Dundee's other Trades & Orgs
The Nine Trades of Dundee
The Nine Incorporated Trades were formed in the sixteenth century from nine separate trades that operated in Dundee making and supplying shops of merchants in the city of Dundee.
Indeed many ended up opening their own shops to sell their wares, and many became merchants too.
The Nine Trades were formed from:-
HAMMERMEN (METAL WORKERS)
DYERS (AND WAULKNERS)
Whilst the individual trades came together from the fifteenth century to protect their own trades and interests in the City, the Nine Incorporated Trades was formed to create a strong bargaining group to oversee these individual trades, help them control their funds, and to provide funds for charitable causes. Whilst many trades remain closed (i.e. only skilled tradesmen can still join), some, such as the Bonnetmakers no longer practise their craft and are a social organisation, open to non-craftsmen, but still celebrating the importance heritage of their Trade within the City, as well as furthering charitable causes.
In addition they purchased property and participated in the running of many bodies within the City of Dundee, providing board members and funds to many key institutions and organisations.
A full and excellent website exists where you can find out more about the Nine Trades.