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Minutes of C L 291 from 1847 - 1850

Minutes of Celtic Lodge E & L 291 8th January 1847 - 27th December 1850.

 

8th January 1847

Lodge Charity 051 The Brother Secretary read the Minutes of the Last Monthly Meeting, also of the Meetings for Nomination and Installation of Office Bearers, and Other Meetings which were approved.

Mr Robert Gething of 22 St Patrick Square Edinburgh, who was recommended by Bros Lavies and Gardner, he was initiated in the First Degree.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro George Henry Kingsley of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 was on the motion of Bro MacKay, seconded by Bro Wylie, he was admitted a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.                                                                                                                                                               Bro W Calder was passed Fellow Craft. The Lodge was duly closed.

18th January 1847                                                                                                                                            

Mr Thomas Colthurst was initiated in the apprentice Degree, this being a case of emergence it was agreed he was passed and raised a Master Mason.                                                                                    

Bros Butts, Wylie were passed Fellow Crafts.                                                                                                       Bros Sharpe Brown were raised Master Masons.

27th January 1847                                                                                                                                                     Mr James Vaughan Allen Esq. Of Inchmartin was entered Apprentice Mason.                                       

3rd Dragoon Guards  Mr Archibald Douglas Monteith Esq Cornet of 3rd Dragoon Guards was entered apprentice.                                                                                                                                                                   Mr John McConnell Esq was entered apprentice Mason.

29th January 1847                                                                                                                                                  Bros James Vaughan Allen was passed and raised a Master Mason.

5th February 1847                                                                                                                                                    Bro David Kinnear was passed Fellow Craft Degree.

alt  Bro Robertson read a Letter from the RWM Bro Captain Jocelyn, regretting his non-attendance of the Lodge due to Family reasons and that it will prevent him from supporting the Motion before the Lodge namely that of devoting a small portion of the Lodge funds to the relief of the destitute Highlanders as the National Lodge of Scotland such a subscription comes most appropriately, from us and I have no doubt will have a very good effect upon the Masonic World. Though as Masons we are instructed that Charity begins at home namely amongst our Brethren.

I should have much liked to support your motion, but can now only give it my most cordial approval.

Bro Robertson then proposed that Five Guineas be voted from the funds of the Lodge to the Subscription in Aid of the Destitute Highlanders, which was seconded by Bro MacKay and unanimously carried and the Treasurer was authorised to pay the above Sum to the Secretary for Subscription.

Bro Robertson handed the WPM the Chair, an extract from the Minutes of the Lodge Trenosophes of Paris transmitted to him by Bro Morrison of Greenfield. He handed a Letter appointing our RWM the Honourable A G F Jocelyn Representative from the Lodge Trenosophes to the Celtic Lodge.

Bro Robertson read a Translation of the said extract and Letter which was received with Great applause by the Brethren.

Bro Robertson further stated that it would be necessary to receive the RWM Bro Jocelyn with ceremony as representative of the Lodge Trenosophes.

The WPM intimated that it would be necessary to have a Special Meeting upon an early day for the said purpose.

Some discussion took place as to the meaning of the expression used in the extract offering to the Lodge a Brotherly affiliation, whether it would be proper to enter into such affiliation or not. The Matter was left to the Committee.

11th February 1847                                                                                                                                                   The Lodge being constituted by the RWM a petition was presented on behalf of:-                                               Mr Patrick Robertson which being sustained he was initiated in the first Degree.

Thereafter Brother Colonel Swinburne was installed as Depute Master of the Lodge. PM Brother Murray proposed that the Honourable Brother John Jocelyn of the Apollo Lodge Oxford be made a full member of the Celtic Lodge, which was seconded by Brother J D Wylie Junior Warden and unanimously carried by the Brethren Brother John Jocelyn, was accordingly duly admitted.

Brother Archibald Douglas Monteith was passed to fellow craft and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason at high twelve the lodge was closed.

20th February 1847                                                                                                                                                    Mr Robert Lyle of the Royal Artillery was entered apprentice Mason.                                                                     Mr Charles Gore Chase Brunton was entered apprentice Mason.

22nd February 1847                                                                                                                                                 Bro Abraham Battan of Aberdeen, who was entered apprentice in a Lodge constituted in that City, By Bro W Donaldson PM of the Celtic Lodge, and by the Authority of Provost Black, the acting Provincial Grand Master, with Bro Leon PM and Thomas Douglas acting as Wardens.

The Brethren afterwards joined the Procession representing the Celtic Lodge, to Lay the Foundation Stone of the Coffer Dam of the Harbour.                                                                                                                                Bro Battan was at this meeting when he was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason, this was a case of emergency. The Lodge was duly closed.

24th February 1847                                                                                                                                                  Bro Brunton and Stewart were in case of emergency passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

25th February 1847                                                                                                                                                     A Deputation of the Brethren to the number of about Thirty headed by WPM Bro Murray attended the annual Convivial of the Edinburgh Lodges.                                                                                    

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  The RWM Bro Campbell of Caonogate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 Presiding. The Brethren spent a very harmonious evening.

6th March 1847

Celtic Lodge Room the lodge was opened in Masonic form by Past Master Brother Murray. 

A petition was presented on behalf of Mr Hardman and being properly recommended his claim to being a Freemason was unanimously sustained by the Brethren, and immediately afterwards he was duly initiated in the first degree of the Ancient Honourable Order and took his seat among the apprentices.

Thomas R Swinburne of Marus RWM1847-49 Thereafter the Worshipful Deputy Master Brother Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Swinburne entered the lodge. When the Oriental Chair of the Celtic Masters was resigned to him with the usual Masonic Ceremonies he being the highest officer present on assuming the command the Brethren unanimously gave a spirited fraternal demonstration in his favour in compliment to his high position in the lodge.

alt  Brother Byrne the Harper to His Royal Highness Prince Albert played the Freemasons anthem on the Harp.

The Worshipful Deputy Master then returned thanks in a most feeling eloquent manner and concluded his speech by assuring them that he had enjoyed many blessings and much Military Honours in the course of his public services that the present moment was the happiest in his life, and that the esteemed honour they had conferred on him he set great value on and was proud to occupy so exacted a position among gentleman and Honourable Brethren and therefore he would make it a delightful study to practice masonry and Brotherly love and the principles of which were intended to make mankind happy.

The health of past masters Brother Murray was then given and responded to with Celtic honours and he modestly returned a neat speech Brother Fitz Strathern was then called on by the Deputy Master to read the minutes of the lodge for the last month which he did as acting secretary pro-tempore and the same was unanimously approved off by the Brethren. Deputations from the following Lodges honoured the meeting by their presence.

St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97 Headed by PM Brother Hillhouse.

alt  St Andrews Lodge No 48 Headed by RWM Brother M Calumpha.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 Headed by the RWM Bro Brash.

On their admission to the lodge they were received with a vocal and Instrumental music and Masonic Honours.

 

The other matters of the lodge were discussed and moved to refreshment. The brethren having enjoyed the feast of reason and the flow of soul enlivened with temperate refreshment and sweet harmony of music. The lodge was duly closed at high twelve by the Worshipful Deputy Master Brother Swinburne.

 

20th March 1847

Mr Lewis Turunskie of 28 Clarence Street was entered apprentice Mason.

 

26th March1847

A Special Meeting of the Lodge was convened this Evening by request of the RWM, in order to afford him an opportunity of taking farewell of the Brethren previously to his departure from Scotland.

The Lodge having been duly opened by the RWM was honoured by the following Deputations:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151

Mary Chapel-1 After the usual loyal Toasts, Bro Forrester of Marys Chapel proposed the health and happiness of the RWM, The Honourable Captain Jocelyn, and in appropriate terms spoke of the well merited and high reputation in which the Honourable and RW Brother is held, not only by the Members of the Celtic Lodge but by every real-hearted Mason, with whom he has come in contact.

The Toast was received with great enthusiasm, and responded to in the heartiest and most affectionate manner.

The RWM replied in his usual felicitous style; and assured the Brethren, that while he deeply regretted having to bid them farewell, for the present he would ever carry with him the liveliest sense of gratitude for the many tokens of friendship they had conferred upon him, and the steady and fraternal support which he had received both from them and the Brethren of the Sister Lodges of Edinburgh, ever since he came among them, but especially in the Chair of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Amid Song and sentiment the evening was spent with the utmost hilarity and good feeling, many of the Brethren giving expression of sincere regard for him they were so soon to lose, and all uniting in the hope of ere long seeing him in his place among them.

At High Twelve the Lodge was closed by the RWM with all Due solemnity.

 

3rd April 1847

The Minutes having been read and approved of, Brother MacKay proposed that and Brother Menzies having seconded the proposal it was unanimously agree to:-

alt  Mr Angus MacSwayed, Late Piper to the 78th Highlanders should be Initiated into the Mystery of Free Masonry, and on the understanding that he give his services to the Lodge for the space of Twelve Months without remuneration, that he be made without Fees.

St James Operative 97  A Deputation was received with all honours from the St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Donaldson. Bro Scott of St James Lodge was made an Honorary Member of this Lodge. At High Twelve the Lodge was duly closed.

 

6th April 1847

alt  Mr Angus MacSwayed, was entered apprentice Mason.

The Brethren adjourned to hear Brother MacSwayed perform the Great Highland Bagpipe for the purpose of testing his capabilities of serving the Lodge as Piper.

The Brethren expressed themselves highly pleased with Bro MacSwayd's performance.

 

8th April 1847

Mr John Taylor of 9 Hamburg Place Leith Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

Mr Henry Myers of 6 Baltic Street Leith Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

Mary Chapel-1  Thereafter Brother Gregg, was raised a Master Mason.

Several of the Brethren of Marys Chapel No 1 having joined the Celts, the evening was spent in the most harmonious manner.

The Chair having been passed to Bro W Donaldson the Lodge was duly closed by him at High Twelve.

 

 9th April 1847

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Foundation Stone of Caledonian Railway Bridge Edinburgh.

The Grand Lodge having fixed this day for laying the foundation stone of the Caledonian Railway Bridge in Edinburgh.

A Deputation from the Celtic Lodge headed by the Worshipful Depute Master Brother Colonel Swinburne walked in procession with Grand Lodge and assisted at the ceremony of laying the Foundation Stone of the afore said Railway Station.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  His Grace the Duke of Atholl Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland presided. The Brethren of the Celtic Lodge after attending at the closing of the Grand Lodge returned to the Turf Hotel where they were most generously regaled with a dozen bottles of Champaign by Their Worshipful Depute Master Brother Colonel Swinburne.

 

16th April 1847

Mr Alexander MacKenzie Esq. Younger of Muirton, was entered apprentice.

Mr Keith Stewart MacKenzie Esq. Seaforth was entered apprentice.

Mr Henry William White Esq. of Monar was entered apprentice.

All recommended by Bro Colonel Swinburne and Bro George F Maitland, these petitions were sustained and afore named three Candidates were Initiated in the First Degree.

Brother J A Chase of 221/2 Milks Street, Cheapside Lodge London was admitted a full affiliated Member of this Lodge and took the Obligation accordingly.

Mr Anton Cohn of Berlin was entered apprentice. Paid his Fee 3/6 paid to Secretary Smith.

Thereafter Bros Alexander MacKenzie, Henry William White and Anton Chon, were passed then raised Master Masons.

The aforesaid were allowed by the Brethren to be cases of Emergency.

Brothers Samuel Hay Treasurer to the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and

79th Regiment  John Douglas Captain in the 79th Regiment, of 5 Moray Place of the Lodge was unanimously elected Full Members of the Celtic Lodge and took the usual Obligations.

After which Brothers Calder and Kinnear were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

The Brethren having now finished their Labour were refreshed with Champagne and at High Twelve the Lodge was closed.

There being no other business before the Lodge it was closed with due solemnity.

 

29th April 1847

Mr Alexander Pringle, Adjutant Generals Office, Charlotte Street Edinburgh, was entered apprentice. Bro Pringle paid the Full Fees £2:3:6 to the Tyler.

 

7th May 1847

The Committee met this evening when it was agreed that Bro Secretary be instructed to write to Bro John McLeod, Piper to the Duke of Argyll, and Late Piper to the Lodge requesting him to return the Lodge Highland Dress belonging the Celtic Lodge. The Minutes of the Last Monthly Meeting were read by Bro John Gaylor in the Absence of the Secretary and they were approved of.

St James Operative 97  Bro James Andrew Thomson of 27 Frederick Street Edinburgh, and of St James Lodge No 97 was admitted a Full Member of the Lodge, and paid the Fee of Affiliation (10/6).

 

21st May 1847

Brother Alexander Pringle was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree, thereafter it having been allowed by the Brethren present that Bro Pringle was a case of emergence, the said Bro Pringle and Bro William Calder were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons. At High Twelve the Lodge was closed.

 

24th May 1847

The Lodge was opened by Worshipful Past Master Brother Donaldson.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  A special circular from Grand Lodge Secretary intimating that the Duke Of Atholl the most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland and Grand Lodge were to visit Glasgow on the 1st of June 1847.

The meeting was called for the purpose to make arrangements for a Deputation to meet His Grace and Grand Lodge. 

A subscription list was drawn up and signed by a number of the Brethren to form a Deputation several Brethren subscribed to present:-

alt  Brother Patrick Byrne the celebrated Irish Harper was presented with a handsome silver Jewel Emblematical of the office of Harper in the Celtic Lodge.

To which Brother Byrne made a suitable reply, in the course of the evening Brother Byrne favoured the company with several beautiful tunes and at high twelve the lodge was duly closed by acting RWM Brother Donaldson.

 

29th May 1847

The Committee having been called to make the final arrangements as to the Grand Lodge visit to Glasgow.

Black Bull Pub  It was agreed that the Brethren meet in the Black Bull Hotel Glasgow, at Half past 7 O'clock previous to joining the Grand Lodge in the Trades Hall, there, and that Circulars to that effect be issued by the Secretary to those Brethren who had signified their intention to be present and as many others as may be considered would join.

 

It was also agreed that a Sum be allowed from the funds of the Lodge to secure a Room, and for a little refreshment in Glasgow. As there is to be no Masonic procession, it was thought unnecessary that the Piper should accompany the Deputation.

The Secretary was authorised to get a Book of Petitions for Candidates ready as soon as possible.

 

1st June 1847

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  This was the Day appointed by the Grand Lodge of Scotland to visit the City of Glasgow, and to hold a Grand Lodge Masonic Festival there. A number of the Celtic Brethren met as agreed, in the Black Bull Hotel.

They joined the Grand Lodge Festival as a Deputation representing the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith, headed by the WP Master Brother Murray.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  His Grace the Duke of Atholl Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland, presiding, and the evening was spent in the most agreeable and Masonic Manner.

 

4th June 1847

Mr William Thomas Grieve of Sussex of 41 Clerk Street Edinburgh was Entered Apprentice.

 

24th June 1847

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  This being Summer St John's Day, a few of the Brethren Dined in the Lodge Room, at the Turf Hotel, and afterwards went on a Deputation to Canongae Kilwinning Lodge No 2, and spent a very happy evening.

 

28th June 1847

Bros Gething and Grieve were passed and raised Master Masons.

 

2nd July 1847

Bro Henry Meyers was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

The acting RWM then read the following Letter from Brother John Smith tendering his resignation as Secretary to the Lodge.

 

It was thereupon proposed by Bro Donaldson and seconded by Bro MacKay, that the same be accepted, and the matter be referred to the Standing Committee to appoint a successor to fill that Office, and express their regret that circumstances had occurred to cause him to do so, which was agreed to.

Bro Somerville proposed and Bro Strathearn seconded that a vote of thanks be tendered to Bro Smith for his previous good Services, and the same be inserted in the Lodge Minutes, which was unanimously carried. At High Twelve the Lodge was closed.

 

7th July 1847

The Committee considering the importance of choosing a fit and proper person to fill the Office of Secretary agreed to delay the matter till a future Meeting to afford an opportunity of looking out for a proper person.

 

At the request of the Meeting Bro John Gaylor agreed to act as Secretary, till the vacancy was filled up.

Thereafter the Lodge was duly raised, when Bro Henry Meters was Raised a Master Mason.

 

15th July 1847

Bro Archibald Robertson was, passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

17th July 1847

Mr A Woolf a Wine Merchant, Liverpool, was entered, passed and raised a Master Mason.

Bro Croply was made a Full Affiliated Member and took the Obligation accordingly.

 

26th July 1847

Mr Alexander MacKenzie of 37 Bernard Street Leith Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

6th August 1847

Mr Nicholas Hall Rolfe of 61 Cheapside London, was entered, passed and raised a Master Mason paid his Fees£2:3:6.

The Minutes were read and approved.

alt  The Lodge was then called from Labour to refreshment, and the Brethren spent a most agreeable evening which was greatly enhanced by Bro Mac Swayed's excellent performance on the Bagpipes upon calling the Brethren to Labour.

 

Mr Thomas Young a Looking Glass Manufacturer late of 66 Candelmaker Row Edinburgh. Praying on the Ground of sever losses and destitute circumstances for Aid in order to raise a small Sum to enable him to carry on as formerly by getting the necessary materials. It was duly taken into consideration.

The acting RWM then moved that as their Piper Bro Mac Swayed was about to leave Town. The Lodge furnish him with a Certificate recommending him as a proficient Performer on the Great Highland Bag Pipes, which was unanimously agreed to.

The Lodge was closed.

 

3rd September 1847

The Minutes were read and approved.

A Scroll of a Certificate in favour of Bro Mac Swayd was read for approval.

Newcastle  The WPM then moved that Bro George Hawkes Past Master of the Lodge Newcastle on Tyne Northern Counties, be admitted a Full Affiliated Member of the Lodge which was approved of and he took the Obligation accordingly.

On the Motion of PM Bro Murray seconded by Bro Donaldson the Following Letter of Condolence was agreed upon:-

To Bro Captain the Honourable A G F Jocelyn Right Worshipful Master of the Celtic Lodge.

Right Worshipful, Sir and Brother. We the Office Bearers and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge, beg leave to offer you our sincere condolence, under the afflicting Bereavement, with which he has pleased the Great Architect of the Universe to visit you.

With Brotherly feeling we earnestly pray that the same All wise providence will vouchsafe to you, and to the dear pledge of affection, your daughter his Devine protection and support given at the Celtic Lodge, this third day of September 1847 and of Light 5847.

A Murray PM              William A F Strathern Secretary.

 

1st October 1847

Turf Hotel Edinburgh the Lodge having assembled in mysterious numbers on this 1st Friday of October 1847.

Present were Brothers Murray, Leon, Donaldson, MacKay, Dobson, Ferenbach, Merrilies, McCormack, Fitz Strathern, and other worthy Brethren as per attendance roll book.

They were clothed in all the honours and emblems of eastern knowledge and innocence The RW Past Master Brother Murray in absence, of the RW Master opened the Lodge with the ancient rites and ceremonies of masonry.

Brother John Smith could not continue as secretary and Brother Gaylor agreed to act as interim secretary for a time until a secretary came forward of that worthy office Brother Donaldson moved that as:-

 

Brother William Henry Augustus Fitz Strathern had for several year’s regularly attended their Masonic meetings therefore he should be made a full member of the Celtic Lodge on 5th April 1844 since which he has on many occasions kindly written their minutes for Brother Smith when he could not attend. And that Brother Fitz Strathern who was present should be requested to take charge of the office of Secretary department until the annual election of office bearers should arrive when a person properly qualified to fill the office of Secretary would be chosen from the Brethren which motion having been seconded by Brother Leon and Mac Kay the same was unanimously approved.

Brother Fitz Strathern modestly replied that he felt himself much Honoured by their appointment and begged leave to tender his grateful thanks to all the worthy Brethren but particularly to Brother Donaldson, Leon, and Mac Kay for their unmerited kindness to him on this and former occasions he could assure them that so far as his humble abilities would enable him to discharge his duties of that responsible office he would be willing to serve the Celtic Lodge to the utmost of his power by devoting his time and attending to its interests as their secretary.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Brother William Henry Augustus Fitz Strathern had the Honour of being Secretary to a Masonic Lodge when he was very young the light having beamed on him in 1811 in the Lodge Kilwinning of Kirkwall Island of Pomona whose charter No 45 bears the date 1st December 1740.

Which makes him an old member of the architectural craft and he may add that he was made a Brother expressly for filling the situation of Secretary since that remote period he has visited English and Irish Lodges in both of which Kingdoms.

 

He has been affiliated in the mystic art and has therefore had much experience in Masonry and science of calligraphy many of the brightest gems of the Celtic Lodge were affiliated Brethren, among others Brother Murray excellent PM whose influential devotion to Masonry is the admiration of all present there. 

Brother The Honourable Captain Konrad Jockel who deservedly occupies the highest positions in the Lodge under whose command and wholesome instruction he need hardly say they all feel most happy in illustration on this important point Affiliated Members.

