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Minutes of C L 291 from 1877 - 1893

 

  

Minutes of Celtic Lodge 291 from 9th January 1877 - 27th December 1893.

 

9th January 1877

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Russell SM accompanied by 7 of the Brethren.

 

18th January 1877

alt  Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 2 of the Brethren on the occasion of their annual Festival.

 

25th January 1877

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 293 headed by Bro Russell SM accompanied by 3 of the Brethren.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Thereafter a Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 on the occasion of the celebration of:-

Bro Robert Burns  This was the Anniversary of the Birth of Bro Robert Burns for some time Poet Laureate of the Lodge.


1st February 1877

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Operative Lodge No 97 headed by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 3 of the Brethren, the RWM Bro Grant had the Humour of being affiliated a Member of that Lodge.


2nd February 1877

The Lodge was opened in due form by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant, The Bro Secretary read the Minutes from the Last Meeting which were confirmed.

Grang Lodge above  Bro Kinnear PM stated that Bro William Hislop had died since last Monthly Meeting. He therefore begged to move that the Secretary record in the Minutes an expression of the regret with which the Brethren of the Lodge learnt of the Death of one who had filled so many Offices in the Lodge and had been so regular in his attendance for the long space of 20 years.


He also moved that an extract from this Minute be sent to Mrs Aitken sister of the deceased. The RWM Bro Grant seconded these motions which were unanimously agreed to.

 

Deputations from the following Sister Lodge's:

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale SM.

alt  St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by Bro Jones JW.

The Deputations were received in due form.

 

After a considerable time had been spent in harmony the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed in due form.


8th February 1877

The second Joint Assembly in conjunction with the Lodge St David's No 36 took place on the above Date. About 150 Ladies and Gentlemen were present and the Assembly was in every respect a complete success.


12th February 1877

St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Wemyss accompanied by 4 of the Brethren.


19th February 1877

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 5 of the Brethren.


20th February 1877

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 3 of the Brethren.


26th February 1877

Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 4 of the Brethren.


2nd March 1877

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved. A report by Bro Ramsden as Treasurer of the Joint Assembly's Accounts showed a surplus of £1:7:11d which he thought might be considered highly satisfactory. A vote of thanks was awarded to the committee for its Labours and the success attending them.

alt  Deputation was received from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Lieu Tracy. After an agreeable evening had been spent the Lodge was recalled to Labour and closed in due form at High X11.


8th March 1877

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Kay DM accompanied by 5 of the Brethren.


14th March 1877

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro Grant accompanied by 6 of the Brethren.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Bro Inglis RW Depute Grand Master Mason and his Deputation from Grand Lodge were present at the Meeting.

 

20th March 1877

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Deputation to Rifle Lodge No 405 2 headed by Bro Kay DM accompanied by 3 of the Brethren.

 

27th March 1877

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Walker Secretary accompanied by 3 of the Brethren.

 

30th March 1877

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 3 of the Brethren.

 

6th April 1877

The Lodge was opened in due form by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant, the Bro Secretary read from the Minutes of the last Meeting and they were approved by the Brethren.

 

The RWM produced a letter from Bro Daniel Baugh Dated 23rd ulto, as to his having lost his Diploma and requesting a duplicate. Under the circumstances stated in the letter the meeting considered that no further notice should be taken of the same.

 

On checking our records on the 16th October 2013 Bro Bill Historian found a Bro Mr Daniel Baugh Junior Commercial Traveller First or Entered 26th January 1860 Second or Fellow 27th January 1860 Third or Sublime Degree 27th January 1860. May be our past Brethren did not have enough information in the original Letter to warrant sending a Copy.

 

The following Deputations were received in due form:-

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Davidson.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Drummond PM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro Barry.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by RWM and several other visiting Brethren were also well received.

 

12th April 1877

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 5 of the Brethren. The usual Loyal Toasts were given and received. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

18th April 1877

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 5 of the Brethren. The usual Loyal Toasts were given and received. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

8th May 1877

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 by RWM Bro J Dundas Grant accompanied by 5 of the Brethren. The usual Loyal Toasts were given and received. The RWM Bro Grant congratulated the Member of that Lodge on their removal to their new Lodge Rooms in George Street and trusted that the Lodge would continue to prosper as hitherto. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

4th September 1877

Mr Alexander Scott a Manufacturer High Carlton Edinburgh aged 26 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Robert Anderson North British Station Hotel Edinburgh aged 21 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr John Lockie an Engineer 10 Lorne Street Edinburgh aged 24 was entered Apprentice Mason.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Bro James Finlayson a Clothier 21 George Street Edinburgh a Master Mason of St James Operative Lodge No 97 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge and took the usual obligation.


5th October 1877

Bros Lockie, Scott and Anderson were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


18th October 1877

Bros Lockie, Scott and Anderson were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


2nd November 1877

Mr Robert Brown a Solicitor 7 North Saint David Street Edinburgh aged 32 was entered Apprentice Mason.


28th November 1877

Bro Robert Brown was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.


30th November 1877

Grand Lodge of Scotland CrestDeputation to St Andrew's Festival at the Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by RWM and a large number of the Brethren were present at the celebration of the above.

Sir Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart Bart  Bro Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart Bart who had been previously installed for the Fifth time as Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason presided and the evening was spent in a most Harmonious manner.

 

7th December 1877

Mr Ernest William Thiem a Hotel Manager 91 Princes Street Edinburgh aged 31 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Charles Robb a Merchant 9 Frederick Street Edinburgh aged 41 was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

13th December 1877

This was the evening of the Nomination of RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1877-1878 were proposed and seconded and forwarded to the date of Installation on 27th December 1877.

 

27th December 1877

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Kinnear PM who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro J Dundas Grant be re-elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.

 

Bro Grant having taken the usual obligation, took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

Pilliars 

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1877 - 1878 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother C L Ramsden

IPM

Brother J Dundas Grant

DM

LTPM

Brother Henry R  Kay

Brother Christopher Thomson

SM

Brother George G Russell

WSW

Brother Thomas B Wemyss

WJW

Brother Donald McKay

 

Secretary

Brother James Walker

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Thomas Scott Melville

 

Junior Deacon

Brother William Henderson

 

Chaplain

Brother Henry Doig

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother James Howie

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother James Finlayson

 

Physician

Brother Dr Falconer

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother James Hamilton

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother Alexander Scott

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother S Georgiades

 

Brother George McLean

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother Isaac McLean

Brother George Cotton

 

Brother Archibald Jameson

 

Brother Thomas H Menzies

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.

The Brethren then then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Isaac H MacLean.

 

The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The RH the Princess of Wales, and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, coupled with the Name of Bro John Coghill.

United Grand Lodge of England  Grand Lodge of Ireland  Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest The Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland with their respective MW Grand Masters.

HRH Prince of Wales 1876  HRH, the Prince of Wales.

The Duke of Abercorn  The Duke of Abercorn.

Sir Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart Bart  Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart Bart.

 

The Toasts were received with enthusiasm and responded to with Highland Honours.

 

RWM Bro Ramsden replied as follows: (This may be one of the longest replies.)

 

Brother Kinnear and Brethren all around, I feel to you more strongly bound than ere before.

 

I wish I could in language well express, the burning thoughts my heart would fain confess, The Kindness of your hearty welcome here, Fills me with pride and diffidence and fear.

Pride that I feel you have bestowed on me, the highest Honour that can be ever be Given to a Brother, when he takes the Chair. For all Masonic Honours centre there, and diffidence and fear because unable, with all the eloquence and wonted fine, the very Chair itself might well inspire, nor can I lead or guide you through the maze, and wondrous plan of mystic ways, Connected with initiating others. Our passed them as full Masonic Brothers. But consolation fills my troubled breast, when looking round my eyes securely rest, on worthy Brethren, who with practised skill, can make a Mason, and will do so still: They promised this and more than I could ask, to smooth the duties of my pleasing task, I thank them much and this will only say. I do not know, but soon may learn the way. What right have I to occupy this place, unless I give old things a newer face, adding some Knowledge to your former stone, and tell you something never heard before? To me this standard will be of reach, within the limits of Masonic speech.

 

The path I tread in is a well-worn way, and strongly fenced to keep from going astray. When ancient custom keeps the guarded gate, Established Laws sits from in mystic state, and the speeches one so often hears, have lost their freshness in succeeding years, and not because the Brethren cannot say, the thing they wish to, in the fittest way, but much because the ancient customs hold, of telling oft, what before was told.

 

Know full well that Masonry can boast of Men of skills and letters, quite a host, to you dear Brethren I need only name, Immortal Scott and Burns of lasting Fame. The Lord Monboddo whom you'll scarce remember was of Lodge Kilwinning once a Member, a famous Man, eccentric in his habits, who through humanity wore tails like rabbits.

 

Now that the Yule log blazes on the hearth, and pantomimes and plays renew mirth, And Christmas time has come to make us gay, let us forget, how many a weary day, has passed in sadness in the passing year, and what we've lost in time, and wealth, and gear. let us thankful and remember still, the way is ever open to the will, Hope points before and promises that fate will give good luck to us in Seventy-Eight.

 

Then here's a health to Mason's everywhere, Worthy the name, Who act upon the Square, May each and all remember, though they roam In distant lands, far from their native home, that sympathetic hearts for them are beating, and wishing them a kindly Christmas greeting, Then for ourselves and Brethren sitting round, Just listen till you hear the joyous sound, That will come forth, when I announce the claim, Which Celtic Men make on the Goddess Fame, there's friend Kinnear our solid Grand Cashier, I think the oldest Celt that's present here, and Brother Hay, whose frank and genial soul, Would take the chill out of an Arctic Pole, And Brother Russell too, Whose face is beaming, With joy and fun, with which is breast is teaming, He'll send us "Captain Paton" in a while, In his own lively captivating style, And Dundas Grant, who lately held this Chair.

 

A Man of Letters, filled with Legal care, There's Captain Wilson, with a Soldier's fame, and Warden MacKay we must also name, Then Laureate Bridgman, who can charm the muses with dulcet strains, If he but only chooses. The Reverend Doig, does the Chaplain's task, with all the dignity that we could ask. Depute Kay can mimic other's ways. Or sing a Highland song of other days, And Georgiades is a lerned Greek, Who fortune came, on Scotland's shores to seek, He's been successful and can live at ease, but loves Auld Reekie more than native Greece.

 

There's Steward Carey, now I 'm glad he's here, His presence adds so to the Christmas Cheer, And Howie, who immortalizes all, Who wish their "Cake and just give him a call, McLean our Landlord lays a sumptuous table, So eat and drink, While ever you are able, But for us could have no lasting power, Beyond the limits of the fleeting hour, Unless friend Walker with historic skill, Took note of all with his most graphic quill.

 

Our time would fail were I to name each Brother who calls this Lodge by the dear name of Mother, A second Daniel is our Tyler, then no better keeps the way to the Ram's-den, now I must halt, my muse has runaway.

 

Deputations were despatched to visit the Sister Lodges as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Edinburgh Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Inches Jeweller.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Inches Jeweller.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Inches Jeweller.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Menzies.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Menzies.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Menzies.

 Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Menzies.

 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Russell SM.

 

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Russell SM.

 

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Russell SM.

 

Deputation were received as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Edinburgh Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Officer PM.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2 Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Plumber JW.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Simpson.

 Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Ormand.

10 Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Dalketh Kilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by Bro Smith.

altSt Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Cole SW.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Murray.

112 Lodge St John No 112 Musselbrugh  St John's Fisherrow Lodge No 112 headed by Bro Britton DM.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Sinclair.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Cowie PM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Lundy PM.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Taylor PM.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Swanson PM.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Lipman.

429 St Kentigern Lodge  St Kentigern Lodge No 429 headed by Bro Trance.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  North British Railway (Waverly) Lodge No 597 headed by Bro McLaren.


The RWM proposed the Toasts of prosperity to the respective Lodges were given and received along with the Health's of the visiting RWMs and Brethren.


The Deputations returned and gave reports that they were well received.

Bro Kinnear PM proposed a vote of thanks to RWM Bro C L Ramsden for the admirable manner he had conducted the duties of the Chair during the evening which was unanimously agreed to, after which the Lodge closed at High X11.

 

8th January 1878

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied by 10 of the Brethren.

 

17th January 1878

alt  Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied by 2 of the Brethren.

 

18th January 1878

Mr John Roper Paton a Wine Merchant 160 Constitution Street Leith aged 29 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Christopher Mounstephen a Commercial Traveller the George Hotel Edinburgh aged 33 was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The following Brethren were unanimously affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge:-

10 Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Bro Peter Groundwater Watson of 91 High Street Dalkeith a Master Mason of Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10.

10 Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Bro James Henderson Stevenson Hawthornden The Glebe Dalkeith a Master Mason of Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro William Donaldson of 10 South Bridge Edinburgh a Master Mason of Peebles Kilwinning Lodge No 24.

The Lodge was closed according to ancient custom at High X11.

 

21st January 1878

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied by 3 of the Brethren.

 

25th January 1878

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied by 5 of the Brethren. Bro Ramsden had the Honour of affiliation was conferred on him by the RWM of Lodge Trafalgar.


1st February 1878

Mr John Sutherland a Commercial Traveller 10 Wemyss Place Edinburgh aged 24 was entered Apprentice Mason.


Report by the RWM as to the Assembly to be held under the auspices of the Lodge in the Saloon of the Winsor Hotel 15th February 1878 has been intimated by a Circular.

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation from Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale DM.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation from Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Whyte.

After a very pleasant evening had been spent the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed in due form.

5th February 1878

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM on the occasion of the visitation of:-

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Sir Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart Bart  The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart Bart and his Grand Office Bearers of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.


12th February 1878

Bros Robb, Paton and Sutherland were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

75 Lodge Dunbar Castle Lodge No 75  Bro William Cornelius a Decorative Artist 46 Hanover Street Edinburgh a Master Mason of Dunbar Castle Lodge No 75 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.


15th February 1878

The Assembly of the Lodge held in the Saloon of the Windsor Hotel, between 70 and 80 Ladies and Gentlemen were present and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Dancing was kept up until an early Hour and the whole affair passed off in a most Harmonious manner under the Directorship of our RWM Bro Ramsden.


19th February 1878

altDeputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied by 4 of the Brethren. Bro Ramsden was affiliated an Honorary Member of St David's Lodge.


20th February 1878

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied by 9 of the Brethren. Bro Ramsden was affiliated a Member of the Roman Eagle Lodge.


22nd February 1878

Bro Mounstephen was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

28th February 1878           

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM on the occasion of the visitation of:-                                                                 

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Sir Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart Bart  The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart Bart and his Grand Office Bearers of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

1st March 1878

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved of.

 

The RWM reported that the Committee had settled all accounts connected with the late assembly and that there was a small surplus remaining.

On the motion of Bro Hay a vote of thanks was unanimously awarded to the Assembly Committee for their valuable services.

 

The RWM read a letter from Bro Lumsden Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 informing the Brethren of his Annual Benefit Concert in the Music Hall on 30th inst and requesting the support of the Member of the Celtic Lodge. The request was favourably received by the Brethren and the Bro Secretary was directed to communicate this to Bro Lumsden.

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Edwards. Thereafter the evening was spent in a most enjoyable manner the singing of Bro Kay DM and of numerous other Brethren of our own and other Lodges being highly appreciated. The Lodge was closed in proper form at High X11.

 

5th March 1878

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied 4 of the Brethren.

 

13th March 1878

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied 5 of the Brethren.


19th March 1878

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Deputation to Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied 5 of the Brethren. Bro Ramsden was affiliated a Member of the Rifle Lodge.


25th March 1878

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied 7 of the Brethren.


1st April 1878

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to North British Railway Lodge (Waverley) No 597 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden accompanied 6 of the Brethren.


5th April 1878

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved.

It was agreed that the next Monthly Meeting should be held in Leith, in virtue of the powers contained in the Charter consisting the Lodge and it was remitted to the Committee consisting of the RWM and Wardens, Bro Treasurer and Secretary, to carry out the necessary arrangements.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro T A M Thiem 1878  Bro Theodore Albert Max Thiem a Master Mason of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge and took the usual obligation. Some interesting facts found on the Internet as follows:-

 

Caroline went to Scotland after marrying a German man named Albert Max Thiem. He and his brother were in the hotel business and Albert eventually owned several hotels in Scotland.

THE proprietor of the Windsor Hotel, Glasgow, is a native of Rudolstadt on the Saale, and after an excellent general education in the High School or Gymnasium of the town, began his career by serving an apprenticeship as a cook in the castle of the reigning Princes of Schwartzburg-Rudolstadt there.

 

In 1868 he left Germany, and obtained a post in the famous Lord Warden Hotel at Dover. Thence, in the same winter, he became chef in the Royal Marine Hotel at Hastings, and in 1869 he went to London to occupy the same post at the Oriental Restaurant. Next in 1872, he removed to Edinburgh, to be chef at the Balmoral Hotel, in Princes Street. His brother, the late Mr E W Thiem at the same time became manager of the house, and the efficiency and energy of the two soon brought the hotel into a position of the first importance in the city.

 

After four years at the Balmoral, Mr. Thiem acquired Dejay's Hotel in Princes Street, rechristened it the Windsor, and forthwith proceeded to make it famous for comfort and good cooking. So well were his abilities recognized that for many years he was entrusted with the catering for most of the great political banquets for which Edinburgh was then famous. Among these was the great banquet to the Right Hon. A. J. Balfour in the Waverley Market in 1889, at which a seven-course dinner was served to no fewer than two thousand five hundred guests. In 1878 the late Earl of Rosslyn appointed him purveyor to the Lord High Commissioner at Holyrood during the sitting of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and so satisfactorily was the work done, that the arrangement was continued for twenty years, under no fewer than seven Lord High Commissioners.

