Past Deans of the Stirling Guildry
Traditionally, the Dean was the elected leader of the Merchant Guilds of Stirling. The contemporary position of the Dean is that of head of the Guildry which is now a charitable body. The Dean is elected by the members and serves normally a minimum of 2 years, although there is no limited and Deans may wish to complete a particular project before demitting office.
On demitting office, the Dean becomes the Immediate Past Dean whose function is to assist and advise the new Dean until that Dean demits office. There is a Past Deans medal that is worn at all Guildry functions.
It is traditional for a portrait to be commissioned for all Deans at the time of demitting office and these can be found on the walls of the Guildhall. Below is a gallery of a selections of Deans portraits:
The Deans names are also added to the Dean Boards which can also be found in the Guildhall. A list of all past deans is shown below: