Tailors are tak­ing in new faces

Or­gan­i­sa­tion is sew old

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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