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Building Early Modern Edinburgh: A Social History of Craftwork and Incorporation

Aaron Allen


Masons, carpenters and glaziers were all needed to build a house, but in many cities such trades had separate companies. In Edinburgh, however, they banded together in a single incorporation to seek control of the labour market and defend their privileged position. Such issues were often contested by unfree competitors, municipal regulators and powerful customers. Therefore unity was needed to defend their position and privileges, but with ten unequal arts vying for control of the composite corporate body, how was such unity to be secured? The Edinburgh Incorporation of Mary’s Chapel looked to ... More

Keywords: building trades, corporatism, composite corporatism, craft guilds, incorporated trades, masons, carpenters, family, social history, liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474442381
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Allen, author
University of Edinburgh

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