R IRISH Association with 'Broderers' Liverymen

Monday, 14 April, 2014

BroderersA Letter of Association between the Worshipful Company of Broderers and The Royal Irish Regiment was signed by Master Toler of the Worshipful Company and the Colonel of The Royal Irish Regiment, Brigadier JSS O'Sullivan, on 14 April 2014, at a ceremony in the Guards Museum, London.

The Worshipful Company of Broderers, or The Brotherhood of The Holy Ghost of the City of London, was formed to promote and protect the art of embroidery, a major City trade in the Middle Ages. The Company received a Grant of Arms in 1558, while Queen Elizabeth I granted its first Charter on 25th October 1561. Unlike many other Livery Companies, few Broderers today are actual embroiderers, coming instead from all walks of life, but they continue to patronise the industry and encourage excellence. This is achieved by supporting crafts’ association the Embroiderers' Guild, backing the Apprentice Scheme at the Royal School of Needlework, today a registered charity housed in Hampton Court Palace, and continuing their competitions and exhibitions.

They are the only Livery Company to have their own Master’s Song, which the Master has to sing solo and seated at all dinners in reply to the Toast to the Company. The Broderers' Toast is:

'The Worshipful Company of Broderers Root and Branch: May it continue and flourish for ever'.