 

In some cases may be compared to say many small brooks contributing unity and strength to the magnificent current of the Brotherhood like the tributary streams that flow into a mystic river without hydraulic assistance its waters could never have assumed it’s mighty power nor reach the ocean in such force the volumes of records were given into the possession of Brother Fitz Strathern with instructions to draw up the minutes to issue circulars for monthly meetings and other attendances for which he should receive a remuneration corresponding to the salary voted to the Secretary for the performance of his duties to the Lodge Brother Fitz Strathern then took the oath De Fideli Adminis Trationi officii and did homage to the chair and afterwards to the Brethren.

alt  Thereafter Brother Konrad Jockel respectfully stated to the Lodge that he had served his full time in the two degrees of Masonry and therefore now humbly requested the Honour to be elevated to the third degree which request having been considered just and reasonable as a recompense due to zeal diligence and capacity Brother Jockel was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason and was then conducted to the east.

 

RWM commanded him to take his station among the Brethren Brother Jockel then made his obeisance to the oriental chair, and Worshipful Wardens and returned his grateful thanks to the Lodge for the brilliant lanthorn of knowledge, that had been revealed unto him in answer to the mystic question put by the RWM.

In the east to the JW whose duty it is to watch and report the glorious luminary sum announce that it was high meridian when the RWM gave orders that the Brethren might for a short time enjoy rest and take refreshment with due dimensions and this was done accordingly.

Queen Victoria 2  Not long after their arrived a Brother Celt from the far East Indies where he had been in service of Her   Britannic Majesty, as he had not been in the Lodge for five years he was cordially welcomed and on his health being drunk with Masonic Honours he returned his grateful thanks and made the following brief speech, most Worshipful and Honourable Brethren during my absence I have been in various parts of Asia and I am proud to say that in my travels in that vast region I have found Masonry to be of the greatest advantage to me, and I bear evidence that Masonry is in the ascendant in foreign parts after having been so long away, I feel uncommonly happy to be seated again in my maternal Lodge and to be so kindly noticed on this occasion there is only one thing that lessens my joy, and it is this when I cast my enquiring eye around me in search of my former associates I observe that very few of those excellent Masters of the craft who made me a Mason are present.

 

Perhaps some of them like father Hiram and Brother Burns the poet have passed that bourn from whence no traveller returns. On the other hand it affords me great pleasure to observe in the Lodge this evening many happy new faces of young Brethren whose open intelligent countenances bespoke benevolent hearts one of the best attributes of the true disciples to the mystic tye.

He therefore begged leave to offer his warmest congratulations for this increase of Celtic members and he sincerely hoped that the lodge would flourish in wisdom strength and beauty and he craved permission to dedicate a flowing bumper to all his Brother Celts and success to the boundless elements of fraternity in Masonry was granted him to drink the toast amidst great demonstration of Brethren.

 

Brother Donaldson always animated with noble feelings towards music and masons favoured the lodge with excellent sentiments and a few of his choice songs in his usual superior style to irresistibly applause.

Brother McCormick and several other Members followed with English Irish and Scottish carols which added to the hilarity and entertainment of the brethren. The lodge then resumed their work and terminated in a rational and social manner precisely at high twelve the RWM PM closed the lodge with the usual solemnities of Masonry.

 

5th November 1847

Turf Hotel the Brethren having assembled by mysterious numbers as per attendance book and being clothed in their Tartan and jewelled paraphernalia according to their degrees of honour and distinction.

The lodge was solemnly opened in pursuance to the ancient rites and ceremonies in the east by the RWM Brother Jocelyn.

alt  The minutes or the last meeting on the 1st of ultimo were read over by Brother Fitz Strathern and unanimously approved of Brother Leon who acted as Junior Warden stated that according to the information of the newspapers disease and death had prevailed to an unprecedented extent in the city an average of twenty four deaths being reported last month.

That the Royal Infirmary was crowded with patients and had thereby incurred great expenses.

 

Brother Leon therefore moved that the Celtic Lodge should give out of its funds Two Guineas to the benevolent institution, Brother Dobson observed that almost all the other Masonic Lodges, had contributed liberally towards the infirmary funds and as the epidemic fevers were not abated, it appears to him that more charity would be required to meet the increased expenses he therefore proposed as an amendment that Five Guineas instead of two guineas should be given to the Royal Infirmary.

The RWM directed the matter to be referred to the committee in terms of the bye laws of the lodge which was unanimously agreed to thereafter the following deputations from sister lodges were announced:-

alt  Lodge St Andrews No 48 headed by RWM Brother MacClumpha and 6 Brethren

St James Operative 97  Lodge St James No 97 headed by RWM Brother Hillhouse and 8 Brethren

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Lodge Edinburgh Defensive band No151 headed by RWM Brother Forrest and 7 Brethren

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Lodge Roman Eagle No 161 headed by RWM Brother Coghill and 9 Brethren including Brother Fitz Strathern whom Brother Coghill.

 

In the course of the evening in good humouredly claimed as his bona fide Senior Warden still in office till the annual election of office bearers Roman Eagle Crest No 160 In the Roman Eagle Lodge, notwithstanding that he had mounted as interim secretary to the lodge Celtic but added Brother Coghill, he had his right good will for doing so (cheers of laughter).

 

The various deputations were received in due order of announcement with instrumental music and Masonic honours and afterwards hospitably entertained. Their healths were drunk with acclamations and speeches were respectively made by Brother Jocelyn in favour of the lodges they represented and of themselves in reply to the noble distinguished chairman.

The four RW Masters afterwards returned thanks in the name of their brethren and themselves for the compliments so bestowed, and also for the social and happy evening enlivened by choice statement and the stirring vocal music of Bard Donaldson, and other musical brethren the lodge was closed at high twelve with the usual forms of Masonry.

 

3rd December 1847

The Brethren having met as per attendance Book and clothed themselves in due form, the Lodge was solemnly opened by the WPM Bro Donaldson.

In the absence of the Honourable Primaries of the Celts, Bro Jocelyn RWM, who is at present engaged in his professional duties in England.

Bro Strathern Secretary then read the Minutes of the last Monthly Meeting, which were unanimously approved of.

It having been announced, that Bro Andrew Murray was indisposed and had been so for some days the Brethren all expressed their sympathy and regret for his absence, and therefore out of fraternal respect to him it was moved from the Chair and agreed to that no kind of music should be used at this Meeting, and that the Brethren should retire as soon as possible.

 

The Brethren having been called pro forma from labour to refreshment, the Secretary, in the absence of song, asked leave to state some facts very Honourable to the ancestors of Brother Murray, and interesting to the immortal Celts.

alt  Leaving being granted, Brother Strathern then said that in searching the National Records of Scotland he found that the first of the Murrays, the Name of their worthy sick Brother, was a gentleman of Merit from Flanders, tempus King David, the celebrated Building Monarch of Saxons and Celts in Caledonia. (a Son of Mars) having conquered a rebellious insurrection of the Murray Men, A.D. 1130, he obtained the Lands of Moray, and built the Fortress of Duffus, and thereafter he took the Name of Moray,(instead of his original patronymic), which has become famous ever since by the remarkable deeds of the Clan Murray, among whom have appeared Noblemen, Statesmen, and Warriors, and others of talent and of great eminence.

 

In the proud List of the Distinguished Murrays, none is more conspicuous than the Andrew Murray of former ages.

One of the favourite names of the Family took the Castle of Stirling from proud Edward the III, in 1336, and afterwards the Castle of St Andrews, and his Own Castle of Bothwell.

 

A worthy Knight  Andrew afterwards invaded Cumberland, and was an associate with William Wallace. Brother Andrew Murray, of the Turf Hotel, is descended, and therefore he, Secretary Strathern, hoped that the Name Andrew among the Murrays would exist with distinction till the latest posterity.

The Brethren were then called from refreshment to labour, when the Lodge was duly closed at High Twelve. Bro W H A F Strathern.

 

17th December 1847

This evening was Nomination of Office Bearers for the ensuing year.

 Public advertisement placed in the Scotsman News Paper, by order of the RWM.

The Nominations were forwarded to the Installation Meeting of the 27th December 1847.

 

27th December 1847

Lodge Charity 051  Installation of Office Bearers for the year 1847-1848 St John's Day Edinburgh XXVII December 1847 this is a very fine record of Installation by Brother Strathern Secretary.

 

The Brethren were regularly assembled as per Attendance Book, by the mysterious numbers and clothed in all their Honours, the Lodge was duly constituted by the RWM Brother William Donaldson, who took possession of the Oriental Chair with a view to conduct the important business of the Lodge on this occasion.  

Two petitions were presented on behalf of:-

Mr Henry Brady Johnston residing at Mrs MacKays Lodgings No 21 Lothian Street Edinburgh and

Mr Robert Dewar of the Turf Hotel, both craving to be admitted Members of the Lodge: and Candidates having been well recommended, they were made Entered Apprentices.

Bro Johnston in Name of himself and his fellow Apprentices, then returned thanks to the Lodge for the Honour done them by their initiation, afterwards which the Master ordered to take their Seats in the first Degree.

Lodge Charity 051  Thereafter the acting RWM declared that all Offices be vacant, and intimated the Office Bearers who had been regularly nominated on the 17th December Meeting should be installed in their respective Offices as follows:-

 

Colonel Swinburne Right Worshipful Master.
Captain Jocelyn Past Master
Robertson Depute Master
MacKay Substitute Master
G A Donaldson Senior Warden
Dobson Junior Warden
W Donaldson Treasurer
Strathern Secretary
Morris Leon Chaplain
A Menzies Senior Deacon
Tinsley Junior Deacon
Ferenbach Grand Steward
John Corstorphine Standard Bearer
Handyside Ritchie Architect
W Donaldson Bard
J S Millar Physician
John Law Jeweller
Kinnear Inner Guard
William Bryce

Bryce

alt  Highland Musician Mac Swayed or Great Bag Piper.

Assistant Tyler. Vacant.

Committee:- Brothers Wright, Wemyss, Stewart, Marshall, Merrilies, Christian Jockel, and Rappinegger.

 

The Secretary having called over the Roll, and all the elected who were present having taken the Oath De Fideli administratione Officii, the newly ordained Office Bearers, received the congratulations of the Brethren and visiting Members, amidst much rejoicing.

Bro Secretary Strathern asked permission to draw up and put on the record of the Lodge a Tribute of respect to the Memory of their deceased Brother John Smith Late Secretary.

Which was request was granted by the sympathising Brethren.

Thereafter Bro Donaldson proposed and Bro Andrew Murray seconded

St James Operative 97  That Bro Alexander Handyside Ritchie, Sculptors, of St James Lodge No 97 Edinburgh, be made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Dobson moved seconded by Bro MacKay that Bro Christian Jockel of

alt  Saint Mungo's Lodge Glasgow was made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Both Motions were carried whereupon Brothers Ritchie and Jockel were affiliated in the usual form by giving their obligations.

The Numerous Brethren having enjoyed a social harmonious Sederunt embellished with choice songs and sentiment, the presiding RWM Bro Murray closed the Lodge in due form at High XII.

A Tribute of Respect to the Memory of Brother John Smith Late Secretary.

By Bro W H A F Strathern Secretary.

Bro Strathern Tribute 006

 This was copied from the insert of Minutes 27th December 1847. 

 

7th January 1848

Bro Merrilies moved that the Brethren should join with him in a cordial congratulation to Brother Murray for his improved Health which enabled him to make his appearance among them tonight.

Bro Murray in his reply said that he had fortunately placed himself under the professional care of the skilful Physician Dr Miller their Brother Celt, who had paid every attention to his Case, and by the Merciful kindness of the Great Architect of the Universe, he, Brother Murray was glad to say that he was now in comparative good Health, and that he would always be glad to be among, the Brethren of the Lodge.

 

In the course of the evening many fine Songs were sung, and various complimentary Toasts were given, and after enjoying a delightful Sederunt the Brethren assisted the acting RWM to close the Lodge at High Twelve.

 

18th January 1848

Mr George Edge a Manager of the Equitable Loan Society of Company was entered Apprentice. He paid his Fees of Two Pounds Three Shillings and Six Pence, to the Worshipful Treasurer.

Bro Edge was then introduced to his Celtic Brethren, who drank his health in the following Cup of Mountain dew, and he returned his thanks in an eloquent though brief manner for the Honour conferred on him, an Englishman, who he observed entertained the highest respect for the Scotch, founded on personal experience by long residence in the Royal City of Edinburgh.

 

3rd February 1848 

This evening a meeting called to examine the Treasurers Books and Accounts, and they were laid before the Committee who found them to be true and accurate.

 

4th February 1848

Bros Edge and Mc Swayed were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

The Inner Guard announced that Deputation from Sister Lodge were in waiting, and desirous to be admitted. Orders were given immediately for their introduction, while the Great Bag Piper played the Masonic Anthem; and the Brethren in the South and West having been properly arranged in Masonic files, the Deputations entered, and were received with due Honour.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  They consisted as follows. The RWM Bro Junior with Ten of the Brethren of St Stephens Lodge No 145.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  The RWM Bro Coghill and Four Brethren of the Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

After spending a social harmonious evening, the Lodge was duly closed at High XII.

 

3rd March 1848

Bro Edge was Raised a Master Mason.

The Bro SD announced that several Deputations of Sister Lodges had arrived. The RWM gave instructions for their immediate entry, and ordered the Highland Musician to Play the Masons Anthem, which Bro Mc Swayed did on his powerful alpine instrument, and his Piper thrilling pearls were very extraordinary.

 

The Brethren in the South and East were properly marshalled in Masonic form. The guarded doors flew open at the sound of the Mystic knock's and the Deputations then entered in procession according to the priority of their enrolment on the chronicles of the Grand Lodge, in the following order.

Mary Chapel-1  RWM Bro Graham of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 and his Masonic Aid de Camps.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  WPM Bro Dr Somerville of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 and Brother Companions 

alt  RWM Bro McClumpha of St Andrews Lodge No 48 and his Jewelled Officers Senior and Junior Wardens.

 Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 RWM Bro Brash of Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 and his Jewelled Officers Senior and Junior Wardens.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  RWM Bro Coghill of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 and his Jewelled Officers Senior and Junior Wardens.

Lodge St Clair No 349  RWM Bro Drummond of Saint Clair Lodge No 349 with a numerous Masonic assortment finely clothed.

Mary Chapel-1  The RWM Bro Jocelyn in eloquent speech gave the health of Bro Graham of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1, and paid him a High Compliment for having set the example of getting up Masonic Balls. Bro Graham returned suitable thanks.

The respective health's of the other RWM, coupled with their attendant retinues, and the Lodges to which they belonged, were then given in rotation in flowing bumpers; and replies, all remarkable for good sense and most of them with some wit and humour were returned. A variety of choice Songs were Sung by Bro Donaldson and other talented contributors, and after a delightful Sederunt spent in the utmost harmony the Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

13th March 1848

The Committee met to discuss arrangements for the Lodge Ball. The considered the price of 10/6 too high for a Ticket and they should be reduced to 7/-6 to be paid by each subscriber for himself and one Lady and 2/6 for each additional Lady; The Secretary to send circulars to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The Committee agree and a vote of thanks to be recorded to the Chairman and his Committee. On the 24th March the Secretary produced a List of parties to whom he sent Circulars amounting to 150.

1848 Trinity Church was taken down to make way for the North British Railway.

 

31st March 1848

Turf Hotel Edinburgh.

This evening is Initiations of five medical students in the University of Edinburgh. The lodge was duly constituted by Brother A Murray in locum for PM Brother Jocelyn. Petitions were presented in favour of:-

Mr Alexander Schultz No 10 George Street Edinburgh.

Mr Fredrick Duncan Mc Dougall No 33 Royal Terrace Edinburgh

Mr Robert Whyte No 14 Clerk Street Edinburgh

Mr Philip Wilson No 26 Howe Street Edinburgh

Mr Thomas Wynne Williams No 10 Nicholson Street Edinburgh

Each prayed to be admitted a Member of the Lodge more over two of the Candidates MacDougall and Whyte further prayed that they might obtain the three degrees of St John’s Masonry at this mystic meeting because they were about to go to another country.

 

Several petitions were duly considered and the parties having been well recommended it was unanimously carried that several requests should be granted therefore the five candidates were made entered apprentices and afterwards as the cases of Brothers MacDougall and Whyte were of an emergency they were passed fellow craftsmen and raised to the sublime degree of Master Masons.

They took their seat according to their respective ranks and on their health being given from the chair they each returned thanks in neat speeches for the honours bestowed and they received the approving congratulations of the Brethren.

The acting RWM enquired whether any Brother had anything to propose for the good of Masonry previous to closing the Lodge.

The secretary stated that his attention had been attracted by an

King George 1V 2  advertisement which he had seen proposing the sale of the Royal Scotch Chair of King George the forth being the very seat he sat on at the magnificent Peers Ball when King George the IV visited Scotland in August of 1822.

 

In consequence of which he the secretary Fitz Strathern waited on the gentleman a Brother Mason whom he had learned that the Royal Chair could be purchased at a reasonable price and he was of the opinion that if the Royal Chair were bought for the use of our RWM of the Celtic Lodge.

It would prove to be an Honour for the Lodge and a benefit of the Celtic fraternity and an interest to Masonry from all over the world.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The records of Grand Lodge of Scotland prove that this accomplished British monarch had been the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason and Royal patron of the celebrated high Lodge from the year 1804 down to the period of his lamented death in 1829 and chronicles in existence prove that this Masonic King had occupied the chair of Scotch manufacture received at his levies the Celtic thanks and chief of the Highlands and Lowlands clan at his memorable visit to Scotland.

 

On these other associations were calculate to receive the veneration and curiosity of many persons who had a relish for Royalty in connection with Historical events several Members then gave their sentiments in favour.

The RWM and Brethren complimented the Secretary for his zeal to serve the Lodge and he was authorised to make enquiries on the Kings Chair.

The Brethren were entertained with choice music and sparkling speeches from several gifted members which time flow with social pleasure and harmony until the mystic hour of the meridian when the Lodge was closed with Masonic ceremony.

 

7th April 1848

The Bro Secretary read the Minutes of the last Meeting and they were approved of.

King George 1V 2  He then gave his report as to King George IV Chair, and on the Motion of Bro MacKay seconded by Bro Kinnear a committee be formed to ascertain the condition and report as to its capability of being converted into a Masonic Chair for the RWM of the Lodge.

 

Mr Thomas William Roycroft Curtayne of 13 Brunswick Street Edinburgh, a Student at the University of Edinburgh, recommended by Bro Alfred Sharp, and Bro Whyte, he was Entered Apprentice and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

Bro Leon PM then moved seconded by Secretary Strathern and approved of, that:-

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Brother John Cameron WPM of the Kilwinning Lodge No 1340 in the East Calcutta, Bengal, whose private residence is Kilgore Lodging 18 Nicolson Street Edinburgh, was made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro John Donald RWM of the Alloa Lodge No 69, was Made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge. At their Affiliation they took the usual Obligatory, and with much eloquence returned thanks to the RWM, and the rest of the Brethren for the Honour conferred on them.

 

At the Harmony vocal and Instrumental Music cheered the hearts of the Labourers, and in particular Brother Donaldson came out in Full blossom with some of his choicest Songs, while Brother Strathern related an eastern anecdote connected with Celtic clothing which he had obtained from the Archives of Glasgow College.

Not ought it to be omitted as part of this happy evening's entertainment that the RWM Bro Swinburne like the Ancient Orientals generously regaled his Brethren with Six Bottles of Brother Murray's excellent Wine, and harmony and Sociality reigned till the Mystic Hour of XII when the Lodge was closed.

 

14th April 1848

The Committee met to Audit the Lodge Books and found them to be correct. The List commenced with the Date 11th April 1843, and was brought up to April 1848.

 Journeyman Masons No 8 A Letter of Invitation from Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8, inviting a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge which was agreed and the RWM and 4 Brethren attended and were receive in such a Masonic manner by His Grace the Duke of Athole in the Chair, accompanied by the RW Grand Secretary and the RW Grand Clerk, and other Grand Dignitaries;

 

It was a Special Lodge of Instruction.  The Tickets were 3/6 each, and Bro Kerr delivered a discourse of Masonry which was well received.

Bro Donaldson charmed the Brethren with his Songs.

The Duke drank to the Celtic Lodge, and Brother Robertson, sitting as Grand Master of Ceremonies, returned thanks.

 

15th April 1848

Mr Henry McNeil Saul of No 10 Roxburgh Street Edinburgh, praying to be made a Member of the Lodge, and having been well recommended by Bros Whyte and Curtayne, the Candidate was admitted and made an Entered Apprentice, and he paid his Fees of Initiation £2:3:6, to Bro William Bryce, principal Tyler, who signed the Receipt therefore Brother Saul was afterwards introduced to the Brethren who congratulated him, and he returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him. The Lodge was then duly closed at High Twelve.

 

17th April 1848

Bros Curtayne, Saul and Mac Swayed respectfully presented themselves, and the Two first Named having stated that they had served their time faithfully as Apprentices, and the other Bro that he had Passed Fellow Craft, they all therefore humbly craved that they now might receive the other Degrees of Masonry; which request having been considered just and reasonable, the Lodge was respectively formed in the Second and Third Degrees, and Brothers Curtayne and Saul were Passed Fellow Craft and afterwards they were Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons, along with Brother Mac Swayed and Lodge closed at High XII.

 

19th April 1848

Mr Thomas Dickman of No 18 Little Tower Street London was entered Apprentice, passed and raised a Master Mason. He then paid his Fees and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

He afterwards received the congratulations of the Lodge, which closed at High XII.

