Saturday, March 9, 2019

Deacon at Earl of Wessex Event

Deacon MacDonald and Late Deacon Lennox attended on behalf of the Cordiners' Body and Soul initiative an event at St Andrew's Secondary Carntyne in connection with its Duke of Edinburgh Programme which we are happy to support. HRH The Earl of Wessex addressed the group and met all the participants afterwards along with the Lord Provost.




Friday, February 8, 2019

Cordiner Volker Koch

The eminent leather craftsman, and Glasgow Coridner, Volker Koch who gave us an inspirational evening at Muirheads three years ago, has been conducting master classes in Designskolen Kolding in Denmark. Here are some example of his students practising wet-moulding in his class.









Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Next Day .....

This morning, some of our guests who were staying on in Glasgow were led on a tour of the Clydeside Distillery where we also had lunch.



Deacon's Choosing Dinner 2019

Huge congratulations to Deacon Ewan MacDonald for an excellent Choosing Dinner last night.

Proper official photographs will follow but in the meantime here is the view from the piano.

The company was entertained by two excellent speakers - Judge Jessica Burns and Sir Harry Burns (no relation), piper Reece Lyons and tenor Connor James Smith.

Many thanks to all who attended, donated prizes, bought raffle-tickets and generally contributed  to a very successful evening whch raised a substantial amount for our "Body and Sole" initiative.


Among the guests were our opposite numbers from Dundee, Aberdeen, Irvine and Edinburgh, as well as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers and the Master of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers of London. As always we were delighted to welcome our friends from the Zunft zu Schumachern of Basel, led by the incoming Master and treasurer Herr Lukas Huber, attending his fifth of our Dinners.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Choosing Dinner - February 1st 2019

The Deacon's Choosing Dinner will take place in the Grand Hall on Friday February 1st 2019 at 6.30 p.m. There will be first-class musicians to entertain us and the guest speakers are recently-retired tribunal judge Jessica Burns











and Sir Harry Burns, former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.




Tickets priced £60 per person, exclusive of drinks, are available NOW from the Clerk:



Thomas W. Monteith
c/o Monteith Solicitors Limited
69 Buchanan Street
Glasgow, G1 3HL


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Master Court Meeting

At last night's extended meeting of the Master Court, Deacon MacDonald welcomed four new members and created two sub-committees: one to carry forward the launch of Body and Sole and the other for Education.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Linlithgow Banner

The Embroiderers Guild in Linlithgow is working on some banners replicating those in the Linlithgow Museum Collection. One of them is a Cordiners banner:


Apprentice of the Year

This year's winner of the Scottish Modern Apprentice of the Year (SCQF level 5) at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is Cordiner Robert McLatchie, our own winner of the Incorporation of Cordiners' Apprentice of the Year Prize in 2017.

Having completed a 2 year Modern Apprenticeship with the Scottish Leather Group, Robert is now continuing his studies at the University of Strathclyde with a Graduate Apprenticeship in Engineering: Design and Manufacturing.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Body and Sole - Football Boots

Body and Sole, the Incorporation of Cordiners in Glasgow's own charity, has collaborated with the Western Recreation Trust to provide football boots for thirty of the Refugees and Asylum-Seekers who are learning English in the daily classes run at St Aloysius Church in the City Centre. The boots were obtained for us at a very good price by Ex-Deacon Jim Roulston of Bar One Clothing Ltd.

The Incorporation of Cordiners in Glasgow is more than 500 years old and in former times regulated the shoemaking and leatherwork trade in the City. It is now a modern charity and has its own special project called Body and Sole, the brainchild of late deacon Dr Iain Lennox and Deacon Professor Ewan MacDonald OBE, which aims to provide footwear for sports and outward-bound activities for people, mostly schoolchildren, who could not otherwise participate.



The Western Recreation Trust was founded in 1973 with funds from the Public House Trust (Glasgow District) which was formed in the 19th Century to combat alcohol abuse.  The funds within that Trust came from the sale of pubs and hotels that had made their money from the sale of alcohol.  The Trustees use the funds today for a number of different purposes, but one of the major functions is to help young people find other creative and healthy things to do with their time than consume alcohol.

The ESOL Classes for refugees and asylum-seekers were the brainchild of Father Tim Curtis SJ, Jesuit parish priest. More than 250 people, from countries such as South Sudan, Syria, Eritrea and Iraq, come to the classes five mornings a week and are taught by an enthusiastic team of volunteers led by Kevin Wyber and Margaret McGlennan.

The football training takes place in Super Soccer in Scotland Street, courtesy of Raza and Farouk.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Windows of Chartres Cathedral

Two of the greatest contributions of Cordiners to the corpus of Mediaeval art - the Good Samaritan Window and the Death of the Virgin Window in Chartres Cathedral.

The shoemakers' street (rue de la Petite-Cordonnerie) was very near the Cathedral so perhaps they were easy targets for 13th century fund-raisers. The windows have signature panels indicating their cordiner donors.





Deacon at Earl of Wessex Event

Deacon MacDonald and Late Deacon Lennox attended on behalf of the Cordiners' Body and Soul initiative an event at St Andrew's Sec...