Guildry Traditions

The Guildry has a long-standing range of traditional activities throughout the year.

Annual Inspection

This takes place on the first Wednesday in June and involves the Dean and his office bearers visiting Craigmakerran Estate. The visit begins at Guildtown School where members are entertained by pupils. Then we visit our farm properties ending the day by inviting our tenants to a meal in a nearby hotel.

Triennial Assembly

This tradition provides members with a day out to a location chosen by the Dean of the day.

This outing is the one occasion when Guildryman from all over the country meet up with the Dean and committee and it plays an important part in recruiting future office bearers who are essential to the running of the Guildry.

Guildry day out, 2002
Members attend the 2008 Guildry day out.

Meal Searching

The Meal Search is carried out on a triennial basis when six Meal Searchers visit a local establishment to search the meal (various cereals) for impurities.

Ale Tasting

This custom had been in abeyance for many years but was resurrected in 1997 to encourage more members to participate in Guildry activities. Six Ale Tasters carry out their duties on a triennial basis at a local hostelry to ensure the quality of the ale being served.

The Meal Searchers and Ale Tasters present a report of their findings to the Dean and his Committee at a dinner held in a local hotel.