 

5th May 1848

The acting RWM received a letter from Brother William Donaldson the Treasurer apologising for his absence, as he was labouring under the loss of his dear son George Alexander Donaldson their Senior Warden of the lodge of Edinburgh and Leith No 291.

Under the guidance of so able and distinguishing a tutor when the light beamed on the son and opened up to him the liberal views and Brotherly Love and Charity and avenues of knowledge gilded with the brilliant rays of Masonry.

 

The Great Architect of the Universe to issue his sacred summons to take his place in the Grand Lodge on High.

SAM 3057  This was done in Memory of Bro George Alexander Donaldson, by Brother Strethern Secretary.

King George 1V 2  The question of the Royal Chair was brought before the lodge to be finally disposed of Brother Gavin stated that when he was a younger man he had the Honour of seeing King George the IV, sitting in the Chair also he recalled to his mind the Royal Metropolis of Scotland in 1822 when the Stewart Clans of the Mountains and the fields assembled in the thousands to do homage to their British Monarch.

 

Brother Gavin was an enthusiastic admiration of the Antiquity to the Masonic World and Man of genius and worth. The study of ancient relics not only afford us useful instruction to a mind thirsting after knowledge but serves to improve consecutive generations in the arts and sciences; yet in some of the Arts moderns fall short of the Ancients. 

His profession as an Engraver has made him acquainted with several rare valuable Manuscripts of former ages, and in his opinion the best writings of the last and present age are much inferior to the beautiful specimens by the clerical order in the Reigns of King John A.D. 1200, and Queen Elizabeth in 1558, yet what were these illuminated documents, in point of workmanship and durability, to the magnificent Hieroglyphics of the dark coloured Sons of Egypt, the admiration and wonder of successive ages.

 

While touching on so interesting a subject, he could not help congratulating his Celtic Brethren in having a Secretary that could not only handle his pen well, but string words together to read, and with regard to the King's Chair if the Lodge thought it would answer their purpose, he should be glad to see it adorn a Lodge like the Celts for whom he had the highest respect. Bro Leon stated that when he occupied the Highest place of the Lodge there was an excellent Chair for the RWM, which belonged to the Lodge, and was used by him in their former place of Meeting, vizt the Hall of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, but at the Lodge's removal from Niddray Street, this Chair and Two others had been neglected and lost sight of, and he had reason to believe that these articles of Furniture were used at present by some of the Officers of the Grand Lodge, under a Mistaken idea that they were the Grand Lodge's property.

 

He therefore recommended the Celtic Lodge rather to get these Chairs restored than to be at the expense of purchasing others in their stead.

The acting RWM, stated that he was not aware of the facts communicated by Bro Leon, and would not enter on the subject; but with regard to the King's Chair, inspected it, and he not only thought that the price was too high ($5), but it required repairs and alterations to make it suitable seat for the Master of a Lodge, and he would oppose the purchase of it.

 

Bro Donaldson observed that he had also inspected the Chair, and fully agreed with Bro Murray as to its intrinsic value and construction.

 

The Article in its Original state must have had a Cloth and Gilding, but it was evident that it had been made to serve the occasion only, instead of being built and carved with care of massive material to serve for ages, and it is now rather paltry looking and tarnished by its tear and wear.

 

Inconsequence of the Late Bro A.G. Donaldson's Death, Brother McCormack Sung the Beautiful Masonic Song,

 

The Grand Lodge Above which had a solemn effect, and then the Lodge was duly closed at High XII.

 

The following is a correct copy of this sublime Ode.

SAM 3058

 

There that soul-binding union only is known,

That links the poor peasant to the King on his throne,

There the rich and the poor on a level will meet,

And as Brothers each other most cordially greet.

When I am absent from Lodge pleasure curls me in vain,

As I sigh for the moments of meeting again,

For Friendship and Harmony only are there, where we meet on the Level, and oath on the Square.

 

On the Quicksand's of Life (should a Brother be thrown,

Tis then that the kindness of Masons is known,

As the heart prompts the hand his distress to remove,

For our motto is Friendship and Brotherly Love.

When the Master of All from his star-studded Throne.

His great Mandate shall issue to summon us home,

May each Brother be found to be duly prepared to receive his reward.

That in the Grad Lodge above?

 

William H.A. F. Strathern Secretary and RWM Bro Murray.

King George IV Chair after much discussion and put to a vote a majority was impendent to purchase the King’s Chair the RWM then closed the lodge at high twelve.

 

26th May 1848

Mr John S Grant a Chemist Duncan and Flockhart Chemists and Druggists, Apothecary Hall Edinburgh, was entered Apprentice.

Mr Robert Warrick a Clerk with Robertson and Scott, Newspaper Agents No 30 George Street Edinburgh, was entered Apprentice.

 

2nd June 1848

The Committee having assembled, Bro Donaldson laid before them his Treasurers Brook and various Accounts. Several other Accounts were then examined and marked of this Date by the Chairman as approved of, and the Treasurer was authorised to pay their respective amounts with all convenient speed.

 Secretary Strathern then laid before the Committee an Inventory thereof which he had made out, while the Tyler produced the property for Inspection, and the Following is a list of:-

The Duke of Hamilton  Inventory Charter of Erection Dated the 7th day of May 1821, Granted by His Grace the Duke of Hamilton, when The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland, and other Grand Dignitaries, in favour of The Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith 291.

 

The Charter is engraved and signed on a skin of parchment and in good presentation.

 

1. A Japanned Tin Case for holding the Charter.

2. The Holy Bible this Gift by Brother Morris Leon.

3. A Book Containing the Bye Laws for the Signatures of Members.

4. A Minute Book, parchment Cover, marked 1821, folio.

5. Another Minute Book half bound, marked 1829, folio.

6. And this Volume of Minutes marked 1843, in Present use.

7. A folio Petition Book ready engraved for Initiates.

8. A Scroll Book for noting down Minutes and Sederunts.

9. The RW Master's Jewel and Embroidered Apron.

10. The W Past Master's Jewel and Apron.

11. W Substitute Master's Jewel and Apron.

12. W Senior Warden's Jewel and Apron.

13 W Junior Warden's Jewel and Apron.

14. W Treasurer's Jewel and Apron.

15. W Secretary's Jewel and Apron.

16. His Reverence the Chaplain's Jewel and Apron, A wanting.

17. Senior Deacon's Jewel and Apron.

18. Junior Deacon's Jewel and Apron.

19. Bard or Poet Laureate's Jewel and Apron.

20. Grand Steward's Jewel and Apron.

21. Architect's Jewel and Apron.

22. Physician's Jewel and Apron.

23. Standard Bearer's Jewel and Apron.

24. Inner Guard's Jewel and Apron.

25. Outer Guard's Jewel and Apron.

26. A Tartan Cushion.

27. A Silk Tartan Veil.

28. Three Wood Masonic Pillars.

29. The RWMs Rod.

30 Two Tartan Rods for the Deacons.

31. A Gilt Mallet.

32. A Tartan Ditto.

33. The Pedestal.

34. A White Banner Mounted with a Gilt Thistle.

35. The Standard Bearer's Belt or Sash.

36. A Highland Dirk of Dagger and Scabbard.

37. A Chisel.

38. A Foot Rule.

39. A Gilt Square.

40. A Level and Plumb.

41. A Box to Contain the Three last mentioned Articles.

42. A Kneeing Stool.

43. Thirteen Tartan Aprons.

44. 29 Tartan Sashes.

45. 13 Extra

46. A Rams-Horn Snuff Box or Highland Mull with accompaniments of Silver, the Top of the Mull having a Cairngorm tastefully set in Silver.

47. An Engraved Print of Scott's Monument Framed and Glassed.

48. Two Tin Charter Boxes for holding the Clothing and Papers.

49. The Treasurers Tin Box.

50. The Secretary s Tin Box.

51. Two wood Boxes.

52. Highland Dress of the Royal Stewart Tartan with Complete accompaniments for the use of the Tyler when he Mounts Guard.

 

The Committee complimented the Secretary and Tyler for carrying out the Inventory as accurately as it corresponded with the Property of the Lodge. But as they were dissatisfied that the Jewel and Apron of the Bible Bearer or Chaplain were not forthcoming, the Tyler was questioned about them, it being a part of his duty to take special care of the Clothing of the Lodge.

The Committee gave orders to the Secretary and Tyler to make further enquiries about the lost property.

 

Thereafter Brother Leon produced a Diploma by the Lodge in Favour of the Deceased Bro William Gunn, formerly one of their Officers, which Document had been forwarded by his Widow, with a humble request that as she was greatly reduced by poverty, the Brethren would be pleased to grant her some small relief, for which she would feel grateful.

The Committee took a charitable view of her case, and authorised the Treasurer to pay the poor Widow Five Shillings, which he did and the Committee then went to join the Monthly Meeting.

 

The Minutes of the last Monthly Meeting were read and approved. The RWM said the Committee met and examined and audited the Treasurers Accounts and found the same correctly stated.

They likewise inspected the property of the Lodge, and compared the items with an Inventory made out by the Secretary Strathern, which they had also found correct.

 

Brother Leon added that Bro Donaldson was still labouring under ill health brought on by the loss of his only Son, and he had been authorised by the Treasurer to apologise to the Lodge for not attending this Monthly Meeting to-night.

 

The Acting RWM moved that Bro Dobson should be promoted to the Vacant Office of Senior Warden, which motion was seconded by Bro Leon and MacKay and Bro Dobson was elected Senior Warden.

 

Bro Dominicus Ferenbach was proposed by Bro Leon seconded by Bro Murray to be Junior Warden, and it having been put to the Vote he was elected accordingly.

 

Bro MacKay moved seconded by Bro Leon that Bro Christian L Jockel be Grand Steward and was duly elected.

 

Thereafter the Oath de fideli administratione Officii was taken at the Alter by these three newly elected Brethren and they were duly installed in the respective Chairs, and received the congratulations and cheers of their Brother electors while Bro Piper Mac Swayed pealed the Anthem in his best stirring strains of Highland instrumental Music.

 

Brother Charles Kidd, one of the old Chaplains who had made many a Celtic Member while in office now proposed the health's of the Senior and Junior Wardens and Grand Steward. This was rapturously received and given with Highland Honours.

 

Bro Uniacke then stated he had regularly served his time as Fellow Craft and was now humbly craved to receive the highest Degree, which was agreed to by the Brethren and was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

A variety of English, Irish and Scotch Songs were Sung by various harmonious Members, and several excellent speeches were also made, which increased the social good feeling and Masonic enthusiasm of the Brethren during their Sederunt. At Length they were again called to their working stations, after which the closing prayer was pronounced at High XII.

 

9th June 1848

Mr Victor Blanc a French Gentleman whose place of Business is at No 67 George Street Edinburgh, craving to be admitted a Member of the Lodge, and he been well recommended to receive the Three Degree as ne was to go to Paris immediately the Candidate was made an entered Apprentice, passed Fellow Craft, and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason, his case being one of emergency. He then paid his Fees to Bro Leon he received the congratulations of the Brotherhood, and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

Brothers Alexander Schultz, Robert Warrack and John Grant were passed Fellow Crafts, and raised Master Masons.

The Young Masters having received the usual congratulations of the Fraternity they severally returned thanks for the Honours conferred on them, and the Lodge was duly closed at High Twelve.

 

22nd June 1848

Mr William Hamilton of No 2 Shakespeare and of Hill Square, was Entered Apprentice, after which he Paid his Fee of Initiation £2:3:6, and to the congratulations of the Brotherhood.

 

24th June 1848

Masonic Feast at Midsummer.

The Brethren assembled today, in pursuance to Circulars issued by the RWM, To Celebrate the Mid-Summer Festival in Honour of Saint John the Baptist.

Present:-

Bro James Robertson DM.

Bro Andrew Murray LTPM.

Bro Morris Leon Chaplain.

Bro Ferenbach JW.

Bro Christian Jockel GS.

Bro Alexander Aitken an Old PM.

Bro Charles Kidd an Old Chaplain.

Bro Kinnear JG.

Bro Plummer.

Bro Bailey.

Bro John Piper.

Bro MacSwayed Bag Piper.

Bro William Bryce Tyler.

Bro Strathern Secretary.

 

The Brethren having Clothed, and adorned themselves with Jewellery containing Masonic hieroglyphics, the Lodge was opened by Bro Robertson, who occupied the Oriental Chair.

 

In time they were called from Labour to refreshment, and Dinned at the Turf Hotel. The Dinner proved excellent and substantial, the Wines and other Liquors gave universal satisfaction.

Song and sentiment prevailed, with the Great Bag Piper discoursed his effective Highland Music.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  After enjoying much sociality, the Brethren went in Two Coaches as a Deputation to the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 attended by their Guard and Piper in proper Highland costume.

 

The evening was beautiful and the air exhilarating, and during the transit of the Celts through the Streets of Edinburgh, their Piper attracted much attention, bring perched on  the loftiest part of the foremost Coach, with his Tartan ribbon's and Pipes voice ringing to the well played tunes that echoed like distant thunder through the tunnelled Closes.

This roused and collected a Crowd of curious admirers, who followed and cheered on the Celtic Brethren to the arched gate of Saint John's Street, Where they alighted, and marched in order to the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge.

They were received in the Hall with much Masonic distinction, and there met and Mingled with several Deputations from other Sister Lodges form Edinburgh, who were all Hospitably entertained with Super, Music, and Orations that threw a relish and charm on the passing scene.

 

During the events of the evening, nothing but the best harmony and good feelings reigned under the sanctity of Masonry.

 

Bro Archibald David Campbell a Stockbroker presided and distinguished himself by his urbanity of manners and strict regard to order.

At the mysterious Hour of High XII, the assembled Brethren joined in solemnly closing the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge with Masonic Honours and ceremonies. Bro Williamm Strathern Secretary.

 

26th June 1848

Celtic Lodge Room the Secretary read a Letter from Brother Drummond

Lodge St Clair No 349  RWM of St Clair Lodge No 349 Edinburgh Elections of St Clair's Office Bearers. 

 

The lodge having been summoned to attend the Brethren met and clothed themselves and the Lodge was duly opened by Brother Robertson WDM.

The secretary laid before the meeting a letter he just received from Brother Drummond RWM of the Lodge ST Clair of Edinburgh Addressed to Brother Colonel Swinburne of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith requesting the RWM and the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge to witness the Election of Office Bearers of St Clair Lodge to-day.

 

The secretary stated that similar circulars had been sent to other lodges in Edinburgh who had promised to attend he was told by his author Brother Drummond with whom he had the Honour of a personal interview and who had much fraternal respect for the Celtic Lodge.

alt  The St Clair Brethren and Brother Celts expected they would Honour this important occasion with their presence. Notwithstanding Brother Robertson moved that a deputation should immediately be formed and march to Lodge St Clair the same was seconded by the Worshipful Wardens.

 

A Deputation of Nine of the Celtic brethren headed by Brother Robertson, accompanied by the Great Bag Piper and Guard in their handsome Highland Dress.

The deputation proceeded forthwith arriving in good time were they received flattering Masonic Honours by this young sister lodge.

Deputations form other Metropolitan Lodges also arrived it was soon found that much over crowding for the dimensions of the hall.

 

The brethren felt themselves much oppressed with the heated atmosphere of the close night, and the Lodge Room therefore Brother Robertson had to retire due to the heat.

 

Brother Murray reigned in his stead during the remainder of their attendance, Brother Cameron Chaplin observing some delicate Brethren making their escape from the crowd.

 

 It was moved by the ruling powers of the St Clair that fresh air should immediately admitted with the view to preserve health where upon the obedient stewards immediately pushed their long rods of office through 13 panes of glass of the hall windows, and the unusual sound of breaking glass in a Masonic Lodge, excited much mirth and applause at each successive demolition and the elevation of the hydrogen gas and rush of purer air gave instant relief to the gasping disciples of Solomon. With the rod wrecked windows served as so many safety valves to the Brethren during their long interesting Deputation to this incident is worthy of being noticed, as it proves the sacrifice made by the youngest Lodge in Edinburgh, to render their first election meeting as comfortable as possible to their Brother guests.

 

 It reminds one of a sage observation of the craft, The business of the evening then proceeded with all the dignity sobriety and necessary discipline which have ever distinguished the ancient and Honourable order of Masonry, it is unnecessary to record in this volume the elective process in another Lodge then St Clair’s a venerated harmonious Name of the Mystic Tye, happily derived from a noble classic father of the craft and Masonic applause, for the newly elected office bearers and RWM of St Clair Lodge.

 

Afterwards the RWM gave orders to his Masonic aide de camp in the south to mark the meridian, and this being scientifically done that office called the Brethren from labour to refreshment, and to participate in the feast prepared for the occasion the generous hospitality at the festive board, which gave a lively glow to the pleasurable emotions of the Brotherhood.

Brother Drummond PM the Celtic officer in command of his Brother Celts and after the torch of delight had burned brilliantly the sublime scene only terminated, when fair aurora’s Majestic Rays ascend on the Brethren the Lodge was duly closed at high twelve.

 

7th July 1848

A petition was presented on behalf of the Widow Gunn. It was stated that her Husband's Name ought to have been entered in the Records of the Lodge. On or about the 20th December 1833, and a Letter from Brother Linning Woodman Grand Clerk was read by Secretary Strathern in reference to the Widow's application for Relief to the Fund of Scottish Masonic Benevolence, announcing that the deceased Brother William Gunn's Name had not been returned for registration in the Books of the Grand Lodge.

Brother Strathern informed the Brethren that an examination of the Celtic Lodge Books had taken place respecting this matter, when it was found that through Brother William Gunn had been appointed and acted as Tyler of the Celtic Lodge, he was not an original Member.

 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The acting RWM Brother Leon stated that he had made enquiries, and had ascertained that Brother Gunn's Mother Lodge was either the Roman Eagle or that of St Andrew's Lodges, with both of which Lodges, he had been connected previous to his Official situation in the Celtic Lodge, which was not his Mother Lodge.

 

The Brethren regretted that the Widow had been refused any relief from the Fund of Scottish Masonic Benevolence, and under the circumstances of the Case, Brother Dobson moved, seconded by the Junior Warden and unanimously carried, that Five Shillings be immediately paid by the Treasurer, out of the Funds of the Lodge to Widow Gunn.

 

Brother MacKay called the attention of the Brethren to CXVI S 4 of the Grand Lodge; which is as follows:-

 

Any Lodge found guilty of making incomplete of Fraudulent Returns of Etrants to Grand Lodge, shall be liable to have its Charter recalled and cancelled- to suspend from Masonic privileges or such other punishment as Grand Lodge may be pleased to inflict, he moved that a Committee be appointed to investigate and examine the Books of the Celtic Lodge touching the Names of initiated Brethren, with a view to ascertain their due enrolment on the Records of the Grand Lodge, and that the Committee shall consist of all the Office Bearers, with power to them to appoint a Sub Committee to carry this Measure into effect; which motion was seconded by Brother Piper, and unanimously carried.

 

The Brethren were called from Labour to refreshment and after they had enjoyed some social hilarity, enlivened with choice Songs and sentiment, the Lodge again went to work. The lodge was closed at High XII.

 

21st July 1848

Turf Hotel the Lodge having been duly constituted by Brother Murray PM a petition was presented for: -

Walter Lindsay a medical student of the University of Edinburgh No 2 Randolph Cliff Dean Bridge craving to be admitted a member having been highly recommended by his fellow student Brothers Curtayne and Whyte.

The candidate was made an entered Apprentice and received the congratulations of the Brethren summoned for the occasion he then paid his initiation fees £2.3.6d to the Chaplain Brother Leon who received the payment in the absence of the treasurer.

Brother Lindesay Richardson being given time to return his speech for the Honour conferred on him.

Two Masonic German Brothers Captain Barnard Soderberg of the Ship Heinrick the III and Captain Jurgen Tornpke of the Ship Maria both detained in Leith Docks inconsequence of the Danish Embargo.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The visiting Brethren were formally introduced to the Lodge by Brother Fitz Strathern and after due trial had been taken by their countryman Brother Leon of their Science in Masonry.

 

They were cordially received and hospitality entertained for which they both returned their grateful thanks, and invited the Celtic Brethren to dine with them in their Ship Cabins.

 

These visiting Members being sons of Music gave specimens of their ability in that art by several German Songs.

 

The brethren after enjoying a rational pleasant evening assisted the acting RWM to close the lodge at high twelve.

 

4th August 1848

Brother Leon presented a petition for Mrs Smith, a Poor Widow of Deceased Brother, Named William Smith, the Members move that the Treasurer should Pat Two Shillings and Six Pence out of the Lodge Funds to the Widow Smith, which he immediately did.

 

Bro Richardson was passed Fellow of Craft.

Mr James Lumsden, was entered, passed and raised a Master Mason.

Thereafter the Inner Guard announced that A Deputation from

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 Headed by RWM Bro Campbell and Eleven of his Brethren. The RWM welcomed them in due Masonic style.

 

Enquiry having been made at Secretary Strathern reported that on the 10th of August 1843, and on the 28th of November said year 1843, when the:-

Bro Lord Glenlyon  Most Worshipful Grand Master Elect the Lord Glenlyon, and Brother White Melville, Provincial Grand Master of Fife visited the Celtic Lodge, see Page 22 of this Volume.

