The History of Leith

April 19, 2006

The City Livery Companies and Their Heraldry

The Livery Companies of the City of London derive their twelfth-century origins in the religious fraternities which grew up around a church, monastery or hospital to which they attached themselves, and which the members used as a meeting place and whose saint was adopted as their patron. Members of those fraternities who lived together often worked together in a common trade or craft, and they developed into mutual protection societies making provision for the poor, sick and needy in their communities and promoting the interests of their crafts, including apprenticeship and the power of search which gave each company the right to inspect all goods handled by its members. (Included as Leith Incorporations used the Symbols of the London Trade Guilds) for more click here

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