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Photos from the Court of Deans AGM, Friday 25th April

Pictures from the AGM are now available: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=201574 - courtesy of Louis Flood.

Lord Dean elected Lord President of the Court of Deans

Lord President of the Court Deans, Alastair H Anderson

Our Lord Dean was elected Lord President of the Court of Deans last April and we will host the Court’s AGM on 25th April. Below, the Lord Dean is pictured attending a dinner in Ayr in his capacity as Lord President. More details are available in The Guildryman Newsletter, April 2014.

Lord President of the Court, attending a dinner in Ayr.

Lockit Book at the Antiques Roadshow

Pictured below, committee member Louis Flood taking the Lockit Book to the Antiques Roadshow at Scone Palace last year.

Committee member Louis Flood with the Lockit Book

It is called the Lockit Book because it was once locked, although the locks are broken now - this was to prevent anyone falsely entering their names as this would give them a licence to trade in the burgh without paying their dues to the Guildry.

The book expert Justin Croft was very impressed with its condition. He said he had never seen an ancient book in such good condition, it is very rare to have anything made of paper before the start of the 16th century - usually it is vellum or parchment.

He also commented on the Royal signatures contained in the book the earliest being James VI in 1601 through to the Queen and Prince Philip. It was televised last month.

New Lord Dean of Guild

Lord Dean of Guild, Alastair H Anderson

At our recent AGM, well-known local solicitor Alastair H Anderson, a partner with Anderson, Beaton, Lamond, was elected Lord Dean of Guild. His term of office will last for three years, serving a further three as ex-Dean.

Pictured above, outgoing Lord Dean Graham Harding presents the chain of office.

Lanark visit

Chain of Command  -  Lord Dean of Guild Graham Harding and Dean of Guild of Lanark Jim Moynagh with Guildry members outside the Cartland Bridge Hotel, Lanark.
Chain of Command - Lord Dean of Guild Graham Harding and Dean of Guild of Lanark Jim Moynagh with Guildry members outside the Cartland Bridge Hotel, Lanark.

Another Triennial Assembly began at 9.15 am on Saturday 4th June at the South Inch Car Park. Two coaches of guildrymen and guests departed for Lanark. On arrival at the Cartland Bridge Hotel they were welcomed by Provost Russell Clearie who joined them for a buffet lunch.

In the afternoon members were given a guided tour of the New Lanark Heritage Centre returning to the Cartland Bridge Hotel for dinner where they were welcomed by the Dean of Guild of Lanark Jim Moynagh.

They returned to Perth some twelve hours later and the general view was it was another "grand day out".

Guild Court battles the elements

It was a snowy scene in Perth on the 8th January, when the Guild Court was held in the Royal George Hotel.  Pictured is Lord Dean of Guild Graham Harding braving the elements.
It was a snowy scene in Perth on the 8th January, when the Guild Court was held in the Royal George Hotel. Pictured is Lord Dean of Guild Graham Harding braving the elements.

New Admissions

New admissions to the Guildry: from left Kevin Struthers, Keith Harding, Alan Heyward, Lord Dean of Guild Graham Harding, Grieg Watt, Ruaridh Marnoch, Bryan Wallace and Finn Thomson.
New admissions to the Guildry: from left Kevin Struthers, Keith Harding, Alan Heyward, Lord Dean of Guild Graham Harding, Grieg Watt, Ruaridh Marnoch, Bryan Wallace and Finn Thomson.

Court of Deans' Meeting

Perth hosted the Court of Deans' Meeting in October 2009.  Provost John Hulbert welcomes Lord President Robert Burns and members prior to a civic reception in the City Chambers.
Perth hosted the Court of Deans' Meeting in October 2009. Provost John Hulbert welcomes Lord President Robert Burns and members prior to a civic reception in the City Chambers.

Photo Gallery

Guildtown Blue Grass Festival
A selection of highlights from the 800th anniversary year are available in our photo gallery page.