 

Colonel Kinloch of Kilrie K.J.F,R.W.D, Grand Master, and Bro Campbell were both made Celtic Members.

On the Motion of Bro Murray and seconded by Bro Leon the following Nine were made Honorary Members of the Celtic Lodge, and took their Obligations:-

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro John Campbell Renton of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, M.P. and Provincial Grand Master for Berwickshire and House of Commons London.

Lord Ranelagh the 7th  Bro the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Ranelagh, an English Peer and also a Member of Several Lodges, of No 4 Park Place St James London.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Colonel James McDonald of Her Majesty's Life Guards and a Member of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge, of Logan House Stranrar.

Bro Sir David Kinloch of Gilmerton, a Baron of Muerton.

Bro Charles Craigie Haskett a Gentleman of Fortune of the New Club Edinburgh.

Bro Duncan Graham, a Gentleman of Fortune of the Graham's Castle Ardrosson.

Bro Cecil Dudgeon, an Officer in the 61st Regiment and of Lodge 84 Ireland of 10 Carlton Strand London.

Bro David Hunter a Gentleman of Fortune, of Blackness.

alt  Bro Axil Dickson, a Gentleman from Sweden and a Member of St David's Lodge No 36 Edinburgh and the Strangers' Club London.

 

Bro Robertson then moved that another visiting Member, Namely Bro David Manson of Trinity Lodge No 148 Elgin, whose present address is Spenie Elgin Should also be made an Honorary Member and which Motion having been seconded by Bro Manson was likewise made a Celtic Brother and took the usual Affiliating Obligation.

They all returned thanks, the majority of which were spoken with animation in an eloquent flow of language, and two of these speeches were so remarkable that they are here briefly put on record.

 

Extract of Brother Renton's oration:-

I thank the noble Celts for the High Honour they have conferred on me and I do assure them that I have a great relish for Masonry because after the cares and fatigues of mu public services, it is a source of the highest pleasure to me to enjoy occasionally the characteristic social freedom and Benevolent feeling in a well conducted Lodge.

 

A change from the noisy turmoil's of Parliamentary duties to the orderly harmonising circle of the disciples of Hiram, which I have occasionally experienced in my Provincial District in Berwickshire, have contributed to the good of my health, and at same time served to tranquilize my mind. As a Mason I approve of affiliations such as I have just witness because they from closer ties to the Brotherhood, and by the Bye Laws of the Celtic Lodge handed to me by Brother Strathern,

I perceive that no individual of the Mystic Tye, however high his station may be, is eligible to hold any Office in this excellent Lodge unless he be first made a Member thereof hence the advantage of being affiliated.

 

Lord Ranelagh, on returning thanks, spoke as follows:-

 

The present happy meeting of so many Honourable Brethren give me unbounded pleasure, and I rejoice that my Affiliation in the Celtic Lodge, which I highly prize, will now give me the distinguished privilege of hosting the Royal Tartan of my Masonic Lodge notwithstanding of my Saxon and Norman descent.

 

In the course of my travels abroad, I have visited many foreign Lodges, and I have found by experience that Masonry was a ready passport to all good Brethren. Masonry is a useful arena where the Peer and the Peasant "met on the level and parted on the Square," which had that evening been so beautifully Sung by their Brother McCormack.

 

I never enjoyed myself better than when I laid aside my rank as a Nobleman, and joined in Masonic and domestic Circles, or in the manly amusement of a well ordered society, which often result in drawing forth the most exalted feelings of human nature.

 

As an evidence of that I beg leave to mention that I and my Brother Officers of the Regiment to which we belong, permitted our men to mix with us in the athletic games of Cricket and quoits, and what may appear rather strange, the private Soldier, invariably beat their Officers in play, and won the prizes.

Those occasional pastimes generated mutual good will between the contending parties, and attachment and respectful obedience on the part of the men to their superiors for their condescension, while it gave to everyone personal excitement and healthful exercise during the contest.

 

Although I am soon to leave the celebrated City of Literature, I mean Edinburgh, I hope that I will be able to visit the Celtic Lodge at some future period meantime he assured his Brethren of that distinguished Lodge that he would ever feel grateful for their kindness. (Applause)

 

A variety of complimentary toasts followed in Honour of the Office Bearers. Brothers Donaldson and McCormick charmed their admiring Brethren with some choice Songs and at last at the Mystical Hour of High Twelve the Lodge was duly closed, by DM James Robertson PM.

 

5th August 1848

The Committee appointed yesterday to Instruct Brother James Lumsden in the Mysteries of Masonry assisted today in forming the Lodge in the 2nd and afterwards in the third Degree, when he was first passed Fellow Craft, and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was then duly closed at High XII.

 

26th August 1848

A Letter addressed to Lieutenant Colonel Swinbourne RWM of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith.

 

Sir and Brother,

 

Sir James Walker Drummond, RWM of the Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge of Hawthorn, presents his compliments to you, and directs me to intimate that he will hold a special meeting of his Lodge, in the Lodge Room on Friday the 1st of September 1848, at two o'clock pm for the purpose of laying the Foundation Stone of the Union Workhouse.

 

When he hopes to be honoured with your presence along with as Numerous a Deputation from your Lodge as can make it convenient to attend and assist at the ceremony. 

 

I have the Honour to be Sir, and Brother yours fraternally signed D Urquhart Secretary.

 

The Committee resolved that a Deputation of the Celtic Lodge should attend at Dalkeith on the first of September 1848 ensuing to witness the Masonic Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone of the Union Workhouse.

 

The Secretary was ordered to issue Circulars for that purpose to the Brethren, as also to send the following answer to the Secretary of the Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge.

 

Mr David Urquhart, Secretary,

Reply to you circular of the 22nd August 1848 to RWM of the Celtic Lodge.

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10I am directed to inform you that a Deputation of the Celtic Lodge will attend the Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge of Friday 1st September at 2 pm, to assist the Masonic Ceremony of laying the Foundation Stone of the Union Workhouse; but that in consequence of the Quarterly meeting being held on that day, in pursuance to the Laws of the Lodge, the Celtic Deputation regret that they cannot have the pleasure of Dining with the Members of the Dalkeith Kilwinning on the same day.

 

I have the Honour to be Sir and Brother yours Fraternally Wm H A F Strathern.

 

 1st September 1848

This evening was the Monthly meeting of the Celtic Lodge in the Turf Hotel 3 Princess Street Edinburgh.

The Brethren having met in mysterious numbers as per attendance book and clothed themselves with their robes and insignias of offices.

 

The lodge was duly opened by Brother Robertson DPM in the absence of Brother Swinburn, RWM, engaged on private Business in Forfarshire.

 

The minutes were read and approved. 

 

A petition was then presented in favour of:-

Mr Duncan McDougall of No 11 High Terrace Leith Street Edinburgh craving to be admitted a member of the Celtic Lodge and he having been well recommended by Brother Merrilies and others the Candidate was made an entered Apprentice and received the congratulations of the Brotherhood.

 

 

Bro William Murray Senior of the London Hotel then delivered to the Lodge the Chaplain's Apron and Jewel which he had inadvertently carried home in the Month of March last, on returning with the Celtic

St Stephens No 145  Deputation from a visit to the St Stephens Lodge No 145, and he now begged leave to exculpate Secretary Strathern from all blame in the matter.

 

Thereafter the following Deputation of 18 members of the Celtic Lodge proceeded in two Omnibuses to Dalkeith, to assist in the laying of the foundation stone of the Union Workhouse.

 

On the foremost Omnibus was mounted conspicuously aloft the outer guard equipped in Highland Uniform and behind him the White Flag of the Celtic Lodge floated gracefully in the breeze.

 

On the other well Painted Omnibus was perched at the Top Piper Brother Mac Swayed decked out in his best alpine habiliments, and silk Tartan  ribbon hung luxuriantly from his bag pipes, whose astounding music during the passage drew Universal attention and applause from old and young.

 

After enjoying an easy trot, the Brethren arrived in time at the Head Inn of Dalkeith, where they partook of a slight refreshment, and afterwards they enjoyed the procession in the following order:-

 

The RWM was in Scriptural Language the Alpha and Omega of the Deputation. He was decorated with the Mysterious emblems of Knowledge, Light and Power.

 

The 3 other Masters of the Lodge Namely the Locum Tenens PM and Deputy Substitute Masters decorated with their Jewels of Honour and Rods.

 

The Worshipful senior and junior Wardens Jewelled Sashes and Aproned.

The Chaplain with Sash Jewels and Apron carrying on a fine velvet cushion the Holy Bible opened at a certain page, compass and square.

Brother Treasurer, Secretary with their Sashes' Jewels and Aprons Rods.

The Senior and Junior Deacons Jewel's Sashes' and Aprons with Rods.

Brother Architect Poet Laureate Jewel's Sashes' and Aprons with Rods.

The Standard Bearer Jewel Sash Belt and Apron Carrying the White Flag the Emblem of purity.

The Great Steward and his assistant, sashes' Aprons and jewels with Rods.

The Physician and Jeweller decorated with their emblems of Office, and sashed, Aproned, and with Rods.

The Youngest Apprentice bare headed Apron and adorned with a Silver Trowel and carrying in his hand a Mallet.

Highland Bag Piper powering forth Mountain Melodies Dress in the Highland Grab.

Sword Bearer of Tyler of the Lodge Dress in his Royal Tartan Uniform of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Day proved favourably and upwards of Six Hundred Members of various Sister Lodge in Full Masonic costume with Banners and Music, assembled in the midst of Dalkeith.

 

They were Masonic Marshalled by Brother Tinsley, who with some other Officers represented the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

The procession marched south, preceded by a Military Band from a Regiment in the Castle of Edinburgh, and Accompanied with a moving mass of many thousand spectators, which the novelty of the scene had collected from many quarters to the site of the Union Workhouse.

 

About a Mile from Dalkeith, near the Railway Station, where the Foundation Stone was laid, with the ancient imposing Ceremonies of Masonry by Sir James Walker Drummond, Baronet.

 

In presence of the Brethren, and a Multitude of well-dressed Ladies and Gentleman, who were admitted by Tickets, Price One Shilling each, into the enclosed ground, which was guarded by a strong force of Mounted Police, under the command of Captain Alfred John List, the Superintendent of the County Police, and a  Brother Mason.

 

Each of the attending Brethren also Paid One Shilling for his Ticket of admission, to defray the expense of the Dalkeith preparation.

Silence having been proclaimed, and heads uncovered an oration was made by Sir James Walker Drummond, which was much cheered for its good sense and eloquence touching the Antiquity, order, and sublimit of Masonry, and the principles it advocates of Faith, Hope and Charity.

 

Appropriate speeches were likewise given by the Reverend Dr McLeod, and the Reverend Mr Boyle G C to the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and also by Sir McNeil chiefly descriptive of the anticipated benefits that would arise to Society by the legal erection of similar local workhouse for the Poor throughout the United Kingdom.

 

After this, the Celtic Lodge again joined the procession in reversed order, according to the Laws of Masonry, the RWM going first, preceded by his Sword Bearer and the whole of the Cavalcade returned with Music, escorted with the admiring and delighted crowd, to the Head Inn of Dalkeith.

 

The two Omnibuses being in waiting and ready to start the whole of the Celtic Brethren resumed their seats and were conveyed in safety to their Lodge Room in the Turf Hotel, Princes Street Edinburgh, where they enjoyed an excellent dinner prepared for them by their kind friend and Brother Andrew Murray, and the following Brethren, who had been prevented by Business from accompanying the Deputation to Dalkeith, now joined them at this ovation.

 

The feast of reason and the flow of soul were never better exhibited than on this occasion.

 

Orations, Songs and Sentiments followed each other, to the delight of every one, and the important business of the day was finally wound up at High Twelve by the Master and his Wardens assisted by the Brethren, with the usual Masonic symbols and ceremonies, which are only known to the Craft.

 

4th October 1848

Mr John George Taylor of No 15 Great Saint Thomas the Apostle in London, and of No 17 Waterloo Place Edinburgh, Was entered, passed Fellow Craft, and he was directed to attend the Lodge tomorrow, when he would be made a Master Mason.

 

Brother Taylor received the congratulations of the Brotherhood, and he returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him. The Lodge was then duly closed at High Twelve.

 

6th October 1848

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  The Secretary read the Minutes of the last Monthly meeting containing a Report of the Deputation to Dalkeith to assist Brother Sir James Walker Drummond, RWM of the Kilwinning Lodge of that Town in laying the Foundation Stone of the Union Workhouse.

 

Bro MacKay moved, and Bro Donaldson seconded it, that with the approval of those Minutes, the thanks of the Lodge be awarded Brother Fitz Strethern for the accuracy and care which he had bestowed in drawing up and recording the Report of the proceeding of the first of the last Month.

Bro Lindesay Richardson was passed Fellow Craft.

 

The Lodge was then raised to the highest Degree of Saint John's Masonry, when Bros Lindesay, Richardson, Duncan MacDougall and J G Taylor were Raised Master Masons, and took their seats such in the East, near the Oriental Chair.

 

A Number of the Brethren attended this Meeting, and the evening was spent hospitably and harmoniously.

 

Bros Donaldson, Mac Cormack and Counsellor Wemyss, and also the youngest, Bro Taylor, entertained and enlivened the assembly with several beautiful Songs, and at High Twelve the Lodge was duly closed.

 

13th October 1848

The Committee met this evening, with several items on the agenda the Lodge Books were updated, a 17 Page Report by Brother Fitz Strathern. See Pages 203 - 220 in this volume.

 

3rd November 1848

The Secretary stated, that a Mr Harper, an Englishman of independent fortune was presently on a visit to Edinburgh, who was Deaf and Dumb, had applied personally to him, in writing to ascertain whether the Celtic Lodge would admit him a Member as he had been informed that the Honourable Henry Walpole who was a Countryman of his, had been made a Freemason not withstanding that he was totally Blind and Mr Harper, was desirous to be a Member of the Craft, as his Brother was a Free Mason in England.

 

The Committee resolved that Mr Harper case and that he could not take the Oath and that there was no precedent on Record of the Lodge that a Deaf and Dumb applicant had ever been admitted, Mr Harper could not be initiated in the Mysteries of Free Masonry according to the rule of the Craft.

 

27th November 1848

Mr John Speakman of 609 Castlehill Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

28th November 1848

Mr John Baird of 89 George Street Edinburgh, and of the Firm of Douglas Baird, was Entered Apprentice.

Operative Dundee Lodge No 47  Bro James Miller of Ancient Operative Lodge No 47 Dundee, was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

The Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

29th November 1848

Mr James Johnston Souter, a Die Stamp Cutter 0f 41 Lothian Street Edinburgh, was Entered Apprentice.

Mr William Johnston, a Grocer of Elder Street, was Entered Apprentice.

Mr George Baron a Coach Hirer of St James Square Edinburgh was Entered Apprentice.

 

30th November 1848

The Brethren Clothed and Jewelled themselves according to their respective Degrees.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Bro Andrew Murray having Opened the Lodge with the usual ceremonies the Brethren, and Bro Bryce were then formed into a Deputation and walked in procession Headed by Bro Leon as RWM and accompanied by the Piper, who played the Masons Anthem as they walked to the Waterloo Hotel to Celebrate the Festival of St Andrew with the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

On arriving at the grand the Celtic Deputation took their seats in the Grand Masons Hall at one of the right hand tables of his Grace the Duke of Athole the Right Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland. The Brethren from Sister Lodges joined in the Festival.

His Grace performed his important duties as the presiding Grand Mason, in the manner, that reflected the highest credit on himself as a distinguished Craftsman and to the entire satisfaction of the Brethren assembled.

 

During the sederunt Bro Laurie, the Grand Secretary presented a beautiful Silver Medal, about the size of a Crown piece, containing the impression of the King Otto.

King Otto of Sweeden  The present Monarch of Sweden and an inscription thereon, which he stated had been sent by his Majesty as a Free and Accepted Mason, to the Grand Lodge of Scotland, in Honour of the Ancient and Honourable Order of Masonry and the Grand Secretary read a Letter received with the present to the effect, The Medal was handed about and greatly admired and the same was then deposited with the Grand Lodge as a Sentimental of the Royal Masonic Donor.

The proceedings of the Festival were conducted in true Masonic Honour. Two Military Bands were in attendance in an adjoining room and enlivened the entertainment with excellent Music.

The Celtic Brethren afterwards returned from the supper to their Lodge Room and the Lodge was thereafter duly closed at High Twelve.

 

1st December 1848

Brother Captain Walter Laurence, Younger of Lishuigan Stirling PM of Lodge No 50 Dublin be made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge and was agreed by the Brethren, Bro Laurence was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

St Marks Lodge Glasgow No 102  Brother John Harvey PM of St Mark's Lodge No 102 Glasgow, was Affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

St Marks Lodge Glasgow No 102  Bro Andrew Craig SW and Robert Lochead JS and James MacLean of the said St Mark's Lodge were all made Members of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge closed at High XII.

 

6th December 1848

Mr Samuel John Bateman, was entered, passed and raised a Master Mason.

Bro John Anderson an Apprentice Member of the Lodge St John Forres No 37 craving to be passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and a Master Masons Degree the Brethren agreed and Bro Anderson became a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

13th December 1848

This being the evening of Nominations of Office Bearers, the recommendations were forwarded to the Installation Meeting of 27th December 1848.

Mr John Reid a Waiter in the Turf Hotel, he was made an entered Apprentice.

 

18th December 1848

Bro William Marshall was passed and raised a Master Mason.

Bro William Henry Porter, of 24 Newcastle upon Tyne, was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

19th December 1848

Bros William Johnston and George Barron were both Passed and Raised Master Masons

 

27th December 1848

Lodge Charity 051  This being St John's Day, and the date for the Installation of RWM and his Office Bearers, the Following Brethren were Installed in their respective Offices:-

 

Colonel Swinburne Right Worshipful Master.
Captain Jocelyn Past Master
J B Innes Depute Master
Morris Leon Substitute Master
MacKay Senior Warden
Ferenbach Junior Warden
W Donaldson Treasurer
Strathern Secretary
Kinnear Chaplain
Dr Stewart Senior Deacon
C Jockel Junior Deacon
Marshall Grand Steward
W Calder Standard Bearer
MacCartney Caldwell Architect
W Donaldson Bard
L Richardson Physician
John Law Jeweller
W Murray Inner Guard
Speakman

Outer Guard

alt  Bro Mc Swayed                                                Piper

 

Committee:-

Bro Dobson, Bro Plummer, Bro Tinsley, Bro William Murray Jr, Bro Edge, Bro Dinack, Bro Johnston.

 

The Newly elected Office Bearers returned thanks to their Brethren.

Bro Murray provided the Supper in the usual excellent manner and the Brethren enjoyed themselves in a pleasant manner several Songs and Masonic Toasts were given by various Brethren.

 

Deputation to Sister Lodges were then sent to the following Lodges:-

 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Marys St Andrew's and Roman Eagle Bro Kinnear Headed a Deputation to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 2, and was accompanied by the Great Bag Piper and 2 Brethren, thereafter St James Lodge and Defensive Band Lodge, St Stephens Lodge and Journeyman Masons Lodge.

 

During the Festival the following Deputations visited the Celtic Lodge:-

Mary Chapel-1  Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1, Headed by Bro Graham, + 3 Brethren.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 Headed by Bro Stevenson, + 3 Brethren.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 Headed by Bro Hillhouse + 4 Brethren.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145, Headed by Bro Brown, + 3 Brethren.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 Headed by Bro Henderson + 3 Brethren.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151, Headed by Bro Fouler, + 3 Brethren.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160, Headed by Bro Wilson, + 3 Brethren.

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5, Headed by Bro B Mason, + 3 Brethren.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349 Headed by Bro Andrew DM + 7 Brethren.

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 Headed by Bro Thomson + 15 Brethren and accompanied by their Sword Bearer.

Thereafter the Lodge was duly closed.

 

5th January 1849

Bro Speakman was passed Fellow Craft and raised a Master Mason, and was duly proposed to be Inner Guard.

 

Bro Henderson was made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

The Brethren were called to refreshment and after some time pleasantly spent, the Lodge was called to Labour, and thereafter was duly closed.

 

11th January 1849

Mr William Murray, of 9 West Claremont Street Edinburgh, was Entered, Passed and Raised a Master Mason.

 

Mr James Scott Dowell of 1 Dundas Street Edinburgh, was Entered, Passed and Raised a Master Mason.

Bro Baird was Raised a Master Mason.

 

12th January 1849

The Committee Met, and proceeded to inspect the property of the Lodge and found the same to consist of the Following which they inventory accordingly:-

 

Inventory Charter of erection by the Grand Lodge of Scotland in favour of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith (246) Written on parchment and sighed by the Duke of Hamilton, and other Grand Office Bearers of Grand Lodge.

 

Effects belonging to the Lodge:-

 

The Holy Bible was the Gift of Bro Morris Leon.

The Painted Laws of Grand Lodge in quarter with Plates Coloured and bound in Green Silk with Printed Copy of the Celtic Bye Laws.

Petition Book being engraved Petitions for Initiates.

The Bye Law Book for the Signatures of all admitted Members.

Attendance Book Roll of attending Brethren.

3 Folio Minute Books marked severally on the covers 1821-1829 and 1829-1843.

 

Scroll Book.

