The Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee have a proud history dating back to the fifteenth century. The Nine Trades are still active in Dundee, with over five hundred members across all trades.
Find out more about who we are and what we do:
The Nine Incorporated Trades
Information about each of the trades, their history and present day activities.
A key present day function of the Nine Trades is the support of charitable causes.
About the Guild of Merchants, the most powerful of all the public bodies in the history of the Nine Trades.
The Three United Trades
The Three United Trades of Dundee are the building trades, the Masons, Wrights and Slaters.
- Weaver Degree Show Prize Winners
Weaver Degree Show Prize Winners
Deacon Paul Leigh and Boxmaster Richard Irvine had the pleasure to attend the VIP preview of the 2022 Degree Show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art to judge ...
- Trades Kirk Special 250th Anniversary
Trades Kirk Special 250th Anniversary
On Saturday 4th June it was exactly 250 years to the day that the Foundation Stone for the Trades Kirk was laid. To celebrate this anniversary, a special service was held ...
History of the Nine Trades
So who were and are the trades, what is their purpose and how did it all begin? The answer to the last question is that no one knows. However we do know that in 1124, King David I framed Laws for the regulation of various trades and his Chamberlain made regular visits to ensure that they were enforced by the Bailies.
These regulations required the trades to care for their poor and sick and laid down standards to control the price of the goods and the quality of the workmanship. Certainly from 1306, Robert I, James I, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots all recognised the trades as separate corporate bodies.