 

At the same time he found time to take some part in public affairs. He acted upon the committee of Edinburgh International Exhibition of 1890, and for a number of years was a member of the High Constables' Society, rising to be captain of his ward.

 

At the same time he took up another enterprise. He became a leading promoter of the succession of great panoramas which were for some successive seasons a chief sight of the city of Glasgow. Bannockburn, Trafalgar, Waterloo, and Omdurman appeared and drew crowds in turn, and Trafalgar was also shown at the Naval Exhibition in London.

 

At the same time he took up another enterprise. He became a leading promoter of the succession of great panoramas which were for some successive seasons a chief sight of the city of Glasgow. Bannockburn, Trafalgar, Waterloo, and Omdurman appeared and drew crowds in turn, and Trafalgar was also shown at the Naval Exhibition in London.

 

Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:-

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Munro.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Greenaway.

alt  St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by Bro Digby Jones SW.

After a pleasant evening had been spent the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed in due form.

 

16th April 1878

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 headed by RWM Bro C L Ramsden accompanied by 4 of the Brethren. RWM Bro Ramsden was Affiliated an Honorary Member of Lodge No 151 this evening.

 

3rd May 1878

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The Monthly Meeting was held in Trafalgar Lodge No 223 at 54 Bernard Street Edinburgh. There was a large attendance of Celtic Brethren and other Sister Lodges visiting to the number of 70 Brethren present on this evening.

Mr Jonathan Brooke a Teacher of singing 12 Castle Street Edinburgh aged 39 was entered Apprentice Mason.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Thomas Baird 18 Dewar Place Lane Edinburgh a Master Mason of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge took the usual obligation, then returned thanks to the Brethren.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Tavernor Knott 32 York Place Edinburgh a Master Mason of Humber Lodge was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge took the usual obligation then returned thanks to the Brethren.

 

Deputation from the following Sister Lodge:-

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Matheson.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Munro.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro Barry.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Rev A Stewart Muir.

 

The RWM gave the usual Loyal Masonic Toasts and the Health of all the Brethren in attendance. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

5th June 1878

Mr Francis John Brailey a Commercial Traveller George Hotel Edinburgh aged 33 was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Broke was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

21st June 1878

Mr Adrian Arthur Robinson a Medical Student Great Jones Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bros Brailey and Broke were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

24th June 1878

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Russell SM and 2 of their Brethren on the occasion of the Festival of St John.

 

28th August 1878

Mr John Henri Salmon a Storekeeper South Gothic Cottage Lennox Row Trinity aged 21 was entered passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Mr Reginald Louis Verlay a Physician 88 Gower Street London aged 22 was entered passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Bro Robinson was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

 

16th September 1878

Mr Alexander Forsyth MD 11 Park Terrace Greenwich aged 42 was entered passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

 

4th October 1878

Mr William Muir a Warehouseman 1 Smith Place Edinburgh aged 26 was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The RWM then presented to the Lodge an Engraved copy of Bro Knott's Great Painting of John Knox the Queen's Advocate, and a Circular Letter, an incident in the History of the Scottish Reformation which had been Coloured specially by Bro Knott's Daughter in order that it might be more neatly represented as the Original.

The RWM said in asking the Brethren to accept of this Work of Art and to place the same on the Wall of the Lodge Room, he was merely desirous of showing it to future Members of the Lodge, that we had on our Roll a Great Historic Painter.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

1st November 1878

Ship Hotel 3 001  Mr William Sutherland a Waiter in the Ship Hotel aged 26 was entered Apprentice Mason.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved of.


69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The RWM informed the Brethren he had been present at the Consecration of the New Hall of the North British Railway Lodge No 597 by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart Bart on the 28th ulto.

 

A letter was then submitted from Mrs Cumming craving assistance from the Lodge on behalf of her husband who had been laid aside from Work for the last Nine Months owing to having met with an accident. The letter was remitted to the Secretary in order he might refer to the Roll of Members to see if Mrs Cumming's Husband was a Member of the Lodge and if so make inquiries in regard to lodging a Petition with Grand Lodge Benevolent Fund on her behalf. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

15th November 1878

Mr James Ross Munro a Barman 3 Stanhope Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice mason.

Bros Muir Sutherland were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

6th December 1878

Mr Gordon Mortimer a Grocer 7 William Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro James Ross Munro was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:-

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Munro who was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM Bro Niven who was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by RWM Bro Beveridge who was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro Barry who was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

All the RWMs took the usual Masonic oaths and gave thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

12th December 1878

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Ramsden and Bro D McLean.

 

13th December 1878

This was the evening for the Nomination of RWM Dr Falconer and his Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1878-1879 they were proposed and seconded then forwarded to the Installation Date of 27th December 1878.

 

23rd December 1878

10 Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Deputation to Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by RWM Bro Ramsedn accompanied by 3 of the Brethren.

 

24th December 1878

Bro Mortimer was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

United Grand Lodge of England  69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Henry Southee 31 Grindley Street Edinburgh a Master Mason of Bridgewater Lodge Eccles No 1213 on the English Constitution was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

27th December 1878

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Kinnear PM who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro J Dundas Grant be re-elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.

 

Bro Grant having taken the usual obligation took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

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The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1878 - 1879 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother Dr Falconer

IPM

Brother C L Ramsden

DM

LTPM

Brother Henry R  Kay

Brother David Kinnear

SM

Brother George G Russell

WSW

Brother James Walker

WJW

Brother Thomas Scott Melville

 

Secretary

Brother James Finlayson

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay

 

Senior Deacon

Brother William Henderson

 

Junior Deacon

Brother James Howie

 

Chaplain

Brother Henry Doig

 

Poet Laureate

Brother J Brooke

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother Alexander Scott

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother John Lockie

 

Physician

Brother Robert Baillie

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother James Hamilton Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother William Muir

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother S Georgiades

 

Brother George McLean

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother Donald McKay

Brother George Cotton

 

Brother Archibald Jameson

 

Brother Thomas H Menzies

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.

 

The Brethren then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Isaac H MacLean.

 

The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The RH the Princess of Wales, and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, coupled with the Name of Bro John Coghill.

 

Deputations were despatched to visit the Sister Lodges in the Town as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Inches accompanied by Bros Grant and Muir.

Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Inches accompanied by Bros Grant and Muir.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  N B Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Inches accompanied by Bros Grant and Muir.

 

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Russell SM accompanied by Bros Scott and Lockie.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Russell SM accompanied by Bros Scott and Lockie.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Russell SM accompanied by Bros Scott and Lockie.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Russell SM accompanied by Bros Scott and Lockie.

 

The RWM directed the leaders of the Deputations to Carry to the RW Masters of the Sister Lodges they visited his congratulations and to inform them he should endeavour as soon as possible to head a Deputation to each himself.

 

Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale DM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Walton Chaplain.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Beddie.

10 Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by RWM Bro Rough.

altSt Andrews Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Dr Carmichael.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Niven PM.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Harris DM.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Beveridge PM.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Marshall DM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Barry PM.

Lodge St Clair No 349St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Henry PM.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Swanson PM.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Smith SM.

 

The Deputation's despatched to visit the Sister Lodges returned as follows:-

1 The one headed by Bro Inches.

2 The One headed by Bro Russell SM.

These Brethren gave very satisfactory reports of the reception they received from the different Sister Lodges visited for which the RWM, returned his sincere thanks.


Several other Toasts not mentioned above including that of the Past Masters and Wardens were proposed and responded to during the evening. There were also numerous Songs given those of Bro Lumsden of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 in particular affording the Brethren great amusement. Bro Bridgman as usual presided at the Piano.


The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour when on the motion of the PM Bro Walker it was unanimously agreed to postpone the next Monthly Meeting to the second Friday of the Month in respect of the first Friday followed so close on New Year's Day. The Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.

 

10th January 1879

Mr James Lyle a Grocer and Wine Merchant 2 Nicolson Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


7th February 1879

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale DM.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by RWM Bro Grieg.

alt  St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro Moncrieff.


11th February 1879

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Dr Falconer accompanied by 7 Brethren.


13th February 1879

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Dr Falconer accompanied by 2 Brethren.

 

18th February 1879

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by RWM Dr Falconer accompanied by 6 Brethren.

 

20th February 1879

alt  Deputation to St Andrews Lodge No 48 headed by RWM Dr Falconer accompanied by 7 Brethren.

 

21st February 1978

Mr Thomas James Gartley a Master Mariner 9 Mansard Terrace Dartmouth aged 36 was entered Apprentice Mason.


26th February 1879

Bro Gartley was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


28th February 1879

Bro Lyle was passed to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Mr William Edward Simpson a Paper Maker 38 West Register Street Edinburgh aged 25 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Andrew Nicol a Merchant St Mononce aged 25 was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

6th March 1879

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by Bro Ramsden PM accompanied by 2 Brethren.

 

On the reception Meeting of the visitation of Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by:-

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Sir Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart Bart   Bro Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart Bart and his Deputation of Grand Lodge Office Bearers were received.

 

7th March 1879

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Rumsden PM owing to the RWM being at the Installation of the Right Honourable the Earl of Breadalbane as Provincial Grand Master of Perthshire.

 

16th March 1879

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Deputation to Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by RWM Bro Falconer accompanied by 6 of the Brethren. The RWM Bro Falconer was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Rifle Lodge.

 

20th March 1879

Bro Mortimer was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

24th March 1879

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM accompanied by 2 Brethren. The RWM was Honoured with being affiliated an Honorary Member of St Clair's Lodge.

 

28th March 1879

Bros Lyle and Simpson were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

4th April 1879

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation from Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by RWM Bro Ronaldson.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97 headed by RWM Bro John Heron and a number of the visiting Brethren, Inc. Grand Secretary Bro D Murray. The usual Masonic Loyal Toasts were given and received.

 

14th April 1879

St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by RWM Bro Falconer accompanied by 2 Brethren.

 

16th April 1879

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro Falconer accompanied by 3 Brethren.

 

23rd April 1879

Black Apron  The RWM Bro Falconer referred to the Death of our highly respected Bro Walker, do hereby Record their deepest regret that the much esteemed Bro Walker has been removed by his Death to the Grand Lodge above.

Bro Nicol was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro James Ross Munro was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


2nd May 1879

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation from St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Greenway and 7 of his Brethren.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation from Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Cowie.

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Edwards.


The remainder of the evening was spent very pleasantly in Song and Harmony.


3rd October 1879

Mr Alexander Dow was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Hay moved and Bro Kinnear seconded that the Sum of £5.00 from the Lodge Funds should be added to the Subscription from individual Members towards the Freemasons Ward in the New Infirmary.


21st November 1879

Bros R K Clark, D L Swanston, Alexander Dow, Taylor were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


1st December 1879

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Sir Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart Bart  A large number of the Brethren headed by RWM attended the Festival under the Presidency of Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart Bart, Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland.


9th December 1879

This was the evening for the Nominations for the RWM and his Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1879 - 1880. They were proposed and approved then the Nominations were forwarded to the Installation Date of 28th December 1879.


28th December 1879

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Kinnear PM who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro Dr Falconer be re-elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.


Bro Grant having taken the usual obligation took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

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The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1878 - 1879 as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother Dr Falconer

IPM

Brother C L Ramsden

DM

LTPM

Brother Henry R  Kay

Brother David Kinnear

SM

Brother George G Russell

WSW

Brother James Walker

WJW

Brother Thomas Scott Melville

 

Secretary

Brother James Finlayson

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay

 

Senior Deacon

Brother William Henderson

 

Junior Deacon

Brother James Howie

 

Chaplain

Brother Henry Doig

 

Poet Laureate

Brother J Brooke

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother Alexander Scott

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother John Lockie

 

Physician

Brother Robert Baillie

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother James Hamilton Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother William Muir

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother S Georgiades

 

Brother George McLean

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother Donald McKay

Brother George Cotton

 

Brother Archibald Jameson

 

Brother Thomas H Menzies

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.

The Brethren then then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Isaac H MacLean.


The following Loyal Toasts which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The RH the Princess of Wales, and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, coupled with the Name of Bro John Coghill.


Deputations were despatched to visit the Sister Lodges in the Town as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Menzies accompanied by Bros Dr W Maxton and Wilson.

St David's Lodge headed by Bro Menzies accompanied by Bros Dr W Maxton and Wilson.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392Caledonian Lodge No 392headed by Bro Ramsden accompanied by Bros Shand and Falconer.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  N B Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Ramsden accompanied by Bros Shand and Falconer.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Finlayson accompanied by Bros Lyle and Allan.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Finlayson accompanied by Bros Lyle and Allan.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Finlayson accompanied by Bros Lyle and Allan.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Menzies accompanied by Bros Robertson and Henderson.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Menzies accompanied by Bros Robertson and Henderson.

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 by Bro Menzies accompanied by Bros Robertson and Henderson.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Menzies accompanied by Bros Robertson and Henderson.

 

The RWM directed the leaders of the Deputations to Carry to the RW Masters of the Sister Lodges they visited his congratulations and to inform them he should endeavour as soon as possible to head a Deputation to each himself.


Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale DM.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Ebsworth.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Matheson.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Summerville.

10 Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Dalkeith Lilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by RWM Bro Smith.

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Pettigrew.

alt  St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by Bro Moncrieff.

alt  St Andrews Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Hamilton.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Niven PM.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Smith.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Beveridge PM.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Aylward.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Adamson.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Menzies accompanied by Bros Robertson and Henderson.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Swanson PM.

 

The Deputation's despatched to visit the Sister Lodges returned as follows:-

1 The one headed by Bro Ramsden PM.

2 The One headed by Bro Finlayson.

3 The One headed by Bro Menzies

These Brethren gave very satisfactory reports of the reception they received from the different Sister Lodges visited for which the RWM, returned his sincere thanks.

 

Several other Toasts not mentioned above including that of the Past Masters and Wardens were proposed and responded to during the evening. There were also numerous Songs given by Bro Carl D Hamilton at the Piano in particular affording the Brethren great amusement.


The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour when on the motion of the PM Bro Walker it was unanimously agreed to postpone the next Monthly Meeting to the second Friday of the Month in respect of the first Friday followed so close on New Year's Day. The Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.

 

13th January 1880

Mr John McArthur a Plumber 19 Lothian Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation from St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Smith. After a considerable time had been spent in Toast and Song the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed in due form at High X11.

 

19th January 1880

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro Dr Falconer accompanied by 4 Brethren.

 

20th January 1880

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Hay PM accompanied by 5 of the Brethren.

 

21st January 1880

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro Dr Falconer accompanied by 3 Brethren.

 

22nd January 1880

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro Dr Falconer accompanied by 4 Brethren. RWM Bro Dr Falconer was affiliated by the RWM of Caledonian Lodge and was welcomed by their Brethren.

 

26th January 1880

349 Lodge St Clair No 349Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Dr Falconer accompanied by 5 Brethren.

 

2nd February 1880

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to North British Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Russell accompanied by 4 Brethren.

 

5th February 1880

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Operative Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Russell accompanied by 4 Brethren.

 

6th February 1880

Mr Francis Taylor a Clark 77 Rose Street Edinburgh aged 25 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation from Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro Crichton.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation from Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by RWM Bro Ronaldson.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation from North British Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Drysdale.

The usual Loyal Toasts were given and received.


12th February 1880

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Russell accompanied by 4 Brethren.


19th February 1880

alt  Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Russell accompanied by 3 Brethren.


28th February 1880

Bros McArthur and Taylor were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


2nd March 1880

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Hay PM accompanied by 4 Brethren. Bro Hay was affiliated to that Lodge.


5th March 1880

The Lodge was opened in due form. The Minutes were read and approved.

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges were received:-

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Wilson.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Gourley.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Apthorpe PM.

 

19th March 1880

Mr William Hay a Baker 17 Caledonian Terrace Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr John Denholm a Confectioner 8 Spittle Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

2nd April 1880

Bros Hay, Denholm were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation from Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Clark.

 

Bro Hay PM proposed that as the next Monthly Meeting would be the last of the season that the Lodge should hold a Musical Entertainment on this occasion the propositions were received with great pleasure by the Brethren and unanimously approved of. Bro Hay along with a Sub-committee were instructed to make the necessary arrangements.

 

21st April 1880

Bros Hay and Denholm were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

17th May 1880

The Lodge was opened in the First Degree. The Minutes were read and approved.

 

The Lodge was called from Labour to refreshment when a Grand Musical Entertainment was given by several of the Professional Brethren and others including Vocal songs from Bro W H Darling, Bro J Lumsden, Bro G M Davidson, Bro Thomas Walker, and then the Instrumentals from Bro Carl D Hamilton, Bro F C Poyser and Bro T W Bridgman.

 

About One Hundred of the Brethren were present including RWMs and Wardens of most of the Sister Lodges in Edinburgh and Leith, during the evening the usual Toasts were duly given and responded to, and the Brethren were highly delighted with the Vocal and Instrumental Musical performances from the various Brethren.

 

The Health of all present were drank to and with a bumper Toast to all the visiting Sister Lodges RWMs Wardens and visiting Brethren and Performers. Bro Bridgeman responded on behalf of all the Entertainers, after a most enjoyable evening the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed according to Ancient form at High X11.

 

30th June 1880

Mr George Freeland aged 32 years a Hotel Keeper Meuse Lane Edinburgh craving to be initiated into the Mysteries of Freemasonry petitions being properly recommended and his petition being sustained was duly Balloted for the Ballot Box being all clear Mr George Freeland was duly entered to the Apprentice Degree, the Lodge was then closed in due and proper form.


