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Minutes of C L 291 from 1859 - 1867

 

The Celtic Lodge E & L 291 7th January 1859 - 1867.

 

 

7th January 1859

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Bro John G Lundy 20 Elbe Street Leith and PM of Affability Lodge No 399 Manchester was affiliated Member of the Lodge he then took the usual obligation and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

Bro Washington Friend of Camperdown Place New Cross Road Dressford Kent a MM of Lodge 32 Ireland was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Lodge he then took the usual obligation and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

10th January 1859

St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by RWM Bro Cowan who was cordially received and was congratulated on his elevation to the Chair of the Celtic Lodge.

alt  St Stephens No 145  Bro Cowan RWM was honoured by becoming an affiliated Member of St Stephens Lodge Bro Cowan returned thanks to the RWM Bro Mitchell and the Brethren of St Stephens Lodge.

 

11th January 1859

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro Cowan.

 

12th January 1859

 

Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning headed by RWM Bro Cowan.

 

14th January 1859

Mr John Dunn 1 Morton Street Leith was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

18th January 1859

Mr William Griffin a Commercial Traveller 47 Upper Themes Street London was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

19th January 1859

Mr Edward George Capon a Commercial Traveller 47 St Pauls Church Yard London was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Hay PM.

 

Mr William Day a Commercial Traveller 4 Caledonian Place Banlebridge London was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr John Peacock Buchanan 5 South Melville Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Alexander Boswell was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro George Capon was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro William D McCue was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

24th January 1859

Mr John Beswick a Commercial Traveller Cockermouth was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro William Day was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

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

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

Mr Thomas Robb a Commercial Traveller Crown Hotel Edinburgh was with the approbation of the Brethren and he took the usual obligation was duly affiliated a full Member of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

25th January 1859

Bro Robert Burns  This was the evening for Celebrations of the Centenary of Brother Robert Burns.

In terms of previous intimations between 40 and 50 of the Celtic brethren met to celebrate the centenary of Brother Robert Burns.

The Chair was taken by the RWM at 5o’clock and the duties of the ceremony were performed by Brother Hislop Senior Warden ample justice was done to a most excellent dinner and the successful efforts of brother Murray were very much appreciated.

The cloth having been removed the Lodge was opened in due form and called from labour to refreshment the usual Loyal Masonic toast were successfully given and enthusiastically pledged.

The Immortal Bard of Scotland Brother Robert Burns were proposed by the RWM in a very neat and appropriate speech which was received with Masonic and Mystic thoughts of the Grand Bard that man to man the world oe’r should brethren be wished for and the Judicious selection of songs and recitations from the works of Brother Burns reflected great credit of the toasts sung by the committee the singing was excellent and in the Mystical and harmony of the Celtic brethren.

The lodge was closed in the bards own way with ye fond kiss to the warmth of the Celtic brethren in due form.

 

28th January 1859

Bro John F Buchanan was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by RWM Bro Cowan.

3rd February 1859

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM and then to St James Lodge No 97 Headed by RWM.

4th February 1859                                                                                                                                             Mr John MacKay Waiter 3 Shrub Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

      

5th February 1859                                                                                                                                             Bro John Beswick was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM.

11th February 1859

 alt  Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by RWM.

 

14th February 1859

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349.

 

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by RWM Bro Cowan.

24th February 1859

Grand Lodge of Scotland CrestGrand Lodge of Scotland Consecration.

This was the day to make Masonic history and the Consecration of Grand Lodge Masonic Hall George Street Edinburgh.

A number of the Celtic brethren including Past Masters- Honorary Members and Affiliated Members met at the Lodge and proceeded as a deputation headed by Brother Hay PM to the New Masonic Hall in George Street Edinburgh.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The ceremony of consecration was performed by the Grand Master Mason the Duke of Athole and his Grand Wardens.

The Reverend Brother Boner and Brother Graham carried out ceremony the building was consecrated for the purpose of Masonry and named Freemasons Hall of Scotland.

 

A banquet was held in the new hall that evening and was presided over by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason the Duke of Athole. The Celtic brethren were honoured to be present on such a Masonic occasion.

 

25th February 1859

Mr Christopher Thomson 17 Arthur Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro Joseph Henry Darling No 70 St Abbs Eyemouth was affiliated a full Member and free Member of the Celtic Lodge which was then closed in due form.

 

4th March 1859

Mr Henry David Josephs aged 38 Rankeillour Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro Sir George Beresford a Master Mason of the Union Lodge Portsmouth was affiliated a full and Free Member of the Celtic Lodge and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

11th March 1859

Mr John Dalgliesh Junior 8 Roxburgh Terrace was entered Apprentice Mason.

 alt  Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by RWM.

 

15th March 1859

Mr David Skirving 7 Torphichen Street was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Alexander Cockburn 3 Fredrick Street was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro C Thomson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Henry J Josephs was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro George McGill was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

16th March 1859

Mr Josiah Breedon was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

18thMarch1859

alt  alt  St James Operative 97  Lodge St Clair No 349  Combine Lodges Ball

 

A Grand Masonic Ball was to take place to night in the new Masonic Hall George Street Edinburgh.

 

The Ball was to be under the combine management of the Lodges of Celtic Lodge No 291 and St Andrew’s No 48 St James Lodge No 97 St Clair’s No 349.

 

That evening a considerable number of the Celtic brethren in full Masonic costume attended the joint Lodges Ball. It was a very successful and was enjoyed.

