Provost Christine Simpson was among the attendees at the Guildry of Stirling’s Dean’s Dinner as the ancient organisation got its 900th anniversary celebrations underway.
L-R Back – Alan Simpson OBE (lord Lieutenant), Alasdair Gammack (Dean Of The Guildry of Stirling), Dr Murray Cook (Dinner Speaker), Jim Mailer (Guildry Officer)  Front – Elizabeth Roads (Vote Of Thanks), Provost Christine Simpson, Ailsa Stanwix (Dinner Speaker)

The event took place earlier this month at Stirling Golf Club, which is also commemorating its 150th milestone this year.

Stirling Council’s archaeologist, Dr Murray Cook, delivered an entertaining talk on the rich history of the city, before Alisa Stanwix of Old Glassingall House provided a fascinating insight into local artist Thomas Stuart Smith, creator of the Smith Art Gallery.

Although the Guildry of Stirling cannot trace its exact origins, it was formed to protect the trading rights of its members, receiving official recognition in 1226 when King Alexander II granted a charter to the Merchant Guild of the town.

The society was a key influencer of the city’s commercial and cultural development, before the Burgh Reform Act of 1833 provided for the election of Town Councils, and the Burgh Trading Act of 1846 abolished the privileges of Merchant Guilds.

The Guildry is now a charitable organisation which maintains the ancient traditions of Stirling and celebrates the successes, contributions and influence of its people.

Provost Christine Simpson said: “It is remarkable that the Guildry is now in its 900th year, and it was a privilege to be part of this enjoyable and entertaining event which kicked off the society’s anniversary celebrations.

“The Guildry is woven into the fabric of Stirling and it continues to play a vital role with its charity work and in showcasing the achievements of our citizens.”

Alasdair Gammack, Dean of the Guildry of Stirling, said: “It was a fabulous evening which starts the Guildry of Stirling’s 900th anniversary celebrations, climaxing in our special dinner in the Stirling Castle in September.” 

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