17th September 1880 

Mr Lawrence Johnson aged 29 a Master Mariner was entered Apprentice Mason.


27th Bros George Freeland and Lawrence Johnson was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

12th November 1880

Mr John Lewis a Wine Merchant 55 George Square Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Samuel Henry Watson a Commercial Traveller Clerk Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

31st November 1880

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Sir Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart Bart  Festival of St Andrew when the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Sir Michael Robert Stewart Bart Who had been previously installed for the 8th time as Grand Master Mason of Scotland in Freemason's Hall. The evening was spent in a most harmonious manner.

 

3rd December 1880

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation from Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro John Wilson.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation from Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 headed by RWM Bro Ronaldson and a large number of visiting Brethren including several RWMs from Sister Lodges in Edinburgh and Leith.

Portobello Lodge 226Bro Thomas Turnbull a Master Mason of Portobello Lodge No 226 was duly affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro Carl D Hamilton of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

altBro W H Darling of St David's Lodge No 36 was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

alt  Bro Davidson of St David's Lodge No 36 was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  RWM Bro Clark of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  RWM Bro Ronaldson of Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  RWM Bro Maxwell of Lodge No 165 Edinburgh was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

They all took their Oath of Obligation and were welcomed by the Brethren.

 

7th December 1880

This was the evening of taking an Inventory of the Lodge Property. The Committee then proceeded to the Consideration of recommendation of the Brethren for the Nomination of Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1880-1881. The Nominations were forwarded to the Date of Installation of 27th December 1880.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Dr John Falconer accompanied by 4 Brethren. The RWM was affiliated a Member of Lodge No 8 and welcomed by their Brethren.

 

9th December 1880

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Falconer accompanied by 4 Brethren. The Deputation was received in a most cordial reception from RWM Bro Clark and the Members of Lodge No 5.

 

13th December 1880

Bros Lewis and Watson were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons. The Committee recommended that Bros J McArthur as Secretary and Hudson as Senior Warden and Gravett as Junior Deacon all were duly Nominated. It was agreed to Dine in the Lodge Room on St John's Night and a Sub-committee consisting of RWM, Treasurer and Wardens they were appointed to make the necessary arrangements. The Lodge was closed according to Ancient custom.

 

27th December 1880

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Ramsden PM who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro Dr Falconer be re-elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.


Bro Dr John Falconer having taken the usual obligation took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

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The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1878 - 1879 as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother Dr Falconer

IPM

Brother C L Ramsden

DM

LTPM

Brother G G Russell

Brother David Kinnear

SM

Brother T H Menzies

WSW

Brother James Howie

WJW

Brother Alexander Daw

 

Secretary

Brother John McArthur

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay

 

Senior Deacon

Brother George Hudson

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Richard Gravett

 

Chaplain

Brother Henry Doig

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother James Lyle

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother John Denholm

 

Physician

Brother Dr Maxwell

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother James Hamilton Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother Francis Taylor

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother S Georgiades

 

Brother William Henderson

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother Donald McKay

Brother George Cotton

 

Brother J S Matheson

 

Brother J Finlayson

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.

 

The Brethren then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Isaac H MacLean.

 

The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The RH the Princess of Wales, and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, coupled with the Name of Bro John Coghill.

6 The Three Grand Lodges and the Three Grand Masters.

 

The Two last named Toasts were proposed by the RWM in the most eloquent and talking manner giving the names of several of our great Heroes and by the clever introduction of an incident where British Sailors and Soldiers showed their bravery, managed to give his speech a most telling effect. The other Toasts were responded to with Musical Honours.

Bro Captain Maxton replied for the Navy.

Bro Captain Wilson replied for the Army.

Bro McGregor replied for the Volunteers.

 

The Health of RWM Bro Dr Falconer coupled by all RWMs was received by all present in a most enthusiastic manner, and Bailie declared that since at the Dinner where Sir Walter Scott acknowledged that he was the author of the Waverly Novels and notwithstanding his Official Career. He had never seen the Chair better filled than it had been by our RWM that Night.

 

RWM Bro Dr Falconer thanked Bro K B Howden.

 

Deputations were despatched to visit the Sister Lodges in the Town as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Menzies PM accompanied by Dr W Maxton and Wilson.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Menzies PM accompanied by Dr W Maxton and Wilson.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Ramsden PM accompanied by Bro Lyle and Yeats.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Ramsden PM accompanied by Bro Lyle and Yeats.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Ramsden PM accompanied by Bro Lyle and Yeats.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Finlayson accompanied by Allan and Hudson.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Finlayson accompanied by Allan and Hudson.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Finlayson accompanied by Allan and Hudson.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro J H Inches accompanied by Bro Jameson and Spencer.

 

The RWM directed the leaders of the Deputations to Carry to the RWMasters of the Sister Lodges they visited his congratulations and to inform them he should endeavour as soon as possible to head a Deputation to each himself.

 

Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale DM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro H Jupp.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Barrie.

alt  St David's Lodge No36 headed by W W Kennedy PM

alt  St Andrews Lodge No 48 headed by Bro D W T Carmichael PM.

 

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro S W Murray PM.

 

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Cameron.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Beveridge PM.

 

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Mossman PM.

 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro A White DM.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro J Burn.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro B Rimer.

606 Lodge Rosslyn St Clair No 606  Rosslyn St Clair Lodge No 606 headed by RWM Bro C J Fiance.

 

The Deputation's despatched to visit the Sister Lodges returned as follows:-

1 The one headed by Bro Ramsden PM.

2 The One headed by Bro Finlayson.

3 The One headed by Bro Menzies

 

These Brethren gave very satisfactory reports of the reception they received from the different Sister Lodges visited for which the RWM returned his sincere thanks.

 

Several other Toasts not mentioned above including that of the Past Masters and Wardens were proposed and responded to during the evening. There were also numerous Songs given by Bro Lumsden and Bro Bridgman at the Piano in particular affording the Brethren great amusement. The RWM gave a reminder of the Dance Party to be held on the 28th January 1881.

 

The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and then Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.


11th January 1881

Mr Edmond Harris an Artist 72 Westminster Bridge Road London was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr George French an Artist 72 Westminster Bridge Road London was entered apprentice Mason.


13th January 1881

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Mathieson APM of Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 accompanied by Bro Dow

 Journeyman Masons No 8  Junior Warden and Bro McLean, visited Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 and Met with a most cordial reception.

 

19th January 1881

Bro Edmond and Harris were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

4th February 1881

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation from Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Wilson and Past Master with 2 Wardens and 2 Members.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Deputation from St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Murray Junior Warden and 2 Members.

 

The RWM Bro Dr John Falconer having proposed the usual Toasts then proposed the health of RWM Bro Wilson and Lodge Journeymen Masons No 8, also Bro Murray Junior Warden and Lodge St James No 97.

The Brethren spent a very enjoyable evening which was entertained by various Songs and the visiting Brethren replied to the Lodge. The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed in due form at High X11.

 

17th February 1881

alt  Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Alexander Hay PM and Treasurer accompanied by 4 Brethren.

 

25th February 1881

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Alexander Hay PM and Treasurer accompanied by 4 Brethren.

 

28th February 1881

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Howie Warden accompanied by 6 Brethren when Bro Howie Senior Warden had the Honour of being affiliated into St Clair's Lodge.

 

4th March 1881

Deputation from Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro Turner and 2 Wardens.

 

1sr April 1881

The Lodge was opened in the First Degree by Bro Hay PM. The following Sister Lodge was received:

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by RWM Bro Smith accompanied by 2 Wardens.

The Bro Secretary read an Intimation from Grand Secretary to visit the Lodge.

 

6th May 1881

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  A visit from the Grand Committee to examine the Lodge Books and Accounts were found to be correct and The Grand Committee made an entry and signed the Minute Book.

Bro Alexander Hay PM then proposed a vote of thanks to the Brethren of the Grand Committee for a very favourable report.

 

In reply Grand Secretary Bro Keir and stated that it had given him great pleasure as well as the other Members of the Deputation at having been honoured with the duty to examine the books and see the working of the Celtic Lodge 291. Which he was glad to say had been found in such an efficient state.

Brother Keir also took the opportunity of stating the fact of his having been initiated into our Lodge some Thirty Five Years Ago.


Mr Hugh Paterson was entered apprentice Mason.

Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM Bro James Craig

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro Grieg.

After the usual Loyal Toasts the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

9th June 1881

Bro Hugh Paterson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

7th October 1881

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Deputation from Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Hind.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation from St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Hogg.


4th November 1881

42nd Highlanders  Mr William John Scott a Band Master with 42nd Highlanders at Edinburgh Castle was entered Apprentice Mason.

Ship Hotel 2 001  Mr Alexander Bruce Aitken a Water in the Ship Hotel Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


18th November 1881

Mr Charles Aitken a Medical Student Blackwood Crescent Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


30th November 1881

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Deputation to Grand Lodge on the occasion of the Installation of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland Bro the Earl of Mare and Killie and the Festival of St Andrew's.


2nd December 1881

Mr William McTavish Bridge Hotel Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Peter Reid 96 Fountainbridge Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bros J Aitken, C Aitken and W Scott were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


8th December 1881

The Nominations of Office Bearers were proposed and seconded and passed to the Date of Installation 27th December 1881.


18th December 1881

Bro Reid was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr Edward Joseph Brooks De Moulin of Edinburgh University and 18 Oxford Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Arrangements were made for St John's Festival.

 

 27th December 1881

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Hay PM who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro Dr Falconer be re-elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.

 

Bro Dr John Falconer having taken the usual obligation, took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

Temple Pillars

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1881 - 1882 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother Dr Falconer

IPM

Brother C L Ramsden

DM

LTPM

Brother James Howie

Brother David Kinnear

SM

Brother Alexander Dow

WSW

Brother W E D Simpson

WJW

Brother James Lyle

 

Secretary

Brother John McArthur

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay PM

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Richard Gravett

 

Junior Deacon

Brother John Denholm

 

Chaplain

Brother Henry Doig

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother Francis Taylor

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother William J Scott

 

Physician

Brother Charles Aitken

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother James Hamillton Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother Peter Reid

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother S Georgiades

 

Brother George Hudson

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother Donald McKay

Brother George Russell

 

Brother George McLean

Brother Charles Robb

 

Brother J Finlayson


Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.


The Brethren then then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Isaac H MacLean.


The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.


1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The RH the Princess of Wales, and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, coupled with the Name of Bro John Coghill.

6 The Three Grand Lodges and the Three Grand Masters.


The Two last named Toasts were proposed by the RWM in the most eloquent and talking manner giving the names of several of our great Heroes and by the clever introduction of an incident where British Sailors and Soldiers showed their bravery, managed to give his speech a most telling effect. The other Toasts were responded to with Musical Honours.


Bro Captain Maxton, replied for the Navy.

Bro Captain Wilson, replied for the Army.

Bro McGregor, replied for the Volunteers. All with fitting expressions.


The Health of RWM Bro Dr Falconer coupled by all RWMs was received by all present in a most enthusiastic manner, and Bro Hay declared that the Toast entrusted to him, coupling the name of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Right Honourable the Earl of Mar and Keillie with the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and referring to the benefits of Freemasonry. Bro Hay also in that Toast was the Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces made mention of the fact that one of the finest Old Scottish Regiments were at present stationed in

42nd Highlanders  Edinburgh Castle the 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch).


RWM Bro Dr Falconer thanked Bro K B Howden.


Deputations were despatched to visit the Sister Lodges in the Town as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Weatherspoon SW.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Grant.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Inches.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Robb.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro C Aitken.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro McTavish.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Howie.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Spence.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Taylor.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  N B Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Inches accompanied by Bros Grant and Muir.

 

The RWM directed the leaders of the Deputations to Carry to the RWMasters of the Sister Lodges they visited his congratulations and to inform them he should endeavour as soon as possible to head a Deputation to each himself.


Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale DM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Rennie.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Barrie.

alt  St David's Lodge No36 headed by Bro Edwards PM.

alt  St Luke's Holryood House headed by RWM Bro Rolland.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Swan.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Connie PM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Bell PM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Tweed Kelso Lodge No 261 headed by RWM Bro Dickison.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Ritchie.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Defries.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro B Gibson.

606 Lodge Rosslyn St Clair No 606  Rosslyn St Clair Lodge No 606 headed by RWM Bro C J Friance.

St Leonard's Lodge No 1283 Newington headed by RWM Bro Purdie.


The Deputation's despatched to visit the Sister Lodges returned as follows:-


1 The one headed by Bro Ramsden PM.

2 The One headed by Bro Finlayson.

3 The One headed by Bro Menzies


These Brethren gave very satisfactory reports of the reception they received from the different Sister Lodges visited for which the RWM, returned his sincere thanks.


Several other Toasts not mentioned above including that of the Past Masters and Wardens were proposed and responded to during the evening. There were also numerous Songs given by Bro Lumsden and Bro Bridgman at the Piano in particular affording the Brethren great amusement.


The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour then Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.


31st January 1882

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Howie accompanied by Bro Simpson.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 2 headed by Bro W E D Simpson accompanied by Bro Howie SM and Bro McLean.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Hay PM accompanied by 4 Brethren.

606 Lodge Rosslyn St Clair No 606  Deputation to Rosslyn St Clair No 606 headed by Bro Howie and Bro McArthur.

 

2nd February 1882

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Howie SM accompanied by 3 Brethren.

 

10th February 1882

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Taylor plus 2 Brethren.

 

16th February 1882

Bros McTavish, De Moulin and Reid were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

3rd March 1882

Mr Reginald Bowmen a Medical Student Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr William John Munro a Medical Student Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

25th March 1882

Bros Bowman and Munro were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

13th April 1882

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Alexander Hay PM who was received by RWM Bro Wilson.

 

5th May 1882

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Taylor plus 2 Brethren, a most enjoyable evening of Music rendered by Bro Lumsden and Bro Bridgeman. The Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

23rd May 1882

Mr William Johnston aged 45 years a Merchant was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr James Wood a Surgeon and Dentist aged 31 years was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

26th July 1882

Mr William Mile Cannon aged 42 years was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Louis Sidney Boutt Dunbar aged 25 years was entered Apprentice Mason. Then Bro Louis being under orders for the seat of War in Egypt was recommended by acting RWM Bro Hay to receive the Fellow Craft Degree which was agreed to and Bro Dunbar was advanced to the Degree of Fellow of Craft. The Lodge was further advanced to the Degree of Master Mason when Brothers Johnston and Dunbar were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons. The Lodge was then closed in proper form at High X11.

 

15th September 1882

Mr Douglas Bennet an Engineer was entered passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Mr George Magnus Brew an Engineer was entered passed then rasied to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Bro Wood was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. The Lodge was then closed in proper form at High X11.

 

6th October 1882

Mr Andrea Geovanni Kiparissis a Master Mariner aged 29 years was entered Apprentice Mason.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  Bro David Anderson St Lenard's Lodge Loanhead No 580 was affiliated into our Lodge Celtic No 291.

 

12th October 1882

Bros Kiparissis and Canon were passed the raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

10th December 1882

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation from Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Mathieson, were received by RWM Bro Falconer in due form.

 

30th November 1882

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  St Andrew's Festival Bro David Grant and a Deputation of the Celtic Brethren attended the Festival of St Andrew's at Grand Lodge, the evening was spent in a most Harmonious manner, and Bro David Grant gave his reply to the Grand Masters toast on behalf of the Celtic Lodge.

 

1st December 1882

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation from Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Mathieson, were received by RWM Bro Falconer in due form.

 

12th December 1882

The Committee advised that an investment of £100.00 to be placed in the Commercial Banking Company


15th December 1882

This was the evening for the Nominations of RWM and his Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1882 - 1883 Bro Hay PM proposed that Bro J H Inches be the RWM for the ensuing year seconded by Bro Howie Substitute Master the other Office Bearers were proposed and Seconded on block and forwarded to the Installation Date 27th December 1882.


27th December 1882

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Dr Falconer who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro James Hamilton Inches be elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.


Bro J H Inches having taken the usual obligation, took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

Open Lodge

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1882 - 1883 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother James Hamilton Inches

IPM

Brother Dr Falconer

DM

LTPM

Brother David Grant

Brother David Kinnear

SM

Brother Alexander Dow

WSW

Brother John McArthur

WJW

Brother Charles Robb

 

Secretary

Brother William M Cannon

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay PM

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Alexander Scott Junior

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Francis Taylor

 

Chaplain

Brother Henry Doig

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother Archibald Jameson

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother Robert J Jamieson

 

Physician

Brother Charles Aitken

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother James Hamilton Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother James Wood

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother S Georgiades

 

Brother James Howie

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother Donald McKay

Brother Charles L Ramsden

 

Brother George McLean

Brother W E D Simpson

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.

 

The Brethren then then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Turnbull in his best style.

The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The RH the Princess of Wales, and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, coupled with the Name of Bro John Coghill.

6 The Three Grand Lodges and the Three Grand Masters.

 

The Two last named Toasts were proposed by the RWM in the most eloquent and talking manner giving the names of several of our great Heroes and by the clever introduction of an incident where British Sailors and Soldiers showed their bravery, managed to give his speech a most telling effect. The other Toasts were responded to with Musical Honours.

 

RWM Bro Dr Falconer thanked Bro K B Howden.

