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Welcome to New Burgesses admitted 15 March 2017

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Mohammad Taqueer Malik, Businessman, and Councillor, Proposed by Len Ironside, Seconded by Neil Cooney

Matheson 2

Roderick John Matheson, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, Proposed by Margaret Stephen and Seconded by Anthony Dawson

Ross 2

William Ross, TV, Aerial and Satellite Installer, Proposed by Muriel Jaffrey, and Seconded by Isobel Hunter

Corall 2

Neil Stockan Corall, Designer, Admitted as a son of Burgess John Corall

Paul Mealor and Friends Evening

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Almost 80 Burgesses of Guild, partners and friends enjoyed an excellent evening on Tuesday 27th February  with Burgess Prof Paul Mealor and friends, vocalist Jillian Bain Christie and pianist Drew Tulloch. Lord Dean of Guild Colin Taylor undertook a Q & A session with Paul reflecting on his childhood in North Wales, his work with Royalty and of course his partnership with Gareth Malone on the Military Wives composition of “Wherever you are”. Intertwined with Jillian and Drew performing  versions Ubi Caritas from William and Kate’s wedding, Wherever you are, and Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns, it was a very enjoyable evening.

The Lord Dean gave a vote of thanks to Aberdeen University for allowing the event to be hosted there, and presented Paul with a set of Burgess of Guild Coasters, Jillian and Drew with a bottle of their favourite tipple.

Selection of photos below show Paul answering questions from the Lord Dean, Jillian and Drew performing a song, and their presentation by the Lord Dean of Guild.

Future Social events and Lunches for the forthcoming months are now detailed on the website.

Mealor Q & A Mealor Singing Mealor Presentation

Aberdeen City Living Study

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Savills has been selected to do a survey of Aberdeen city centre with a view to promoting and encouraging an increased level of city centre living.  
Gathering the views of local people and visitors to the city is an important part of this exercise and the survey was launched today.   
Burgesses are invited to express views and opinions by directly accessing the above link.
Please do not respond to either the Burgesses’ Clerk or the Lord Dean.    Thank-you.  

Welcome to New Burgesses

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Welcome to 7 new Burgesses of Guild admitted on Wednesday 14th December:

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From Top – Left to Right

Philip Astley – Archivist, Aberdeen City Council. Proposed by Dr Chris Croly, Seconded by Lord Dean.

Cllr Andrew Finlayson – Aberdeen City Council Councillor. Proposed by John Reynolds, Seconded by Lord Dean.

Prof Fredrik Glasser – Lecturer/Prof of Chemistry. Proposed by John Michie, Seconded by Lesley Glasser.

Dr Kenneth Skeldon MBE – Scientist & Public Engagement & Outreach Aberdeen University. Proposed by Dr Chris Croly, Seconded by Caroline Inglis.

Catherine Thornhill – Head of Planning and Associate Director Savills (UK) Ltd. Proposed by Simpson Buglass, seconded by Charles Smith.

Jennifer Catto – Staff Nurse. Proposed by Lord Dean, Seconded by Douglas Gallacher.

Alison Hunter – Human Resources Director Technip. Proposed by Lord Dean seconded by Douglas Gallacher.

It was a very proud day for the Lord Dean of Guild as Jennifer and Alison are his daughters. Below is a the Lord Dean with Jennifer and Alison after they were admitted.


Burgess of Guild Annual Quiz

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A total of 12 teams took part in this year’s annual quiz, held at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. Past Dean Fred Dalgarno was once again quizmaster and set some challenging questions over a wide range of subjects, along with 2 picture rounds and a new addition from previous years, 2 Dingbat rounds. At the end of the quiz, Burgess Alan Towns and his team were victorious by a very slim margin of 1 point.

The Lord Dean, at the end of the evening which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, thanked Aberdeenshire Cricket Club and staff for their excellent hospitality and wonderful buffet supper. Also to Fred for once again taking on the mantle of Quizmaster. We look forward to next year!


Winning Team with Lord Dean and Past Dean

Lord Dean also took the opportunity to advise places are still available for the following events and if you wish to attend please email Clerk Garry Stevens at:


Wednesday 7th December – Lunch with guest Cllr Alan Donnelly

Saturday 28th January – Block booking of tickets for King & I at HMT

Wednesday 1 February – Lunch with guest Adrian Watson, CEO, Aberdeen Inspired

We are also pleased to announce that on Monday 27th February 2017, Paul Mealor has agreed to hold a “Paul Mealor and Friends” evening at Elphinstone Hall. Further details will be advised in due course.

Visit to Brightsolid Data Centre

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On Tuesday 15th November a group of Burgesses were welcomed by fellow Burgess Gavin Fraser and his colleagues to the new Data Centre opened in Autumn last year at Whytemyers,  Aberdeen by Brightsolid. Brightsolid is a cloud and application hosting specialist wholly owned by the famous Scottish publishing company DC Thomson Ltd. Operating UK data centres in Dundee and Aberdeen they have been working with Enterprise, Energy and Government to reduce the risk and increase the agility of their IT estate by providing the latest technologies that deliver real business value. Clients signed up to use the hosting facilities at the Aberdeen data centre include businesses and organisations across both the public and private sectors.