The Square and Compass used for the Sacred Record.

The RWM Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

PM Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

DM Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

SM Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

SW Jewel No Apron.

JW Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

Treasurer Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

Secretary Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

Chaplain Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

SD Jewel No Apron.

JD Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

Poet Laureate Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

GS Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

Architect Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

Physician Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

SB Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

IG Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

OG Jewel embroidered Tartan Apron.

Silk Tartan Veil.

Tartan Cushion.

 

29 White Aprons.

13 Tartan Aprons

29 Tartan Sashes.

The Standard Bearers Sash.

13 Extra Sashes.

Guilt Mallet.

Tartan Mallet.

2 Gilt Batons.

2 Tartan Batons.

A Dagger and Scabbard.

The RWMs Tartan Rod.

2 Rods for the Deacons.

12 White Rods.

3 Masonic Pillars.

Pedestal.

Chisel and Foot Rule.

2 Wooden Boxes.

 

Highland Dress of the Royal Stewart Tartan with complete accompaniments for the use of the Tyler.

White Banner mounted with gilt Thistle.

Gilt Square Jewel and Plumb with Box.

Kneeling Stool.

A Rams Horn Mull, the Top mounted with a Cairngorm Stone in Silver accompaniments.

Engraved Print of Scott Monument in Frame and Glass in Lodge Room.

2 Other Prints to Commemorate the Laying of the Scott Monument.

Four Tin Charter Boxes.

The Committee then adjourned till 1st February next.

 

19th January 1849

Mr John Reid of 122 Parkland Street Glasgow, was entered, passed and raised a Master Mason.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro David Murray of 33 London Street Edinburgh, of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

1st February 1849

Mr James Railton a Merchant of 85 George Street Edinburgh was Entered Apprentice.

 

2nd February 1849

Bro Colonel Swinburne presented himself before the Alter of the Celtic Lodge and was Masonic qualified as the RWM by taking the Oath de Feidili administrationi and afterwards the Chair was resigned to him by the LPM.

alt  Bro Mc Swayed the Great Bag Piper played the Masonic Anthem.

 

Bro Swinburne then delivered an excellent speech.

 

Thereafter Bro John Brown Innes as Depute Master of the Lodge and he also returned thanks in a neat speech. The Lodge was closed.

 

26th February 1849

Bros James Johnston Souter and Raulton were both passed and raised Master Masons.

 

27th February 1849

The Secretary was there requested to with draw for a short time the Committee thereafter announced to him that they were quite satisfied with his qualifications; and fixed his salary at £5:5/- per annum which amount of Salary they authorised the Treasurer to Pay Bro Strathern.

 

Together with every other proper claim he might have against the Lodge, so soon as he had transcribed the various Minutes up to this date in the principal Record of the Minutes the Secretary expressed himself satisfied and returned thanks to the Committee.

 

2nd March 1849

Mr John Orphoot 25 Gilmore Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

alt  Bro George McLevie RWM of St Mungo's of Glasgow was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro John Stewart of No 1 Richmond Street Edinburgh, was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

5th March 1949

The RWM moved seconded by Secretary Bro Strathern that Bro Walter Scott of the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, and residing at 14 Queen Street Edinburgh, be made an affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Robert Murray a Member of the George and Corner Stone Lodge No 5 London, be made a Full Member, which was agreed to and carried into effect, and Printed Diplomas were also filled in and delivered to Bro Robert Murray as a memento of his affiliation. The Lodge was then closed in due form by the RWM.

 

6th March 1849

Bro John Orphoot was, passed and raised a Master Mason.

Mr Andrew Barrie a Watch and Clock Maker of St Andrew's Street Edinburgh, was Entered Apprentice.

 

12th March 1949

Mr James Joseph Bennett, of the Theatre Royal, was Entered Apprentice.

21st Royal Scots Fusiliers  Bro Arthur Shaw of No 7 St Andrew's Lodge in the East Coromandel Asia, and a Brave Officer of Her Majesty's 21st Fusiliers, was Made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Operative Dundee Lodge No 47  Bro John Dally, of Operative Dundee Lodge, was made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

15th March 1849

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 Headed by RWM Bro Jocelyn, to assist in their annual Festival, when they spent a pleasant evening.

 

20th March 1949

Bro John Joseph Bennett was passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

22nd March 1849

Mr Hugh Paterson, Junior a Merchant in Bo'ness was entered passed and raised a Master Mason.

Bro Andrew Barrie was raised a Master Mason.

 

4th April 1849

A Deputation of the Celtic Lodge should go clothed and Jewelled on Monday next to the Theatre Royal to support the Benefit of Bro Bennett in token of esteem, which motion was agreed to. After some time pleasantly passed, the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

9th April 1849

St James Operative 97  The Deputation arrived at the Theatre Royal, the St James Lodge No 97, also in attendance.

alt    21st Royal Scots Fusiliers  The Military Bands of the Queens Bays and the 21st Fusiliers were present along with Major General Riddell and other Officers.

 

4th May 1849

A Letter was read from the RWM of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5, intimating that they had got possession of their Old Hall and requesting a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge on the 8th, which was cordially agreed to.

 

Mr Archibald White, a Merchant with Kenington and Jenner, residing at 16 Lower Carlton Street, was entered Apprentice.

St James Operative 97  Deputations from St James Lodge No 97 Headed by RWM Bro Watson.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 Headed by RWM Bro Buark.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 Headed by RWM Bro Coglihill.

St Cenduns Lodge Headed by Bro McClumpher PM.

Mr Alen Garnoch Stockbroker St Andrew Square was Entered Apprentice.

Mr John Stewart a Baker of Howe Street, was entered Apprentice.

 

8th May 1849

Celtic Lodge Room Turf Hotel Re-opening of the Masonic Hall in Constitution Street Edinburgh, belonging 69 Lodge Alloa No 69  to Lodge Canongate and Leith Leith and Conongate No 5.

 

In pursuance to summonses sent by the Secretary to the Brethren to join in celebrating the re-opening of the Leith Lodge No 5.

 

The following members assembled viz Brother Murray LTPM,

Brother J Stewart acting SW,

Brother Blanc JW,

Brother William Eagle,

Brother Peter Eagle,

Brother Strethern Secretary,

The deputation then proceeded to Constitution Street headed by RWM Brother Murray accompanied by the Tyler Brother Spekeman mounted in the Lodge Celtic Dress.

 

The Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate No 5 Lodge Room was finely prepared and painted well lighted and tastefully ornamented for the occasion.

 

The RWM opened the Lodge in the usual Masonic form.

 

A brass band attended and loudly played some stirring music. There were also present a Deputation from:-

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by the Brother Macintosh.

alt  Brother James Somerville RWM of Lodge St Andrews No 48.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Brother Gilfillan Poet Laureate to the Grand Lodge of Scotland and several other visitors from Edinburgh were all most kindly welcomed and received by the RWN Brother McDonald and his Masonic staff of officers.

 

The entertainment was arranged and managed in a most satisfactory manner and during the evening the greatest hilarity and harmony prevailed.

Brother McDonald displayed considerable eloquence and tact in giving the toasts of the celebration and afterwards to pay a high compliment to Brother Murray of the Celtic Lodge, he said that he that he gloried in being a Celtic Brother, thereafter many choice songs and sentiments were give and the festival seemed to please all the Brethren.

 

The RWM duly closed the lodge at high twelve the deputation then returned to the Celtic Lodge Room where the Jewels and clothing were deposited.

 

15th May 1849

Mr David Calder a Commercial Traveller, Sheffield, was Entered, Passed and Raised a Master Mason.

 

1st June 1849

United Grand Lodge of England  Bro Peter Edward Erhard of No 108 Lodge London a German by Birth and Bro John Cocking an Englishman of Lodge No 143 Huddersfield were admitted visiting Brethren of the Lodge.

 

6th July 1849

United Grand Lodge of England  Bro David Joseph a Member of Saint Joppa Lodge No 328 holding of the Grand Lodge of England of 13 Skinner Street Snow Hill London, was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks for that Honour.

 

The Brethren after having enjoyed a social evening with Song and sentiment assisted the Master in closing the Lodge, with the usual Masonic ceremonies at High XII.

 

13th July 1849

Mr Allan MacNiven of 40 Castle Street Edinburgh a Wine and Spirit Merchant, was entered Apprentice.

 

Mr William Ireland, a Contractor of 37 Broughton Street Edinburgh, was entered Apprentice.

 

1st August 1849

Mr Thomas Clapperton, a Civil Engineer, Borronesstown of the County of Linlithgow was entered Apprentice, passed and raised a Master Mason. The Lodge was then closed in due form.

 

3rd August 1949

Turf Hotel the Lodge was duly opened by Brother Murray IPM.

Brother Mac Niven and Brother Ireland were passed Fellow Crafts in the usual form.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  A letter was read from Brother Scheck presenting a copy Engraved Portrait of His Grace the Duke of Athole as Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Which was gratefully received by the RWM and Brethren, present In pursuance to the powers delegated to the Sub Committee by the Minutes of 28th May last, and their report respecting the Print of the 

 Bro Robert Burns Inauguration of Brother Robert Burns Poet Laureate into Conongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

 

The Lodge now resolved to purchase a Proof Copy of this interesting subject and the said Sub Committee Brothers Dobson, Donaldson and MacKay are hereby authorised to purchase both of these beautiful Prints and Works of Art properly framed for the use of the Lodge.

 

The acting Secretary Brother Donaldson read a letter from the Secretary Brother Secretary Fitz Strathern intimating that inconsequence of a severe accident he would not be able to attend the Meeting this evening.

 

The RWM and the assembled Brethren expressed their deep sympathy, with the sufferings of the Brother secretary and in Brotherly feelings they uttered a hope that the Great Architect of the Universe, the disposer of all events would soon restore their worthy Secretary to his arrears of the Business entrusted to him that the Minute Books may be deposited in the strong box of the Lodge.

 

The deputations from sister Lodges were introduced by Brother Director of ceremonies,

Journeyman Masons No 8  Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8 Headed by RWM Brother McIntosh

St James Operative 97  Lodge St James Operative No 97 Headed by RWM Brother Watson

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Lodge Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 Headed by Brother Forrest PM

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Lodge Roman Eagle No 160 Headed by RWM Brother Coghill

After spending a pleasant evening the lodge was formally closed.

 

28th August 1849

Mr Thomas Godfrey, a Surgeon, from Mansfield, was entered, passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

4th September 1849

Mr Samuel Johnston Parkin a Gentleman of Sheffield, and the Turf Hotel, was Entered, Passed and Raised a Master Mason.

 

7th September 1849

Bros Garrioch and Stewart were Passed Fellow Craft Degree.

 

5th October 1849

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Bro John Munn, an Engraver Edinburgh, of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160, was made an Honorary Member.

Bro Robert Mitchell of 9 Hill Place Edinburgh, of St Nicholas Lodge Aberdeen, was made an Honorary Member.

 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The Acting RWM then referred to the Minutes of last Meeting about the proposed Masonic Journey to New castle in the Company with the Brethren of St David's, when Brother Donaldson, the Treasurer, observed that in his opinion, it was too late in the Season for the Celtic Brethren to proceed to Newcastle.

All the Brethren were of the same opinion.

The evening was spent in the most agreeable manner with local Music, when the Lodge was duly closed at High Twelve.

 

12th October 1849

Bros Mac Niven and Ireland were raised Master Masons.

Bros Garrioch and Stewart were raised Master Mason. Bro Cameron was made a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

2nd November 1849

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Bro Thomas Brown, Surgeon, SW of the Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

17th November 1849

Mr Thomas Seward Holland, of the County of Cork Ireland, and a Medical Student at the University of Edinburgh residing at No 42 Lothian Street Edinburgh, was Entered Apprentice.

 

30th November 1849

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The annual Festival of St Andrew's Day of the Grand Lodge of Scotland is to take place on the 30th instant at 5 pm, The Duke of Atholl in the Chair, Dinner Tickets including Wine.

 

The Celtic Lodge to meet in the Turf Hotel at Half Past 4 pm on Friday next.

The Brethren clothed and jewelled themselves accordingly to their respective Degrees, and then proceeded to the Waterloo Rooms where they took their seats at the Festive Board, on the right hand of the WGM Senior Warden Bro Sir William Miller.

 

The Grand Lodge was soon after duly constituted by the Most Worshipful Grand Depute Master Bro White Melville, on the absence of His Grace the Duke of Atholl, most WGMM Mason of Scotland.

 

The Toasts of the evening immediately commenced as follows:-The Queen and the Craft.

Her Son, the Prince Steward of Scotland.

St Johns Masonry, Her Consort the Prince Albert and the rest of the Royal Family.

The Earl of Zetland, the Grand Lodge of England.

The Duke of Linster The Grand Lodge of Ireland. The Duke of Atholl, the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

The WGDM, Brother White Melville.

 

In returning thanks for himself and also for Lady Melville whose health was Drank he stated that she was as much devoted to the Craft as any Lady, could be, She had given Birth to a Mason and her Daughter was married to a Mason present who could answer for himself and altogether they were a Masonic Family.

 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The next Toast was to St Mark of Glasgow Headed by Bro Miller who in returning thanks delivered a splendid speech on the rise and progress of Masonry.

 

Various Toasts to other Sister Lodges were given and returned.

 

7th December 1849

Bro Holland was passed Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr William MacNees a Watchmaker of No 153 High Street Edinburgh, was entered Apprentice.

 

13th December 1849

This being the evening for the Nominations for the ensuing year, were made and approved and then forward to the Installation Meeting on the 27th December 1849.

 

24th December 1849

Bro MacNees was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Holland was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

The Lodge was then reduced in proper form and duly closed.

 

27th December 1849

Lodge Charity 051  In pursuance to the orders of the RWM contained in the Advertisements in the Caledonian Mercury and the Scotsman's Newspapers and the Secretary Circlers sent to the Brethren to meet this  Evening, they assembled in mysterious numbers and signed the attendance Book and Clothed themselves.

 

The weather proved auspicious as it was a remarkably fine mild day for the season.

 

A Band of Violin Musicians attended, but the Great Bag Piper not having made his appearance there was no variety, the much admired Masons' Anthem being the only piece of Instrumental Music played during the Festival.

 

In the absence of Bro Colonel Swinburne detained at Marcus in Forfarshire on his private affairs Bro Andrew Murray Officiated as the RWM, and the Lodge was opened by Bro Murray, with the usual rites and ceremonies of Masonry.

The Secretary then read the Sections of the Bye Laws which treat on the Constitution of the Lodge and of the Qualifications and duties of the Office Bearers.

After which he read the Minutes of the Nomination of the Office Bearers on the 13th Day of December 1849,

Lodge Charity 051  The RWM then declared that the whole of the Offices of the Celtic Lodge were now Vacant.

The RWM then pronounced their election and Inauguration to be complete and the following Office Bearers were installed for the ensuing year:-

 

Robert Murray Right Worshipful Master.
Colonel Swinburne Past Master
John Brown Jnnes Depute Master
Morris Leon Substitute Master
MacKay Senior Warden
Dom Ferenbach Junior Warden
John Tinsley Treasurer
William H A Fitz Strathern Secretary
David Kinnear Chaplain
Christian Jockel Senior Deacon
Alexander Garrioch Junior Deacon
John Stewart Grand Steward
William Calder Standard Bearer
William Ireland Architect
W Donaldson Bard
Dr James S Millar Physician
Andrew Barrie Jeweller
T W R Curtayne Inner Guard
William Brtce

Outer Guard

alt  Angus Mc Swayed                                               Piper

 Andrew Murray                                                     Locum Tens PM

 

Committee:- Bro William Donaldson, Bro James Robertson, Bro William Smith, Bro Charles Kidd, Bro Duncan Stewart, Bro William Laurie, John Plummer.

 

The JW was ordered to call the Brethren from Labour to refreshment which he did. Thereafter they celebrated the Festival of St John.

 

Brother Andrew Murray provided for them with his usual liberality a most excellent supper at a moderate cost and liquor of all sorts, proved the best in the opinion of the Brethren.

 

The Worshipful Chaplain Bro Kinnear asked a blessing from the Almighty Architect in a very impressive manner and the Brethren soon after commenced a systematic demolition of the Fat Turkeys and prime Beef and Mutton, and a superb Scotch Haggis the King of the Pudding Race, and a variety of other savoury dishes flanked with Vegetables of all kinds and a plentiful supply of Mountain Due.

 

The newly Installed RWM also liberally regaled the Brethren with some Bready and abundance of Champaign while the empress of the Night the lovely Moon in her path through the cloudless Blue Sky shone with Mild splendour on all the happy Citizens beneath.

 

In the course of the evening the RWM despatched the following Deputations to Visit the Sister Lodges:-

 

First of all to set a bright examples of Fraternal love and respect he went himself, accompanied by his two Masonic Aid De-camps, Bros MacKay and Jockel, to Marys Chapel No 1 who's distinguished Brethren were celebrating the Evangelical Festival in the adjoining Halls of the Turf Hotel.

 

Bro Andrew Murray and companions visited two Lodges, Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate No 5, then St David's Lodge No 36.

 

Bro Donaldson with Two companions visited two other Lodges, St James Lodge No 97 and Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8.

Bro Kinnear and Bro Captain Peter Grieg and Bro Napier visited St Andrews Lodge No 48 and St Stephens Lodge No 145.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Bro Garrioch and his Companions visited the Defensive Band Lodge No 151.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Bro Ireland and his Companions visited the Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Robertson and his 2 Companions, proceeded to visit St Clair's Lodge No349

 

It having been intimated at an early Hour that the Lodge Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, was not sitting the Bro left a card under their Door.

In the course of the evening the following Deputations were announced and admitted, when these distinguishing Members were hospitable received and honoured, while the attending Musicians sweetly played the Masonic Anthem.

 

The following Deputations were admitted:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel No 1 Headed by RWM and 2 Brethren.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 Headed by Bro Stewart Watson and 9 Brethren.

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 Headed by Bro MacDonald and 3 Brethren.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 Headed by Bro Wright Chaplain, and 4 Brethren.

alt  St Andrews Lodge No 48 Headed by Bro Stephens Lodge No 145, and 4 Brethren.

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 Headed by Bro Sir James Walker Drummond Bart RWM.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 Headed by Bro Hobday and 4 Brethren.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 Headed by Bro Junior and 4 Brethren.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Defensive Band Lodge No 151 Headed by Bro Aitken and 3 Brethren.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 Headed by Bro Wilson and 3 Brethren.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 Headed by Bro Drummond and 6 Brethren.

It may be proper to Chronicle on this important occasion that the following Grand Officers of the Grand Lodge of Scotland visited the Celtic Lodge:-

Bro Gilfllan the Grand Bard who sang Dean Swifts Masonic Anthem and come let us prepare then his own popular Song Peter McCraw the Leith Fox Collector.

 

In reply to the Toast given in favour of Bro Woodman, he made a neat speech in compliment to the RWM and the Celtic Lodge.

 

All the Chiefs of the Deputations seemed to be inspired with a like spent of happy oratory in returning thanks to the Celtic Lodge for the fraternal attention and hospitality they received tonight, and in particular Bro Sir James Walker Drummond, who had come a considerable distance to Honour the Lodge by his personal attendance made an excellent speech which was applauded.

 

In compliment to so accomplish and distinguished a Brother on the motion of Bro Kinnear seconded by Bro MacKay, Sir James was made an Affiliated Member of the Lodge when he took the usual Affiliation Obligation.

 

In conclusion some of the eldest Brothers state that the Celtic Lodge, never appeared to greater advantage of Song and rapidly succeeded each other and everyone seemed delighted with the enlivening scene before him, and with the good cheer at the Celtic festive board. At length the Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 11th January 1850

Open Lodge The Brethren assembled by special appointment in mysterious numbers

and clothed themselves the Lodge was duly opened by Brother Andrew Murray the WLIPM in the absence of Brother R Murray the RWM who sent a letter of apology.

Masonic Symbol 8  Brother Jocelyn soon afterwards entered when the Oriental Chair was resigned to him by the acting RWM Brother Jocelyn expressed his great regard for Masonry and stated that nothing afforded him so great pleasure as to be again associated that evening in the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh

And surrounded by so many of his Brethren for whom he entertained the highest respect and fraternal regard he could assure his Celtic brethren that it was with no small pride that he wore in Lodges abroad their beautiful clothing which was much admired everywhere and he was so greatly attached to the soil of Scotland.

When he went there he considered he was going home to, the Capital of Scotland would be endeared to him by many private ties it was there where the highest honours in Masonry were conferred on him namely his elevation to the Supreme Chair of this Lodge.

Scottish Hills  It was Masonry that bound him to the Mountains and Glens and he regretted that his professional duties to his Queen and Country compelled him to reside elsewhere but he could avail himself of the opportunity he would pay a visit to Scotland and with regard to Masonry in Ireland the Craft was rapidly advancing as proof he had recently assisted in consecrating a Newly Chartered Lodge called by the Title of the Eureka which was a Mathematical Signification and had Charter that was used by the Members of that Lodge as a Painted ornament on their Aprons and this information of the Lodge.Pythagoras  Brother Strathern stated that this Mathematical figure was the 47th proposition of the 1st Book of Euclid discovered by Pythagoras a famous Grecian Philosopher while walking on the Sea Shore and with his staff made a drawing of it on the sands and after measuring all its angles and squares to prove its perfection he in an ecstasy of delight exclaimed aloud Eureka a Greek word by interpretation signifies I have found it to the astonishment and admiration of a group of Grecians The Proposition is this In all Rectangular triangles the hypotenuse or side of the square which subtends or hangs under the Right Angle is equal to the squares of the two sides which contain the right angles.

