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The Hairy Book

The Arbroath Weaver’s Incorporation minute book is better known as the hairy book, due to the covering of sheep skin. The Weaver’s Incorporation controlled the work of the weavers within the burgh of Arbroath.

They ensured the standard of work by their guild members while safeguarding the Incorporation’s interests. The Incorporation actively sought to prevent craftsmen outwith Arbroath from selling their work within the burgh.

The minute book largely provides a record of all new apprentices, journeymen and freemen brought before the Deacon of the Incorporation. Any member who contravened the rules were also recorded.

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