 

Deputations were despatched to visit the Sister Lodges in the Town as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Charles L Rumsden PM.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Charles L Rumsden PM.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Charles L Rumsden PM.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Charles L Rumsden PM.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro David Grant DM.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by David Grant DM.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro David Grant DM.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro John McArthur.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro John McArthur.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  N B Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro John McArthur.

 

Roman Eagle Crest No 160Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro John McArthur.

 

The RWM directed the leaders of the Deputations to Carry to the RWMasters of the Sister Lodges they visited his congratulations and to inform them he should endeavour as soon as possible to head a Deputation to each himself.

 

Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale DM.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Robert Smith SW

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and L L and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Rennie.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Barrie.

alt  St Luke's Holyrood House Lodge No 44 headed by Bro James Munro Thomson DM.

 

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro James Smith.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro George Sandhurst SW.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Symon.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Connie PM.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Burn.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Swanson.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Heynds DM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  N B Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro McIntyre.

 

The Deputation's despatched to visit the Sister Lodges returned as follows:-

1 The one headed by Bro Charles L Ramsden.

2 The One headed by Bro David Grant DM.

3 The One headed by Bro John McArthur.

These Brethren gave very satisfactory reports of the reception they received from the different Sister Lodges visited for which the RWM, returned his sincere thanks.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2Bro A M Sutherland a Master Mason of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Several other Toasts not mentioned above including that of the Past Masters and Wardens were proposed and responded to during the evening. There were also numerous Songs given by Bro Lumsden and Bro Bridgman at the Piano in particular affording the Brethren great amusement.

 

The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour then Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.


5th January 1883

altBro William Edwards a Master Mason of St David's Lodge No 36 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.


9th January 1883

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.


11th January 1883

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.


16th January 1883

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.


22nd January 1883

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.

 

25th January 1883

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.

 

2nd February 1883

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Taylor.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Innis.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Joseph King a Master Mason of Harmony Lodge No 438 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

11th February 1883

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James's Lodge No 97 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.

 

12th February 1883

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.

 

14th February 1883

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.

9th March 1883

Bro James Guthrie a Master Mason of St John's Lodge No 50 Inverary was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  Deputations from St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by RWM Bro C McKenzie.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro James Crichton.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by RWM Bro J Ronaldson.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro H W Rennie.

The usual Loyal Toasts were given and received and the Lodge was closed at High X11.


15th March 1883

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.


19th March 1883

alt  Deputation from St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.


30th March 1883

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro James Hamilton Inches.

 

6th April 1883

Gordon HighlandersMr Hugh Baron Tulloch Sergeant 2nd Battalion Royal Gordon Highlanders Edinburgh Castle was entered Apprentice Mason.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro James R Thomson a Master Mason of Australia Lodge No 390 Sidney New South Wales holding United Grand Lodge of England  Grand Lodge of England was affiliated a Member of the Lodge he took the usual obligations and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge

97 Lodge St James Operative 97Deputation from St James's Lodge No 97 headed by RWM H E Moore.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation from Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Ralston.

Bros Dr Carmichael and J J Matheson were kindly invited to a seat in the East.

 

19th April 1883

Bro Hugh Baron Tulloch was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Matheson.

 

27th September 1883

Mr Colin MacAndrew residing at Hope Park Crescent aged 25 years was entered apprentice Mason.

 

5th October 1883

Mr John Thomas Leask residing at 1 Kilmours Road aged 28 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Grang Lodge above  The RWM at the same time made a few feeling remarks on the lamented Death of Brother John Whyte Melville Past Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

Grang Lodge above  The Death of Brother Hay. The Brethren paid their respects to our Brethren who have passed to the Grand Lodge above.

 

15th October 1883

Bro Colin MacAndrew was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Bro John Leask was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

19th October 1883

alt  RWM Bro Alexander C Troup a Master Mason of St Andrew's Lodge No 48 was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Mr William Newlands residing at 65 York Place Edinburgh aged 27 years was entered apprentice Mason.

 

24th October 1883

Grang Lodge above  Funeral service held in Grand Lodge in Memory of the Late Brother John Whyte Melville of Banchory and Strathkinness Past Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

 

The RWM Brother James Hamilton Inches and a large number of the Celtic Brethren were present at the above ceremony held in the Music Hall.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Right Honourable the 11th Earl of Mar and 13th Earl of Killie Brother Walter Henry Erskine Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason occupied the Grand Chair.

 

The Reverend W U Tulloch Grand Chaplain in attendance. The Ceremony was conducted in a most solemn manner with the Brethren standing in silence in true Masonic respect.


2nd November 1883

Bro York was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

7th November 1883

Gordon Highlanders  Mr John Wilson a Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders aged 28 years was entered apprentice Mason.

 

14th November 1883

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches and a number of the Celtic Brethren.

 

20th November 1883

Mr William Young a Master Taylor 25 North Bridge aged 29 years was entered apprentice Mason.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Deputation to the Rifle Lodge No 405 was formed and headed by RWM J H Inches and thirteen of the Brethren were present when Bro Inches was honoured by the Rifle Lodge by being made an Honorary Member of that Lodge. Bro Inches took the usual obligation and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Rifle Lodge.  Accompanied by several of the Brethren.

 

21st November 1883

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches.


27th November 1883

Bros Newlands, Wilson and Lange were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. Then along with Bro York were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


30th November 1883

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by a large number of the Celtic Brethren.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Right Honourable the Earl of Mars and Killie Brother Walter Henry Erskine Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason occupied the Chair. The evening was spent with the usual Harmony.

 

7th December 1883

altBro David Edwards a Master Mason from St David's Lodge No 36 was made an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69Bro Charles Paton a Master Mason from Scotia Lodge No 178 Glasgow was made an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Mr John Oliver Fraser aged 40 years residing at 2 Lee Crescent Portobello was entered apprentice Mason.

 

11th December 1883

Nominations of Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1883 - 1884 were proposed and seconded then forwarded to the date of the Installation on 27th December 1883.

 

27th December 1883

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro A Hay who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro James Hamilton Inches be elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.


Bro J H Inches having taken the usual obligation, took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

Bill Thistle

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1883 - 1884 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother James Hamilton Inches

IPM

Brother Dr Falconer

DM

LTPM

Brother David Grant

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother Robert J Jamieson

WSW

Brother John McArthur

WJW

Brother Charles Robb

 

Secretary

Brother William M Cannon

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay PM

 

Senior Deacon

Brother James Wood

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Colin MacAndrew

 

Chaplain

Brother Henry Doig

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother William Newlands

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother David Anderson

 

Physician

Brother William J Munro

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother Robert Kirk Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother William Young

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother George McLean

 

Brother James Howie

 

Brother Alexander Dow

Brother Alexander Scott Junior

Brother Charles L Ramsden

 

Brother David Kinnear

Brother Archibald Jamieson

 

 


Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.


The Brethren then then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Thomas Turnbull in his best style.


The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The RH the Princess of Wales, and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, coupled with the Name of Bro John Coghill.

6 The Three Grand Lodges and the Three Grand Masters.


The Two last named Toasts were proposed by the RWM in the most eloquent and talking manner giving the names of several of our great Heroes and by the clever introduction of an incident where British Sailors and Soldiers showed their bravery, managed to give his speech a most telling effect. The other Toasts were responded to with Highland Honours.

Deputations were despatched to visit the Sister Lodges in the Town as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel No 1 headed by Bro James Kirk Inches.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro James Kirk Inches.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  North British Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro James Kirk Inches.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro John Macarthur.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro John Macarthur.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 headed by Bro John Macarthur.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro John Macarthur.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by Bro John O Fraser.

 

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges were received as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Drummond.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Mathieson.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Robb.

alt  St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro Penney.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James's Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Sangster SM.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Longdren.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Oliver.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Drake.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro John Smith.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  North British Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Robertson.


The RWM proposed the Toasts of prosperity to the respective Sister Lodges coupled with the names of the Brethren heading the Deputations. Replied to by the visiting heads of the Deputations.


Bro A Hay PM proposed the health of the Office Bearers present coupled with names of Brothers Bridgman, Robertson, Laing, R J Jamieson and William Edwards all of which responded to the Toast in satisfactory manner.


The last Toast of the evening having been proposed and responded to the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour. The first Monthly Meeting in 1884 was appointed to take place on the second instead of the first Friday. The Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.

 

8th January 1884

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 2 Brethren.


11th January 1884

Mr Robert Roe a Student residing at 15 Gladstone Terrace aged 22 years was entered apprentice Mason.


24th January 1884

Bros John Oliver Fraser, Robert Roe were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


25th January 1884

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  Deputation to St Leonards Lodge No 580 Laswade headed by RWM accompanied by 4 Brethren, and met with a most cordial reception from Past Master who was in the Chair and Members of that Lodge.


1st February 1884

Mr William Robertson a Writer 23 Marchmont Crescent Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation from Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Wilson PM.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation from Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro Ironside.


12th February 1884

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 6 Brethren.

 

18th February 1884

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 4 Brethren.

 

27th February 1884

Mr William Ferrier a Tailor's Cutter residing Dundee Street Carnoustie aged 26 was entered passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  A Visit by one of Grand Lodge Office Bearers Bro Crombie of Aberdeen who was made an affiliated Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge. Bro Crombie returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren for the Great Honour bestowed on him this evening.


3rd March 1884

Mr Michael Franklin a Traveller from Manchester aged 26 years was entered and passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Mr Joseph James Jones a Mason from Toronto Canada who was entered and passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


7th March 1884

Bro Joseph James Jones who was about to leave Edinburgh next morning was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Robertson who was also about to leave Edinburgh next Morning was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


27th March 1884

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 2 Brethren.

 

31st March 1884

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


1st April 1884

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 6 Brethren.

 

4th April 1884

Mr Frank Arthur Baker Musician aged 23 of 28 Greenside Street Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69Deputation from Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Ralston who was proposed by RWM J H Inches as an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and was accordingly affiliated an Honorary Member of the Lodge. Bro Ralston returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge for this great Honour.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The RWM moved that with approval of the Lodge he would take the first opportunity to confer honorary affiliation on Bro Dr Carmichael and Bro Walker of Dunfermline which was most heartely received.

 

2nd May 1884

Gordon Highlanders  Mr Andrew McKay a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders stationed at Edinburgh Castle aged 28 years was entered apprentice Mason.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Brother Robert James RWM of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge for this great Honour.

Bro Carmichael was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge for this great Honour.


3rd June 1884

Bros Frank Arthur Baker and Andrew McKay were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Allan MacKenzie of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge for this great Honour.


26th June 1884

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 5 Brethren were received with great kindness and a very high compliment paid the:-

92nd Regiment of Foot  Brother Tulloch Wilson and McKay Sergeants of the 92nd Highlanders who were first on the eve of departing from Edinburgh Castle.


8th October 1884

Mr William MacPherson residing at 498 St Vincent Street Glasgow aged 31 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Samuel Weir residing at 1 Gladstone Place Edinburgh aged 33 years was entered apprentice Mason.


31st October 1884

Bros William MacPherson and Samuel Weir were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


7th November 1884

As agreed at the last Monthly Meeting in the Ship Hotel and by favour of the RWM and the Brethren of 69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 at their Lodge Room 86 Constitution Street Edinburgh. There was a large attendance of Celtic Brethren and visiting Brethren.


The Lodge was opened by RWM Bro J H Inches.

Mr Alexander MacDougall a Cashier Royal Hotel Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

The Minutes were read and approved. A most enjoyable evening was spent with some Vocals and Instrumental Music. The RWM thanked the RWM and Brethren of Lodge No 5 for allowing the Celtic Lodge to hold their meeting in No 5 Lodge.


1st December 1884

St A Glass No 3  Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  A celebration of the Festival of St Andrew's the RWM Bro J H Inches and a number of the Brethren were present to-night at the celebration in Grand Lodge Masonic Hall.

Colonel Sir Archibald C Campbell of Blythswood Bart the Newly elected Grand Master Mason of Scotland occupied the Chair. The evening was spent with the usual Harmony.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Campbell, 1st Baron Blythswood FRS (22 February 1835 – 8 July 1908) was a Soldier Tory Politician, amateur Scientist and Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

Born Archibald Campbell Douglas he dropped the Douglas from his name in 1883 in Florence Tuscany Bro Archibald was the Son of Archibald Campbell 17th Laird of Mains until known as Archibald Douglas.

79th Regiment  Bro Campbell joined the 79th Highlanders at the age of 16 and fought in the Crimean War in 1855, where he was severely wounded. He transferred to the Scots Fusilier Guards and rose to the Rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. 

2nd Baron Carrington  On the 7th July 1864 he married Hon Augusta Clementine Carrington and the Daughter of the 2nd Baron Carrington at Whitehall Chapel London. He retired from the Army in 1868 on the Death of his Father.

Archibald Campbell was a Member of Parliament for Renfrewshire from 1873-1874 and Renfrewshire West from 1855 to 1892. He was also Lord Lieutenant Flag Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire from 1904 to 1908. On the 4th May 1880 was created a Baronet of Blythswood and was Aide de Camp to Queen Victoria.

In 1888 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the  

Glasgow Crest  University of Glasgow and made a Freeman of the City of Glasgow.


5th December 1884

Mr George Sharp a Clerk aged 26 years residing at 6 Shandon Crescent Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Thomas McKenzie of the Inland Revenue aged 36 years 6 Shandon Crescent Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr William T Brown of Boots aged 34 years residing at the Ships Hotel Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.


15th December 1884

This evening was for the Nominations of RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1884 - 1885. RWM Bro J H Inches and his Office Bearers were proposed and seconded then forwarded to the Date of Installation on 29th December 1884.

Bros Alexander MacDougall George Sharp Thomas MacKenzie William T Brown and Robert Cameron were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


29th December 1884

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Alexander Hay who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro James Hamilton Inches be elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.

Bro J H Inches having taken the usual obligation, took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

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The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1884 - 1885 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother James Hamilton Inches

IPM

Brother Dr Falconer

DM

LTPM

Brother John McArthur

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother Robert J Jamieson

WSW

Brother Alexander Scott Junior

WJW

Brother Alexander C Troup

 

Secretary

Brother William M Cannon

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay PM

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Colin MacAndrew

 

Junior Deacon

Brother J O Fraser

 

Chaplain

Brother Charles Robb

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother William Young

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother T Scott Melville

 

Physician

Brother James Wood

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother Robert Kirk Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother William Robertson

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother David Grant

 

Brother James Howie

 

Brother Alexander Dow

Brother Alexander Elder

Brother David Edwards

 

Brother David Kinnear

Brother Thomas Taylor

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.


The Brethren then then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Thomas Turnbull in his best style.


The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The Duke of Edinburgh and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, coupled with the Name of Bro John Coghill.

6 The Three Grand Lodges and the Three Grand Masters.


Deputations were despatched to visit the Sister Lodges in the Town as follows:-

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Lindsay MacKensy.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 headed by Bro Lindsay MacKensy.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Lindsay MacKensy.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Francis Taylor.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Francis Taylor

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel No 1 headed by Bro Robert Kirk Inches.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405 Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Robert Kirk Inches.

 

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges were received as follows:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Nightingale.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Hudson.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro McKenzie.

alt  St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro G Munro Thomson.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro McLeod.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Sinclair SM.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Drake WDM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Douglas.PM.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Ford PM.

429 St Kentigern Lodge  St Kentigern Lodge No 429 headed by Bro Laing.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  St Leonards Lodge No 580 headed by RWM Bro Fouler.

 The RWM proposed the Toasts of prosperity to the respective Sister Lodges coupled with the names of the Brethren heading the Deputations. Replied to by the visiting heads of the Deputations.

 

Bro A Hay PM proposed the health of the Office Bearers present coupled with names of Brothers Bridgman, Robertson, Laing, R J Jamieson and William Edwards all of which responded to the Toast in satisfactory manner. There were also numerous excellent Songs given by the Brethren with Bro F W Bridgeman presided at the Piano.

 

The last Toast of the evening having been proposed and responded to the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour. The first Monthly Meeting in 1885 was appointed to take place on the second instead of the first Friday. The Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.


9th January 1885

Bros A McDougall G Sharp T McKenzie W T Brown and R Cameron were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


6th February 1885

Mr George N Grieve an Engineer 9 Causwayside Street Edinburgh aged 32 was entered apprentice Mason.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation from St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Robert Innes.


6th March 1885

Bro George N Grieve was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Deputation from Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by RWM Bro T Hynde.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Deputation from Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by RWM Bro James Robbin.


9th March 1885

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145   Deputation to St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 3 Brethren.


11th March 1885

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 3 Brethren.


19th March 1885

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Deputation to Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 6 Brethren.


23rd March 1885

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 3 Brethren.


3rd April 1885

Mr Walter Hall Crawford a Pianoforte Tuner residing at 17 Gladstone Place aged 25 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr John McTavish a Hotel Keeper at the Bridge Hotel aged 29 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation from Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro McDonald.


7th April 1885

Mr Charles Cathie a Clothier residing at 18 Marchmount Road Edinburgh Aged 35 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Bros Crawford and McTavish were passed then raised to Master Masons.


8th May 1885

Bro Cathie was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


2nd October 1885

Mr Arthur Clarke a Waiter Royal Hotel Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

The Minutes were read and approved.

Mary Chapel-1  RWM Bro James Crighton of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge he took the usual obligation and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Lodge.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation from Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro A W Rennie and other Brethren.


19th October 1885

Bro Clarke was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


29th October 1885

Bro Clark and Bro George Grieve were raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Masons.


3rd November 1885

Mr John Love a Commercial Traveller of 77 Great Junction Street Leith was entered apprentice Mason.


