Guildrymen and guests enjoy annual dinner

Top table line up back row- Tim Ambrose, Rev. Ian Gray, James Houston, Brian Titmuss, Dr. Stanley Callaghan, Michael Holland.'Front row- Stewart Hill, Dr. Charles Allison, Lt. Col. Mike Tanner (guest speaker Commanding Officer 45 RM Condor), Dean of Guild The Earl of Dalhousie, William Spence (guest speaker former Chief Constable of Tayside), Angus Callegari, and Alastair Anderson.

Top table line up back row- Tim Ambrose, Rev. Ian Gray, James Houston, Brian Titmuss, Dr. Stanley Callaghan, Michael Holland.'Front row- Stewart Hill, Dr. Charles Allison, Lt. Col. Mike Tanner (guest speaker Commanding Officer 45 RM Condor), Dean of Guild The Earl of Dalhousie, William Spence (guest speaker former Chief Constable of Tayside), Angus Callegari, and Alastair Anderson.

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Lord Dalhousie, dean of The Guildry of Brechin, welcomed a large company of Guildrymen and guests to their annual dinner.

The event, which took place in the Mechanics’ Institute on Friday, saw Lieutenant Colonel Mike Tanner of RM Condor proposing the toast to ‘The city and trades of Brechin’ with ex-dean, Dr Charles Allison giving the reply.

The toast to ‘The Guildry of Brechin’ was given by William Spence, the former chief constable of Tayside Police, with the reply being made by Lord Dalhousie.

Ex-dean of the Guild, Angus Callegari, proposed the toast to ‘Our Guests’ and guest Alastair Anderson, lord president of the Court of Deans of the Guild of Scotland, replied on their behalf.

The final toast of the evening was ‘The Dean’ proposed by Stewart Hill, immediate past-dean of The Guild.

The Guildry Incorporation of Brechin was formed in 1629 by ‘a number of merchants and maltmen’, traders within the Burgh, and in 1666 the Incorporation obtained official recognition of its rights under Decree of the Convention of Burghs.

In October the Guildry of Brechin hosted the Autumn meeting of the Court of Deans of the Guild of Scotland, which is made of deans from 11 of the surviving Scottish guildries.

Each year the Guildry awards several hundreds pounds to assist local young people to travel abroad on educational and other worthwhile projects.