Thursday, July 16, 2020

Peerless Shoes for a Peer

A stylish and practical pair of platform shoes, presented by the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers of London to the Lord Levene of Portsoken, Guest Speaker at our 2020 Choosing Dinner, when he was Lord Mayor of London.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Body and Sole 2019-2020

Deacon Bergman and ExDeacon Lennox have prepared an excellent Prospectus and Annual Report outlining the scope and achievements of our Body and Sole initiative.

It can be found HERE.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Shoemaking in Lockdown

As a change from the craze for sourdough and other baking activities, a schoolteacher at St Modan's High School in Stirling is reported in the BBC news as having spent time during the lockdown in teaching herself how to make shoes.

Read all about it HERE.    

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

International Heraldry Day

We mark International Heraldry Day by celebrating the Heraldry of the Trades Hall of Glasgow. Here is the famous Trades Window bearing the arms, some later revised on recording at the Lyon Court, of the House and the 14 Incorporated Trades.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Body and Sole on JustGiving

The long-drawn our process for adding Body and Sole to JustGiving is almost complete - indeed you can already donate - but it seems there will be another (short) delay before they can add the GiftAid facility so you may wish to keep your Boxes locked up with both keys until that little matter is sorted out.


The End is Nigh!

No, not THAT END, the end of the lock-down is slowly coming closer. The Cordiners were thanked today on the website of the Glasgow Disabled Scouts whose Appeal for a rebuilt Lodge at Glengoyne is one of our key charities.

Obviously, the Scouts like everybody else have been locked-down but the youngsters involved have been kept on their toes by the very demanding (and crazy!) tasks set every week by the Scouts Taskmaster which then reappear for judging on Youtube. It is a great organization and the Cordiners are proud to be associated with it.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Cordiners Artifacts: No 3 - Our snuff mull

Many of the Crafts possess snuff mulls and pass them round at the end of their Choosing Dinners. According to Craig Bryce's commentary on the site, "a pinch of snuff is taken from the box and spread along the fleshy part of the upper thumb and then half is inhaled up each nostril.   The idea is that the snuff irritates the nasal passages and clears the airways."

In the present writer's view the only thing likely to be irritated by such a disgusting habit is the unfortunate neighbours of the snuffer (and the watchful pianist) but thankfully hardly anybody actually tries it......

The mulls themselves are splendid items, usually made out of animal horns and richly decorated with silver, stones such as Cairngorms and coats of arms. Ours is a splendid example and we are much to civilised to encourage public sneezing by passing it round....

Photographed by George Mahoney

Note for your diary!

A team from the Cordiners will be doing the WEE WANDER (6 miles) on the Kiltwalk in Glasgow on Sunday 26th April. Please join us or if you cannot pledge some money! We are walking in aid of our Body and Sole initiative to help provide suitable footwear for young people in Glasgow to participate in sport and outward-bound activities, like the Duke of Edinburgh Award. This is a very important health intervention and worthy of our support. Please do not sign up yet, as we have still to finalise the account details. Watch this space!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Cordiners Artifacts: No 2 - The Deacon's Goblet

Due to the generosity of Lord Forte in the 1980s, each Deacon and Visitor has a silver goblet, created by students at Glasgow School of Art. Each goblet is decorated with a symbol relevant to the craft - the Gardeners, for example, have the tree from the Garden of Eden complete with snake. In the Cordiners' case, the artist chose to quote one of the charges from our coat of arms - the gold crown. It is not quite the marquess's crown of our blazon but it still looks very lovely. The Deacon uses it the dinners of all the crafts.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Cordiners Artifacts: No 1 - The Bells, the bells,,,,

The Trades House archivist, Craig Bryce, whose superb book on the history of the institution came out last year, has kindly provided us with a set of excellent photographs, taken by George Mahoney, of the Incorporation's artifacts. Since it is not always possible to get a good look at these during our functions, I thought people might like to see them here.

A number of Incorporations possess Bells, many of them are very old. Today only the Incorporation of Cordiners use them at their Deacon's Choosing Dinner. During the Dinner, when the Deacon is about to speak, he/she rings a bell and it is echoed by a further two bells rung by the Collector and Deacon's Goudie..

Guests at the Choosing Dinner

One of the joyous features of the Annual Choosing Dinner is our regular group of loyal and far-travelled guests. ExDeacon Adrian Pierotti organized a day out in the country the next day to thank our London friends and the group from Basel who have been coming to our dinners for years and entertained us royally in Switzerland each year.

First of all a rather good extra photograph from the Dinner showing Deacon Bergman, speaker Maurice Corry MSP, exDeacon and toastmaster Adrian Pierotti and Collector of the House John McKnight. Also on display is the great chair of the Incorporation.

Now that Outing......

ExDeacon Pierotti, John Rubinstein (Past Master Cordwainer of London, Deacon Bergman, and Lukas Huber from the E. E. Zunft zu Schuhmachern 

The party at Glengoyne Distillery

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Choosing Dinner 2020 - Picture Gallery

Edward Mallinson has kindly provided a range of photographs of our Dinner on Friday. Here is a selection. More captions will be added eventually!

Diana Mallinson and Colin Russell

Visitor Ian Macpherson MBE of the Maltmen, President Aileen Brodie of the 
Association of Deacons 

Deacon John Brown (Incorporation of Masons), Dr & Mrs Robin G C McKinlay,
Preses of the Grand Antiquity Society. 

Deacon Professor Bruce Wood of the Hammermen, who "visited" the dinner.

Collector Brian McAlinden CBE and Late Deacon Professor Ewan MacDonald OBE

Lady and Lord Levene, Deacon Bergman, Maurice Corry MSP and the Hon. Mrs Steuart-Corry

Peerless Shoes for a Peer

A stylish and practical pair of platform shoes, presented by the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers of London to the Lord Levene of Portsoken...