The Scriveners Company of Newcastle upon Tyne
A scrivener (or scribe) was traditionally a person who could read and write. This usually indicated secretarial and administrative duties such as dictation and keeping business, judicial, and history records for kings, nobles, temples, and cities. Scriveners later developed into public servants, accountants, lawyers and petition writers, etc.
From: 'Wikipedia: Scrivener'
Scriveners in Newcastle
The ordinary of this society, dated September 13, 1675, appointed eight Scriveners a fellowship, with perpetual succession. "James Turpin, Scribe," occurs in 1586.
In these times, the business of a Scrivener consisted principally in making leases, writings, and assignments, and procuring money on security.