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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

A special message from the Lord Dean – ‘ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL’

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You may think this is about the well-known hit by Pink Floyd, in fact it’s to do with a local initiative which I fully support and now call upon Burgesses to follow the lead and contribute to an Appeal for funds which will make a difference to many lives in our City.

Last June I joined with a number of Burgesses on a visit to the Neurological Care Centre at Dee View Court in Kincorth which cares for up to 24 people at any one time.  This was an ‘eye-opener’, I was hugely impressed by the facilities, the staff and most of all the achievements of this Sue Ryder organisation, and I’m sure that the others felt the same way.    We came away having made a modest donation to the #DEEVIEWAPPEAL which is targeting £3.9 million ‘brick by brick’ to extend Dee View Court with specially adapted rooms and apartments to provide for greater flexibility in the care of an additional 20 people.   

The Appeal deserves our support, this is an excellent centre of care in the heart of our community and I believe this is an excellent opportunity for individual Burgesses to donate just £10 each to raise £1,000 to buy a brick to help to build a bigger Dee View Court.   (Larger donations could enable us to donate 2 or perhaps even 3 bricks.)

I do hope you will donate to this special appeal and you can do this by either sending a cheque made payable to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen to the following address (marked ‘Dee View’):

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


by making an online payment to:

Sort Code 826011


Reference Dee View Donation

News from the Lord Dean of Guild

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The Lord Dean was part of the Burgess Golf Team who took part in the annual Friendship Trophy Golf match at Deeside Golf Club on Tuesday 11th September. The Burgesses were once again victorious but by a very slim margin of 2 points. This is the third year since its inception that the Burgesses have been the winning team. After a recount our  own Burgess, John Craig was the winning individual player with 33 Stableford points.

On Sunday 16th September, The Lord Dean was present at the Annual Scottish Samurai Awards, organised by Burgess Ronnie Watt OBE, and held at the Maryculter House Hotel. Burgess Hayley Bloodworth was host of the awards. The Lord Dean was delighted to present awards to two fellow Burgesses and past Lord Provosts, Doctor Margaret Smith, and Margaret Farquhar CBE. Both received awards for services to Aberdeen and the Community. Clerk Garry Stevens received an award for services to Scotland, Aberdeen and the Community, and Burgess Mark McCue for services to charity world wide. Burgess Norman McPherson received an award along with his wife Mary for services to medical charities. The Lord Dean also accepted an award on behalf of Burgess and current Lord Provost, Barney Crockett for services to Aberdeen, and the community, and the friendship between Aberdeen and Japan.


Welcome to New Burgesses

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Welcome to new Burgesses admitted on Monday 10th September 2018.


Dr Collette Backwell, CEO Clan Cancer Support, proposed by Albert Jones and Seconded by Ken Watmough.

William Mitchell, Chartered Surveyor, Proposed by Lord Dean of Guild and Seconded by Past Dean of Guild, Fred Dalgarno.

Aberdeen and the Great War

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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.

The talk will take place at the Aberdeenshire Cricket Club on Tuesday 19th February 2019, with a 6.30pm start. A buffet supper will be included in the evening.

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

If you wish to attend please email Clerk Garry Stevens at clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

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/Play

Burgess Golf Competition

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Message from Lord Dean:

The annual Burgess golf competition took place on Wednesday 25th July at Kings Links Golf course. Participant numbers were down on previous years with 9 Burgesses taking part. Conditions were windy but sunny.

Winner was our Clerk Garry Stevens, runner up was Gordon Gray, with John Craig in third place. Special mention to our lady Burgess competitor Lindsey Esson who played well and enjoyed the day as did all those taking part.

The group enjoyed a meal at the Hilton Treetops after the conclusion of the golf.


Visit to Alford – Thursday 19th July – Summary of Visit by Lord Dean

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Last Thursday 25 Burgesses with their guests had an enjoyable and nostalgic evening at Alford, we had a guided tour of the Bus Museum and a walkabout in the Transport Museum where we had a nice buffet supper.    I said in my words of thanks to both organisations and the enthusiasts who run these museums that they have created legacies both for the area and the respective industries, for our benefit and for many others in years to come – well done !

 Personally, the highlight for me was the opportunity to drive a bus, in fact we were able to drive two buses.   First I drove a double-decker with auto transmission and power steering then I experienced the single-decker with semi-auto and NO power steering.   Wonderful fun !

Many thanks to Joe Mackie for arranging the dual visit, and thanks to the others including Gordon Mills of the Bus Museum and Mike Ward of Grampian Transport Museum

 Many of us heard for the first time about Robert Davidson from Aberdeen who apparently first invented a version of the electric car.  The Grampian Transport Museum is championing this man, rightly so I think, and their exhibition features his work including working models.  The following piece prepared by the GTM will interest many Burgesses, click on the link below. There is also some excellent information on him on Wikipedia.

Its Electric Blog Doc




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