8th December 1885

This was the evening for Nominations for the ensuing year 1885-1886 the RWM and Office Bearers were proposed and seconded and forwarded to the 28th December 1885.


18th December 1885

The Celtic Lodge was honoured this evening by holding an Installed Master's Degree.


28th December 1885

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Alexander Hay who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro James Hamilton Inches be elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.


Bro J H Inches having taken the usual obligation, took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

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The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1885 - 1886 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother James Hamilton Inches

IPM

Brother Dr Falconer

DM

LTPM

Brother Charles Robb

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother Robert J Jamieson

WSW

Brother Alexander C Troup

WJW

Brother J O Fraser

 

Secretary

Brother William Robertson

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay PM

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Colin Macandrew

 

Junior Deacon

Brother James Wood

 

Chaplain

Brother Alexander Scott Junior

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Charles Carey

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother William Young

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother Samuel Weir

 

Physician

Brother Robert Baillie

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother Robert Kirk Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother John McTavish

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother John McArthur

 

Brother James Howie

 

Brother Alexander Dow

Brother Alexander Elder

Brother David Edwards

 

Brother Francis Taylor

Brother William Mccannon

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.


The Brethren then then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Thomas Turnbull in his best style.


The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The Duke of Edinburgh and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, the individual toasts were responded to in a very hearty manner.

6 The Three Grand Lodges and the Three Grand Masters.

 

The following Deputations to Sister Lodges were then appointed by the RWM.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Robertson Secretary.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Robertson Secretary.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Robertson Secretary.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro James Howie.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro James Howie.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro James Howie.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro James Howie.


The RWM instructed the Leaders of the Deputations to convey his good wishes and congratulations to the Masters and Wardens of the different Sister Lodges and propose the health of the Masters and Wardens.


Deputations were received in the course of the evening from the following Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro MacDonald DM.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Smith DM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Drummond PM.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Blair, Bard.

alt  St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by Bro Wood SM.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Murray DM.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Robertson.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Gourlay.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Johnson SM.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Hynd PM.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  St Leonard's Lodge No 580 headed by RWM Bro Fowler.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  North British Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Stoddert JW.

 

The RWM proposed the Toasts and the Healths of the Visiting RWMs and Brethren from the Sister Lodges.

Some excellent Songs accompanied by Bro Bridgeman.

 

8th January 1886

Mr Togin Anderson a Waiter 46 Torphichen Street Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro Gilbert McDonald SM of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 was made an Honorary Member in our midst this evening, Bro McDonald returned thanks for this great Honour.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Bro Albert Althrope of the Rifle Lodge No 405 was made an Honorary Member in our midst this evening, Bro Althrope returned thanks for this great Honour.

 

20th January 1886

Bro Tugo Anderson was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Colonel Stirling RWM of Dunblain Lodge No 9 had his Installed Masters Degree duly conferred upon him by Bro R S Brown PM  and he took the usual obligation. The Past Masters and Past Masters present at the Ceremony in addition to Bro Stirling and Brown were Brothers James H Inches William Edwards and Arthur Allison of Lodge No 90 and Lodge No 799 England. When the Brethren re assembled the RWM asked their consent to offer Honorary affiliation to Bro Colonel Stirling in recognition of his services to Masonry and in particular to Dunblane Lodge No 9 which was heartily given and Bro Stirling took the usual obligation.

 

29th January 1886

429 St Kentigern Lodge  Deputation to St Kentigern's Lodge No 429 Penicuik headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 4 Brethren.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  Deputation to St Leonard's Lodge No 580 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 4 Brethren.

 

5th February 1886

Mr Samuel Baird a Commercial Traveller of Doonbank Cottage Portobello was entered apprentice Mason.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Francis Law was made an affiliate Honorary Member and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.


9th February 1886

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Dunblane Lodge No 9 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 4 Brethren.


18th February 1886

Bro Samuel Baird was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


5th March 1886

Mr Alexander Watson Monies Agent aged 45 years of 46 Earl Gray Street Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation from Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Clark who made a suitable reply.


22nd March 1886

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 3 Brethren.


25th March 1886

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 3 Brethren.


2nd April 1886

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro William Wilkinson who had been initiated into St Augustine's Lodge No 972 English Constitution Canterbury on the 21st October 1885, applied to the Celtic Lodge to have his other Degrees bestowed upon him, the RWM put it to a vote of the Members and the Brethren agreed Bro Wilkinson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro A Morris was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation from Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro McDonald was received in due form.

 

7th April 1886

720 Lodge Dalhousie No 720  Deputation to Dalhousie Lodge No 720 headed by Bros David Edwards and Secretary Robertson on the occasion of the Erection and Consecration of Dalhousie Lodge Bonnyrigg. The ceremony being performed by Mary Chapel-1  Brother James Crichton PM of Marys Chapel No 1 as convener of the visitation committee and being assisted by Bro Mackenzie RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 and 405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405 Bro Althorpe PM of the Rifle Lodge No 405 as Senior Wardens and Junior. altBro William Edwards LTPM of the Celtic Lodge No 291 as Chaplain.

The ceremony was of an impressive and interesting character was witnessed by a large number of Deputations from other Sister Lodges. After the ceremony the Members of the Deputation attended a Banquet given by Dalhousie Lodge No 720. The usual Loyal Masonic Toasts were given and received.


30th April 1886

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Mr James Alexander MacKay a Draper 11 Brunswick Street Leith Edinburgh aged 26 years was duly initiated in the Apprentice Degree by Bro Albert Althorpe PM of the Rifle Lodge No 405 who was then made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.


21st September 1886

Mr Daniel McDonald a Gilder 3 McLeod Street Edinburgh aged 42 years was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr David Lyle a Waiter 12 Broughton Court Edinburgh aged 21 years was entered apprentice Mason.


24th September 1886

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


1st October 1886

Mr Jacobus Ernest Askamp a Waiter 17 James Square aged 28 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Baptiste Autiguse a Cook Royal Hotel Edinburgh aged 29 years was entered apprentice Mason.


20th October 1886

Bros Askamp Autiguse and Lyle were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


5th November 1886

Mr David Gay a Baker 2 Winsor Street Edinburgh aged 35 years was entered apprentice Mason.

 

19th November 1886

The Lodge was opened by the RWM in due form the acting RWM intimated that he had expected a visit from Bro Mapleson and some of the Brethren from the Italian Opera Company, but he regretted that owing to indisposition Bro Mapleson was unable to be present and that he had not expected any of the other Brethren who were to accompany him.

 

The acting RWM further intimated that Two Brethren who were however unknown to any of the Brethren present and not having their Diplomas desired to enter the Lodge and in the circumstances he had seen and examined them and he now proposed that they shoud take the usual obligation which was agreed to.

The Brethren accordingly entered the Lodge the oath was administered by Bro Alexander Hay PM.

 

Mr Robert Gunn a Porter at the Royal Hotel Edinburgh aged 23 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr William Stoddart a Plumber of 32 Newington Road Edinburgh was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Samuel James Matchett a Commercial Traveller of 14 Courment Drive Shawlands Glasgow was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr William Hay Masters C E Rossland Villia Kinghorn Fife aged 28 years was entered apprentice Mason.

 

30th November 1886

alt Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Deputation to Grand Lodge headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 30 of the Brethren on the occasion of the Third Jubilee of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Grand Banquet in the Drill Hall at Forrest Road presided over by the most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland, Colonel Sir Archibald C Campbell Bart.

 

There was about 1,400 Brethren from all over Scotland England Ireland and other parts of the World. The usual Loyal Toasts were given and replied to. They retired to the Grand Banquet.


3rd December 1886

The Committee met this evening to prepare the Treasurers Accounts and go over the paraphernalia and inventory. The Accounts were found to be correct the inventory complete and properly vouched. The Committee proceeded to consider the recommendations to be made for the Nominations for the RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1886-1887. They were proposed and seconded and the names were forwarded to Monday the 27th December 1886 Installation.


13th December 1886

Mr Rodger Dykes Drummond a Provisions Merchant 21 Greenside Street Edinburgh aged 21 was entered apprentice Mason.


15th December 1886

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 3 Brethren.

RWM Bro J H Inches was made an Honorary Member of Marys Chapel Lodge, Bro Inches returned thanks to The RWM and Brethren of that Lodge.


16th December 1886

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro J H Inches accompanied by 3 Brethren.

RWM Bro J H Inches was made an Honorary Member of Roman Eagle Lodge, Bro Inches returned thanks to The RWM and Brethren of that Lodge.


27th December 1886

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Alexander Hay who declared all the Offices of the Lodge vacant. He proposed that Bro James Hamilton Inches be elected RWM, which was unanimously agreed to.


Bro J H Inches having taken the usual obligation, took the Chair and returned thanks for the Honour conferred on him.

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The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1886 - 1887 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother R J Jamieson

IPM

Brother J H Inches

DM

LTPM

Brother Charles Robb

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother James Howie

WSW

Brother J O Fraser

WJW

Brother James Wood

 

Secretary

Brother William Robertson

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay PM

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Colin MacAndrew

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Charles Carey

 

Chaplain

Brother Dr Henry Roy

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother John McTavish

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother William Young

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother Samuel Weir

 

Physician

Brother Robert Baillie

Architect

Jeweller

Brother Alexander Robertson

Brother Robert Kirk Inches

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother Alexander McDougal

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother John McArthur

 

Brother Dr Falconer

 

Brother Alexander Dow

Brother Alexander Elder

Brother David Edwards

 

Brother Francis Taylor

Brother Alexander Scott

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.


The Brethren then then proceeded to the Dining Hall where ample justice was done to an excellent dinner provided by the Steward of the Lodge Bro Thomas Turnbull in his best style.


The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The Duke of Edinburgh and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, the individual toasts were responded to in a very hearty manner.

6 The Three Grand Lodges and the Three Grand Masters.


The following Deputations to Sister Lodges were then appointed by the RWM:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro MacKay.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro MacKay.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  North British Railway No 597 headed by Bro MacKay.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Robert Kirk Inches.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Robert Kirk Inches.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Robert Kirk Inches.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Robert Kirk Inches.


The RWM instructed the headers of the Deputations to convey his good wishes and congratulations to the Masters and Wardens of the Sister Lodges they visit.

Deputations were received in the course of the evening from the following Sister Lodges:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro McDonald SM.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Grat SW.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Alexander.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Peacock.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Beveridge PM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Duncan.

429 St Kentigern Lodge  St Kentigern's Lodge No 429 headed by RWM McGregor.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  North British Railway Lodge No 597 headed by RWM Bro Brown.


A Deputation self appointed craved leave to report the result of their visit to "The Queen of Sheba" and on permission being freely given by the RWM the assured him of the heartiness of "Her Majesty's" reception her best wishes for his future prosperity in the Chair and her sincere hope that the prosperity of the Celtic might be very great indeed under his presidency.


Bro A Hay asked leave to propose the Toast of long life and prosperity to one of our guests Bro Roughhead Provost of Haddington and in doing so alluded in striving sentences, to his many good qualities as a Man a Mason and a Magistrate and the Pleasure the Celtic Brethren felt in having his presence to-night.

Bro Roughead made an admirable reply and gave a most interesting narrative of the reasons which first induced him to become a Freemason a step which so far from regretting he always looked back upon with the greatest pleasure. The RWM proposed the health of Bro Bridgeman and expressed his own and the Lodges indebtedness to him for his service not only on the present but many other occasions throughout the year at the Piano.

Bro Hay Masters as one of the last links of the Lodge Celtic asked leave to propose the healths of the Treasurer Bro Hay which he did in most appropriate terms. Bro Hay made a suitable reply. The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM at High X11.


7th January 1887

0 Mother Kilwining No 0  Bro John McDonald of Durham Road Portobello and a Master Mason of Mother Kilwinning Lodge No 0 was made an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge he took his obligation and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

Mr Charles Burden Grant Bernard a Planter residing at 5 Sylvan Place Edinburgh aged 29 years was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


21st January 1887

Bros John Low Robert Gunn William Stoddart David Lyall and Charles Bugden Grant Bernard were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


9th February 1887

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 2 Brethren.


11th February 1887

The Lodge was opened in due form by the RWM Bro R J Jamieson and congratulations received from the following representing other Sister Lodges:-

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Jones of Lodge No 859 and 1429 of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cambridgeshire English Constitution.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Belcher of No 8 Lodge Irish Constitution.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 Bro Shawcross of No 1075 Lodge Ramsay Isle of Man English Constitution.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69Bro Webster of Adam Lodge No 158 and Leopold Lodge No 1760 English Constitution.

There being no business before the Meeting the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.


14th February 1887

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 2 Brethren.

15th February 1887

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Deputation to Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 2 Brethren.

alt Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 5 Brethren.

16th February 1887

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro R J Jameison accompanied by 3 Brethren.

23rd February 1887

Bro Rodger Dykes Drummond was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

24th February 1887

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 3 Brethren.

25th February 1887

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 3 Brethren.

28th February 1887

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 3 Brethren.

1st March 1887

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge no 2 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 2 Brethren.

4th March 1887

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges:-

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Cowie PM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by RWM Bro Craig.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro Dibden.

7th March 1887

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 3 Brethren.

8th March 1887

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 2 Brethren.

10th March 1887

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 4 Brethren.

15th March 1887

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by RWM R J Jamieson accompanied by 3 Brethren.

1st April 1887

Mr Hugh Fletcher Carmichael a Marine Engineer 14 Tait Place Edinburgh aged 26 was entered apprentice Mason.

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation from Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro Webster.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro MacKenzie.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeymen Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Syme SM.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Cuthbert.

4th April 1887

Bros David Gray and Hugh Fletcher Carmichael were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

5th April 1887

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Robert J Jamieson accompanied by 2 Brethren. Bro Jamieson was made an Honorary Member of No 5.

7th April 1887

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by 2 Brethren.

6th May 1887

Bros Samuel James Matchett and William Hay Masters were passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

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

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Bro William Scott Thorpe of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was affiliated a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge and Bro Thorpe returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren.

24th June 1887

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM accompanied by 4 Brethren, on the occasion of the Festival of St John.

29th June 1887

Mr Joseph Hall a Veterinary Student residing at 12 Clovermount Terrace Edinburgh aged 22 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Edward Staunton Collins a Chef New Club Edinburgh aged 27 years was entered apprentice Mason. The Degree was by RWM and the Charge by 145 Lodge St Stephens No 145 Bro A S Brown PM St Stephen's Lodge No 145.

11th August 1887

Bros Joseph Hall and Edward S Collins were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

7th August 1887

Mr James Fraser Booths of the Ship Hotel was entered apprentice Mason.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  The RWM asked consent to confer Honorary Membership on Bro Millar RWM of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 mentioning at the same time the warm Masonic Friendship which exists between the Two Lodges.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation from St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Bruce.

21st October 1887

Bros Hall and Collins were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  RWM of the Rifle Lodge No 405 conferred the Third Degree on Both Bros.

Bros Smith and Clemens were welcomed as visitors from the English Constitution, the RWM charged them on their return to their Mother Lodges to take back the warm and fraternal greetings from the Celtic Lodge and Brethren to their RWM and Brethren. Both Bros replied with kindness.

18th November 1887

Bro James Fraser was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

2nd December 1887

Mr Alexander Geddes a Waiter at the Royal Hotel aged 37 years was entered apprentice Mason.

8th December 1887

Nominations of RWM Elect Bro Robert J Jamieson and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1887-1888. Were proposed and seconded then passed to the Date of the Installation on 27th December 1887.

27th December 1887

Celtic Cross

Bro James Hamilton Inches declared all Offices vacant.

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1887 - 1888 list as follows:-

RWM

Brother R J Jamieson

IPM

Brother J H Inches

DM

LTPM

Brother Charles Robb

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother James Howie

WSW

Brother J O Fraser

WJW

Brother David Edwards

 

Secretary

Brother William Robertson

 

Treasurer

Brother Alexander Hay PM

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Colin MacAndrew

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Charles Carey

 

Chaplain

Brother Dr Henry Roy

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Alexander McDougall

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother Samuel Weir

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother Arthur Clarke

 

Physician

Brother James Wood

Jeweller

Architect

Brother Robert K Inches

Brother William Stoddart

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother Robert Gunn

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother John McArthur

 

Brother Dr Falconer

 

Brother Alexander Dow

Brother Alexander Elder

Brother A W Morris

 

Brother W S Thorpe

Brother Alexander Scott

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers David Kinnear PM, Alexander Hay PM, George Cotton.

RWM Bro Robert J Jamieson and Office Bearers took the usual obligations and were installed with RWM Bro Jamieson being installed in the Chair of Solomon.

The Rev Bro Shand asked a blessing.

Thereafter they dined with Bro McDougall preparing an excellent Dinner. The following Loyal Toasts, which were received with the usual Honours.

1 Holy Lodge of St John.

2 The Queen and the Craft.

3 The Patron of the Grand Lodge of Scotland HRH, the Prince of Wales.

4 The Duke of Edinburgh and the other Members of the Royal Family.

5 Army, Navy and Reserve Forces, the individual toasts were responded to in a very hearty manner.

6 The Three Grand Lodges and the Three Grand Masters.

 

The RWM suggested and the Brethren agreed that seeing Deputations were not to be sent out or received the Lodge should not be opened.

During the course of the evening congratulatory telegrams were received and replies sent to Lodges:-

69 Lodge Alloa No 69No 9 Dunblane and No 16 Falkirk.

The evening's enjoyment was contributed to by a number of most excellent Songs and recitations from the Celtic and visiting Brethren. The Lodge was brought to a Close by the last Toast of the evening "Happy to meet Sorry to part Happy to meet again.