The next toast was given in favour of Past Master Brother Swinburne The acting RWM then gave the Grand Lodge of Scotland coupled with the Three Grand Office Bearers now present Brother Strathern an enthusiastic collector of Masonic lore would now record it among the curious chronicles of this Lodge.

 

A remarkable Masonic Anecdote with which King George IV - Lord Byron – an African Prince – A London Magistrate and a Scottish RWM are all connected approx. 1830 as told by our Masonic Brother.

 

About twenty years ago an acquaintance of his Doctor Muir a well-informed Mason who had been abroad had married Miss Robertson of Denham Green Trinity North Leith and thereby became brother in Law to the present Lord Robertson of the Court of session, by his science in Masonry Dr Muir became the RWM of the Lodge Leith and Canongate C and L No 2.

 

He was also a Musician and Lord Byron a member of the Mystic Tye as a mark of friendship made Brother Muir the present of a valuable Cremona Fiddle when they were fellow passengers which violin he Brother Gilfillan has often handled.

 

During the period that Dr Muir was a surgeon on board a ship he happened to be overtaken with a storm on his voyage to the Adriatic and was wrecked on the African Coast.

African Chief  The natives rushed down to the sea beach for plunder but the passengers and crew were humanely protected by an African Chief of great Authority and distinction in consequence of having discovered that the Dr was a Freemason.

African Roots  This notable son of the dark race informed Muir that he was a Brother Mason and therefore he paid him the greatest attention and loaded him with favours while detained in that part of Africa, At parting the Chief to the surprise of his wrecked guest placed before his European Brother a large collection of Jewellery and desired him to choose and accept of any one of them he liked best to keep as a memorial of their mutual and fraternal regard.

 

The Dr Muir being in want of a watch and seeing that his African Brother possessed several time pieces Brother Muir Selected one of the Watches  which the Philan Throphie follower of Mohamed in the handsomest manner then presented him with the watch.

African Chief In due time Dr Muir reached England and on his arrival in London he sent this pocket time piece to be cleaned, by a watch maker Early next morning Dr Muir was greatly surprised to be taken in custody by two Bow street officers and when brought before Sir Richard Bernie the Chief Magistrate, he was originally a Journeyman Saddler from Haddington Shire, he was ordered to account for the possession of the watch.

 

Dr Muir did so as above started In explanation of his arrest he was informed by the worthy Justice that the said African Chief had been in England and introduced at Royal Court of Great Britain and being a man of liberal enlightened ideas surpassing the usual run of his African Caste, the Prince Regent had formed a friendship for him after he had become a Brother Mason, and had given him the watch as a mark of his fraternal regard.

 

Hence when the watch was given to the watchmaker who was also a Mason and cognizant of the Royal gift to the sable craftsman he imagined that Dr Muir, had obtained the well-known article by unfair means on Dr Muir stating the manner in which he had received the watch as before mentioned he was liberated from custody.

 

On Brother Arnots health being given he made an interesting oration on Masonry in which he stated his own progress in the Craft since his initiation ten years ago and paid a compliment to the late Brother Alexander Deucher and Brother Dr Millar of Glasgow a learned enthusiastic Craftsman.

 

The Lodge was delighted with the Vocal effusions of Brother Donaldson who sang in his best style The grasp of friendship hand and Ballantine’s Every blade of grass has its own drop of dew other gifted members contributed some choice carols and sentiments so that the evening was spent in the most social and harmonious manner.

 

The Lodge was afterwards called from refreshment to labour when Brother Andrew Murray moved that the visiting Brother Sir John Stephenson Robinson of the Pythagoras Lodge of Corcjra be made an Honorary Member of the Lodge which motion was seconded by Brother Dobson and unanimously carried.

 

Brother Donaldson next moved that Brother Torquil N Mac Neill of Mount pleasant Junior Warden of the Eureka Lodge in Dundalk in Ireland be also made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge, and the same having been seconded by Brother Strathern the motion was also unanimously carried.

 

These Brethren took the usual obligations of affiliation and each of then returned thanks for the honour conferred on both of them The Lodge was then closed at high twelve.

 

1st February 1850

The RWM moved the Bro James Sinklater of the Morton Lodge of Lerwick on the Capital of the Shetland Isles, be made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith, which motion having been seconded by Bro Donaldson, Murray and Strachern the same was unanimously agreed to.

Bro Sinklater then took the usual obligation of Affiliation and afterwards returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren for the Honour they had so unexpectedly conferred on him.

 

11th February 1850

The RWM stated that the Secretary had written most of the summonses for the last Month without being Lithographed, and that the object of this Meeting was for the special purpose to resume consideration of the best mode of giving intimation to the Brethren of the monthly meeting of the Lodge, as some Members had thought it would be a saving to the funds were the Lodge Meetings published periodically in the Newspaper, and at same time it would be the means of keeping the Lodge continually before the public, while other Members preferred the usual mode of assembling the Brethren by Lithographic Circulars, if it could be done with less expense.

 

With a view to enable the Committee to consider which of the two modes was more economic and until he the RWM had first made enquiries as to the expense of publishing in the Newspaper, and he has ascertained that the cost of publishing their Monthly Meeting in the Newspaper would be 6/6 pence per Month, which would amount to £3:18/- per Annum.

He had likewise applied to these printers to know what they would charge for 1000 Lithograph Letters, and he had received the following estimates from them.

 

Mr William Forrest 50 George Street Edinburgh 2nd February 1850.

 

Dear Sir printing and furnishing 1000 Circulars on small post 8 with flyleaf on paper similar to this would cost 18/- shillings signed Wm Forrest.

 

Query put by the RWM what will 1000 Circulars of the Lodge Celtic Edinburgh and Leith cost, they having a plate of their own! Answer = 1000 octavo Circulars for the Celtic Lodge from their Plate will cost 25/- shillings This includes paper and printing signed Lellatty 2nd February 1850.

 

Brother Smiths Estimate.

 

It was then moved by Bro Andrew Murray and Seconded by Bro Treasurer Tinsley and carried that the Committee recommended to the Lodge to resume issuing Circulars as it appeared to them from the estimates that it would be cheaper and of course more for the interest of the Lodge to get summonses printed from their own engraved Copperplate which had been much admired that by publishing in Grays Advertiser; and in the meantime the Committee hereby authorised brother William Smith to print as many Circulars at his rate of estimate (being 25/- per thousand including a corresponding number of adhesive envelopes as will be requisite to issue to the Members of the Lodge to meet on (Friday) the 1st of the next Month. Thanks were voted to the Chair and the meeting then closed.

 

1st March 1850

Two petitions were presented for and in the Names of :-

 

Mr William Furzecott residing in No 15 Thistle Street was entered Apprentice, and paid his Fees of £2:3:6.

 

Mr Thomas Charles King of No 1 Physic Gardens, was entered Apprentice, and paid his Fees of £2:3:6.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Stewart Watson Junior Warden of the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, the Eminent Portrait Painter residing in No 56 Queen Street Edinburgh, was made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Peter Edward Erhard, of the Lodge Regularity No 108 London residing in No 26 Dundas Street Edinburgh age 40, was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

St James Operative 97  Bro George Pepowitz aged 39 of St James of Edinburgh Lodge No 97 residing in No 60 Princes Street Edinburgh was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro A Murray then stated that he had received a Letter from Bro Robert Lyell of the Artillery present in Peshawar E I; who had been initiated 11th February 1847, and had afterwards gone abroad without having paid his Fees, in which he intimated his desire to pay his Arrears due to the Lodge.

 

The secretary drew out the following Answer which was signed and sent to Bro Dr Lyell by Bro Andrew Murray.

 

Bro William Smith was ordered to print the Circulars in the Manner recommended by the Committee in their Minutes of the 11th ult- and therefore the Secretary was ordered to get a sufficient supply of Lithographic Letters with the usual blanks for the use of the Lodge.

 

After the Brethren had enjoyed a social harmonious Meeting, the Lodge was duly closed at High XII.

 

8th March 1850

Mr Sortires Georgiades esq. He declared himself to be Thirty Eight years of Age, residing at No 120 George Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

14th March 1850

Annual Masonic Festival,

 

The Brethren having Clothed and Decorated themselves with their Masonic Jewels, they walked in pairs, Headed by RWM, to the Large Room under the Music Hall, in George Street Edinburgh.

 

They there met Deputations from the other Metropolitan Lodges.

alt  It having been the duty of the St David's Lodge No 36 Edinburgh, to manage the Festival by Rotation, Bro Douglas, the RWM of that Distinguished, Lodge, presided. There was a brilliant display of Masonic Body on this occasion, and upwards of 200 Members attended.

 

After Labour, the Brethren were called to refreshment, and the Feast then Commenced.  The pleasures of the evening were enlivened by Vocal and Instrumental Music, and the flowing Cup was dedicated to each of the Masters who Headed Deputations, in connection with the respective Lodges they represented.

 

Many good speeches were made in reply, and none surpassed that of the RWM of the Celtic Lodge for sound common sense, Masonic elocution, and brevity.

 

During the Festivity, it was stated by Past Master Bro Cameron of the St David's that the Lodge had on its fair Roll upwards of 3000 Members, many of whom were of Noble Blood belonging to the highest Aristocracy, and by unanimous consent Bumpers were respectively dedicated to the Immortal Memories of Sir Walter Scott, and Sir James Gibson Craig, Baronets, the one justly famed as a Poet and a Novelist of the highest order, the other celebrated as a Patriot, an eminent Law Agent and a consistent Politician, and both of whom were exemplary Masons in their day.

alt  After being initiated in their Mother Lodge of St David's and the latter officiated as its RWM.

 

The feast of reason and the flow of soul reigned with the greatest harmony and social good feeling during the Masonic convention, and it was remarked that Bro Douglas discharged his arduous duties to the entire satisfaction of all present, nor were his principles as a Teetotaller any hindrance to the conviviality of the evening.

 

At the solemn and mysterious hour of High XII he called the Brethren from refreshment again to Labour, and commanded his Masonic Aid de camp in the low west to dismiss them with a blessing, which was done accordingly.

 

19th March 1850

Mr Thomas Baldwin Ritchie, aged 28 years an Agent of No 16 Gresham Street London, was entered, passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Mr John Petrie MacKillop, aged also 28 years an Accountant of No 7 Sambrook Court, Basinghall Street London, was Entered, Passed and Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

3rd April 1850

The Brethren having met in mysterious numbers, and clothed themselves they signed the Attendance Book.

The Lodge was duly constituted by Bro Donaldson.

Bro Sortires Georgiades, was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Thomas Charles King was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

5th April 1850

Bro Hamilton was passed to Fellow Craft Degree.

Thereafter Mr David Gilbert Stobie a Writer of No 35 Queen Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

Mr William Ferguson of No 42 George's Square Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

12th April 1850

Mr John Fiffe Kecylic of No 17 Argyle Square aged Twenty Two was entered Apprentice.

 

Mr Gilbert Logie Writer of 35 Queens Street Edinburgh, Born 22nd February 1824 being 26 years old, was entered Apprentice.

 

19th April 1850

Mary Chapel-1  Brother Alexander James Taylor an Apprentice of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 Edinburgh aged 24 by profession a Writer, residing in No 8 Cheyne Street was introduce, when he stated that he was very desirous to obtain the Second Degree in Masonry by the RWM of the Celtic Lodge, as he understood some of his friends were passed Fellow Craft this Night.

 

He therefore petitioned the acting RWM to give him that Degree, also as a Marys Chapel Member along with them he having faithfully served his Masonic Apprenticeship since initiation in 1846;

 

Which request having been accompanied with good recommendation in his favour as to his morality and efficiency and the RWM (Bro Ramsay) of No 1 having given his consent the Lodge unanimously granted Bro Taylor's viva voce petition, whereupon the Lodge was opened on the Second Degree and Brothers Taylor, Stobie, Ferguson and Logie having been properly prepared were all Passed Fellow Crafts and on their being thus advanced in the Mystic Science the newly made Craftsmen severally received the congratulations of the Brotherhood in a flowing Cup of Kindness for which Brother Stobie in Name of himself and his fellow labourers returned thanks in a neat speech.

 

3rd May 1850

Mr Charles William Roberts, General Broker no 13 Brunswick Buildings Liverpool, and No 6 Brunswick Street Edinburgh, was entered Apprentice.

 

Bro Kecylic was passed Fellow Craft Degree.

Mary Chapel-1  Bros Hamilton, Stobie, Ferguson, Logie and A J Taylor of Marys Chapel, all of which were with the solemn rites and ceremonies of that Sublime order made Master Masons.

 

Bro MacKay then moved that as Bro A J Taylor had received the second and the third Degree of Masonry in the Celtic Lodge, and from his demeanour appeared to be a well behaved Bro, endowed with no ordinary abilities in Song and sentiment he should out of compliment be made an Affiliated Member of the Lodge, which would entitle him to wear the Royal Tartan in addition to Sky Blue, the lofty colour of his Mother Lodge. Which motion was seconded by Secretary Bro Strathern, and carried by the Brethren.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Thereafter the Acting RWM Bro Murray moved that Bro Kenny Wyndham aged 30 a Member of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, and a distinguished Professional Performer in the Theatre Royal, residing in No 6 Carlton Street Edinburgh was also made an Affiliate Member of the Lodge.

United Grand Lodge of England  Bro James Taylor a Member of the Lodge No 271 of the Grand Lodge of England and of the Highland XCII Regiment, residing at present in the Castle of Edinburgh, was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro William MacRobert of the Lodge No 83 on the Registry of Ireland, also residing in the Castle of Edinburgh, was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The RWM moved seconded by Bro MacKay SW, and agreed by the Brethren that Secretary Strathern draw out a circular to be Lithographed by Bro Smith, and sent to all the Brethren, that Bro Wyndham's Benefit (under the patronage of the Grand Lodge) is to take place on Thursday next the 9th instant, and requesting them to attend a meeting on that day at 1/2 past 6 in the Turf Hotel, with a view to join a Deputation to witness the performance of Bro Wyndham, and to add that Two Boxes had been taken at the Theatre for the Celtic Lodge, as also to state that the Deputation will have to appear in Full Masonic Costume with White Neck cloths and White Gloves.

Tickets 3/- each by application to the Treasurer at the Adjutant General's Office Hope Street.

 

The Sederunt as usual proved a pleasant social Meeting, as harmony was in the bright ascendant, by the Brethren being entertained, and enlivened with some excellent Songs by Bros Donaldson, Whydham, Dobson, A J Smith, Stobie, and other gifted sons of vocal Music.

 

The Lodge was then duly closed at High XII.

 

9th May 1850

alt  Celtic Lodge Room Masonic Theatrical Patronage in pursuance to the recommendation of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and obedience to the circulars issued by order of the RWM.

 

The following members of the lodge assembled today at ½ past 6pm viz 

 

Brother Andrew Murray Brother William Murray Brother William Donaldson Brother Duncan Stewart Brother Gorgiades Brother McCartney Caldwell Brother Holland Brother Erhard Brother Tinsley Brother Mac Dougall Brother Beers attended.  Mc Robert of Edinburgh Castle Brother Fitz Strathern Brother Stobie Brother Webster of St James Brother Calder Brother Ferguson Brother McSwaid Brother Kinnear Brother Logie Brother William Bryce Brother Ireland Brother Kecylic In consequence of Brother Andrew Murray being the great sword bearer of the Grand Lodge and Brother Tinsley Grand Marshall and Brother Bryce Inner Guard those brethren were obligated to attend as ex-officio- members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland with other Grand Officers.

 

At the Theatre therefore they could not appear in the Celtic Uniform and accompany the deputation the other Brethren clothed themselves with the Ornamental Tartan Garments and Jewelled badges of the Lodge.

 

According to their respective offices where upon Brother Donaldson kindly volunteered his services to head the deputation in absence of the RWM the Past Master the Deputy Master the Substitute Master the Senior and Junior Wardens the brethren then formed in order and marched in pairs to the Waterloo Rooms the Masonic rendezvous appointed by the Grand Lodge.

 

The great Celtic Bag Piper walked in front and played in his best highland style the Campbell’s are coming which collected a crowed of admirers the excited juveniles of which followed the Celtic brethren to the hall door and cheered them as they entered the deputation there met numbers of members from other lodges.

 

Thereafter they all proceeded to the Theatre Royal where they witnessed the able performance of the brethren Wyndham, also Brother King and Brother Webb received the merited applause of the audience for their admirable actions after the play.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Brother Wyndham came forward on the stage in full Masonic clothing of his Mother lodge Conongate Kilwinning No 2 Brother Wyndham delivered an address of thanks to his brethren for their king patronage this night when he was again cheered by the house and in its conclusion the Orchestra struck up the Masonic Anthem in compliment to the Craft The Grand Lodge occupied the centre box which had been tastefully fitted for the occasion.

 

The Members were composed of Sir H C Gibson Maitland Baronet acting Grand Chairman for the meeting Brother Lawrie Grand Secretary Brother Woodman Grand Clerk Brother Gilfillan Grand Bard Brother Murray Grand Sword Bearer Brother Colonel Fraser and Brother Wright of St David’s acting Grand Wardens and Grand Inner and Outer Guard.

 

The house was crowded and there was an imposing display of the Masonic body in full dress who occupied most of the front boxes,  while a number of Brethren among whom were several Celts seated in the stalls,  with their wives and families the Boxes as occupied by the deputations on this remarkable occurrence.

 

The following order from left to right.

St Stephens No 145  Two Boxes Lodge St Stephens Edinburgh No 145.              

alt Two Boxes Lodge Celtic Edinburgh and Leith No 291.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Two Boxes Lodge Canongate Kilwinning Edinburgh No 2.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Centre Box Grand Lodge of Scotland

Lodge St Clair No 349  Next Box was Lodge St Clair Edinburgh No 349.

 

  Next Box was Lodge St Luke’s (Holyrood House) Edinburgh No 44.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Next Box was Lodge Roman Eagle Edinburgh No 161

alt  Next Box was Lodge St Andrew’s Edinburgh No 48.

Mary Chapel-1  Next Box was Lodge Mary’s Chapel Edinburgh No 1.

 

When the performance was concluded the Celtic deputation again formed in order and returned while the piper played the striving tune of Andrew with his Curtly Gun back to the lodge room where they their aprons and jewels and the Brother secretary received and delivered them to Brother Mac Farlane Chief Waiter in the Turf Hotel to return under lock and key in the strong box.

 

After partaking of some moderate refreshment the brethren departed to their respective homes well pleased with the evening's entertainment.

 

31st May 1850

Mr Robert MacKay aged 26 a Commercial Traveller residing in No 11 Roxburgh Street was Entered Apprentice.

 

7th June 1850

Bro Andrew Murray LTPM moved and seconded by Bros Leon and MacKay that:-

93rd Regiment of Foot  Bro John Alexander Fraser a Lieutenant in Her Majesty's 93rd Regiment of Highlanders and 

Stirling R A  Master Mason of Stirling Royal Arch Chapter No 76, be made Affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge, which motion was carried and he took the obligation of Affiliation and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him. 

Following his Affiliation on 7th June 1850 Brother Fraser may have attended the Installation Meeting of the Grand Lodge of Scotland held in Edinburgh on Monday 2nd December 1850. He and a Captain Crawford of the 93rd certainly attended the Festival of St. John which was held that day in the Waterloo Hotel Edinburgh. Some forty brethren sat down to dine. During dinner "The fine band of the 93rd Highlanders attended and played a choice selection of music from the best masters under Sig. D'Angelis the able and talented conductor."

 

Source "The Freemasons' Quarterly Magazine and Review" 1851.

 

Brother Fraser was certainly a Captain in the Regiment and died some time before 1865. His widow, Charlotte Hay, married the Reverend William Duncomber Vicar of Crowle, Lincolnshire at St. George's Church, Hanover Square.

 

Source "The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review" 1865. This report was found by Bro George M Docherty PM of Canongate Kilwining Lodge No 2 and registered by Bro Bill Boland PM and Celtic Lodge Historian. 22/02/2014 

93rd Regiment of Foot  Bro Colin Maxwell a Lieutenant in Her Majesty's 93rd Regiment of Highlanders and Master Mason

Stirling R A  Of Stirling Royal Arch Chapter No 76, be made Affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge, which motion was carried and he took the obligation of Affiliation and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

Brother Maxwell joined the Regiment as an Ensign on 26th April 1839. He became a Lieutenant of 27th September 1842 becoming a Captain on the 5th March 1852. He saw active service in the Crimean War and was present certainly at the battles of Alma and Balaclava.

 

This report was found by Bro George M Docherty PM of Canongate Kilwining Lodge No 2 and registered by Bro Bill Boland PM and Celtic Lodge Historian. 22/02/2014 

 

Bro Donaldson formerly holding the Office of Secretary to the Lodge, was intending to go abroad, and required a Certificate from Grand Lodge, the RWM suggested as a mark of respect the Brethren should subscribe to Grand Lodge for a Diploma in his favour and was carried by the Brethren.

