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Choosing Day 2018

We were delighted this morning to elect Professor Ewan Macdonald to be our Deacon for 2018-2019. Head of the Healthy Working Lives Group at the University of Glasgow, Deacon Macdonald is a Consultant Occupational Physician and Director of SALUS Occupational Health & Safety. He has been at the forefront of both occupational health development and research for over thity years.  He has led services in fields as diverse as coal mining, computer manufacture, aluminium smelting, textiles and latterly the NHS. In July 2018, Professor Macdonald was appointed to the Occupational Health Expert Group, established by the Work and Health Unit of the Department of Health and Social Care, London.



The Late Deacon, Dr Iain Lennox, was warmly thanked for his tremendous work during his year, especially in the setting up with Professor Macdonald of our new flagship charity, Body and Sole, which supplies footwear to needy groups for sport and outward bound activities. Deacon Macdonald presented Late Deacon Lennox with his Auld Deacon's medal, after which ExDeacon Dr Beverly Bergman was sworn in as Collector and the AGM was honoured by a visit from the Deacon Convener, Cordiner Dr Alastair Dorward, Collector of the House, Bruce Reidford, and Chief Executive John Gilchrist. 



Shoemakers Guild of Basel

For the third year in a row, our Deacon was the guest of the Shoemakers Guild of Basel, whose boundless hospitality was greatly enjoyed by Iain and Helen. Here is the Guild on the march, followed by Deacon Lennox addressing the company while the band plays "Flower of Scotland".


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Glasgow Disabled Scouts

We are very proud to support the remarkable members of the Glasgow Disabled Scouts who are currently in the middle of an exhilarating fortnight's camp in Belgium where, in addition to Scouting activities and the favourite wide-games and Burns Supper with the local troups, they have visited the Tyne Cot War cemetery and laid a wreath at the Menin gate in Ypres. What a wonderful group of young people they are.




This year's Box-Opening took place in the Saloon on Thursday 19th April 2018. A large and appreciative gathering was treated to talks from two of the recipients of our BODY AND SOLE initiative: The Glasgow Schools Duke of Edinburgh Award schools, which received £5000 to purchase essential footwear for participants represented by manager Gary Condie and Paul Gess who runs the scheme at Smithycroft Academy, and the Glasgow Outdoor Resource Centre, whose director Dougie Shannon thanked us for the donation of £500 for the purchase of rock-climbing boots and gave an inspiring address on the programmes for vulnerable children and families run by the Centre.

Deacon Lennox presented awards to our Prizewinners from Glasgow School of Art:

Lucy Kerr



Esther Kwon


Kirsteen McDiarmid


 Caitlin Butkevicius


Deacon Lennox presented Glasgow School of Art with a cheque to provide the fashion department with a new sewing-machine:



Following this, Deacon Lennox presented our three apprentices of the year with membership of the Craft - all three working in Muirheads/Scottish Leather Group:

Robert McLatchie - Apprentice of the Year 2017


Richard Smart - Joint Apprentice of the Year 2018



Gary Pritchard - Joint Apprentice of the Year 2018


The speakers from the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme left us in doubt as to the high value they place on our assistance: Gary Conrie and Paul Gess:

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Our final speaker was Dougie Shannon of the Glasgow Outdoor Resource Centre:

Gary Condie

Our new pop-up banners were on display for the first time - these are the barinchildren of Collector Prof Ewan Macdonald:


Crispin's Knife

Deacon Lennox has commissioned a stand and coat of arms for a Cordiner's knife from the wonderful people at Galgael. It will be displayed at the Box Opening on April 19th. The elm is from the same source, Holyrood Park, as the Box commissioned by Deacon Bergman three years ago.


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Cords Knife

Scottish Leather Design Awards

Deacon Lennox and Collector MacDonald attended Glasgow School of Art on 9th February 2018 for the final judging of the Scottish Leather Design competition for third year students. The judges selected winners for the four categories, some of which are pictured. The Deacon congratulated the winners, and spoke to the students and staff about the history and present activities of the Cordiners. The  four winners were invited to receive their awards at the Craft Box Opening event on 19th April.

