Provost Christine Simpson has wished the first female Dean of the Merchant Guildry of Stirling every success in the role.
The Guildry of Stirling annual Dean's Dinner - top table

Elizabeth Roads carried out her first official duties last Friday night (10 Feb) as the 900-year-old organisation held its annual Dean’s Dinner at Stirling Golf Club.

Historic occasion

Provost Simpson, who was among the speakers at the event, said: “I was honoured to represent the people of Stirling at this historic occasion for the Guildry.

“This organisation is key part of Stirling’s history and it continues to make an important contribution to the life of the city in a variety of ways, including its charity work, and I would like to wish Elizabeth every success as Dean.”

Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow performed the Toast to the City of Stirling, while Robin Iffla MBE gave the Vote of Thanks on an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Elizabeth said: “My first Dean's Dinner as Dean was a very happy and relaxed evening with excellent company and superb food prepared by the chef and staff at Stirling Golf Club.

“We were richly entertained by speeches from the Provost of Stirling, Christine Simpson, who had been delving into the archives for some delightful anecdotes, and then after dinner by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow, who had the whole company amused and engaged by his reminiscences of Stirling when he was a young man, along with with his comments about some of the lighter moments in his work as Lord Lyon.”

The Guildry of Stirling

Although the Guildry of Stirling cannot trace its exact origins, it was formed to protect the trading rights of its members, receiving official recognition in 1226 when King Alexander II granted a charter to the Merchant Guild of the town.

The society was a key influencer of the city’s commercial and cultural development, before the Burgh Reform Act of 1833 provided for the election of Town Councils, and the Burgh Trading Act of 1846 abolished the privileges of Merchant Guilds.

The Guildry is now a charitable organisation which maintains the ancient traditions of Stirling and celebrates the successes, contributions and influence of its people.

For more information on the Guildry of Stirling, head to the Stirling Council website

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Pictured at the annual Guildry of Stirling Dean’s Dinner are members of the organisation and speakers at the event, including Provost Christine Simpson (front, far left), Dean Elizabeth Roads (Front, centre) and Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow (front, far right).