6th January 1888

Mr James Hiddle MacDonald a Master Mariner of James Place Leith aged 27 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Thomas Motion MacDonald a Manufacturer 11 James Place Leith aged 21 years was entered apprentice Mason.

Hearty congratulations received from the following:-

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  RWM of St Andrew's Lodge No 48.

160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  SW of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Gibralter  Lodge No 325 Gibraltar. Which were acknowledged by the RWM Bro Jamieson.

Deputations which it seemed in the opinion of several Brethren not to have been very successful as was anticipated, but no formal motion on the subject was made and the matter dropped.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form.

13th January 1888

606 Lodge Rosslyn St Clair No 606  Deputation to Rosslyn St Clair Lodge No 606 headed by RWM Bro R J Jamieson accompanied by Bro Anderson from Laswade on the occasion of the festival of St John the Evangelist.

20th January 1888

Bros James Hiddle McDonald Thomas Motion McDonald were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Hearty Masonic congratulations were rendered to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge by Bro John Latta of the Merchant Lodge of Israel and Lodges and in Liverpool, and duly acknowledged by the RWM. The Lodge was closed in due form.

27th January 1888

The RWM intimated that Bro James Hiddle McDonald was obliged to leave this Country on an early Day next week and in the circumstances asked the Brethren to consent to his conferring the Third Degree on that Brother as well as Bros Geddes Thomas Motion MacDonald. The Brethren present having given their consent Bro James Hiddle MacDonald Thomas Motion MacDonald and Alexander Geddes who had served as apprentices and had passed to the Fellow Crafts were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons, the Degree was given by the RWM and the charge by 160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 Bro Millar RWM of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

3rd February 1888

Mr John Dennett a Club Master of the University Club aged 35 years was entered apprentice Mason.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation from St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Bruce.

16th February 1888

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Deputation to Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by RWM Bro Robert J Jamieson accompanied by 4 Brethren.

20th February 1888

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Bro Robert J Jamieson accompanied by 3 Brethren.

27th February 1888

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Robert J Jamieson accompanied by 3 Brethren.

2nd March 1888

The RWM who referred in feeling terms to the Death of Bro Alexander Hay PM and Treasurer which occurred very suddenly on the 1st March 1888. Brother Alexander Hay was initiated into the Celtic Lodge on the 28th March 1855 and for the long period of 33 years, during which time he held various offices including that of RWM and Treasurer the latter of which for over 23 years, he gave his valuable advice and assistance most ungrudgingly to the promotion of the interests and prosperity of his Mother Lodge and to a very great extent the Celtic is indebted to him for the position the Lodge now holds in Freemasonry, after a few remarks by different Brethren expressive of their deep regret personally and at the great loss which the Lodge had sustained a Committee consisting of the RWM PM Wardens Secretary were appointed to draw up a resolution expressive of these feelings to be communicated to the deceased's Brothers Widow and Family and also with the addition and arrange the details for a Funeral Lodge in memory of Brother Hay. It was agreed that the Lodge send a Wreath to the family of their late Brother as a token of their respect. The Lodge under the circumstances was immediately closed by the RWM in due form.

15th March 1888

Bro W J Dinnett was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

19th March 1888

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by RWM Robert J Jamieson accompanied by 2 Brethren.

21st March 1888

The Lodge was opened in due form by the RWM Bro Robert J Jamieson. The following Deputations were received:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro Webster.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Cuthbert.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Webster SW.

160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM Bro Miller.

6th April 1888

Mary Chapel-1  Bro James Webster RWM of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge No 291 and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Lodge.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Alexander Clark RWM of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge No 291 and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Lodge.

8th May 1888

Funeral Lodge in memory of Brother Alexander Hay PM Treasurer was held in Freemason's Hall at 7.30 pm.

RWM Brother Robert R Jamieson presiding Brothers Fraser SW and D Edwards JW were in their respective places. A very large number of the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge and Sister Lodges within the Province were present.

The Lodge was opened in the First then passed and raised by the RWM.

A Musical service under the joint direction of Brothers F W Bridgman and Carl D Hamilton assisted by Bros Munro Edmonds and Hogg Soloists and an efficient Choir of other Brethren and was most successfully and impressively gone through.

The Oration was delivered by Brother William Mann Past Grand Warden which traced Brother Hay's career in the various steps of Masonry and passed a high eulogium on the deceased Brother Hay.

An address was also delivered by the RWM. The Lodge was closed in due form, the RWM after the Choir and Brethren Sung the National Anthem.

25th May 1888

Present RWM Brother R J Jamieson to preside and Brothers Fraser SW D Edwards JW and Brethren as per attendance book.

The Lodge was opened in the First Degree passed and raised. The RWM intimated that the Lodge had been called in consequence of an irregularity, which had taken place at the Funeral Lodge held in Freemasons Hall on the 8th May 1888 the irregularity consisting in the Tyling of the Lodge having been broken by the Admission of two ladies into the Lodge while it was open in the Third Degree.

The RWM without any further explanation then invited remarks from any of the Brethren.

Brother Fraser however considered the information given as to the cause of calling the meeting was insufficient to enable the Brethren to pass any opinion on the alleged offence and asked for more specific information.

After considerable discussion in the course of which it seemed to be the unanimous opinion of the Brethren that the RWM should distinctly specify the offence alleged and the names of the Brethren implicated, and also put the Lodge in possession of any written complaint he might have on the subject.

The RWM mentioned that his information was to the effect that Brother William Edwards and Daniel Mclean had broken the tTle of the Funeral Lodge by admitting Two Daughters of the Late Brother Hay into the Lodge while it was open.

Brother Edwards then made an explanation and admitted that having been called for just before Brother Munro had begun to Sing the Solo to which his name was appended in the Programme he had on the spur of the Moment and without fully considering what the gravity of the step he was taking might amount to, admitted the Two Ladies referred to the outside of the door leading to the Organ loft in which are two small windows that they Might hear part of the Musical Service.

Brother Edwards further explained that it could be beyond all possibility of doubt that the Ladies were not admitted until Bro Munro had begun his Solo and left before the National Anthem had been Sung and that consequently they had neither seen the opening nor closing of the Lodge nor any working.

At the same time Brother Edwards expressed his deepest regret for the course he had taken and took the blame entirely upon himself and after narrating the peculiar circumstances of the act threw himself upon the clemency of the Brethren. At this stage Brother Edwards at his own request retired from the Lodge so as to admit of the fullest freest discussion.

After considerable discussion the RWM proposed that the Lodge be closed and to formulate a specific charge and at the request of Bro Inches PM he read the appropriate Grand Lodge Law.

Brother Roberson objected to this course on the grounds that the Brethren had not sufficient information before them to enable them to come to a definite conclusion on the offence, and could be dealt with without an adjournment, the motion was seconded by Brother McDougal. Two Brethren voted for the amendment and sixteen for the motion and the RWM declared the latter carried.

Brother Edwards was called into the Lodge and the motion was read by the Secretary and the RWM administered a most sever censure to Brother Edwards and in concluding said he hoped Brother Edwards would never forget the position his own indiscretion had placed him in. There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

2nd November 1888

A full and in-depth report from page 61-70 of the Minutes from that year can be read in full Dated 2nd November to 6th December 1888. Over the next few Months the Celtic Lodge had a number of problems with letters flowing back and forth between Grand Lodge and the Celtic Lodge, the Lodge resolved their problems and met to form a Committee to make recommendations to nominate the Office Bearers for the ensuing year.

The RWM and Office Bearers were agreed and installed.

The Minutes of the last few Meeting were read and approved. The Celtic Lodge continued to gain in strength and by 20th March 1889 the Lodge was working in due form.

28th March 1889

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Jamieson IPM accompanied by 3 Brethren.

8th April 1889

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Jamieson IPM accompanied by 3 Brethren.

10th April 1889

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Jamieson IPM accompanied by 3 Brethren.

11th April 1889

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Jamieson IPM accompanied by 3 Brethren.

 

18th April 1889

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Deputation to Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by Bro Jamieson IPM accompanied by 3 Brethren.

3rd May 1889

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro James Howie acting RWM. The Lodge was passed to the second Degree when Bros Hinkel and Clarke who had served some time as apprentices were instructed in the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Millar IPM of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 was made an honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks for the great honour.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form by Bro Howie.

 

26th June 1889

 

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Jamieson IPM accompanied by 3 Brethren to Celebrate the Festival of St John.

9th September 1889

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Matheson PM of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 acting RWM Bro Alexander Dow SW 160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  Bro Barker of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 acting JW and Brethren as per attendance Book.

Mr Anthony Collision was leaving this Country tomorrow and he had the instructions of the RWM to give Mr Collision the Three Degrees.

Mr Collisions petition was duly presented proposed by Bro Lyle and seconded by Bro McArthur and the Ballot was found to be clear, he was initiated passed and raised to the Sublime Dega Master Mason.

United Grand Lodge of England  The usual Loyal Masonic Toasts were given including the visiting Brethren coupled with Bro Dr David H Watson PM of Tees Lodge No 504 English Constitution and heartily responded to.

The Brethren after enjoying the harmony for an hour were called from refreshment to Labour and the Lodge was closed in due form.

4th October 1889

75 Lodge Dunbar Castle Lodge No 75  Bro Charles Baxter a MM of Dunbar Castle Lodge No 75 was made an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks to the Brethren.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Bro Douglas RWM of Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 was invited to the East.

1st November 1889

Bro Jamieson read a letter of apology from Bro Dr Falconer RWM who was in London and Bro Howie Treasurer who was unable to be present he then read a letter from Bro Davis as to the Grand Bazaar.

Mr George Robson of 69 Broughton Street Edinburgh who was proposed by Bro Young and seconded by Bro Gunn Mr Robson was made an entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Gilbert Carter MacLearen of the Royal Hotel who was proposed by Bro A Clarke seconded by Bro Gunn who was made an entered apprentice Mason.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Lockhart of St John's Lodge No 26 Dunfermline was invited to the East.

7th November 1889

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Howie was present at Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2. On the occasion of a visit of Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest       Sir Archibald Campbell Grand Master Mason of Scotland accompanied by Grand Office Bearers and Grand Stewards they received a hearty welcome by RWM Bro James Drummond.

18th November 1889

Bros Robson and Maclaren who had served some time as apprentices were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was raised when Bro Jamieson stated that as Bro Maclaren was to Sail on the 28th November 1889 for Dunedin New Zealand the RWM Dr Falconer and the Brethren bestowed the Third Degree on Bro Maclaren, assisted by 160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 Bro Miller IPM of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and proper form.

19th November 1889

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Grang Lodge above  Deputation to Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Young SM accompanied by 5 Brethren on the occasion of a Funeral Lodge to Bro Thomas Ford one of their Past Masters.

2nd December 1889

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Deputation to Grand Lodge headed by Bro Jamieson IPM accompanied by Bro Edward J Main IPM St John's Lodge No 618 Hong Kong and a MM of this Lodge and Five other Brethren to attend the Festival of St Andrew in the Grand Lodge Masonic Hall they spent a pleasant evening. The Chair was occupied by     

Sir Archibald Campbell the Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

13th December 1889

Mr John Macdonald a Waiter of 1 Cranston Street Edinburgh who was proposed by Bro R J Jamieson and seconded by Bro Alex MacDougall the Ballot was found clear and Mr Macdonald was initiated as an entered apprentice Mason.

27th December 1889

Various 26 11 2013 020

Bro RJ Jamieson IPM declared all Offices vacant.

 

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1889 - 1890 lists as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother Dr John Falconer

IPM

Brother R J Jamieson

DM

LTPM

Brother John McArthur

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother Alexander Dow

WSW

Brother William Robertson

WJW

Brother A W Morris

 

Secretary

Brother William Young

 

Treasurer

Brother James Howie

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Alexander Scott

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Arthur Clarke

 

Chaplain

Brother Robert Gunn

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Alexander McDougall

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother Adam Hinkell

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother George Clark

 

Physician

Brother Robert Baillie

Jeweller

Architect

Brother Robert K Inches

Brother William Spence

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother Alexander Geddes

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother J H Inches

 

Brother James Wood

 

Brother James Lyle

Brother Archibald Jamieson

Brother D MacKay

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother Charles Carey

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers J H Inches, Dr John Falconer, George Cotton.

The following toasts were then proposed in the most appropriate terms by RWM.

1 The Holy Lodge of St John's.

2 The Queen.

3 The Prince of Wales.

4 The Army Navy and the Volunteers. Bro MacKay as an Old Crimean Soldier replied for the Army. Bro Apthorpe replied for the Volunteers.

United Grand Lodge of England  Grand Lodge of Ireland Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The 3 Grand Lodges with their respective Grand Masters as regards the Grand Lodge of Scotland a very interesting and satisfactory statement was made regarding its finances and the Work it had done during the past year he also referred to this being the Jubilee Year of Bro Bridgman our much esteemed Poet Laureate.

Grand honours were given for the 3 Grand Lodges.

Bro Apthorpe replied for the 3 Grand Lodges.

Bro Bridgman then replied and heartily thanked the RWM for the kind references to him and his professional career.

The following Deputations were received:

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Robert Kay.
alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by their RWM.

85 Lodge Kirknewton and Ratho No 85  Kirknewton and Ratho Lodge No 85 headed by their RWM.

112 St John Fisherrow Lodge No 112  St John's Fisherow Lodge No 112 headed by Bro A P Meldrum.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Fargie.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  St Leonards Lodge No 580 Loanhead headed by their RWM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  N B Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Secretary Davy.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757 headed by Bro Thomas Bonner.

The usual Loyal Masonic toasts were given and received.

Deputations were in the course of the evening sent out as follows:

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro T S Melville,

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 N B Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro G Clark.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Treasurer Howie.

The Brethren retired to the harmony room were the usual fraternal greetings were extended by the RWM.

A number of excellent songs were sung and the Lodge was much indebted to Bro Bridgman for his accompaniments. The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed at High XII.

10th January 1890

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Jamieson IPM. The Minutes of 27th December 1889 were read and approved the acting RWM read a circular from Dramatic and Arts No 757. 

At Bro Jamieson's request Bro Bridgman stated his arrangements for his Jubilee Concert on the 24th March 1890 in Edinburgh and on the 22nd March 1890 in Glasgow.

606 Lodge Rosslyn St Clair No 606  The IPM also intimated an invitation from Rosslyn St Clair's Lodge No 606 to their installation of RWM and Office Bearers on 17th January 1890. A Deputation to St John's was sent out and owing to the lateness of the hour would prevent then returning to report.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

7th February 1890

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  A Deputation was received from North British Railway Lodge No 597 headed by Bro Secretary Davy.

17th February 1890

alt  Deputation to St Luke's Lodge No 44 Holyrood House the Deputation and the Deputation was recorded a very hearty reception.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Howie attended St Clair's Lodge No 349 representing the Celtic Lodge 291.

4th March 1890

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  A Deputation to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by the Depute Master Bro John MacArthur accompanied by 2 Brethren.

11th March 1890

Bro John McDonald who had duly served his apprentice Degree was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Robson was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master mason.

24th March 1890

Lodge St Clair No 349  A Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Howie Treasurer accompanied by 2 Brethren.

8th June 1890

St Giles  A Large Deputation attended the Memorial Service in St Giles Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. The service was read by Bro Macadam Muir Poet Laureate Chaplain and the Preacher was Bro Glass Grand Chaplain. A collection was uplifted for the extended scheme of Scottish Benevolence.

11th April 1890

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  A Deputation to Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757 headed by Bro Robert J Jamieson accompanied by 5 Brethren.

21st June 1890

Mary Chapel-1  A Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro Dr Falconer accompanied by 7 Brethren on the occasion of honouring the affiliation of Bro Sir Henry Saag First Mayor, Sir John Monchton the Town Clerk and Sheriff Harris of the City and Corporation of London.

25th June 1890

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  A Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro R J Jamieson IPM on the occasion of the annual election of the RWM and Office Bearers.

20th October 1890

The following petitions were presented:

Mr Philip Martin, Mr Edward Alfred Baily, Mr Fredrick John Conrad Reater, Mr William Henry Davis, Mr David Harper, Mr James Moore all attendants at the Enternational Exhabition here. Mr George William McArthur a Commercial Traveller, Mr William Markham Porter at Royal Hotel, Mr William Arron Allott Vetenary Student and Mr James Wright Butler at New Club Edinburgh. The petitions being well recommended a Ballot was taken and found clear and all the Candidates were made entered apprentice Masons.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  The Degree was given in most impressive manner by Bro Henderson RWM of St Leonards Lodge No 580 Loanhead, Bro Baker Secretary of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 acting Senior Deacon. There being no further business for the good of Freemasonry the Lodge was closed in due form. Mr Alberto Carlo Ravera was also entered 29th October 1890 and along with the Brethren who were entered on 20th October 1890 were all passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

22nd November 1890

Grang Lodge above  A Deputation to the Funeral of Bro MacDougall steward to the Lodge headed by RWM accompanied by 10 Brethren.

1st December 1890

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  A Deputation to St Leonards Lodge No 580 headed by Bro R J Jamieson IPM on the occasion of the Festival of St Andrew's.

5th December 1890

Bro Allot was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

12th December 1890

Bro Armstrong of Lodge No 681 Scarsdale English Constitution gave hearty wishes to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge and was invited to the East..

19th December 1890

Bro James Wright was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Dr John Newton Burns and Dr William Combe Burns both of Mauldslie Carluke Lanarkshire were proposed as Candidates for initiation by Bro William Henderson and seconded by Bro James Hall. There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form.