Deacon's Choosing Dinner 2018

The Deacon's Choosing Dinner took place on February 2nd 2018 under the genial chairmanship of Deacon Iain Lennox and was a triumphant success: more than 150 people attended and more than £3500 was raised for our new charity, Body and Sole, of which more later. The two main toasts were delivered by Professor Brian Williams, CBE, a retired Consultant geriatrician, and Mr Alan McKay FRCS, a retired consultant vascular surgeon. Both speakers gave thoughtful entertaining and engaging addresses. Musical entertainment was provided by Rebecca Watson, trumpet, and Melissa MacDonald, violin.


Deacon Dr Iain Lennox (right) with Collector Professor Ewan Macdonald OBE


Cordiners Awards were given to Gary Pritchard and Richard Smart, top-performing apprentices of Muirhead and Son along with Callum MacInnes, HR Director of the Scottish Leather Group and Nicola Monteith, HR Assistant


 ExDeacon Dr Christine Linnell with Oliver Piel and Lukas Huber of the Shoemakers Guild of Basel.



Deacon Lennox checking the Deacon's Bell as toastmaster, our ExDeacon Dr Adrian Pierotti keeps watch.


Deacon Lennox with the two newest Cordiners, son Stuart and daughter Fiona. 


Deacon Lennox with our two prizewinning apprentices in leatherwork, Gary and Richard, now members of the Craft.


Cordiner Deacon Convener, Dr Alistair Dorward with Deacon Dr Iain Lennox

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Our trademark - an edible coat of arms! 

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Guest speaker Alan Mackay FRCS, with ExDeacon Dr Beverly Bergman, Mrs Mackay and Deacon's Lady, Mrs Helen Lennox


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Alan Mackay FRCS & Deacon Lennox

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 Deacon Lennox with guest speaker Professor Brian Williams CBE 

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Muirhead and Son designed and produced leather place-mats for the Dinner using the Incorporation's coat of arms.



Deacon Convener Dr Alistair Dorward

The House has elected its 20th Cordiner Deacon Convener in Dr Alistair Dorward. We wish him and Sarah, and Collector Bruce Reidford a fruitful and happy year.Alstairand Bruce


Heraldry Exhibition Dinner

The Exhibition Dinner was held on Monday evening and chaired by Ex-Deacon Dr Beverly Bergman, in her capacity as Chairman of the Heraldry Society of Scotland. The Guest of Honour was the Lord Lyon. At the Keynote Lecture by Charles Burnett, late Ross Herald, which preceded the dinner, the Lord Lyon presented the Association of Deacons with an extract of matriculation granting the Association, in the person of the President, J. Douglas Anderson, with its coat of arms. At the end of the dinner, Deacon Lennox gave the vote of thanks.




Heraldry Exhibition

The Cordiners were delighted to combine with the Court of the Lord Lyon, the Trades House and the Heraldry Society of Scotland to promote an exhibition of Heraldic Art. Under the expert guidance of Ken Gibb, whose skills gave the event a truly professional gloss, materials were assembled from far and wide, including the Thistle crests of the Dukes of Argyll and Roxburghe, the Marquess of Zetland, the Earl of Roseberry,and Viscount Arbuthnott. We also had the shield of Lord Glenlyon for the Eglinton tournament, lent by the Duke of Atholl, the banner of Very Rev Charles Warr used in 1953 for the presentation to the Queen of the Honours of Scotland, and many other things. Simultaneouly, we had nearly 150 schoolchildren in the Reception Room learning how to paint and draw heraldry under the direction of the Court Artists.

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Deacon Dr Iain Lennox Elected on Choosing Day

The Cordiners were delighted to elect the distinguished geriatrician, Dr. Iain Lennox to be their Deacon for 2017-2018 on Choosing Day, Friday 22nd September 2017.


The Late Deacon, Dr Adrian Pierotti was warmly thanked for his work for the Incorporation in 2016-2017 and presented with the Auld Deacon's Medal. As Dr Pierotti was completing a second term as Deacon, his original medal was simply  augmented by a bar in the appropriate form of a shoe.


Buoyed-Up Awards

The Late Collector, Dr Iain Lennox, attended the Buoyed Up Awards Ceremony in the Barony Hall on 14th June 2017, when children from four primary schools in North and east Glasgow gave a series of verbal and musical presentations outlining their experiences on the Buoyed Up Programme, run by the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation, supported in 2016 by the Incorporation of Cordiners. The children had clearly gained greatly in confidence and knowledge of nautical matters, and the hall was decorated with a series of paintings and short articles by the children. The Late Collector passed on the best wishes of the Incorporation to the Foundation officials and encouraged them in their excellent work.

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