Worshipful Company of Mercers
The Worshipful Company of Mercers
is one of the Livery Companies
of the City of London
. It was incorporated under a Royal Charter
. Originally, its aim was to act as a trade association for general merchants, and especially for exporters of wool and importers of velvet, silk, and other luxurious fabrics. However, by the sixteenth century, many members of the Company did not retain connections with the original trade. Today, the Company exists as a charitable institution, supporting a wide variety of causes.
The Company is the premier Livery Company of the City; it ranks first in the order of precedence. It is thus one of the "Great Twelve City Livery Companies." The Company's motto is Honor Deo, Latin for Honour God