 

The Ladies formed a memorable part of the evening with great attention given to Dress and Hair Styles and the dancing went on to a late hour the music under the leadership of Brother Hayward and the arrangements by Brother Stewart. At the end of such an evening the joint ball was all that everyone present was highly satisfied.

 

22nd March 1859

Edinburgh National Gallery  The National Gallery opened to the public.

 

25th March 1859

Bro Dalgliesh was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Cockburn was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Breedon was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

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

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

 

27th March 1859

Bro Skirving was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

1st April 1859

The Bro Secretary read out the Minutes of the last Meeting and that were approved by the Brethren.

alt  The RWM stated that it gave him great pleasure to present to Past Master Bro Alexander Hay in the name of the Celtic Lodge Subscribers an elegant Past Masters Jewel as a testimony for the very efficient manner in which he carried out the duties of RWM during the years 1857 - 1858 and as a token of the esteem in which Bro Hay is held by the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Hay returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren for the Honour bestowed on him and said he would treasure this moment in his Masonic carer. Deputations were received from Sister Lodges.

 

5th April 1859

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Purves.

 

7th April 1859

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

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

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

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

 

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

15th April 1859

Mr Theodore Harens a Tailor 204 Rose Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

18th April 1859

The Festival of Edinburgh District Lodges was held in the New Masonic Hall Bro Dryburgh RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, 30 to 40 of the Celtic Brethren were present on this occasion headed by their RWM Bro Cowan.

 

20th April 1859

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Campbell.

 

6th May 1859

Mr David Forsyth was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Reverend A J Josephs presented the Lodge with a Copy of the Old Testament Scriptures in Hebrew the RWM thanked Bro Josephs for this wonderful gift.

Bro William Mann was affiliated a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

9th May 1859

Deputation to Kirkcaldy headed by Bro Hay PM for the laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Corn Exchange.

 

The Ceremony was efficiently performed by the Depute Provincial Grand Master from Fife. After the proceedings of the Day the Celtic Brethren returned to Town highly delighted with the Day.

 

11th May 1859

Mr James Welsh Clarence Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

13th May 1859

Bro David Forsyth was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro James Welsh was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

14th May 1859

 

Mr William Ferguson was entered passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

20th May 1859

Monthly Meeting in Leith at the New Ship Hotel Leith after a few social hours spent in harmony a Deputation from Canongate and Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5, some excellent songs and speeches were given and returned in true Masonic style. The Celtic Brethren were congratulated on the relationship built up over the years. The Lodge was called to Labour when:-

 

Bro Thomas Duncan RWM of that Lodge was on approval of the RWM and Brethren made an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

23rd May 1859

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

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

 

25th May 1859

Bro Theodore Hardens was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

27th May 1859

Mr John Murray 5 York Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Charles Spinks Leith was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr William Morton of Greenhill Bank Morningside Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

2nd June 1859

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  This was the evening of the Caledonian Lodge No 392 invitation to the Consecration of that Lodge by the Substitute Grand Master Bro Lord Loughborough in the Cafe Royal a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge was received in due form. After the ceremonies the Celtic Lodge returned to their Rooms and were unclothed.

 

3rd June 1859

Mr James MacLaren Abbey Hill Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Morton was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

10th June 1859

Bro Jennings was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Mundy was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

 

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

17th June 1859

Mr Thomas Robb 8 Wallace Place was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Spinks was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

22nd June 1859

Mr Abraham Nivison a Waiter Garfield Square Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

24th June 1859

This was Festival of Summer St John's Day the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge numbering 30 met in the Lodge Room for the purpose of celebrating the Festival of St John's by Dining together and was laid in the best style of Bro Murray's usual standards.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by the RWM.

 

12th July 1859

Mr John McCulloch from Buffalo United States of America was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

15th July 1859

Bro Henry Joseph Beresfield G K L 4 45 Robertson Street Glasgow was affiliated a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro Nivison was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

 

27th July 1859

Mr Benjamin S Cook of Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

5th August 1859

Mr A Murray from New South Wales was entered Apprentice Mason then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Mr David McTavish Abbey Park Berwickshire was entered Apprentice Mason then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

alt  The Lodge was duly called to refreshment and as the Brethren of the 16th Lancers were about to leave Edinburgh the Celtic Brethren fraternised with them for some time and reciprocated good wishes exchanged with right good Masonic feeling. The Lodge was called to labour and was closed at High Twelve.

 

11th August 1859

Mr Thomas Paterson 369 High Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro Elisha D Cook K J S P K S 33 Degree Lecturer to the Grand Lodge of Kentucky was properly recommended and submitting to the usual conditions duly affiliated and initiated as an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge the Lodge was duly closed.

 

18th August 1859

Mr Edward Keevil 1 Devonshire Square London was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro Thomas Robb was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

19th August 1859

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Deputation to Peebles headed by RWM Bro Cowan the Brethren met in the Lodge Room today and then proceeded to Peebles by Railway on arrival they assisted the:-

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland the Duke of Atholl in laying the Foundation Stone of the New Corn Exchange.

 

The whole proceedings were conducted to satisfactorily and the Banquet in the evening exhibited such truly Masonic feeling that the Brethren of the Deputation were much gratified as well as delighted. The Deputation returned in due time.

 

26th August 1859

alt  Mr Thomas Willis a Colour Sergeant in the West York Rifles Edinburgh Castle was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

2nd September 1859

Bro Keevil was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

Bro MacKay was appointed as Secretary.

