The Annual Dinner Dance of The Incorporation of Coopers in Glasgow was held on Friday the 1 March 2013 in the Trades Hall. Sheila Carter one of our Legal Secretaries attended the dinner with Alastair Campbell, Head of our Private Client Department and presently Clerk to the Incorporation. Alastair, who has been Clerk since 1999, will be retiring from office this September. Our firm has had, so far, 162 years of close involvement with the Coopers. The original connection was with the Trades House and not with the barrel making trade. Clerks previously had to be lawyers and our firm became involved with the Coopers that way. The Incorporation of Coopers is one of 14 Incorporations which form the Trades House of Glasgow. The Craft of the Coopers can be shown to date way back in time to the Ancient Egyptians. In 1569 the Coopers were granted their Letter of Deaconhood and so began the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow. Over past centuries the Incorporation played an important role in the trading life of Glasgow but in present times the Incorporation concentrates on charitable functions. 198 members and guests were welcomed to the Annual Dinner Dance this month including “Coopers” from London, Irvine and Aberdeen. An excellent evening was had by all in wonderful surroundings with good food, sophisticated speakers and the music of “Dave Cormack”. The event raised £2,000 for the Quarriers Epilepsy Centre in Govan, a very worthy cause.
Quarriers’ website says of the centre “When it opens in spring 2013, the new epilepsy centre will be the only centre of its kind in Scotland – and one of the most advanced in the world – with state-of-the-art equipment offering assessment and diagnosis for people with complex forms of epilepsy as well as diagnosis of the condition where it is uncertain.”