Lord Dean of Guild

He is in effect, Chairman of the Incorporation, conducting regular meetings with officials and the Assessorate as well as attending official functions such as the Guildry and Craft Kirkins and Remembrance services. Though elected annually, the LDG is expected to serve a three year term of office. Historically, the position was deemed to be second in importance only to that of Lord Provost. It is customary for the LDofG and another nominated Guildry member to be appointed ex officio Directors of The High School of Dundee.


As Secretary of the Guildry, he is responsible for all administrative matters including preparation and distribution of meeting agenda, minutes and official correspondence. As the ‘nodal point’ of the Incorporation, he ensures it maintains a close working relationship with the City Council. His contact details are as follows;


The Guildry is a registered charity (No SCO112860) and the Collector (Treasurer) is responsible for meeting the regulations imposed by OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator. This means ensuring that Guildry financial matters are conducted in a fully satisfactory manner with annual produced accounts ratified by members at the Annual General Meeting.


These comprise members of some years standing who are nominated at the AGM to form the Council or Committee of Advisors to Lord Dean of Guild. They serve a three year term after which, are eligible for re-election.


The Guildry has always had a close association with St. Mary’s Church. Built at the close of the 12th Century by David, Earl of Huntingdon, brother to King William the Lion of Scotland it has through the centuries suffered periodic damage by strife and conflagration but has always survived. Rebuilt in 1841 after a disastrous fire, it is now acknowledged as the City Church. Its Minister is an integral part of the Incorporation and officiates at the Annual Kirkin. This event, which sees members and officials process from the City Chambers through the city centre to the Church is held in the early months of each new year.


With its rich history and traditions, the importance of the Keeper of Guildry Records cannot be underestimated.