 

7th September 1859

Mr John Agg a Commercial Traveller from London was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

8th September 1859

Bro William Preston Wilter was affiliated as a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

9th September 1859

Mr John Goodliffe 17 Gracechurch Street London was entered Apprentice Mason then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Willis was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

10th September 1859

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

 

7th October 1859

Bro Mc William was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputations from the Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 152 headed by their RWM.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation from Caledonian Lodge headed by their RWM was given the usual Masonic welcome. Visiting Brethren from various Lodges attended amongst other Brethren belonging to Lodges in Montreal, Ireland and Wales were all received most cordially and respectively stated the pleasure it gave them to be present.

 

The usual Masonic Toasts were given by the RWM of the Celtic Lodge. Bro Laing the RWM of Edinburgh Defensive Band proposed the Health of the RWM of 291 in a neat and happy speech expressing his gratification at the numerous attendance on this the first Monthly or opening night of the Season complimenting the RWM and wishing every prosperity to the Celtic Lodge.

 

The RWM returned thanks in appropriate term and hoped the Celtic Brethren would have many opportunities for still farther promoting that spirit of Brotherly love and feeling towards their Masonic Brethren of Sister Lodges.

After pleasantly spending some time in harmony the Lodge was called to Labour and duly closed at High Twelve.

 

14th October 1859

Mr John Makin a Merchant Abercliffe Street Sheffield was entered Apprentice Mason and on the 17th October 1859 was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

28th October 1859

Mr Robert Laidlaw a Commercial Traveller from Glasgow entered Apprentice Mason.

 

4th November 1859

Bro Paterson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Laidlaw was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

5th November 1859

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

 

16th November 1859

Mr John Birkbeck Simpson a Commercial Traveller from Low Houses Swaledale Richmond Yorkshire was presented craving to have the honour of being admitted as a Member of the Ancient and Honourable Order and the Petition being in due form and the applicant well recommended he was initiated in the First or Entered Apprentice Degree.

 

The Lodge was reduced and closed.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM.

 

18th November 1859

The Lodge was constituted by the RWM Bro John Baldwin a Member of the Lodge Zetland of Hong Kong was on the recommendation of Bro Sir George Beresford but and under the usual conditions duly admitted and affiliated as a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge. Thereafter the Lodge was passed to the Second Degree:-

 

Bro J B Simpson was made a Fellow Craft Mason his case being considered as one of emergency. The Lodge was then reduced and closed.

 

22nd November 1859

Mr Henry Montague a Gentleman 41 Great Putney Street Golden Square St James's Square London craving to be admitted as a Member of the Ancient and Honourable Order and the Petition being in due form and the applicant well recommended he was initiated in the First or Entered Apprentice Degree.

 

24th November 1859

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by the RWM Bro Cowan.

 

25th November 1859

Mr John Carmichael Edgar a Commercial Traveller 18 George Street Manchester was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

26th November 1859

Bro Henry Montague was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

St James Operative 97  Bro John H Rae of St James's Lodge No 97 Union Lodge No 211 London was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

30th November 1859

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  This was the Anniversary Meeting for the celebration of the Festival of St Andrew. The Brethren met and clothed and Jewelled themselves in full Masonic style and formed into a Deputation headed by the RWM proceeded to the Grand Lodge Hall in George Street to celebrate the Festival of St Andrew.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  This was the First Meeting held in the New Masonic Hall for the celebration of the Festival of St Andrew a large number of the Brethren were present no less than Twenty Lodges were represented, His Grace the Duke of Atholl as Right Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland occupied the Chair.

 

The Lodge was duly opened the Brethren were called from Labour to refreshment and partook of the cheer provided for them by Bro Stewart. The usual patriotic and Masonic Toasts were given successively by his Grace in a happy style and reported to in cordial Manner and after some time in a harmonious manner the Grand Lodge was then recalled from refreshment to Labour and closed at High X11.

 

The Celtic Deputation returned to their own Lodge and deposited their Jewells and clothing in the Strong Box.

 

1st December 1859

Bro Richard William Bolton PM of No 125 Fidelity Dublin was duly affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge and was welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was duly closed.

 

2nd December 1859

Mr Robert Houstoun a Commercial Traveller 41 Clerk Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Following Deputations were received with the usual Masonic Honours:-

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by their RWM.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by their RWM Bro Hallow.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 RWM.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 47 headed by Bro Low RWM.

 

A number of visiting Brethren from other Lodges also attended. Several excellent Songs were sung by various Brethren and the usual toasts were given and after spending a pleasant hour or two the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour and duly closed at High X11.

 

8th December 1859

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

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

 

13th December 1859

This was the evening for the nomination of Office Bearers and Committee for the ensuing year after some discussion the names were forwarded to the Meeting of Installation on the 27th December 1859.

 

26th December 1859

Mr Alexander Milne 70 George Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Archibald Rough Junior a Commercial Traveller Leith Walk was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

27th December 1859

More Lodge Photos 058  This evening was the Installation of RWM of Brother Sir George de la pore Beresford and his Office Bearers on St John's Day.

