- Title Pages
- Foreword to the History of the United Incorporations of St Mary’s Chapel of Edinburgh
- 1 Headship and Inclusion
- 2 Family, Household and Obligation
- 3 Craft and Kirk: Security, Status and Shelter
- 4 Craft and Burgh: Conflict or Partnership?
- Appendix 1: Seals of Cause
- Appendix 2: Mill’s Partial Transcription of the 1517 Letter from the Archbishop of St Andrews
- Appendix 3: 1527–8 Ratification of Seal of Cause by James V
- Appendix 4: 1532 Order of Crafts in Processions
- Appendix 5: Documents Relating to Foundation of Mary’s Chapel, 1505–6
- Appendix 6: Excerpts from Inventory of Writs Relating to 1601 Purchase of St Mary’s Chapel, Niddry’s Wynd
- Appendix 7: 1633 Ratification of Seal of Cause
- Appendix 8: Record of the 1703 Court of Session Decreet Arbitral from the Edinburgh Council Records
- Appendix 9: 1718–21 Chimney Piece Debate
- Appendix 10: Unfreemen Declared Able to Join the Incorporation in 1790
- Appendix 11: Responses to the Questions from the Royal Commission on Municipal Corporations
- Appendix 12: Burgh Trading Act 1846
- Index of Subjects
- Index of Places
Incorporation and the Corporate Framework
- (p.1) Introduction
- Building Early Modern Edinburgh
- Edinburgh University Press
The introduction explores the context in which the Incorporation of Mary’s Chapel developed. The phenomenon of the craft guild is an important part of the Europe’s urban social structure, from the largest capital city, to many of the smaller aspiring towns. Whether composite, with numerous trades, or granted to a single occupation, the feudalistic structures of urban work often favoured this protectionist institution, though corporate privileges and exclusivity were far from uniform, and always contested. In this chapter, a brief narrative of the Incorporation’s history sets the scene for the later chapters, followed by an account of how historians have viewed the process of incorporating Edinburgh’s building trades, from the eighteenth century to present day, demonstrating the need for a full study of such an important urban institution.
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