Those in attendance were given a very informative and interesting tour of the facility. Thanks go to Gavin and his team for inviting and hosting the Burgesses.


Assessor Alistair Ritchie presented Derek Roy, Brightsolid Data Centre Manager, with a certificate from the Burgesses confirming the visit to the data centre

Court of Deans Meeting

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The Court of Deans of Scotland is an Association of eleven Guildries : Aberdeen, Arbroath, Ayr, Berwick upon Tweed, Brechin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lanark, Perth and Stirling.    Two meetings are held annually, an AGM in the Spring and an Autumn gathering, the latter was held in Aberdeen at the end of October with an attendance of forty-six representing all other than Edinburgh and Stirling.    The Court last met in Aberdeen in 2011 and will not meet here again until 2022.   Aberdeen City Council hosted us and provided coffee or tea and butteries on arrival and a thoroughly enjoyable lunch in the Town and County Hall.    The Lord Provost joined us for lunch and formally welcomed the delegates to our city.
Before lunch the Court held a business meeting following which our Assessor Dr. Chris Croly gave an illustrated talk on the history and architecture of Aberdeen City Centre, and following lunch the delegates split into two groups each of which was given a guided tour of the Town House and the Marischal Quad by Town Sergeants.    The day concluded with afternoon tea.
I thank everyone who contributed toward the success of this event and of course I particularly thank the Council and Council Officers who assisted.
Colin G. Taylor
Lord Dean of Guild
Lord Dean of Guild Colin Taylor addresses the Court of Deans meeting.

King and I Production HMT

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Phoenix Theatre in conjunction with Phoenix Youth Theatre proudly present


Shall we dance?  Yes, you certainly will!  Aberdeen’s Phoenix Theatre, in conjunction with the children of Phoenix

Youth Theatre, present the stunning and spectacular musical “The King and I”.

For over 60 years this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has captivated millions with its delightful story of Anna

Leonowens who is brought to the court of Siam as tutor to the King’s many children.  Memorable songs abound,

including ‘Whistle a Happy Tune’, ‘Getting to Know You’, and, most famously, ‘Shall We Dance?’  The show is a

dazzling musical celebration and something rather extraordinary – it is a story of love and joy set to one of the most

glorious, beautiful and unforgettable scores ever written!

This sensational and sumptuous production of “The King and I” will thoroughly entertain and enthral the entire


We are pleased to announce that through Senior Assessor Colin Campbell, who will be treading the boards in the production, we have secured 60 tickets for Burgesses, partners and guests on Saturday 28th January at 7.30 pm in the Dress Circle. Cost of tickets will be £28 per person.

If you wish to attend please email Clerk, Garry Stevens at – clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com advising of the number of tickets you require. Please then remit payment by cheque made out to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen to Garry at – Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6, Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose DD10 0SJ, or you can pay online at:

Sort Code 826011, Account 50325609 Ref Surname/HMT

Burgess of Guild Lunches Reminder

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We are pleased to announce that the programme of lunches has been agreed up to and including February 2017. Lunches will be held at the RNUC Albyn Place and the cost will be £14. Lunches commence at 12.14pm and finish at 2.00pm prompt.

Wednesday 5th October – Newly admitted Burgess Kenneth Taylor will give a short illustrated talk on Scottish Forestry through the eyes of a “North East Loon” Ken was born in Fonthill and grew up in Craigiebuckler. Childhood visits to the forests of Hazelhead and “The Forest of Birse” clearly had some effect on him, as he went on to read Forestry at Aberdeen University. A 25 year carreer as a Forest Manager with Scottish Woodlands Ltd he oversaw the Harvesting and Establishment work at Balmoral, Birkhall, and Delnadamph Estates for the Royal Family as well as other various Aberdeenshire Private Estates. Ken now works for Savils, who having recently purchased Smiths Gore are increasing their Forest Management portfolio

Wednesday 2 November – Danny Streams, Regional Fundraiser for Poppy Scotland will be the guest speaker, and will give an informal presentation on how Poppy Scotland is organised, who they work closely with, and how the money collected during the year and particularly during the annual poppy appeal is used. Danny will also give some information on their flagship Welfare Centre in Inverness.

Wednesday 7th December – Councillor Alan Donnelly will reflect on his childhood as a boy growing up in Jarrow in the North East of England

Wednesday 1st February – Newly appointed CEO of Aberdeen Inspired Adrian Watson, will be guest speaker and will update the lunch on Aberdeen Inspired’s current plans and those for the future.

If you wish to attend f the lunches please contact Clerk Garry Stevens at:


Payment can be made via cheque for £14 made payable to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen and send to:

Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose, DD10 0SJ


Online to

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Welcome to New Burgesses admitted on 17th August 2016

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Doris CampbellKen TaylorProf A PorterAlastair Hunter

Roxanne Watt

Welcome to the following new Burgesses admitted on 17th August 2016. From top: Doris Campbell – Ex Local Govt Officer, Kenneth Taylor – Forester,  Prof Andrew Porter – Academic & Entrepreneur, Alastair Hunter – Sales Manager, Roxanne Watt – Nurse

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