 

The Following took their obligations and were properly Installed:-

 

Sir George De la pore Beresford Right Worshipful Master.
Patrick Cowan Past Master
Andrew Murray LT Past Master
William Campbell Depute Master
William Hislop Substitute Master
William Hill Senior Warden
David Skirving Junior Warden
Alexander Hay Treasurer
John MacKay Secretary
William H Muir Chaplain
Alexander Cockburn Senior Deacon
David Forsyth Junior Deacon

James Johnston and David Mason

William Masters

Standard Bearer

Steward

George Cotton Architect
Peter Purves Bard or Poet Laureate
Dr J S Miller Physician
Charles Fairfax Jeweller
Charles Thomson Inner Guard
Thomas Lough

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

 

Bro Christian Jockel, Bro S Georgiades, Bro David Kinnear, Bro J J Cotton, Bro Alexander Boswell, William Dawson and Joseph D Murray

 

The Festival of St John was carried out in true Masonic style. The following Deputations were despatched by the RWM:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro David Skirving.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro David Skirving.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro David Skirving.

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

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Campbell.

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

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

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

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Muir.

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

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Peter Purves.

Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by Bro Peter Purves.

 

Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Peter Purves.

 

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges were received:-

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

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro MacKenzie.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro MacKerney

St James Operative 97  St James's Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Black

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

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Millar.

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

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

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

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

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Dryburgh.

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

 

The Deputations which were dispatched to visit sister Lodges returned and gave their reports it was very gratifying to find that all the representatives had been well received and hospitably entertained the good wishes of the visited RWMs was tendered to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

This evening was spent in a very happy manner several songs were sung by the visitors and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge and Howard's Band contributing to the entertainment playing some excellent pieces of Music. The Lodge was called to Labour and closed at High X11.

 

6th January 1860

The Lodge was duly constituted by the RWM and passed to the second Degree.

Bro Rough who had served some time as an entered Apprentice was passed to the second Degree.

 

The Bro Secretary read out the minutes of the last meeting they were approved by the Brethren.

 

Deputation from Marys Chapel headed by their RWM Bro Mann was received with a Masonic welcome a number of visiting Brethren from Sister Lodges also attended and were cordially received.

 

RWM Bro Sir George Beresford proposed the first toast to Marys Chapel No 1 and their RWM.

 

Bro Mann expressed in appropriate terms the pleasure it gave him to receive the warm welcome on this the first monthly meeting of the Lodge Celtic since he had the honour to be installed as Master in Marys Chapel and his first Deputation to a Sister Lodge and stated that he hoped he would have many opportunities of reciprocating the kindness which had been shown him and his deputation in this visiting the Lodge Celtic and he would take the earliest opportunity of returning the visitors toast he then in a hearty manner finished by proposing the health of the RWM of the Celtic Lodge Bro Sir George Beresford and the Celtic Brethren.

 

Which was enthusiastically responded to with several Songs by various Brethren after spending a very pleasant evening the Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.


10th January 1860

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation headed by RWM visited Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 and were cordially received by Bro Munn the RWM and Brethren.


11th January 1860

Mr John Thomson Scott a Watch Maker from London was entered Apprentice this being a case of emergency he was passed and raised to a Bro Master Mason.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation headed by RWM then visited Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by the RWM.


12th January 1860

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation headed by Bro Purves visited Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 and then St James Lodge No 97.


13th January 1860

Mr Charles Thomas Scott was entered and passed to the second Degree.

Bro Edgar and Bro Milne were also passed to the second Degree.

Bro William Horace Billing of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was affiliated a full Member of the Celtic Lodge.


A letter was read out by Bro Secretary that St Matthew Lodge No 786 in Walsall requesting financial aid for the Widow and Family of Bro John Wood lately deceased and who had been a Past Master of that Lodge.

Bro Wood was entered passed and raised to the Sublime Degree in the Celtic Lodge on the 28th October 1845.

 

It was proposed by Bro William Hay and agreed by the Brethren that the Bro Secretary write to acknowledge receipt and that the application for aid would be laid before the Brethren on the 3rd February at the Monthly meeting and that a petition to the Benevolent Fund of the Grand Lodge of Scotland be sent and on its being returned filled up it would be submitted to the Committee of the Grand Lodge for assistance. The Lodge was then duly closed.

 

24th January 1860

Bro Houston was passed to the Second Degree.

Bro Scott was passed to the second Degree

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 headed by Bro William Hay and they were cordially received.


26th January 1860

Mr Thomas Gemmell a Commercial Traveller from Manchester was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Daniel Baugh Junior a Commercial Traveller from Liverpool was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was then duly closed.


27th January 1860

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

Mr Robert Erskine a Student of Medicine was entered Apprentice Mason


1st February 1860

Mr Laurence Webber Captain of the Merchant Service aged 34 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Phanuel Graham WE aged 36 was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

3rd February 1860

Mr William Muirhead a Merchant New Brunswick aged 41 was entered Apprentice Mason. Then he was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Webster was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. 

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

Bro Cowan PM who was in the Chair read out the previous Petition on behalf of the deceased Bro Woods family and was now taken into consideration when on the motion of Bro William Hay and duly seconded it was agreed that £1:1/- be given from the Lodge Funds and an additional sum of £1:19/- was subscribed by the Brethren present the Secretary was directed to remit the amount to the Secretary of the Walsall Lodge for Bro Woods family.

 

The Brethren agreed to patronise Bro Harvard's Concert on the 18th February 1860

158 Lodge Beith St John Ayrshire  Deputation from K Beith St John's Ayrshire No 157 headed by Bro Laing RWM.

St Stephens No 145  Deputation from St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro RWM were received with full Masonic honours the Brethren spent some time in a harmonious manner. The Lodge was closed by the RWM.


9th February 1860

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation headed by DM to Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 tonight.


