Tailors are taking in new faces
Organisation is sew old
One of Rutherglen’s oldest organisations is on the lookout for new members.
The Incorporation of Tailors of Rutherglen was established by a charter and seal of office granted by the provost, baillies and council of Rutherglen on December 1, 1657 .
Since then they have been responsible for regulating a series of craftsmen and helped grant financial assistance to residents in the Burgh. The group are now a registered charity. Alan McLennan has been deacon of the incorporation twice.
He explained: “The main purpose of the incorporations was to ensure that the trades of tailoring, stonemasonry, carpentry and metalwork were carried on only by qualified craftsmen.
“Regulation of the crafts included making orders relating to working hours, wages and working conditions, the provision of a system for time-served master craftsmen to pass on their skills to apprentices and the maintenance of high standards of craftsmanship.
“In addition the incorporations used entry money from new members and other income to grant financial assistance to members and widows, children and dependants of deceased members in difficult financial circumstances.
“Today the Incorporation of Tailors is the only surviving trade craft in the former Royal Burgh.
“Membership of the incorporation is not confined to tailors and it is no longer required to regulate the trade of tailoring.
“The incorporation does, however, maintain its role in providing financial assistance, derived from entry money from new members and the incorporation’s investments, to members and widows of members through grants and gifts and also to support several local charities through annual donations.”
As well as operating as a charity the craft has a social aspect, with an annual dinner in December and bowling and golf competitions in the summer.
The incorporation is governed by a master court made up of the deacon, late collector, collector, late deacon, deacon’s master and several ordinary masters, who are assisted by the clerk.
Alan added: “The running of the Incorporation of Tailors of Rutherglen is undertaken on a voluntary basis by members who live in the area or have an association with Rutherglen, all for the benefit of local charities and dependants.
“To enable the incorporation to continue with its charitable work it is always necessary to have new members and an enthusiastic and willing master court.”
Anyone interested can visit the group’s website at www.tailorsofrutherglen.co.uk or contact the clerk W Grant Johnston on 0141 248 3434 or via email at wgj@wjm. co.uk.
Membership is not confined to tailors