26th December 1890

Mr John Newton Burns and William Combe Burns both Doctors of Medicine from Mauldslie Carluke  Lanarkshire were initiated into the apprentice Degree of Freemasonry by Bro Henderson.

29th December 1890

Eldon Lodge Visit 27th 04 2013 015  Bro R J Jamieson IPM declared all Offices vacant.

 

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1890 - 1891 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother William Henderson

IPM

Brother Dr John Falconer

DM

LTPM

Brother John McArthur

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother Alexander Dow

WSW

Brother Joseph Hall

WJW

Brother George K Clarke

 

Secretary

Brother D MacKay

 

Treasurer

Brother James Howie

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Alexander Scott

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Arthur Clarke

 

Chaplain

Brother Robert Gunn

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Adam Hinkell

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother George Robson

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother W Markham

 

Physician

Brother Robert Baillie

Jeweller

Architect

Brother Robert K Inches

Brother William Spence

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother Alexander Geddes

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother J H Inches

 

Brother Robert J Jamieson

 

Brother James Lyle

Brother Archibald Jamieson

Brother James Wood

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother Charles Carey

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers J H Inches, Dr John Falconer, George Cotton.

 

 

The following toasts were then proposed in the most appropriate terms by RWM.

1 The Holy Lodge of St John's.

2 The Queen.

3 The Prince of Wales.

4 The Army Navy and the Volunteers. Bro MacKay as an Old Crimean Soldier replied for the Army. Bro Apthorpe replied for the Volunteers.

5   United Grand Lodge of England  Grand Lodge of Ireland Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The 3 Grand Lodges with their respective Grand Masters as regards the Grand Lodge of Scotland a very interesting and satisfactory statement was made regarding its finances and the Work it had done during the past year he also referred to this being the Jubilee Year of Bro Bridgman our much-esteemed Poet Laureate.

 

Grand honours were given for the 3 Grand Lodges.

Bro Apthorpe replied for the 3 Grand Lodges.

Bro Bridgman then replied and heartily thanked the RWM for the kind references to him and his professional career.

Deputations were received in the course of the evening from the following Sister Lodges:

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro McEwan PDM.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Oliver PM.

160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 161 headed by Bro Wolfe.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by Bro Simpson DM.

429 St Kentigern Lodge  St Kentigern Lodge No 492 Penicuik headed by Bro Milne RWM.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  St Leonard's Lodge No 580 Loanhead headed by Bro Young SW.

The usual Loyal Masonic toasts were given and received.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  A Deputation was then sent to Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757 headed by Bro J Stevenson.

The Lodge was closed at High X11.

6th January 1891

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  A Deputation to Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757 headed by RWM Bro Henderson and Bro W Aaron Allott Master Mason.

9th January 1891

Bros John and William Burns were passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

The RWM brought to the notice of the Brethren the question of the removal of the Lodge from the Ship Hotel to the Freemasons Hall in George Street Edinburgh, and in doing so as he pointed out that it had been the wish of the Grand Lodge for some years back to have the Sister Lodges in the premises as possible and speaking for himself he had long been of the same opinion.

After considerable discussion the subject, it was proposed by Bro Howie Treasurer and unanimously agreed to that a Sub-Committee consisting of the RWM Treasurer and Secretary to be appointed to make the necessary inquiries. The lodge was closed at High X11.

23rd January 1891

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  A Deputation to St Leonard's Lodge No 580 headed by RWM Bro Henderson accompanied by 4 Brethren. They left the Albert Hotel by Coach and arrived there about 8 O'clock when the members of the Deputation were at once entertained to dinner at the expense of Bro Henderson RWM.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  During the evening Bro Henderson was presented with a magnificent Marble Clock by the RWM Bro Couston on behalf of the Brethren of St Leonard's Lodge No 580 as a memento of his very successful reign during the Two years he was Master of the Lodge.

The presentation as well as the reply was admirably made, and there after Bro Henderson on his own account presented to Two members of the Lodge a Dress Apron and a Jewel respectively in acknowledgement of good services rendered to the Lodge during the last Two years.

429 St Kentigern Lodge  In due time the Deputation withdrew amidst the acclamations of the Brethren and proceeded to Penicuik to visit St Kentigern Lodge No 429, On arrival there nothing could exceed the hearty welcome and fraternal greeting given to the Deputation on entering the room, which was handsomely decorated and a large number of the Brethren from various Sister Lodges were assembled.

After spending a very pleasant Two hours, during which the usual complimentary Masonic greetings were exchanged, and several excellent Songs given, the Deputation withdrew, Happy to meet, Sorry to part and happy to meet again.

The weather was all that could be desired and the return to Town under a beautiful full moon was most enjoyable.

6th February 1891

Mr William Southard aged 26 years from Edinburgh Academy was made an entered apprentice Mason.

The remainder of the evening was spent in a most enjoyable manner.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Bro Grant of Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 was present and presided at the Piano and with great acceptance, and rendered some quaint Old Scottish Songs which were listened to with much pleasure.

The Lodge again was called to labour and closed in proper form at High X11.

15th February 1891

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  A Deputation consisting of Bro Henderson RWM Bro Howie Treasurer Bro Hall SW Bro McKay Secretary and Bro McLean Tyler, by invitation from Trafalgar Lodge No 223 Leith when they visited North Leith Parish Church where a Special Masonic Service was given by the Chaplain of the Lodge Bro Rev James Brown MA. Who then preached a most eloquent and instructive sermon the words. They will be done on Earth.

The Choir afterwards Sang with great feeling the beautiful Anthem. Behold who good a thing it is, and the service throughout was most impressive, and a large number of Brethren were present all in full Regalia.

The collection at the close of the service was for local charities.

6th March 1891

alt  Mr William Dowsett aged 32 a Troop Sergeant Major 15th Hussars Piershill Barracks Edinburgh was made an entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Charles William Hanson aged 32 a Draper 8 South St David Street Edinburgh was made an entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Henry Simpson aged 25 an Engine Fitter from Dalkeith was made an entered apprentice Mason.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  A letter from Grand Lodge was read out.

Ship Hotel 2 001  The Ship Hotel to Freemasons Hall Edinburgh March 14th 1891.

William Donald Mckay. Secretary to the Celtic Lodge.

Dear Sir,

Your notice of change of place of the meeting received, In the name of Grand Lodge Committee, the removal of the Celtic Lodge to Freemasons Hall is hereby sanctioned. Rent of upper Hall of the Lodge will be £6.00 per annum. The first Friday of each month I think is available.

Ever faithfully Bro D Murray Lyon Grand Secretary.

Some discussion followed and the general voice of the meeting was heard. It was proposed by Bro Mackay Secretary and seconded by Bro Howie Treasurer, that the Lodge Celtic No 291 be removed from Ship Hotel 2 001  the Ships Hotel, to Freemasons Hall George Street Edinburgh, and that on each date as practicable, there being no amendment the proposal was unanimously agreed to.

Several visiting Brethren were present and a most enjoyable hour was spent with songs and the most Loyal Toasts given and received.

20th March 1891

Bros William Dowsett, William Southard, Henry Simpson and Charles W Hanson all of whom had served sometime as entered apprentice Masons were duly passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

The Lodge was thereafter called from labour to refreshment, when a most agreeable evening was spent with several excellent Songs were sung with great acceptance, especially those by Bro Lumsden in his usual quaint and Pawley manner, Bro Bridgman presided at the Piano, and his playing as usual was highly appreciated. Bro Southard gave an exceedingly clever exhibition on the Indian Clubs.

Bro Henderson RWM explained in a very few but appropriate words the reason for the Celtic Lodge moving to Grand Lodge.

He also reminded the Brethren of the long number of years that the Celts had met in that Room of the Old Ships Inn and called up many happy meetings and of the many harmonious evenings.

It was agreed that the removal would take place on the following day at 4 pm, the Lodge was closedin due form at High X11.

21st March 1891

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Committee met this afternoon to remove the whole of the Properties and the Books belonging to the Lodge, to Freemasons Hall George Street in accordance with from Grand Committee, but pending the authority of the Hall Committee to find accommodation.

19th 23rd March 1891

alt  Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputations to Sister Lodges St David's  No 36 and St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Henderson accompanied by Brethren.

26th March 1981

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  A Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro Henderson accompanied by 2 Brethren the Deputation was received in that right fraternal and hospitable manner for which that Lodge is so justly famed, and a most enjoyable evening was spent.

RWM Bro Henderson had the honour of being affiliated an honorary member of Caledonian Lodge amidst the acclamations of the Brethren.

Bro Henderson in suitable terms thanked the RWM and the Brethren of the Lodge for the great honour they had conferred upon him and through him the Celtic Lodge.

1st April 1891

The Secretary reported that he had not yet received notice officially from Grand Lodge Hall Committee as to when they would accept the Lodge as Tenants, but mean time all the Property of the Lodge was safely deposited in the Freemasons Hall with the exception of the Pictures, which were as previously arranged and left in charge of Bro Henderson at the Albert Hotel.

After careful consideration it was agreed, and the Treasurer was authorized to have the whole of the  Pictures cleaned by Doig and McKichnie of George Street Edinburgh, and thereafter to be hung up for safe keeping in Bro Henderson's own private sitting room, in the Albert Hotel. The use of which room the RWM generously offered to the Lodge for Committee Meetings at any time free of charge. Which offer was accepted with thanks'.

It was also arranged that the large Case containing Lodge Photographs of Old Members of the Lodge presented by Bro Fraser should be hung up in the ante Room Freemasons Hall providing the Hall Committee agreed. A vote of thanks to the Chairman was passed and the meeting was dissolved.

3rd April 1891

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  alt This was the 1st Regular Meeting of the Celtic Lodge to be held in Grand Lodge in the Freemasons Hall.

The Lodge was opened by the RWM Bro Henderson Bro Hall WSW and Bro Edwards acting WJW and the Brethren as per attendance Book.

The Lodge was in the apprentice Degree and immediately passed to the Fellow Craft, owing to the absence of the Bro Secretary the Minutes were not read.

The Lodge was raised and Bros Dawsett, Hanson, Southard and Simpson who had been regularly initiated and passed were all then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

Bro Howie Treasurer intimated that he had received from Bro Dr Falconer PM a Bank Cheque for the seventeen pounds eight shillings Sterling, being the amount of several subscriptions towards the extended fund of the Scottish Benevolent scheme and according to instructions had meantime added the same to the Current Account of the Celtic Lodge in the Bank along with other subscriptions already received. There being no other Business for the good of Freemasonry the Lodge was closed at High X11.

17th April 1891

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  A letter from Grand Secretary as follows:

Bro Donald Mackay

Secretary Lodge Celtic,

Dear Sir & Bro,

I have to inform you that the Hall Committee have accepted 291 as Tenants of the Lodge Room on the terms on which other Lodges meet.

Ever fraternally

D Murray Lyon

Grand Secretary.

Intimated also that the fourth Friday of the month was the only one available on which to hold the stated monthly meeting of the Lodge in Freemasons Hall, and that the Lodge Room might be had occasionally for special meetings.

After some discussion it was moved by Bro Wood and seconded by Bro Howie, that the monthly meetings of the Lodge in future be held on the Fourth Friday of the month in future instead of the First Friday as formerly there being no amendment, the motion was carried unanimously. No further business was brought before the meeting the Lodge was closed in proper form by the RWM at High X11.

1st May 1891

The Minutes of the last Two Meetings were read and approved.

Mr David Simpson aged 31 a Coach Fitter of Edinburgh was made an entered apprentice Mason.

22nd May 1891

Mr Jonathan Ormiston aged 28 a Chemist at 42 Elm Row Edinburgh was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro David Simpson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

29th May 1891

Bros David Simpson and Jonathan Ormiston were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

The RWM wished the Brethren a restful and happy summer recess.

30th September 1891

Mr Herbert Warneford Thomson a Doctor of Medicine in London was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr Francis Arthur Parkinson a Purveyors assistant in George Street Edinburgh was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

1st October 1891

Bro Herbert Warneford Thomson was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

23rd October 1891

Mr David Murray Robertson a Gardener at Ivy House Ferry Road Edinburgh aged 34 years was entered apprentice Mason.

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

22nd November 1891

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

9th December 1891

Bro John Wilkinson 17 Laureston Gardens Edinburgh aged 28 years a Master Mason of St Stephens Lodge No 145 was made an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro Alfred Wilkinson of 28 Richmond Terrace Edinburgh aged 25 years a Master Mason of Gecetors Lodge English Constitution, was made an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge. Both were given a hearty Celtic Lodge welcome by the Brethren.

28th December 1891

Burns Monument Royal High School  Bro R J Jamieson IPM declared all Offices vacant.

 

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1891 - 1892 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother John MacArthur

IPM

Brother William Henderson

DM

LTPM

Brother

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother Alexander Dow

WSW

Brother Jonathon Ormston

WJW

Brother Charles Hanson

 

Secretary

Brother D MacKay

 

Treasurer

Brother James Howie

 

Senior Deacon

Brother David Edwards

 

Junior Deacon

Brother George H Clark

 

Chaplain

Brother Richard Garvett

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother Fred A Parkinson

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother David Simpson

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother Henry Simpson

 

Physician

Brother Dr J Newton Burns

Jeweller

Architect

Brother Robert K Inches

Brother William Spence

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother William A Allott

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother J H Inches

 

Brother A Jamieson

 

Brother James Lyle

Brother Robert J Jamieson

Brother James Wood

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers J H Inches, Dr John Falconer, George Cotton.

The following toasts were then proposed in the most appropriate terms by RWM.

 

1 The Holy Lodge of St John's.

2 The Queen.

3 The Prince of Wales.

4 The Army Navy and the Volunteers. Bro MacKay as an Old Crimean Soldier replied for the Army. Bro Apthorpe replied for the Volunteers.

5   United Grand Lodge of England  Grand Lodge of Ireland Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The 3 Grand Lodges with their respective Grand Masters as regards the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
Grand honours were given for the 3 Grand Lodges.

Deputations were received in the course of the evening from the following Sister Lodges:

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM Bro Crawford.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Fraser Secretary.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro William Campbell.

alt  St Luke's Holyrood House Lodge No 44 headed by Bro Nisbet SW.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Bergott.

160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro J Lumsden.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Thomson SM.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  St Leonard's Lodge No 580 headed by Bro Doull SM.

Mary Chapel-1  Several visiting Brethren were also present including Two from Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

The usual Loyal Toast were given and received.

After spending a most enjoyable evening with Bro Bridgman presiding at the Piano and he Played several select pieces' during the evening, Bro Grant also played on the Organ with great acceptance, and Bro Lumsden Sang several rare Old Scottish Songs in his usual quaint style.

The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed in ample form at High X11.

12th February 1892

Mr Lewis Thomson a Writer to the Signet. Of Melville Mains Lasswade aged 29 years was made an entered apprentice Mason.

Mr George Henry Hopkins a Draper 8 St Andrew's Street Edinburgh aged 24 years was made an entered apprentice Mason. The Brethren retired to the Ante Room and spent a pleasant hour with some excellent singing.

25th February 1892

Bro Hopkins was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Thomson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

3rd March 1892

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

Bro Oswald Barnard Holland a MM of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was made an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge.

6th April 1892

This was the evening for the Special Musical Reception.

The Lodge was opened in the First Degree by RWM Bro Henderson.

The Secretary received several apologies.


The RWM called on the Master of Ceremonies Bro J Wilkinson who then called upon Bro Bridgman who under took the duties of Conductor and accompanist along with other well-known Brother Artists as follows Bro Carl Hamilton Thomson, Bro James Lumsden, Bro Tom Walker Booker, Bro Wade, Bro George Wilson and others.

The various pieces rendered by these very distinguished Brethren, vocal instrumental and to the highest class.

Several amateur Brethren of the Celtic and other Sister Lodge Brethren  were also present and contributed with several Songs and recitations in a manner that received hearty and well deserved applause.

A considerable number of visiting Brethren were present and the following Deputations from Sister Lodges were received with full Masonic honours and were presented to the RWM in ample form by the Master of Ceremonies assisted by the Brother Deacons:

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Hay.

alt  St Anderw's Lodge No 48 headed by RWM Bro Woodison.

112 St John Fisherrow Lodge No 112  St John's Fisherrow No 112 headed by Bro Dobie DM.

151 Lodge Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Oliver PM.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by RWM Bro Home.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro Moir.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Sime Secretary.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757 headed by Bro Henry SW.

In order to facilitate the evening through the excellent programme provided by Bro Bridgman, it was desirable and unanimously agreed to that so far as speech making was concerned, brevity should prevail during the evening.

The RWM thanked the various Deputations for their visit and he hoped that they would convey on their return to their Mother Lodges the warm and fraternal greeting of the Celtic Brethren.

The heads of all Deputations congratulated the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge, on the success of the evening and the unbounded hospitality they had received.

RWM Bro Henderson gave the toast to the Musical Brethren who had handsomely and in such a true Masonic Spirit gave their valuable services during the evening. The RWM also assured them that the Lodge Celtic was under a deep debt of gratitude to all these talented Brethren.

Bro Bridgman replied in a concise but appropriate speech.

The RWM gave the reception Committee as vote of thanks for the manner in which they had carried out their work.

The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and closed in ample form at High X11.

28th April 1892

69 Lodge Alloa No 69Grang Lodge above  A Deputation headed by the RWM accompanied by 3 Brethren at the Funeral Lodge held in the Masonic Hall St Anthony Place Leith by Trafalgar Lodge No 223 in Memory of their late Brother Charles Ritchie a Past Master of the Lodge.