10th February 1860

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

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


A vote of thanks to Bro Campbell for the able way in which he performed his duties. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

alt  Deputation headed by Bro Campbell to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 in Brodie's Close in the Lawnmarket Edinburgh. Our new home since the opening in 1963 we are now celebrating 50 years as a Masonic Lodge in the Lawnmarket Edinburgh. BB PM Lodge Historian.


17th February 1860

13th Hussars 13th Light Dragoon Guards  Mr Edward Hunt a Troop Sergeant Major age 34 in the 13th Light Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

13th Hussars 13th Light Dragoon Guards  Mr Augustus Gully aged 27 a Quarter Master in the 13th Light Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.


Mr Robert Nicolson aged 21 a Medical Student was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Erskine was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


18th February 1860

Deputation of a number of the Celtic Brethren headed by Bro Campbell Depute Master patronised Bro Howards Concert in the Music Hall joined by various Sister Lodges the Hall was filled to capacity.


21st February 1860

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

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

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Cowan PM.

 

24th February 1860

Mr James Hogg Junior a Clerk 20 Lothian Road Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

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


2nd March 1860

The Lodge was properly constituted by Bro Cowan PM various Deputations from Sister Lodges were received with Masonic welcome.

 

The Lodge was called to refreshment the entertainment of the evening

Commenced according to a programme which had been prepared by a Sub Committee.


After the programme of vocal and instrumental music had been exhausted the performance of which reflected great credit on the Members who so kindly favoured the Brethren with such a treat and called forth the hearty approbation of all present a vote of thanks on the motion of Bro Cowan PM was most cordially returned to Bro Fraser and the other performers.


Bro Fraser returned thanks and expressed his pleasure at having along with other friends been the means of affording some entertainment to the Brethren and visitors.


Bro Nicolson whose performance in the Pianoforte elicited much and well deserved applause was encored and contributed greatly to the harmony of the evening.

 

The Brethren were pleasantly entertained. The Lodge was then called to Labour and finally closed at High Twelve.


6th March 1860

Committee met to examine the Jewels Clothing and Books of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Jewels:- RW Master Past Master Depute Master Substitute Master Locum Tenens Past Master Senior Warden and Junior Warden Secretary Treasurer Chaplains Senior and Junior Deacons Architects Standard Bearer's and Belt Brooch Physicians Jewellers Poet Laureates Stewards Inner Door Guard 20 Jewels in Total.

 

Aprons:- RWM DM PM SM LTPM SW and JW Sec Treasurer SD and JD Chap SB Phy Arch Steward Bard Jeweller Inner Guard 19 in Total DM SW and JW SD and JD Sec IG Five Master Masons Twenty Eight Fellows Craft and Seventeen entered Apprentice.

 

Sashes:- Twenty Sashes for Office Bearers.

 

Miscellaneous:- Bible Square and Compass Cushion Tartan Cover Masters Rod Four Wardens Batons Two Deacons Rods Nine Stewards Rods'

 

Flags:- One Flag with Thistle and Tassels and One Old White Flag Two small Tartan Flags One Flag RED White and Blue Two Celtic Lodge Society Flags original presented by Bro Donaldson.

 

Miscellaneous:- One Masters Chair Canopy Panel with ornament Three Pedestals Two Stools Three Pillars Tessellated Floor Cloth and Cardinal Pointe with Four Tassels Three Swords One Presented from 34th Regiment 3 Daggers Wooden Box containing Skull and Bones White Wooden Box or Third Degree Chest Five Tin Boxes containing Square Level Plumb rule Two Mallets One Chisel and Twenty-four inch gauge A Snuff Mull 3 Forms presented by Bro Cowan A Helmet Crimean War Harmonium.


Pictures:- Engraving Inauguration of Robert Burns with Key Portrait of the Duke of Atholl Scott Monument and Two Plates connected there with Portrait of Bro Andrew Murray LTPM Portraits of Office Bearers 1858 Presented by Bro Fraser Burns Monument Presented by Bro Cowan Lord Loughborough by Bro Schenek.


Original Minute Book of the Celtic Lodge commencing and ending dates.

1821-1827 Lost in Time.

1827-1843 Still in possession of the Lodge 21st 05 2013.

1843-1848 Still in possession of the Lodge 21st 05 2013.

1848-1850 Still in possession of the Lodge 21st 05 2013.

1850-1851 Still in possession of the Lodge 21st 05 2013.

1851-1859 Still in possession of the Lodge 21st 05 2013.


Minute Book commencing 6th January 1860 (present at that Date and Still in possession of the Lodge 21st 05 2013.

 

Five Scroll Minute Books and One in use.

Two Attendance Books 3 Petition Books One Bye Law Book 3 Books of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Scotland One Large and Two small Cash Book 3 Receipt Books Test of Membership Book Tin Case containing Charter History of Freemasonry by Lloyd Hebrew Bible presented by Bro the Rev Mr Josephi Inden of all the Members and also List of Office Bearers from Commencement of the Lodge Presented by Bro Cowan.


On the motion of Bro Hay and seconded by Bro Secretary it was agreed that the Highland Dress of the Tyler be disposed of as it was now Old and never worn.


The Aprons were also ordered to be repaired the working ones especially to be immediately put to right.


The Treasurer then produced his Books of the sums that had been received Several accounts were also presented of those incurred for the Festival of St John's Day for printing New Book for the Secretary which were passed and the Treasurer authorised to pay the same less a small deduction from One and on being satisfied as to the correctness of the One to Mould and Todd.


A vote of thanks to the Chair and the Committee the Meeting was adjourned.

Deputation to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate No 5 headed by Bro Campbell DM.


