgesses convened at Noon on the second Tuesday of May.   The relevant papers had been circulated by email in advance of the meeting and on the day our agenda was completed in fifteen minutes or so.   The attendance was 23 and history was made, importantly because this was the first ever online gathering of Burgesses for an AGM and also because no butteries were served !    Lord Provost Barney Crockett, himself a Burgess of course, attended and kindly offered his appreciation of our support of the City; regrettably, Council Chief Executive Angela Scott could not be there but did send a message which we circulated a few days ago.  The meeting agreed the co-option of Stephen Wedderburn to be an Assessor, replacing Chris Croly whom I thank for his past service.

Our programme of lunches with guest Speakers is mothballed now, with no explanation necessary, however we are to trial a virtual lunch and this will be on Wednesday 3rd. June commencing at 1214.    The Speaker will be Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski who will address the hot topic of Education with a talk entitled “’Post-Coronavirus Aberdeen: what should be the role of the universities and the college?”.  If you wish to attend the virtual lunch, please email Clerk Garry Stevens at – clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Garry will send a link to the meeting to all attendees prior to the lunch

I look forward to your support, please.

In my Lord Dean role I am a Trustee of the Lord Provost’s Charitable Fund which is administering a Hardship Fund to support local charities which support fellow Citizens for whom life is difficult in the current crisis.   The initiative for this came from our colleagues in The Seven Incorporated Trades (‘Burgesses of Trade’) whom I applaud for their foresight and generosity.   The Council through the Common Good Fund and the LPCT is fully supportive and the Lord Provost is heading up the Appeal for funding.  There has been quite a bit of publicity and a number of people have defied the old music hall joke about the meanness of Aberdonians.    Significantly, there have been a couple of anonymous donations of very large amounts but more is needed.   When the Trustees met last week to consider the many application requests for funding I found it eye-opening to read the hardship which is suffered by many families in this, OUR CITY, thus I am incorporating a copy of a recent press article which carries more details including how individuals can contribute to the Fund.   Please offer your support.  Regretfully in terms of our Trust, we are forbidden from contributing to such initiatives, but perhaps individual Burgesses would like to make a contribution.

Best wishes to everyone, keep well.


Charity registered in Scotland – Number SCO11857 City of Aberdeen Council Guildry & Mortification Funds

Burgess of Guild AGM

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History was made today (12th May) when 23 attendees logged on the virtual AGM meeting at 12.00 noon via the Zoom platform. Attendees included Lord Provost and fellow Burgess Barney Crockett.

Unfortunately Aberdeen City Council Chief Executive, Angela Scott was unable to attend the meeting, but submitted a brief report which is attached below:

We are not anticipating being able to hold events or lunches anytime soon, but we are going to look at holding our annual fun quiz in early December, which may be interactive depending upon the situation with Corona Virus at that time. We will keep you all posted.

Apologies for Clerk’s reflection on the photo of the Zoom meeting!

Burgess of Guild AGM – Update

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Following the posting of the AGM papers yesterday, The Lord Dean has agreed that the meeting can be held via Zoom conference call. Therefore if any Burgesses wish to join at midday on Tuesday 12th May please email clerk Garry Stevens at


and you will be invited to join.

If there is any questions please send in advance of the meeting to the clerk email address.

Burgess of Guild AGM – 12th May 2020

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Due to Covid – 19 outbreak, the Burgess AGM will not take place in its usual format this year. The Lord Dean and 6 Assessors can meet under exceptional circumstances to hold the AGM. They will be doing so via Video Conferencing at 12.00 noon on 12th May.

Below are the papers and if there are any queries, questions or AOB, please email Clerk Garry Stevens at:


Please note this year Aberdeen City Council have included the Burgesses accounts along with all other Trust Funds that they manage.

Letter from Lord Dean

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Burgesses Lunches and Events Postponed

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Dear Burgesses

The Lord Dean in conjunction with the Assessors, have taken the decision in light of the current COVID – 19 outbreak to postpone all Lunches and Social Events until further notice.

For those who have paid for lunches or events, we will look to reschedule these at dates in the future. If you would like a refund please email clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com with your bank details and this will be organised, otherwise the payments can be carried forward to the rearranged date.

We trust you will all understand the reasons for this decision and any further updates will be issued via the website as we will be following developments on a daily basis.

Welcome to New Burgesses Admitted 2 March 2020

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Professor George Boyne, University of Aberdeen Principal and Vice Chancellor. Nominated by Very Rev Prof Iain Torrance, and Seconded by the Lord Dean of Guild
Rhona Grimmer, Disaster Management Consultant. Proposed by Albert Thomson and Seconded by Ronnie Watt.

Susan Renee, Photographer. Proposed by Karen McKimmie, and seconded by Stewart Davidson.

Adrian Thomson, Retired Business Owner. Proposed by Paul O’Connor and Seconded by Scott Beattie.

Linda Thomson, Retired Personal Assistant. Proposed by Ronnie Watt and Seconded by Charlie Abel.
Audrey Wood, Senior Practice Nurse. Proposed by Albert Thomson and Seconded by Ronnie Watt

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