A very large number of Brethren were present in full Masonic Costume "Regalia draped" the Lodge Room was also arranged in a manner befitting the solemn occasion.

The ceremony was carried out in the most impressive manner and at the close the Brethren were dismissed with the benediction.

1st May 1892
A Deputation to Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Jamieson PM, in Trinity College Church. The service was conducted by Bro the Rev John McNeil Ramsay Chaplain of the Lodge and the Choral service was under the conductorshipe of Bro McIntosh. 

 

13th May 1892
Mr Edward A Atkinson aged 30 years a Draper 8 South St Andrew Street Edinburgh was made an entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Lewis Sanders aged 36 years a House Furnisher 8 South St David Street Edinburgh was made an entered apprentice Mason.
Mr Alexander Kilman Ormston aged 22 years a Chemist 42 Elm Row Edinburgh was made an entered apprentice Mason.

27th May 1892

Bros Atkinson, Sanders and Ormston were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

25th November 1892

Mr David C Levack aged 31 years an Auctioneer 79 George Street Edinburgh was made an entered apprentice Mason.

11th December 1892

this was the evening to consider the recommendation of the Committee for RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1892-1893. The Members agreed with the Committees recommendation and was passed to the 24th December 1892.

Bro Christopher Wilkinson a Master Mason of St Stephen's Lodge No 145 was affiliated into the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

It was unanimously agreed that an expression of Sympathy be recorded in the Minutes of the Lodge with Bros Hanson, Hopkins, Sanders and Atkinson, Four worthy young Members of the Lodge who have lost their situations as well as the whole of their personal property in the disastrous Fire which occurred lately in the premises of Jenner's and Co Princes Street Edinburgh.

It was resolved to supply them at the expense of the Lodge with Parchment Diplomas in lue of those destroyed by fire.

The Lodge was closed in proper form.

27th December 1892

The Secretary read the authority from Grand Lodge for the Celtic Lodge to hold its annual meeting on the 27th December 1892 in the Albert Hotel. 

Greyfriers Church  Bro R J Jamieson IPM declared all Offices vacant.

 

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1892 - 1893 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother William Henderson

IPM

Brother Dr Falconer

DM

LTPM

Brother Alexander Dow

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother Joseph Hull

WSW

Brother Jonathon Ormston

WJW

Brother George K Clark

 

Secretary

Brother D MacKay

 

Treasurer

Brother James Howie

 

Senior Deacon

Brother John Wilkinson

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Alexander Ormston

 

Chaplain

Brother Richard Garvett

 

Poet Laureate

Brother F W Bridgman

Steward

Brother James Wright

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother David Simpson

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother Henry Simpson

 

Physician

Brother Dr W Combe Burns

Jeweller

Architect

Brother Robert K Inches

Brother John Ormston

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother Christopher Wilkinson

Brother Daniel McLean 

Committee

 

 

Brother F W Bridgman

 

Brother A Jamieson

 

Brother Richard Garvett

Brother Robert J Jamieson

Brother James Wood

 

Brother R G Simpson

Brother John Macarthur

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers J H Inches, Dr John Falconer, George Cotton.

 

The following toasts were then proposed in the most appropriate terms by RWM.

1 The Holy Lodge of St John's.

2 The Queen.

3 The Prince of Wales.

4 The Army Navy and the Volunteers. Bro MacKay as an Old Crimean Soldier replied for the Army. Bro Apthorpe replied for the Volunteers.

5   United Grand Lodge of England  Grand Lodge of Ireland Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The 3 Grand Lodges with their respective Grand Masters as regards the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
Grand honours were given for the 3 Grand Lodges.

The following Deputations from Sister Lodges during the evening:

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Kerr SW.

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Pilkington Secretary.

 

25th January 1893

 

Bro James Wilson a Master Mason of St John's Hawick Lodge No111 was affiliated into the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Mr John William Dunlop a gentleman aged 23 years from Hawick was made an entered apprentice Mason.

 

The RWM called on the Master of Ceremonies Bro J Wilkinson who then called upon Bro Bridgman who under took the duties of Conductor and accompanist along with other well-known Brother Artists as follows Bro Carl Hamilton Thomson, Bro James Lumsden, Bro Tom Walker Booker, Bro Wade, Bro George Wilson and others.

 

The various peiees rendered by these very distinguished Brethren, vocal instrumental and to the highest class.

Several amateur Brethren of the Celtic and other Sister Lodge Brethren  were also present and contributed with several Songs and recitations in a manner that received hearty and well-deserved applause.

 

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Wood.

151 Lodge Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Bolyce DM.

160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Fergie SW.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Affleck SW.

429 St Kentigern Lodge  St Kentigern Lodge No 429 headed by RWM Bro Milne.

580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  St Leonards Lodge No 580 headed by Bro McFarlane.

The usual Loyal Masonic toasts were given and received.

Afterwards they spent a very pleasant evening enlivened by good songs and recitations; much sympathy was felt by all the Brethren present during the evening for Bro Bridgman Poet Laureate of the Lodge in his severe illness, which has since proved fatal.

Bro Bridgman was well known for his enthusiastic style when he conducted the Musical arrangements for the Celtic Lodge over the past Forty Years with much acceptance of the Brethren.

25th January 1893

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro James Wilson a Master Mason of St John's Hawick Lodge No111 was affiliated into the Celtic Lodge and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

Mr John William Dunlop a gentleman aged 23 years from Hawick was made an entered apprentice Mason.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The RWM intimated to the Brethren that he had received a letter from the Secretary of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757 stating that the Lodge purposed holding a Funeral Lodge on the 13th February 1893 in honour of the late Bro Bridgman one of the fondness Members of that Lodge for nearly Forty Years,and which he had been Poet Laureate for 22 years the Celtic Lodge was Bro Bridgman's Mother Lodge, they were anxious that the Celtic Brethren should go in conjunction with them on condition that we share part of the expenses.

After some discussion it was moved by Bro Atkinson and seconded by Bro Hopkins that a Sub-committee consisting of the RWM Bro R J Jamieson and the Bro Secretary be appointed with powers to arrange with Dramatic and Arts Lodge as to the probable expense. This was unanimously agreed to. The Lodge was closed in due form.

27th January 1893

The usual Monthly meeting was called by Circular and advertisement, but as the RWM accompanied by some of the Office Bearers and other 580 Lodge St Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No 580  429 St Kentigern Lodge Brethren had that evening gone to visit St Leonard's Lodge No 580 and St Kentigern's Lodge No 429 Penicuik the Celtic Lodge was not opened.

31st January 1893

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 alt Grang Lodge aboveA meeting of the Subcommittee at No 8 Fredrick Street Edinburgh.

In accordance with the Minutes of the meeting dated 25th January 1893 RWM Bro Henderson, Bro R J Jamieson and Bro Secretary held a conferance here with Bro Davis Secretary of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757 and other members of the Funeral Lodge Committee, relative to the Funeral Lodge proposed to be held in memory of the Late Bro Fredrick William Bridgman.

The whole matter was very carefully gone into and the Committee were of the opinion the costs would not exceed Ten Pounds.

It was agreed to that seeing Lodge Dramatic and Arts had undertaken to do all the work and find the Musical Talent.

Lodge Celtic should pay half the above probable expenses. Approximately name was added to the Committee, the Date for the Funeral Lodge was not finally fixed.

10th February 1893

Bro D L Levack was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Grang Lodge above  The Brethren were much concerned and grieved to hear of the Death of Bro Daniel Mclean who had efficiently and faithfully held the Office of Tyler to the Celtic Lodge for the long period of over 23 years with much acceptance.

Bro Mclean's remains were followed in procession by RWM Wardens and a considerable number of the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge and Brethren from Sister Lodges.

24th February 1893

The Bro Secretary intimated that the RWM would not be present, owing to a family bereavement he had been called away to London and that a telegram had been received from him stating that he could not possibly reach Edinburgh in time for the meeting.

  

Bro Dow DM expressed his regret at the unavoidable absence of the RWM and called upon Bro Ormston SW to occupy the Chair.

The Lodge was opened by Bro Ormston SW Bro John Wilkinson acting SW Bro Clark JW and the Brethren as per attendance Book.

The minutes were read and approved.

10th March 1893

The Lodge was opened in proper form by RWM Bro Henderson and Wardens and Brethren as per attendance Book.

Bro John William Dunlop was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree by Bro Jonathan Ormston SW.

During the ritual of the Degree Bro Henderson asked leave for a short pause when Bro John Ormston advanced to the Pedestal and presented to the RWM for the use of the Lodge a Complete set of Fellow Craft working tools beautifully made and finished by himself from Old Scottish Oak which for nearly centuries composed part of one of the ancient turrets of Holyrood House and taken there from by his own hands.

In making the presentation Bro Ormston said he hoped that they would long be used by the present and future Brethren of the Celtic Lodge. The RWM on behalf of himself and the Brethren of the Lodge thanked Bro Ormston for his useful gift and assured the donar that the Tools would be highly prized and preserved by the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge. The RWM having tested the tools declared them true.

How true Bro Henderson RWM words were on Tuesday 18th March 2014 approximately 121 years later under the instruction of RWM Bro Gordon Yeoman, these original Fellow Craft Degree Tools were presented to Bro Adrian Dymarkowski by Bro David Hull PM and Lodge Secretary on his being passed to the Degree of Fellow of Craft. These tools were also used on the same evening of the annual visitation to the Celtic Lodge by Provincial Grand Lodge of Edinburgh.

The Lodge was closed in true and ancient form by the RWM Bro Henderson at High X11.

24th March 1893

The Lodge was opened on the First Degree by RWM Bro Henderson.

The minutes were read and approved. A circular from Grand Lodge inviting the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge to recommend for appointment to the proposed Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Edinburgh, the said Provincial Grand Master to be appointed by Grand Lodge at its quarterly Communication in May next.

The RWM intimated that he had received a Circular issued by several distinguished Members of the Craft disapproving of the elections of a Provincial Grand Lodge for Edinburgh- said Circular having been read in the hearing of the Brethren, they were called upon from the Chair to give their several opinions in the subject.

The whole question having been carefully considered, the Lodge was unanimously of the opinion that there was no necessity for the election of a Provincial Grand Lodge in Edinburgh. and the Brethren present agreed to petition Grand Lodge against the appointment instead of recommending a Brother for that Office.

The RWM intimated that the subscription list in favour of the Bro Bridgman Memorial Fund had now been issued and that it was necessary that the Lodges Dramatic and Arts along with the Celtic lodge should head the list. The RWM Bro Henderson had taken upon himself to pledge the Celtic Lodge for the sum of Ten Guineas (instead of the original Five Pounds) and he hoped that the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge would not object to what he had done. (The RWM acted alone in this matter). It was agreed that the matter should stand over till the next monthly meeting.

The Bro Secretary intimated that the whole of the paraphernalia and other property belonging to the Celtic Lodge, hed been re-insured with the Union Assurance Society at its Branch Office 34 St Andrew's Square Edinburgh for the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds Sterling to include Clothing Jewels and all Regalia in Freemasons Hall George Street for Two Hundred Pounds and the Pictures and Presentation Chair in the Albert Hotel Hanover Street for One Hundred Pounds, the Policy to remain in the custody of Bro D Mackay Secretary for the time being.

The Lodge was closed in proper form.

31st March 1893

This was the Day for the joint Funeral Lodge to be held in Freemasons Hall for the Late Bro Fredrick William Bridgman Musician and Composer who was much loved by not only the Celtic Lodge and Dramatic and Arts Lodge but by many Masonic Brethren from the four quarters of the Globe and Bro Daniel Mc Lean was the Tyler in his beloved Celtic Lodge for over 23 years a well-known Brother in and around many Sister Lodges.

A large number of Brethren of both the Celtic Lodge and Dramatic and Arts along with Brethren from many Sister Lodges were present.

The invited Brethren having taken their seats in the Grand Lodge Hall with both the Celtic and Dramatic and Arts entering the Lodge Room side by side in solemn processional order headed by light Bearers and a band of Choristers singing the Dead March.

A most impressive address was delivered by Bro Rev Glass MA Chaplain of Lodge Dramatic and Arts which was listened to with much acceptance.

The Musical service which was under direction of Bro Moonie and was most successfully and impressively in the true Masonic style both late Bros would have been very proud of.

Orations were delivered by Bro Drummond Bro Moonie and Bro Henderson in honour of the departed Brethren. After the benediction, the Brethren of Lodge Celtic and Dramatic and Arts left the Funeral Lodge in the same manner as they entered.

The Grand Lodge Hall was fitted in a gorgeous Style the drapery and furnishings being of an elaborate and costly description.

A Silver collection was made in Aid of the Bridgman Memorial Fund.

28th April 1893

The Bro Secretary read out the minutes and they were approved by the Brethren.

Bro Hopkins was called to the pedestal when the RWM Bro Henderson administered to him the usual obligation of Junior Deacon's Office.

The RWM Bro Henderson intimated that he had again to drew the attention of the Brethren to the fact of his having pledged the Celtic Lodge to Subscribe the Sum of Ten Guineas (Without of the Committee's consent) towards the Late Bro Bridgman Memorial Fund, and as the Bro Treasurer of Dramatic and Arts of the said Fund was anxious to get in all the Subscriptions promised as soon as possible, he would like to know what suggestions the Brethren present had to Offer on the subject: Some discussion followed as to how that amount should be raised. RWM Bro Henderson who acted alone in this matter thought it fair and reasonable that the Members of the Celtic Lodge should make up Five Guineas by voluntary subscription and the other Five Guineas be taken from the funds of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro J Howie Treasurer objected to any part of the funds of the Lodge being taken for any such purpose and moved accordingly but failed to find a seconder.

The whole matter was carefully considered and it was finally agreed to.

Bro Howie dissenting that the sum of Ten Guineas be at once paid to Bro Davis the Secretary of the Memorial Fund and out of the funds of the Celtic Lodge, and an effort made to raise the amount voluntary subscription among the Members of the Lodge (A Loan from the Lodge Funds) and so to refund the amount drawn from the Bank.

Subscriptions to the amount of Three Pounds were promised by the Brethren present.

The RWM proposed for Initiation at an early date Mr Forrester Kennedy, this was seconded by Bro Jonathan Ormston and agreed to. The Lodge was duly closed.

15th May 1893

The Bro Secretary read the minutes of the last monthly meeting with reference to Bro Howie having been instructed to pay over to the Secretary of Dramatic and Arts Lodge the Sum of Ten Guineas towards the Bridgman Memorial Fund.

The Bro Secretary reported that he had written Bro Howie reminding him of that arrangement and in answer he had received his resignation of Office of Treasurer.

After some discussion on the Subject it was unanimously agreed to accept his resignation as Treasurer of the Celtic Lodge and Bro MacKay Secretary was appointed to perform the duties of Treasurer until the end of the year. Bro MacKay agreed to do so.

9th June 1893

Mr Forrester Kennedy aged 26 years a Student of Medicine Edinburgh was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr George Stewart Clark aged 30 years of Leith Edinburgh was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

27th October 1893

Mr James Bell a Mining Engineer from London was made an entered apprentice Mason passed to the Fellow Craft Degree then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Mr Robert Lawson a Gentleman Gun Smith Edinburgh was made an entered apprentice Mason.

Mr Lind Gustave Herman Bartach a Hotel Keeper was made an entered apprentice Mason passed to the Fellow Craft Degree then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

27th December 1893

 

The Secretary read the authority from Grand Lodge for the Celtic Lodge to hold its annual meeting on the 27th December 1893 in the Albert Hotel. 

 

Greyfriers Church  Bro William Henderson IPM declared all Offices vacant.

 

The RWM then read the list of the proposed Office Bearers for 1893 - 1894 list as follows:-

 

RWM

Brother John Macarthur

IPM

Brother William Henderson

DM

LTPM

Brother Alexander Dow

Brother William Edwards

SM

Brother Alexander Dow

WSW

Brother John Wilkinson

WJW

Brother George H Hopkins

 

Secretary

Brother D MacKay

 

Treasurer

Brother James Wood

 

Senior Deacon

Brother Alexander Ormston

 

Junior Deacon

Brother Edward Atkinson

 

Chaplain

Brother Richard Garvett

 

Poet Laureate

Vacant

Steward

Brother Robert Gunn

 

Standard Bearer 1

Brother Alexander Geddes

 

Standard Bearer 2

Brother Henry Simpson

 

Physician

Brother Dr W Combe Burns

Jeweller

Architect

Brother J S Matheson

Brother Colin Macandrew

Inner Guard

Tyler

Brother David C Lavack

Brother David Simpson

Committee

 

 

Brother John Ormson

 

Brother A Jamieson

 

Brother Richard Garvett

Brother Robert J Jamieson

Brother James Howie

 

Brother R G Simpson

 

 

 

 

Trustees Brothers J H Inches, Dr John Falconer, George Cotton.

 

The following toasts were then proposed in the most appropriate terms by RWM.

 

1 The Holy Lodge of St John's.

 

2 The Queen.

 

3 The Prince of Wales.

 

4 The Army Navy and the Volunteers. Bro MacKay as an Old Crimean Soldier replied for the Army. Bro Apthorpe replied for the Volunteers.

The usual Loyal toasts were given and received.

The Following Sister Lodges were received in due form.

St Luke's Lodge No 44,  Defensive Band Lodge No 151, Roman Eagle Lodge No 160, Trafalgar Lodge No 223, Portobello Lodge No 226, Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757,St Leonard's Lodge No 508.

The year 1894 will be carried over because of lack of space in this section.