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Shoemaker's Guilds - Edinburgh and Prestonpans

Shoemaker's Guilds - Edinburgh and Prestonpans

Posted: 1174567048000
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Can anyone tell me where I could find details of shoemaker's guilds in Edinburgh or Prestonpans, Scotland? I'm interested in period 1600 to 1900.

Stephen Marshall
Sydney, Australia.

Re: Shoemaker's Guilds - Edinburgh and Prestonpans

Posted: 1241954626000
Classification: Query
i dont know if you will see this as i notice you posted afew years ago now,but im also interested in shoemakers form edinburgh with the names dickson and marshall

Re: Shoemaker's Guilds - Edinburgh and Prestonpans

Posted: 1241989101000
Classification: Query

Over the last couple of years I've found my family tree has grown to include many consecutive generations of shoemakers with the surname of Marshall (fathers, sons, uncles and nephews). I also have an Elizabeth Marshall who married a David Dickson.

There are a few exceptions but mostly they have lived in Edinburgh and surrounding areas such as South Leith and Liberton.

I'd be happy to share info. Email me on

Steve Marshall

Re: Shoemaker's Guilds - Edinburgh and Prestonpans

Posted: 1260280175000
Classification: Query
The Burgess Rolls of Edinburgh, which lists shoemakers amongst others, are available at the Family History Libraries of the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). They are indexed by surname. My Baillies were shoemakers for several generations and are listed as Burgesses and Guild Brothers. Family relationships are also recorded.

Re: Shoemaker's Guilds - Edinburgh and Prestonpans

Posted: 1305633651000
Classification: Query

Just found this thread.

I just discovered that i had some relations living in Portobello, Edinburgh at least upto 1919
Samuel Lingard of 73 willowbrae road, portobello was a boot and shoe maker... becoming a Shoe shop Manager in the 1911 Scotland census.

But i cant find him in the trade records yet?

Cheers john melling

Re: Shoemaker's Guilds - Edinburgh and Prestonpans

Posted: 1305949999000
Classification: Query
Possibly the Burgess records have not been released for the period in which you are interested. My family were in the 1700s to around the 1820s. I just checked my files and the set of records I viewed go from 1761 to 1841. The film was Roll of Edinburgh Burgesses 1761-1841 LDS Film 0844781. I hope this helps someone.

Re: Shoemaker's Guilds - Edinburgh and Prestonpans

Posted: 1351156600000
Classification: Query


If you trawl online you should find quite a few Burgess record books. You should get most by using the links through the SGS website.
Also, the helpers at the SGS are unbelievably good at pointing you in the right direction when you hit a brick wall.

You need to be sure of which part of Edinburgh your shoemakers were from. The core parishes of Edinburgh were so small that even moving 50 yards along a road may move you into another parish and so you need to be as very careful. I have shoemakers in Edinburgh itself, in Canongate and in St Cuthberts parish. Each parish had a trade guild of Cordiners (St Cuthberts may have had several).

The best surviving records are for Edinburgh Parish and can be found at the National Archives in Edinburgh.

The actual guild was officially the Incorporation of Cordiners. The guild still continues (at least in name) and is part of the Edinburgh trades guild.
They do sometimes have opendays (they were open all August '12 as part of the Edinburgh festival and had a rather good exhibition on) and you can contact them and arrange a visit, but please note their records are in the NAS.

The NAS also has some other cordiners records, for Canongate for instance. I've not seen anything relating to Prestonpans specifically.

There is a wonderful set of books online written my Tom Hoffman from Birkbeck in London. He has studied the guilds and produced a scarily detailed bibliography which you can find using google (or any other search engine you so desire...)
"Guilds and related organisations in Great Britain and Ireland, a bibliography"
You want part II which covers Scotland, page 237 onwards.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

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