This case was about the governance of the Glasgow trades house, an umbrella group comprising representatives of the various trades. These representatives included the deacon of each trade incorporation, along with “assistants” from each trade. The number of assistants allotted to each trade varied; the first four trades (hammermen, tailors, cordiners, and maltmen) had four assistants each, while the other trades had some lesser number. In 1771, the trades with fewer representatives moved to give themselves equal representation. The first four trades applied for a suspension of the proceedings, and later raised a process of reduction, on the ground that members of the trades house lacked the authority to adjust the number of representatives from each trade.

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Petition

Unto the Right Honourable, The Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of the Incorporations of Hammermen, Tailors, Cordiners, and Maltmen, in Glasgow, being the first four Incorporations of the Convenery or Trades-house

9 Jul 1774
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Answers for The Incorporations of Weavers, Baxters, Skinners, Wrights, Coopers, Fleshers, Masons, Gardeners, Barbers, and Bonnetmakers of Glasgow, to the Petition of the Incorporations of Hammermen, Tailors, Cordiners, and Maltmen in Glasgow

15 Oct 1774
Petition

Unto the Right Honourable, The Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of The Incorporations of Hammermen, Tailors, Cordiners, and Maltmen in Glasgow, being the first four incorporations of the Convenery or Trades-house

12 Nov 1774
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Replies for The Incorporations of Hammermen, Tailors, Cordiners, and Maltmen in Glasgow, being the first four Incorporations of the Convenery or Trades-house, to The Answers for the Incorporations of Weavers, Baxters, Skinners, Wrights, Coopers, Fleshers, Masons, Gardeners, Barbers, and Bonnet-makers of Glasgow

6 Dec 1774
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Duplies for the Incorporations of Weavers, Baxters, Skinners, Wrights, Coopers, Fleshers, Masons, Gardeners, Barbers, and Bonnet-makers of Glasgow, to the Replies for the Incorporations of Hammermen, Tailors, Cordiners, and Maltmen in Glasgow

5 Jan 1775
Petition

Unto the Right Honourable The Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of the Incorporations of Weavers, Baxters, Skinners, Wrights, Coopers, Fleshers, Masons, Gardeners, Barbers, and Bonnetmakers of Glasgow

3 Mar 1775
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Answers for The Incorporations of Hammermen, Tailors, Cordiners, and Maltmen, in Glasgow, being the first four incorporations of the Convenery or Trades-house, to The Petition of the Incorporations of Weavers, Baxters, Skinners, Wrights, Coopers, Fleshers, Masons, Gardeners, Barbers, and Bonnet-makers, of Glasgow

13 Jun 1775
Petition

Unto the Right Honourable, The Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of The Incorporations of Hammermen, Tailors, Cordiners, and Maltmen, in Glasgow, being the first four incorporations of the convenery or trades house

20 Jul 1776

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