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.
- Annual Kirkin’ of The Trades
Annual Kirkin' of The Trades
The annual Kirkin’ of The Trades took place Sunday 26th November led by Trades Chaplain, Rev. Anita Kerr with many trade members in attendance with there families. Deacon Convenor, ...
- The Dundee Tapestry Project
The Dundee Tapestry Project
The Dundee Tapestry will be exhibited at the V&A between January 20th and March 28th 2024. Come along to see a unique, handcrafted collection of tapestries depicting Dundee’s past, ...
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.