 

Thereafter the RWM stated that a subcommittee should be arranged to organise the Mid-summer Festival this was agreed.

 

After spending a social harmonious evening embellished with some excellent Songs by Bros Donaldson, Taylor, MacNees, Stobie and others, the Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

10th June 1850

Mr George Dodd, aged 21 a Gentleman of fortune of the City of Carlisle, in the County of Cumberland, presently residing in Taits Hotel Princes Street Edinburgh, was entered Apprentice, and received the congratulations of the Brotherhood.

 

A Lodge of Instruction was held in the Celtic Lodge Room Edinburgh 9 O'clock. Bro Robert Murray, RWM, having finished the Lodge with MS Formula of Masonry in duodecimo books, written by himself, the brethren met this evening, and were Drilled by the Locum Tenens Past Master, and Reporter.

 

Bro Strathern, bears record that after several trials, the attending Brethren went thro' their Masonic exercises in admirable style to their mutual gratification.

 

14th June 1850

93rd Regiment of Foot  Mr Donald Ross a Colour Sergeant in the 93rd Highlanders was entered Apprentice.

 

Bro A Murray then stated that he and the Secretary had received answers from Bros Maxwell and Fraser, informing them that neither they nor their Masonic Brother Officers of the 93rd Highlanders at present doing duty in Edinburgh Castle, could conveniently attend the Lodge tonight on account of prior engagements, but that they would be happy to avail themselves of the first favourable opportunity to pay a visit to the Celtic Brethren.

 

At the Mystic Hour of High 12, the Lodge was closed.

 

19th June 1850

The RWPM Bro Colonel Swinburne having duly constituted the Lodge moved that:-

 

Bro Captain Alexander Sebastian Leith Hay, a Member of St John's Lodge Dunkeld, was made an Affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Colonel Alexander Hay serviced in Canada as an Ensign.

Hay was born in 1818 in Granada in the West Indies. He died in 1900 at Leith Hall, the family seat, in Aberdeen shire.

He served in the 93rd Highlanders during the Canadian rebellion of 1838 and remained in Canada until 1848. The Edinburgh Gazette No. 5738 in 1848 recorded his appointment to the rank of Captain, by purchase, in the 93rd. sometime later he became a major.

 

The Edinburgh Gazette No. 6474 recorded his appointment as Lieutenant Colonel, without purchase, in the 93rd.

By Royal Warrant on 6th October 1854 he was appointed Brevet Colonel for three years active service. He served throughout the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny as colonel commanding the regiment.

 

In 1858 in Gazette No. 6798 he was appointed full colonel. He retired from the army on 21st December 1860 as published in the Gazette No. 7078.

He was a Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Knight of the Legion of Honour and holder of the Order of the Medjidie ( a Turkish Order founded in 1852.)

Colonel Alexander Hay serviced in Canada as an Ensign.

 

Hay was born in 1818 in Granada in the West Indies. He died in 1900 at Leith Hall, the family seat, in Aberdeen shire.

This report was found by Bro George M Docherty PM of Canongate Kilwining Lodge No 2 and registered by Bro Bill Boland PM and Celtic Lodge Historian. 22/02/2014    

 

Stirling R A  Stephen Blake Captain a Paymaster 93rd Highlander's a Member of the Royal Arch Lodge Stirling was made an Affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Brother Blake joined the Regiment as an Ensign on 4th October 1844 becoming a Lieutenant on 21st July 1846. On 26th January 1849 he succeeded his father as Captain and Regimental Paymaster.

 

He served throughout the Crimean War and held the Crimea Medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava and Sebastopol. This report was found by Bro George M Docherty PM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 and registered by Bro Bill boland PM and Celtic lodge Historian. 22/02/2014.

 

 

Which motion having been seconded by Bro Andrew Murray and the same was carried Bros Hay and Blake took their usual Affiliation Obligations and received the hearty congratulations of the Brotherhood.

 

 

After enjoying a pleasant social evening, by some choice songs, the Lodge was closed at High Meridian.

 

24th June 1850

The Lodge having been duly constituted by Bro Colonel Swinburne, RWPM Bro Leon, and WLM Officiated as the Reverend Worshipful Chaplain by invoking a Blessing from the Great Architect of the Universe on the Brethren assembled, and they might be enabled to conduct the proceedings of the Festival with Masonic propriety to his Supreme Honour and Glory.

 

The Festivity then commenced, and the Brethren partook of the substantial Dinner provided by Bro A Murray, who with his usual liberality regaled them with several courses of well-cooked savoury Meats superfluous to enumerate.

 

Suffice it to say that the happy guests with admirable teat applied their trowels in a masterly manner to tuck ire the abundant good stores in their portable tabernacles, and that during their delicious labours they carefully moistened their interior walls with Capital cement in the cheering from of excellent Wine and Mountain dew.

 

When all vacancies had been beneficially supplied, and their respective edifices moulded in natural dimensions, according to the Brethren's own private tastes and judgments the acting Chaplain returned thanks.

 

Bro Swinburne then appointed a Squadron of the Celts to form themselves under the command as a

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to visit the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, while the Secretary and Treasurer were

Lodge St Clair No 349  Allowed with the Master's consent to proceed as a Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349.

Mary Chapel-1  It may be proper to record that a Deputation of Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1, who are on most friendly fraternal terms with the Celtic Lodge, also assembled by themselves in the Turf Hotel, and the whole of the Brethren of both Lodges, properly clothed, then proceeded by three Coaches on their Masonic Visits.

 

During the passage, the loud strains of the Celtic Musicians who with the Outer Guard were perched in front of the first coach brought forth an admiring crowd, who accompanied the vehicles all the way.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  On arrival of the Deputations, they were received with Masonic Honours and afterwards hospitably entertained, and by all accounts the Celtic Brethren never appeared to greater advantage than on this occasion in the Canongate Kilwinning, on account of the number of the Celts composing the Deputation, and the excellent speech delivered by Brother Colonel Swinburne, which was loudly cheered by the assembled Brotherhood.

 

The Secretary received instructions to convene a Meeting on Friday next as a friend of Bro Holland was desirous to become a Member of the Lodge.

 

28th June 1850

Mr James Young, aged 21 M.R.C.S Eng of the County of Sligo, at present residing in No 35 Lothian Street Edinburgh, was Entered Apprentice.

 

29th June 1850

Mr Alexander Hope Baillie of Polkemmet, aged 25, residing at no 34 North Castle Street Edinburgh, was entered Apprentice.

 

Mr James Swinburne of Marcus aged 21, residing at No 13 Great Stuart Street Edinburgh, was entered Apprentice.

 

5th July 1850

93rd Regiment of Foot   Ensign Somerset Moleneux Clark aged 22, of the 93rd Highlanders, was entered Apprentice. He became a Lieutenant in September 1846 and a Captain on 21st October 1853. On departure for the Crimea he was appointed as an extra-aide-de-camp to his uncle Sir George Cathcart with whom he was present at the Battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman.

93rd Regiment of Foot  Colour Sergeant John Wood aged 27, of the 93rd Highlanders, was entered Apprentice.

 

Both returned thanks to the Brethren. Paid their Fees Bro Clark £2:3:6 and Bro Wood £1:6:6.

 

The Lodge was next respectively passed from the First to the Second and Third Degrees when Brothers Dodd, Young, Swinburne, Baillie and Ross were all passed Fellow Craft Degree.

 

On the motion of Bro Murray, seconded and carried that:-

 

Captain Francis Crawford be made an Affiliate Member of the Lodge, and then took the usual Affiliation Oath and returned thanks.

Royal Artillery Leith Fort  Bro George H Vesey a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in Leith Fort, and a Member of the Canongate Kilwinning, was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Robert C MacKenzie, Secretary of the Canongate Kilwinning, was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Royal Artillery Leith Fort  Bro Ermine Due of the Royal Artillery Leith Fort, was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Harp and Clover Bro William Wight a Member of a Belfast Lodge in Ireland, at present in Scotland on a visit with his Lady, and who intended to have been present tonight had not been unexpectedly prevented by a domestic affliction be also made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge, and that the Secretary be instructed to make out a Diploma tomorrow in favour of Bro Wight in order that he might be forwarded to him as soon as possible.

 

Bro Robert Murray RWM complimented the Brethren that the Lodge was in such good working order, which he attributed to the efficiency of the Office Bearers by the faithful discharge of their duties in his absence, and the praise worthy zeal of all the Celtic Brethren for the welfare of the Craft.

 

He sincerely hoped that the Lodge would continue to progress and excel in all that was excellent in Masonry.  He had been advised to go to England for the benefit of his health, and he proposed to sail from Granton tomorrow at 3 pm. He had directed the Secretary to meet him on board the Ship there with a view that he might sign certain Affiliation Diplomas and also the Minute Book, which he had looked over this evening, and was glad to find had been brought up to this date for his signature.

 

Should it please Providence to prolong his Life, and enable him to return to Scotland, nothing he assure them would contribute more to his happiness than to attend the Celtic Lodge, and to enjoy a renewal of that fraternal harmony which he had experienced in their esteemed society ( Applause) The Lodge was then closed at High 12.

 

12th July 1850

93rd Regiment of Foot  Mr William Gustavus Alexander Middleton of the 93rd Highlanders was entered Apprentice.

Bros Furzecott and Dodds were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

Stirling R A  Bro J McCartney RWM of Royal Arch of Stirling Lodge No 30 was made an Honorary Member.

Bro Donald Sinclair was made an Honorary Member.

Bro James Young was also raised a Master Mason.

 

24th July 1850

Bros Middleton and Baillie were passed and raised Master Masons.

 

2nd August 1850

Celtic Lodge Room set for the Initiation.

The Lodge having been duly constituted by Brother Andrew Murray LT PM.

Petitions presented for and in the name:-

Mr Charles Hobson Fairfax of Birmingham residing at the Turf Hotel and a petition in favour of:-

Mr William Brodie of No 2 Northumberland Street Edinburgh they both craving to be admitted a member and were well recommended.

 

The candidates were made entered Apprentices and afterwards received the congratulations of the Brotherhood they paid the fees of their initiation to the Brother Treasurer and returned thanks for the honours conferred on them.

 

The lodge was then raised to the 3rd degree when Brother Middleton was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason the lodge was closed at high twelve.

 

3rd August 1850

Mr William Yates Junior of Middlesboro and Wilton Park Yorkshire a Civil Engineer presently residing in the Crown Hotel Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

Thereafter the following were affiliated:-

Dundee Thistle Lodge No 158  Bro Robert McFarlane, Principal waiter in the Turf Hotel, of the Thistle Operative Lodge No 158 Dundee.

 

Bro John Fairbairn Butterly Derbyshire, a Member of the Palatine Lodge, Sunderland, No 114 of the Registry of England.

Ancient Lodge No 49 Dundee  Bro Charles Godfrey a Member of the Ancient Lodge No 49 Dundee, all Made Affiliate Members of the Celtic Lodge.

 

10th August 1850

93rd Regiment of Foot  Lieutenant Robert Eglinton Seton of the 93rd Highlanders was Entered Apprentice.

 

19th August 1850

alt  Bro Murray stated that in 1848 a Deputation from Newcastle Lodges had paid a complimentary Visit to the Lodges in Edinburgh.

 

When it had been promised on the part of the Brethren in Edinburgh that a similar Fraternal Visit should be returned, to the Newcastle Lodges, but regretted to say that this Promise had never been carried into effect.

 

Bro Murray said he had mentioned to Bro Fraser a worthy Member who had the interest of Masonry at Heart, and that this gallant Brother, had been pleased to observe that the above Masonic Pledge ought and should be honourably fulfilled by the Scottish Brethren.

 

Bro Fraser said he would accompany a Deputation to Newcastle, and that he would persuade as many Brother Officers to join the Masonic Visit.

 

The Committee agreed that Bro Murray had communicated to them, and that it should be brought up at the next Monthly Meeting.

 

22nd August 1850

switzerland  Mr Francis Claude a Native of Switzerland residing at No 12 Old Jewry Chambers Merchant London, was entered Apprentice, and received the congratulations of the Brotherhood.

 

Bro Seton was, passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Furzecott was raised a Master Mason.

 

30th August 1850

Prince Albert  National Gallery Prince Albert travelling with Queen Victoria on their way to Balmorals Castle laid the foundation stone of the National Gallery of Art at the Mound.

 

31st August 1850

Mr Oliver Francis Kelly of Wetling Street London was entered passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Francis Claude received the 2nd Degree.

Bro Philip Beyfas of Lodge Joppa No 223 London was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

6th September 1850

Newcastle  Bro Murray called the attention of the Lodge to the proposed Visit of a Deputation of the Celts to their Newcastle Brethren as recommended by the Committee of the 19th September 1850.

 

The Lodge Highly approved of such a Masonic Demonstration, on the principle that an interchange of visits between English and Scotch Lodges is calculated to draw closer together the endearing ties of fraternal-love, harmony, and upset between the Brethren of both countries, and by so doing it may produce astonishment and favourable impressions on the minds of touchable neutrals in favour of the superior order of Masonry, which like enchantment or electricity, links together the illuminated natives of every clime.

Highland Railway  The Lodge resolved that a Deputation to be composed of as many of the Celtic Members as chose to go, shall proceed to Newcastle for the purpose of visiting their Masonic Brethren there on Monday the 16th September 1850, and that the Members of the Deputation have it in their option either to proceed by Steamer at 9 O'clock pm on Saturday the 14th, or by Railway early in the Morning of Monday the 16th.

 

A subscription paper to that effect was then drawn up by the Secretary, and the same was signed by several of the Brethren, and the Tyler was authorised to call on absent Members of the Lodge with the document with a view that they might consent to join the Deputation.

 

The Brethren spent a social evening, and the Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

9th September 1850

Mr Francis Gilbertini a Native of Parima in the Kingdom of Italy present residing in No 3 East Register Street Edinburgh, was entered, passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

Bro Andrew Murray then stated that the Tyler was in ill health, and that would prevent him from waiting on the Members who were absent at the last Monthly Meeting of the 6th inst, for the purpose of getting their written consent to go as Deputies to Newcastle.

 

Bro Murray therefore moved that the Secretary be requested to undertake this Office by calling with subscription paper on such of the Brethren as he supposed will join the Deputation. 

 

Brother Strathern at once accepted the task and promised to do his best with a view to get recruits for so desirable a measure.

 

He had the Honour of knowing an excellent Brother Alexander Oliphant Petrie from Canada, a right good Scotsman who gloried in the principles of Universal Brotherly Love, and he had persuaded him to be one of the Deputation on so extraordinary occasion, notwithstanding that he was an old disciple of total abstinence.

 

The Lodge was then closed at High Twelve.

 

12th September 1850

Mr John Mill of No 28 Brunswick Street Theatrical Singer Stockbridge Edinburgh was Entered Apprentice.

 

The Treasurer was authorised to pay three Shillings and Six pence out of the funds of the Lodge to Peter Taylor of the Auchterarder Lodge a Poor Brother who petitioned for Charity.

The Treasurer was further directed to pay 2/6 for repairing the Bible.

There being no other business before the Committee the Meeting closed.

 

13th September 1850

A Meeting of the Brethren held on 13th September 1850 for the Special purpose of receiving the written consent of such Celtic Members who are to form the proposed Masonic Deputation to Newcastle, as also arrange the details connected therewith.

 

Brother A Murray in the Chair stated that he had received from Brother

Newcastle  George Hawks Esquire Mayor of Gateshead upon Tyne and an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge 3rd September 1847, sent a Flattering Letter of invitation to the Celtic Lodge with assurance of a kind Masonic reception from the Provincial Grand Lodge Northumberland who have promised to assemble on the occasion (Applause)

 

The Chairman further stated that he had received a Letter from Brother Fraser at present on visit to Inverness apologising and regretting that he could not accompany his Celtic Brethren in the proposed Deputation to the Southern Lodges on account of him being on the sick list.

 

It was then moved by Brother Tinsley seconded by Brother Ireland and carried that the Piper and Tyler should accompany the Deputation properly equipped in all their paraphernalia of Highland dress and that they should be paid for their trouble two pounds ten shillings; which sum would be left to their own discretion to be divided between themselves as they might agree.

 

It was carried that every Member of the Deputation should be clothed in the High Masonic Dress, unless those who chose to appear in the Highland Grab, Black Coat, vest and trousers with White neck cloth and White Gloves. 

 

Thereafter it was moved by Treasurer Tinsley seconded by Secretary Strathern and carried that Brother

47 Lodge Operative Dundee Lodge No 47  Alexander Oliphant Petrie of Lodge No 47 Dundee Operative should be made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge he was then introduced when he took the usual affiliated obligation and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

 

Brother Strathern then reported progress touching the number of Brethren he had called on to know whether they would join the before mentioned Deputation.

 

The following Brethren consented to go by their written agreement:-

Brother A Murray, Bro Calder, Bro P E Erhard, Bro Wm Donaldson, Bro Ireland, Bro Linklater, Bro Tinsley, Bro John Donaldson, Bro Petrie, Bro Strathern, Bro Logie, Bro Kedslie.

 

Exclusive of Bros Dobson Paterson and Ferguson, 3 excellent Brethren who he had been unable to see but who he hoped for the Honour of the Lodge would be prevailed on to join the Deputation.

 

The Secretary was ordered to call on Brother Dobson and Ferguson tomorrow forenoon and request them to join the Deputation, Respecting Bro Paterson as he had not answered the Secretaries Letter the inference is that he intends to become a Deputy.

The Brethren present agreed to assemble in the Lodge Room at 1/2 past 7 tomorrow evening with a view afterwards to proceed per coach to Leith where they intend to take passage per Steamer to Newcastle.

 

No other business being before the Meeting. The Committee closed the meeting and gave a vote of thanks to Bro Murray for his conduct in the Chair.

 

14th September 1850

Masonic Ship 1  The Following Brethren mustered this evening at 1/2 past 7 and formed themselves into a  P G L N  Deputation to Visit the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland on Monday next in Newcastle upon Tyne in pursuance to the Minutes of the Lodge:-

Brother Andrew Murray Locum Tenens Past Master as Acting RWM.

Brother David Dobson as Acting Senior Warden.

Brother John Donaldson as Acting Junior Warden.

Brother John Tinsley as Treasurer.

Brother William Henry Augustus Fitz Strathern as Secretary.

Brother William Calder as Standard Bearer.

Brother William Ireland as Architect.

Brother Hugh Paterson as Poet Laureate.

Brother William Ferguson as Chaplain, sent a line that he would proceed by Railway.

Brother James Linklater as Senior Deacon.

 Brother Alexander Oliphant Petrie as Physician.

 

Brother William Bryce.

 

Brother Angus Mac Swayed.

 

The Secretary intimated that he had just received a polite Letter of Apology from Bro Seton in Answer to one sent him yesterday regretting much that he could not join the Deputation for several reasons.

 

1st He had not heard anything of the intended Visit from his Bro Officer and worthy Bro Mason Bro Fraser.

2nd Many of the Regiment were away attending Her Majesty.

3rd Bro Middleton on Duty in the Castle was seriously unwell.

 

Orders were given to the Tyler to pack up for the use of the Deputation their Clothing and Jewels in One of the Iron Boxes of the Lodge, which was done.

 

The Coach, being ready the Deputies present were driven to Leith Quay where they entered the Britannia Steamer and set Sail for Newcastle at 1/4 past 9 pm, with a fair wind, and fine mild Night.

  

15th September 1850

Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith 291 on the Roll of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

Deputation to Newcastle Upon-Tyne.

Masonic Ship 1  On Sunday Morning the 15th September 1850, the Celtic Lodge, Deputation arrived safe on the Tyne at ¼ to 9am , and landed in view of the marvellous High Level Bridge at Steamers Wharf.

 

Where at the main Top mast of a large ship a Masonic Flag with Compass and Square floated in the breeze, and a piece of Ordnance was then Fired in Honour of the Celtic Deputation.

Ships CannonAs all labour on the active Manufacturing Banks of the Tyne had been suspended on the Lords Day, no noise was heard at that Hour unless the loud roar of the Cannon's in echoing welkin which soon attracted the crowds, who ran towards the Britannia Steamer.

 

There was in waiting Sheriff John and a select number of Brother Masons, to welcome and conduct the Celtic Deputies ashore.

alt  At this stirring moment Brother Angus Mc Swayed the Celtic Lodge Great Bag Piper, became so elevated that he requested leave to play the stirring Music of the Campbell's are coming, or the Blue Bonnets over the Borders, But Right Worshipful Master Brother Andrew Murray would not allow the Sound of the Pipes to be heard out of respect to the Sabbath, tho' the crowd would not have objected.

 

The party selected the George Hotel and Brother Carmen a Belgian in Pilgrim Street to put them up.

 

The Mayor of Gateshead took Brother Murray away in his Carriage as his guest.

 

On Monday the 16th September-After dinner, the several Members of the Celtic Deputation made preparations for their important visit to the:-

P G L N  Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland, by Clothing and decorating themselves in their Masonic Uniforms; the Secretary Made a list of the Deputies as follows:-

Brother Andrew Murray.

Brother George Hawks.

Brother David Dobson.

Brother John Tinsley.