9th March 1860

Mr James Tait Junior aged 23 was entered Apprentice Mason

Bro Hunt was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Gully was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Hogg was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


15th March 1860

Bro Gustav Adolphs Leidtke of the Lodge Iur Palune Casewalk Prussia was affiliated into the Celtic Lodge took his oath and was then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


16th March 1860

Mr Robert Hay a Steward in the Merchant Service was entered Apprentice Mason.

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

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

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

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

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


Bro Campbell then presented in the name of Bro Bridgman a Member of the Celtic Lodge and now Provincial Grand Organist Jersey Six Copies of the narrative of some incidents in the Life of the Late Bro John Asplet of Jersey an account of the proceedings at his Funeral there in February last.


On the motion of Bro Andrew Murray LTPM the thanks of the Lodge were awarded to Bro Bridgman and the donation ordered to be mentioned in the Minutes of the Lodge. The Lodge was reduced and closed.


22nd March 1860

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to the Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by the RWM this evening and they were cordially received.


23rd March 1860

Mr Fredrick James Chambers a Merchant from Manchester age 32 was entered Apprentice Mason.

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


27th March 1860

Mr Albert Monastier MD aged 28 residing in Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Edinburgh Defensive Band No headed by RWM with a number of the Celtic Brethren were cordially received.


29th March 1860

The Festival of Edinburgh District Lodges to be held in the Masonic Hall under Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 A number of the Celtic Brethren in attendance as a Deputation headed by the RWM they proceeded to the Hall and took part in the convivial meeting upwards of 100 Brethren from Sister Lodges were present.


The RWM of the Celtic Lodge replied to the toast given to the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Army and Navy Brethren as well to the prosperity of the Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5.


30th March 1860

The Lodge was opened in due form by the RWM on his motion seconded by Bro Hay.

alt  Bro Captain James Littledale of St John's Fife and Kinross Lodge No 35 and a Member of the 33 Degree was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren.

13th Hussars 13th Light Dragoon Guards  Mr Isaac Sankey aged 32 (John Williams) a Ferrier Major in the 13th Dragoons was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Thomas Blamiers Armourers Sergeant 13 Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Claude Thomson a Draper in the High Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Graham was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed.

 

6th April 1860

Mr William A Upton a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice Mason.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation from Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by their RWM were received with Masonic welcome several other visiting Brethren were also present and spent a short time in harmony the evening was over the RWM closed the Lodge.

 

13th April 1860

Bro Sankey was passed to the Second Degree.

Bro Blemiers was passed to the Second Degree.

Bro Monastier was passed to the Second Degree.

Bro Upton was passed to the Second Degree.

 

20th April 1860

Bro James Tait was passed to the Second Degree.

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

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

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

 

The Lodge was then reduced and closed at High Twelve.

 

4th May 1860

Mary Chapel-1  A letter from the RWM of Marys Chapel No 1 was read out as to One of their Ancient Minute Books appear to be lost and enquired if any of the Members who formed the Deputation to No 1 on St John's Day had seen it that evening and requesting the Lodge to assist in recovering the Book. The Brethren who had formed the Deputation having stated that they had not seen any Books that evening the Bro Secretary was directed to write the RWM of No 1 intimating this and state the sincere sympathy of the Members of the Celtic at the loss and that they would do all in their power to assist the RWM and the Lodge No 1 in recovering the Minute Book.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation from St Clair's Lodge No were received with the usual Masonic honours several Brethren from other Lodges also attended including Members of the 78th Regiment now in the Castle of Edinburgh.

 

After the usual friendly toasts were honoured the Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

7th May 1860

Mr Louis Alexander Clary Coffier a Merchant Hatton Gardens London was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

8th May 1860

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

 

11th May 1860

Bro Gemmell was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. 

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

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

Bro Upton was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was duly closed.

 

1st June 1860

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

Brothers Cowan Hay Hill and Campbell were then appointed to make the necessary arrangements for holding the Festival of summer at St Johns the Lodge was then closed.

 

25th June 1860

Festival of Summer the Lodge was duly opened by Bro Cowan and called to refreshment about 30 Brethren sat down to Dinner served up in Bro Murray's usual style and after passing a very happy evening the Lodge was called to Labour and duly closed.

 

29th June 1860

13th Hussars 13th Light Dragoon Guards  Mr George Senior a Troop Sergeant Major in the 13th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

6th July 1860

Bro Senior was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

20th July 1860

Bro Senior was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was then closed.

 

3rd August 1860

Committee Meeting held in the Celtic Lodge Room Present Brothers Cowan Campbell Hay Dawson Jockel Shirving Georgiades G Cotton Kinnear Hill Johnston and Bro Secretary.


The Treasurer read a letter received from Bro A Murray as to removing the various articles belonging to the Lodge and that the RWM stating the object of the meeting being called Bro Campbell moved that the Lodge remove to the Masonic Hall in George Street seconded by Bro Jockel Bro Hill then stated that as Messer's Geddes and Glover of the Imperial Hotel Waterloo Place were willing to provide the requisite accommodation to the Lodge free of expense he moved as an amendment that the Lodge be remove seconded by Bro Kinnear.


The RWM put the amendment and the motion to the meeting 11 voted for the amendment and 2 for the motion. The RWM then declared the amendment carried and it was arranged that the report to the special meeting of the Lodge to night should be that the Lodge remove to the Imperial Hotel and the Committee appointed to make the necessary arrangements a vote of thanks was then awarded to the Chairman and the meeting adjourned.

