Fri. Jun 21st, 2024

About Hammermen of Glasgow

The 14 trades of Glasgow

The 14 trades of Glasgow came together in 1605 in the Trades House of Glasgow. Each of these crafts is an independent charity that is rich in history and tradition. The crafts played a significant role in shaping the City of Glasgow, and today they work towards assisting both young and old.

Below is the list of the 14 crafts:

Hammermen, Tailors, Cordiners, Maltmen, Weavers, Bakers, Skinners & Glovers, Wrights, Coopers, Fleshers, Masons, Gardeners, Barbers, Bonnetmakers & Dyers.

A stained glass display decorated with crests of the 14 crafts of Glasgow.

The Incorporation of Hammermen

The Incorporation included craftsmen who were primarily associated with metalworking – “men who wielded the hammer.” Today it represents all aspects of modern engineering and many other trades and professions.


The crest of the Hammermen of Glasgow is a hammer surmounted by a crown, along with its motto, “By Hammer in Hand, All Arts do Stand.”

Hammermen of Glasgow crest
Hammermen of Glasgow crest

Membership to the Incorporation of Hammermen

Hammermen has a 450-year history with members including Kings, Princes, a Princess, and Prime Ministers. The Incorporation today has over 1000 members.


The craft encourages diversity. Previously the Incorporation only accepted members who wielded the hammer. Today, not only are members with engineering backgrounds welcomed but their children may also become members. Over time membership has also spread to include industrialists, entrepreneurs, and anyone the Incorporation has provided encouragement to resulting in furthering the trade and commerce of the City of Glasgow.

Roles in the Incorporation of Hammermen

Deacon: The Master Court is headed by the Deacon
Collector: Responsible for the craft’s accounts and recruitment of others to join the craft
Clerk: Responsible in the maintenance of Master Court records

The list below shows the current members of the Master Court 

Deacon: Professor Bruce Wood

Collector: Dr Mick O’Connor

Dr Nina Baker DL (Late Deacon)

David Westmore (Ex Deacon)

Andrew Young (Ex Deacon)

Raymond Lyon (Late Collector)

Susan Cresswell (Master)

Professor David Cumming (Master) 

Anjali De Silva (Master)

Vickram Dhami (Master)

Alan Horn (Master)

Colin McInnes (Master)

Dean Young (Master)

Clerk: W Grant Johnston

Elections take place in September each year.

Click here to view a full timeline of previous Deacons from 1900 to the present day.