Brother William Henry Agustus Fitz Strathern.

Brother William Calder.

Brother William Ireland.

Brother John Donaldson.

Brother John Taylor, George Street,

Brother. Robert Lister.

Brother James Linklater.

Brother Angus Mc Swayed.

Brother Hugh Paterson.

Brother William Ferguson.

Brother Alexander Oliphant Petrie.

Brother William Bryce.

 

It may perhaps be proper to mention that the Number of the Celtic Deputies could have been increased if necessary as there were several excellent Celtic Lodge Members residing in Newcastle, Natives of Scotland, and were initiated into the Celtic Lodge, but have since been affiliated into Lodge of Newcastle.

 

Brother Dobson and Brother Peterson contributed much to the harmony and Sociality of the Brethren, as well as to the Honour of the Deputation, by the one singing some Comical Scotch songs and at the same time acting inimically the ludicrous characters of his Comedies which drew froth bursts of Laughter and applause, the other by singing several sweet melodies, such as Katlin Mavournin.

 

It may not be improper also to mention that the health's of Brothers Tinsley, Dobson, Ireland and Strathern, were respectively given from the Grand Chair, and each of these Brethren returned thanks, which may be truly summed up in these few words.

 

Brother Tinsley after modestly stating his Military Services that had been kindly noticed he spoke highly of Masonic principles.

 

Brother Dobson said that he never felt more delighted in all his days, and from the happiness he now witnessed between English and Scotch, he believed that the Prophecy of Robert Burns would soon come to pass when Man to Man would be Brothers a'l round the World.

 

Brother Ireland deserved praised the beautiful Architectural Buildings of Newcastle, which he said far surpassed his utmost expectations from what he had heard of them. He also paid compliment to his English Brethren for their attention and kindness to the Deputation.

Queen Victoria 2  Brother Strathern, Said Many of Queen Victoria's, Royal Uncles had been Members of the Craft, and that some of greatest Members of the Last and present generation had also been Masons, such as:-

Washington,

Wellington,

Bonaparte,

Nelson,

Dr Harvey Late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, who had that great Honour to Baptised, and Married Her Majesty.

alt  The Celtic Brethren retired after spending one of the most memorable Deputations in the History of the Lodge, and hoped the Mystic fraternal Brothers would meet soon.

P G L N  The PGM wished the Scotch Brethren a save journey Home. 

 

An extract from local news Paper on the Grand Masonic meeting in England.

P G L N  On Monday 16th September 1850 the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland held a Pro-re-nata meeting in Newcastle Upon-Tyne for the special purpose of receiving and entertaining a Masonic deputation sent from the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith in compliment to the English Brotherhood for their Fraternal visit in the year 1848 to their brethren in the Metropolis of Scotland.

P G L N  The Provincial Grand Lodge mustered strong on the occasion there being present Six Lodge No’s 24,26, 56,586,614,706,793.

33rd Regiment  Exclusive of several gallant officers of the 33rd regiment now on duty in Newcastle and brethren from London, Durham, Denmark, Brussels, America.

 

Who being engaged in commercial pursuits on the banks of the Tyne came forward to honour their Tartan brethren from over the Borders?

 

In absence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Brother William Loraine Esquire as Deputy Provincial Grand Master presided while Richard Metcalf Esquire of Shields and William Punstron Esquire of Newcastle acted as Worshipful Grand Wardens.

 

There were present other dignitaries and gentlemen of wealth and Influence and Public Station:-

P G L N  alt  Brother George Hawks Esquire the Mayor of Gateshead also an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge and RW PM The Rev Dr Muckerage Vicar of St Andrews Grand Chaplain Ions Esquire, High Sheriff RW PP and the following RWM of Lodges viz

Brother Baker, 

Brother Berkeley,

Brother Beldon, 

Brother Pattison,

Brother Dalziel,

Brother Todd.

 

The Grand Members having been arrayed in their splendid Mystic clothing representing the seven liberal arts adorned with

Brotherly Love,

Industry,

Peace and Charity.

P G L N  The Provincial Grand Lodge was duly opened according to the Ancient rites and ceremonies of the distinguished order.

alt  The Celtic Deputation properly clothed in Royal Stewart Tartan embellished the jewelled badges of their respective offices.

alt Accompanied by their Highland Guardsman and their great Bag Piper Brother Angus Mc Swayed whose well tuned instrument poured forth the stirring mountain music, to which in other days King Malcolm Caymore and other Masonic Monarchs of the North may have marched in hostile intent against the very Town where the National Pipe and drone now only discoursed high notes of peace amidst smiling Englishmen sworn Brothers.

 

In due time the Celtic Brethren were admitted into the Provincial Grand Lodge they were welcomed with Masonic Honours.

P G L N  Brother Loraine, from his Masonic Grand Chair of State, then delivered an eloquent speech. After apologising for the unavoidable and regretted absence of the M.W.G.M.

 

He said that it was highly gratifying to him to have the felicity and unexpected Honour to preside at their festive board on this memorable occasion, in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland.

 

When his Brethren on both sides of the Tweed had met, for the first time on record, on English ground, to follow on the principles of their high order, which link Men and Nations with a heart-felt earnestness the conciliates the sympathy of all. From a sincere conviction that the elements of the fraternity contained a superlative means of promoting the reputation it had gained all over the World, he had Forty years ago joined the apron advocates of peace and harmony, and had served in all the Masonic Offices from the lowest Degrees to that of the Highest pinnacle of preferment, and he never had occasion to regret being made a Member of the Mystic Tye.

Lodge Charity 051  The exalted precepts of Masonry are worship to the Supreme Being Allegiance to sovereign's attachment to Science, Love to the Brethren, and Charity to all Mankind.

 

An assembly of this sort is the only neutral ground where all ranks can associate without degradation, where social intercourse can be kept up without the Prince compromising his high rank and Honour, or the lowly peasant forgetting his moral duties of respectful obedience to his superiors.

 

The advantages of Masonry are many to alter of freedom is within its gates, and tranquillity and harmony reign in its assemblies.

 

The Craft being opposed to sacrificial war, the adamantine foundation of kindness and love, perfumed by moral and religious observances, has been carefully laid deep in the hearts of the Brotherhood, which is the cause why Masonry has flourished, and still survives in all its pristine glory, while many powerful empires and kingdoms have ceased to exist, and are now only known by name.

 

Hence the venerable order of Masonry, which sprung from the highest source, and has withstood for countless ages the wicked assaults of its malevolent enemies, without having recourse to pugnacious modes of defence, is worthily entitled to the admiration and respect of society in general, and to the patronage and encouragement of Monarchs and other rulers in particular. (Applause)

Queen Victoria 2  With these few remarks, he called on the Brethren to dedicate a flowing bumper to their beloved Queen Victoria, the daughter of a most excellent Freemason. This toast was unanimously responded to, accompanied with vocal and instrumental Music.

United Grand Lodge of England  Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Grand Lodge of Ireland  The usual leading Masonic toasts to each of the Three Grand Lodges of England, Scotland, and Ireland, in the Earl of Zetland, The Duke of Athole, and the Duke of Leinster.

 

The ruling toast of the evening was given from the Chair in Honour of the RWM, and the brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

P G L N  Brother Loraine said that he was proud to see within the walls of the Provincial Grand Lodge, so large a Deputation of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith. It was the First visit of a constituted public body from the Kingdom of Scotland, that had crossed the Borders since the last Union between the Two countries had been made by the Railway Bridge of Berwick-upon-Tyne, and he sincerely hoped that the bright example would be followed by reciprocal visits of other Lodges from both countries, as he was persuaded that such harmonious intercourse would annihilate any remnants of ancient prejudices, foster the glorious revolution of liberal sentiment, and thereby ultimately lead the general improvement of society and prosperity of the United Kingdom.(Applause)

 

It afforded him great pleasure to announce that, in consequence of this Masonic visit, the Grand Lodge had resolved, on the first favourable opportunity, to repay the compliment, by sending a Deputation of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland, to the Royal City of Edinburgh, and that the Provincial Grand Master would then head the visiting Brethren.

 

He now called on the Brethren to dedicate "a full cup of fraternal love and respect to their Celtic Brethren, with best wishes for their health, prosperity, and safe return to their happy country, the land of literature, liberty, valour, and all that was good and great." (Great Applause)

alt  The RWM Brother Andrew Murray, on the part of the Celtic Lodge, returned thanks for the Honour done them on this happy occasion, which would never be effaced from their memories. He could assure his English Brethren that their Brethren in Scotland entertained the highest respect for them, and, therefore he hoped that many happy visits would hereafter be interchanged between the two countries, which might be productive of much good to the Craft, as well as to society in general.

 

The Scottish Brethren are comparatively poor, as they have not the abundant riches of their fortunate wealthy Brethren in England, but they yield to none is the point of Brotherly Love, Honour, and hospitality, and therefore he only spoke the sentiments of the Celtic Brethren when he assured them that they will be proud to see a Deputation of the Grand Lodge of Northumberland in Edinburgh, in order that they may have an opportunity to testify in deeds more that words can express, their high sense of gratitude for the fraternal obligations which have been conferred on them since their arrival in England. (Applause,)

 

The health of the M.W.G.M. was then given by Brother Murray with Highland Honours, amidst great cheering, and was enthusiastically responded to. Brother Loraine returned thanks.

 

The next toast was- "Brother Hawks, as an excellent Mason, and as Mayor of Gateshead." Intercourse of an eloquent reply, he stated that 28 years ago he was made a Mason in Guernsey; and though he could not lay the flattering unction to his soul that he had done much for the Craft, yet, as a Member of the Ancient Order, he had on every occasion endeavoured to do all the good he could for its interests.

Shining Star  In former times Masonry shone like a bright star in the East and was of essential use in opposing rapine, crime, and turbulence when ignorance, slavery, and cruelty unhappily darkened the land, but education had since made such progress that Masonry is not now considered of so vast importance; although it is still a grand field for the exercise of philanthropy.

The Border Battle  During the periods of Border feuds, his valorous ancestors took a national pride to fight against the Scotch, and occasionally bore away the trophies of the day; but better times have arrived. Freebooting invasions have given place to the performances of moral duties and social intercourse; the two nations had been almost fused into one; and such was the influence which Masonic principles had upon him that, having been made in Edinburgh, a Celtic Member, he preferred wearing, on this extraordinary occasion, the matchless Royal livery of that Lodge.

P G L N  He felt great delight in being present in the Provincial Grand Lodge, and joining in the harmony and cordiality of the Brethren from both sides of the Tweed. Touching the compliment paid to him as Mayor, it was his duty, like officers in the Army, Navy, and Police, to maintain discipline and order, and it was a source of happiness to him to hear his magisterial services so much extolled; but truth compelled him to confess that, though he got all the Honour, his worthy Brother Ions had done most of the work in his official capacity as Sheriff, and therefore he was justly entitled to a share of the eulogium.

 

The next toast given was "The Worshipful Provincial Grand Wardens," when Brother Medcalf made an able speech in commendations of Scotland, which he said, was looked upon as the cradle of Masonry, and the unconquerable land of civil and religious liberty, where the Bible, which teaches our duty on Earth and our way to heaven, is not only to be found in every Man's house, but in his heart also.

 

Many other toasts were given and able speeches delivered, during the entertainment.

The Provincial Grand Lodge was closed with usual Masonic ceremonies.

 

A small Report from a Paper of that time, no Name of the News Paper.

High Level Bridge Gateshead  On the arrival of the Celtic Lodge Deputation in Newcastle, a cannon was fired, and at their departure, they were followed for several miles by many of their English Brethren, while the multitude, attracted by the novelty of the scene, and the sound of the Bag Pipes, rent the air with their hearty cheers.

alt  The Deputation enjoyed a pleasant journey in going and returning, the weather proved propitious during the day, and the Moon by Night shed her mild beams from a cloudless Sky.

 

The Newcastle Masonic Meeting will be remembered by all who had the good fortune to be present.

 

In Honour of this accomplished Mason, One of the English Lodges is Named Lodge De Loraine, No 793.

 

20th September 1850

Mr Edward Anderson of 6-7 Greenside Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

26th September 1850

Mr John Walker a Commercial Gentleman from Glasgow and the Turf Hotel was entered Apprentice.

Bro George Thomson of the Douglas Lodge Upper Ward Lanark was admitted a Visitor.

 

27th September 1850

A Deputation to Dalkeith summoned to attend this afternoon at 5 O'clock pm. Bro Andrew Murray in the Chair, the following Brethren in attendance:-

 

Bro David Kinnear, Bro C Jockel, Bro F Carter of Glasgow Bro D Dobson, Bro Wm Calder, Bro Alex Pringle, Bro Wm Ireland, Bro B Brodie, Bro Duncan Stewart, Bro R Sutherland, Bro John Stewart, Bro A G Petrie.

10 Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  A Letter from Sir James Walker Drummond Bart of Hamthonder the RWM of Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10, inviting a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Deputation being ready the Brethren proceeded to Dalkeith accompanied by the Piper and Tyler.

 

Bro William Marshall's Large Coach at the ready. The Deputation arrived in safety and walked in procession to the Dalkeith Lodge No 10, Headed by Bro Andrew Murray, Music Playing.

 

They were well and cordially received and entertained by Sir James Walker Drummond Bart, other Deputations were present.

 

The Jewel was presented to Sir James by the Chaplain in the Name of the Celtic Lodge Masonic Terms.

 

In an eloquent speech Sir James returned thanks in appropriate

 

4th October 1850

The Lodge having been duly constituted Bro Andrew Murray,  

 

The Minutes of the last Month were read over by the Secretary and were unanimously approved of.

P G L N  A Vote of thanks was given to the Deputation who had Visited the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland, and had so ably supported the Masonic Charter of the Celtic Lodge on that Memorable occasion, and on the Motion of Bro Dobson seconded by Bro MacKay a Vote of thanks was also awarded the Secretary for the excellent Report of the proceedings of the Provincial Grand Lodge, which had been inserted in the Edinburgh Courant, and was much admired.

 

Bro Murray produced a Letter which he had received from Bro Jocelyn acknowledging receipt of the Newspaper containing the Report of the kind Brotherly manner in which the Deputation had been received by their Newcastle Brethren, and congratulation the Lodge for their admirable conduct in that undertaking, which Letter was read by Bro Secretary and unanimously approved of. 

 

Bro Murray next stated that he had received a Letter from Bro Wyndham of the Theatre Royal stating the Day on which his benefit was to take place, and requesting the patronage of the Brethren not as Masons, but as Friends.

 

Bro Murray further stated that Bro Robert MacFarlane of the Turf Hotel would supply such Brethren as would attend the Wyndham Benefit with Tickets. Bro Murray proposed and the same was carried.

 

That as the Nights had now turned long there should be held weekly Lodges of Instruction every Friday, and that the same shall commence on Friday the 11th October 1850, and to continue during the season.

 

The presiding RWM further moved seconded by Bro Treasurer, that the Secretary be authorised to get Lithographic Circulars Printed for the purpose of assembling these Lodges of Instruction and the same was unanimously carried. The Brethren enjoyed a harmonious social Meeting and the Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

11th October 1850 15th October and the 18th October,

A Lodge of Instruction was held for the Brethren.

 

22nd October 1850

Mr John Stevenson of 29 Old Change London aged 34 was entered passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

Bro John Walker was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master mason.

93rd Regiment of Foot  Bro Captain Francis Haden Crawford of the 93rd Highlanders and a Member of St Andrew's No 754 of Upper Canada Holding of the Grand Lodge of England, was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge, and he returned thanks to the Brethren.

 

25th October 1850

A Lodge of Instruction was held for the Brethren.

 

1st November 1850

Bro Brodie was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

8th November 1850 15th November and 22nd November,

A Lodge of Instruction was held for the Brethren.

 

22nd November 1850

Thereafter the following were made Members of the Celtic Lodge:-

 

Mr George Dear Christian of Wakefield was entered Apprentice.

Mr George Druble of Sheffield was entered Apprentice.

 

25th November 1850

Mr Andrew Price a Waiter in Turf Hotel was entered Apprentice.

Bro George Druble was passed to Fellow Craft Degree.

 

It was agreed a circular to be sent to the Brethren that on Thursday 2nd December 1850 for the purpose of going to the Festival of St Andrew at the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

The Committee strongly recommended attendance of the Celtic Lodge.

 

30th November 1850

Mr Frederick Adolph Maus a Native of Berlin in Prussia, an Equestrian by Profession aged 39 was entered Apprentice Mason.

93rd Regiment of Foot  Bro George Wilson a Musician Band Member in the 93rd Highlanders aged 38, was entered Apprentice.

93rd Regiment of Foot  Mr Andrew Grieve aged 41, Band Member in the 93rd Highlanders, was entered Apprentice.

93rd Regiment of Foot  Mr William Mason aged 22, Band Member in the 93rd Highlanders, was entered Apprentice.

93rd Regiment of Foot  Mr Robert Brown aged 21, Band Member in the 93rd Highlanders, was entered Apprentice.

 

The RWM moved seconded by Bro Murray that:-

93rd Regiment of Foot  Bro Captain John Anstruther McGowan of the 93rd Highlanders and a Member of St Andrew's Lodge No 48 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

2nd December 1850

Mr John Jones of Amphill Square Hampstead Road London aged 35, residing in the Crown Hotel, was entered Apprentice.

 

The following were affiliated:-

Bro Charles Furlong, was affiliated in the Celtic Lodge, took the usual Obligation.

Bro Grant, was affiliated in the Celtic Lodge, took the usual Obligation.

Both returned thanks to the Brethren.

Crest of Duke of Atholl  A Deputation to Grand Lodge for St Andrew's Festival, Headed by Bro Fraser the Bro Bag Piper Piped the Deputation into the Grand Lodge, were they were received with Masonic Honours, by the Grand Master Mason Bro Duke of Atholl.

 

The usual toasts were given and received, including the:-

Bro the Duke of Athole, Bro Zetland, Duke of Linster,

 

Bro Athole then gave the toasts in Honour of the various Lodges, as they stood on the Grand Roll, each toast was accompanied with Music or a Brass Band.

 

St Andrew's Festival was carried with all Masonic grace by the Duke of Atholl.

 

Bro Atholl promised to attend the Grand Lodge Ball and said the Duchess would also be present.

 

The Grand Lodge was closed at High Twelve, the Brethren slipped into the Mystic Night.

 

9th December 1850

Bro Brubble, was passed Fellow of Craft.

Bro Pirie, was passed Fellow of Craft.

Bro Maus, was passed Fellow of Craft.

 

Thereafter a Lodge of Instruction was held, Bro Ireland in the Chair, and the Brethren performed their respective parts in Masonry several times much to their own satisfaction. The Lodge was then duly closed at High XII.

 

16th December 1850

Bro Charles H Fairfax was passed Fellow Craft.

Bro Maus, was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Pirie, was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

22nd December 1850

Bro Fraser Master Elect Presented the Lodge with a Beautiful Dirk of the Finest Steel, and its Handle Mounted with Silver, to be used for the First Time next St John's Night.

 

A vote of thanks was passed to Bro Fraser for his handsome Presentation.

 

The Committee resolved to compliment him with a Pair of Masonic Gauntlets, to be presented to him previous to his Installation in the Oriental Chair.

 

26th December 1850

Mr Jullien Billiard of Paris was entered Apprentice.

Bro Jones was Passed Fellow Craft.

Bro Fairfax was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

A vote of thanks to the Master Elect for the admirable manner in which he had given the several Degree to before mentioned Brethren. The Lodge was closed at High 12.

 

27th December 1850

Masonic Symbol 8This being the evening of St John's Festival and the Installation of Office Bearers.

 

The following Brethren were Installed in their respective Offices:-

 

 

J A Fraser Right Worshipful Master.
Robert Murray Past Master
A H Baillie Depute Master
J B Jones Substitute Master
William Ireland Senior Warden
C Jockel Junior Warden
John Tinsley Treasurer
W Strathern Secretary
Ferguson Chaplain
J A Taylor Senior Deacon
Logie Junior Deacon
McNiven Grand Steward
Edge Standard Bearer
Erhard Architect
Piper Bard
Dr James S Millar Physician
William McNees Jeweller
McRobert Inner Guard
William Bryce

Outer Guard

 

Mc Swayed                                  Piper

 

In the Course of the evening the following Deputations were despatched by the RWM to Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Mary's Chapel No 1

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5

Journeyman Masons No 8  Edinburgh Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8

alt  St David's Lodge No 36

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349

 

The Deputations returned and reported they were received with a warm welcome and on their return to their Mother Lodges give the greetings to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

During the evening the following Deputations were admitted into the Celtic Lodge:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 the RWM Bro Ramsay

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 Headed by Bro Stewart

Journeyman Masons No 8  Edinburgh Journeyman Masons Headed by Bro MacIntosh

 

Leith and Canongate C and L Lodge No 5 Headed by Bro Smith

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 Headed by Bro Ramage

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 Headed by Bro Brash.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 Headed by Bro Somerville

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 Headed by Bro Fleming

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge 349 Headed by Bro Henry Wright

 

Bro Ramage at the Harmony stated that he had the Honour to give the toast to the Celtic Lodge.

In the course of the evening the Brethren enjoyed such Harmony, Food and a various songs from the Brethren. The Lodge closed at High XII