 

4th August 1860

Mr Fredrick Samuel Woolley a Commercial Traveller from Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

8th August 1860

Bro Woolley was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Henry Lightfoot Munro of Lodge No 56 Gateside was admitted a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

13th August 1860

The Committee examined all the Clothing Books Boxes and other articles belonging to the Lodge preparatory to the removal to the new premises and arranged with Geddes and Glover as to taking charge of them.

 

The Old Highland Dress and accoutrements were purchased by Bro Hislop.

 

A new tin Box was directed to be supplied by Bro Hislop to hold Books and certain other Boxes were ordered to be repaired. The meeting was adjourned.

 

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

 

7th September 1860

Bro Georgiades motion was unanimously agreed to and the Bro Secretary directed to write accordingly.

 

Bro Georgiades then presented the Lodge with an engraved portrait of the late Bro William Donaldson as Past Master of the Celtic Lodge which was duly acknowledged by the RWM and a vote of thanks moved by Bro Hill seconded by Bro Jockel awarded Bro Georgiades for his present. The portrait was ordered to be framed by Bro Hislop so as to correspond with Bro Murrays and to be placed side by side.

 

A letter intimating a Masonic procession on the occasion of laying the Foundation Stone of a New Hall and Corn Exchange at Galashields on the 12th September 1860 was read and a Deputation to be headed by the DM was arranged to go there. The Lodge was closed.

 

12th September 1860

alt  Deputation headed by Bro Campbell DM proceeded to Galashields for the laying of the Foundation Stone at the New Hall and Corn Exchange.

 

14th September 1860

13th Hussars 13th Light Dragoon Guards  Mr John Shaw a Master Tailor in the 13th Light Dragoons aged 32 was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Charles Carey a Waiter 3 Waterloo Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

A vote of thanks was then awarded to Bro Hay on the motion of Bro Campbell for the excellent manner in which he fulfilled the duties as Master this evening. The Lodge was closed in due form.


21st September 1860

Mr Finlay Cameron a Painter 1 North St David Street was entered Apprentice Mason.


28th September 1860

Bro Shaw was passed to the Fellow of Craft Degree.

Bro Casey was passed to the Fellow of Craft Degree.

Bro Campbell then stated that Mr John Donald of the Bridge Hotel and who had taken the Turf Hotel had presented the Lodge with two Framed Engravings of Portraits of Robert Burns and Bro McLeod which had been purchased at the Sale of the Late Mr Murray's effects.


The thanks of the Lodge were cordially awarded to Mr Donald fir his present and the Secretary instructed to write him accordingly.


Bro Campbell then stated that as there was to be a Grand Procession at Leith next month 16th October 1860 for laying the Foundation Stone of the Corn Exchange there the Secretary was directed to call the attention of the Brethren thereto and request a Special attendance. The Lodge was closed.

 

5th October 1860

Bro Kinnear reported that he had arranged with Mr Kay for the use of his School Room in Constitution Street Leith for the Brethren meeting there on the 16th October 1860 to join the procession and the Secretary was directed to write Mr Kay thanking him for his kind offer.

 

A Dinner was also agreed to and take place in the Celtic Lodge Room after the Ceremony. The Lodge was closed.

 

12th October 1860

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

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

 

15th October 1860

Mr Adolph Miroy a Merchant from London was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed.

 

16th October 1860

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Grand Procession of laying the Foundation Stone at the New Corn Exchange Leith.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  This being the day appointed for laying the foundation Stone at the New Corn Exchange at Leith. As arranged a number of the Celtic Brethren met at Kay’s School Room Constitution Street Leith.

They marched in procession to the High School when the Grand Lodge was duly opened by the Right Worshipful Grand Master Mason the Duke of Athole.

 

Deputations from other sister lodges were present and the Provost Magistrate and other Public bodies of Leith formed into a procession in the usual manner.

78th Regiment  The Band of the Gallant 78th Regiment and that of the Rifle Volunteers preceded the Grand Lodge.

13th Hussars 13th Light Dragoon Guards  The Volunteers and the 13th Light Dragoons acting as a guard of Honour.

13th Hussars 13th Light Dragoon Guards  The Rifle Volunteers and the 13th Dragoons then proceeded to march around Leith Links and through the Town. Where the:-

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Foundation Stone was laid by the Right Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland the Duke of Athole with all the grandeur of Masonic ceremonies a salute of 15 Guns from the:-

Royal Artillery   Royal Artillery was given when the Stone was laid in its resting place. 

 

The procession was then reformed and marched back to the High School when Grand Lodge was closed in due from.

alt  During the ceremony about 20 of the Celtic brethren were present the Mallet was carried by Brother Adolph Miroy as the youngest Apprentice of the Celtic Lodge. Bro James Johnston in his magnificent Military Costume of the Royal Horse Guards Blue nobly performed his duties as Standard Bearer.

 

The Day was fair and was kept as a general holiday in Leith and a large number of inhabitants were present all along the route of the procession.

 

The Banquet the afterwards was given by the Magistrates.

 

A number of the Celtic Brethren dined together in the Lodge Room and afterwards formed into a Deputation to the Caledonian Lodge and spent a very harmonious and delightful day was enjoyed by all present.


19th October 1860

Austria-Hungary-flag-1869-1914-naval-1786-1869-merchant svg  Mr Michele Russovich a Captain in the Austrian Merchant Service was entered Apprentice Mason.


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

Bro Charles Moir 14 Bread Street Edinburgh was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge took the usual obligation and paid his Fees of admission. The Lodge was closed.


