The History of Leith

September 21, 2007

The Edinburgh Trades

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Trade incorporations and merchant guilds started to appear in the Twelfth and Thirteenth centuries. Groups of people involved in the same trade banded together, having discovered the benefits of mutual support. In Scotland the organisation of craftsmen into incorporations took place in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth centuries, although the craftsmen had been grouped together informally prior to this date. The records illustrate many aspects of incorporations from Edinburgh and many other burghs. Try searching for the subject of your choice. for more click here

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