- 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
Headship and Inclusion
Headship and Inclusion
- (p.33) 1 Headship and Inclusion
- Building Early Modern Edinburgh
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The Incorporation chose to describe themselves as ‘the House’, laying claim to their place as one of the building blocks of a godly society, and emphasising their desire for unity and a common purpose for their brethren. Chapter one will look at the internal relationships within this House, both between craft and craft in a composite incorporation, and between freemen and ‘stallangers’, exploring how certain trades became established while others remained tolerated and licensed unfreemen. The internal craft aristocracy and the oligarchic tendency to be selective in allowing access to corporate privileges led to a particular crisis in the 1690s, when the deacon convener of Edinburgh’s fourteen incorporated trades ordered the doors of Mary’s Chapel shut until arbitration could mend the relationship between the two senior trades of Mary’s Chapel, the masons and the wrights. Still, this divided House managed to survive, despite encroachments of unfree craftspeople and internal disputes.
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