24th October 1860

Bro F Cameron was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Miroy was passed then raised to a Master Mason.

Bro Russovich was passed then raised to a Master Mason. The Lodge was then closed.

 

2nd November 1860

Bro Burton DPGM of Staffordshire was on the motion of the RWM affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge he took the usual obligations.

 

5th November 1860

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning No 2 headed by RWM.

 

16th November 1860

United Grand Lodge of England  Bro James Glegg of Brittanie Lodge London Member of the Grand Lodge of England was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro Alexander Ciuelive of Marys Chapel No 1 was affiliated Member of the Lodge.

St Stephens No 145  Bro David Sutherland of St Stephens Lodge No 145 was affiliated Member of the Lodge.

 

23rd November 1860

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

St Stephens No 145  Bro David Henderson of St Stephens Lodge No 145 was affiliated Member of the Lodge. The Lodge was closed.

 

30th November 1860

This was the anniversary of the Festival of St Andrew's a number of the Celtic Brethren headed by the Depute Master dined with the most Worshipful Grand Master and a number of Brethren from Sister Lodges in the Hall they spent a pleasant evening.

 

7th December 1860

Mr James Penman aged 28 he was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The nomination of Office Bearers for the ensuing year was carried forward until the next Committee Meeting.

 

8th December 1860

Mr James Malcolm was entered Apprentice Mason.

St James Operative 97  Bro Stewart of St James Lodge No 97 was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge took his obligation and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

10th December 1860

The Committee proceeded to nominate the Office bearers for the ensuing year Bro Muir proposed Bro Campbell as RWM seconded by Bro Hill Bro Campbell while expressing his thanks for the honour respectfully declined to accept the high position.

 

After some conversation the Committee would make a report and adjourn until tomorrow night. The Other Office Bearers were then recommended and carried forward to the next meeting.

 

11th December 1860

The Sub Committee reported that they had according to arrangements waited on Bro Skirving to see if he would allow himself to be put in nomination for the Chair which he agreed to do Bro Skirving expressed his thanks for the honour and stated that if elected he proposed Bro Campbell as DM which Bro Campbell had kindly agree to for the fourth coming year.

 

The abstract of accounts and List of proposed Office Bearers was then directed to be printed and issued to the Brethren as soon as possible. A vote of thanks to the Chairman and the meeting was called to an end.

 

21st December 1860

Mr Alexander Littlejohn Pearson of Australia presently residing in Bernard's Crescent Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Penman was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

26th December 1860

Mr John Neilson a Draper residing at 11 Leopold Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

27th December 1860

alt  This evening the Installation of Brother David Skirving's RWM along with his Office Bearers on St John's Day.

 

The Following took their obligations and were properly Installed:-

 

David Skirving Right Worshipful Master.
Sir G Beresford Bart Past Master
William Campbell Depute Master
William Hislop Substitute Master
C Thomson Senior Warden
D Forsyth Junior Warden
A Hay Treasurer
John MacKay  Secretary
W H Muir Chaplain
George Cotton Senior Deacon
Finlay Cameron Junior Deacon
Patrick Cowan Locum Past Master
J Johnston & William Hill Standard Bearer
A Cockburn Architect
J S Fraser Bard
Dr Miller Physician
H Fairfax Jeweller
James Tait Junior Inner Guard
T Lough

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

 

Bro David Kinnear Bro Sotries Georgiades Bro J L Grant Bro J T Cotton Bro Peter Purves Bro Christian Jockel Bro William Dawson.

 

Brother Alexander Crowder Cruickshank Assistant Commissary General was affiliated as a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge 291 and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

The Lodge was called from Labour to refreshment thereafter proceeded to Celebrate the Festival of St John the Evangelist when about 40 sat down to an excellent Dinner provided by Bro Geddes and Glover.

 

During refreshment the RWM Bro David Skirving proposed the usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts and in reference to the Toast to the Army and Navy.

 

Bro Alexander Crowder Cruickshank's in an able speech returned thanks for the Army and mentioned numerous instances which he had himself observed the daring Bravery and steady endurance evinced by the Army particularly during the Crimean War and also stated that the Celtic Lodge had as Brother men and referred to Gully Blainner Hunt and Sankey who had shared in and taken prominent parts in that awful Charge at Balaclava described by the Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson The Charge Of The Light Brigade

Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854. Written 1854 as follows:-

 

Half a league half a league, half a league onward, all in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred: 'Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns' he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!' Was there a man dismay'd ? Not tho' the soldier knew Someone had blunder'd: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die, Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.


Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them Volley'd & thunder'd; Storm'd at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of Hell Rode the six hundred.


Flash'd all their sabres bare, Flash'd as they turn'd in air Sabring the gunners there, Charging an army while All the world wonder'd: Plunged in the battery-smoke Right thro' the line they broke; Cossack & Russian Reel'd from the sabre-stroke, Shatter'd & sunder'd. Then they rode back, but not Not the six hundred.


Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon behind them Volley'd and thunder'd; Storm'd at with shot and shell, While horse & hero fell, They that had fought so well Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell, All that was left of them, Left of six hundred.


When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! All the world wonder'd. Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred! as the Death ride and a Charge.

 

Which he Bro Cruickshank's had himself witnessed and believed to be unparalleled in History of War.


The following Deputations were then sent out by the RWM to visit Sister Lodges.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate No 5 Trafalgar Lodge No 223 Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by Bro Campbell DM.

Mary Chapel-1  Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  alt  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Cowan LTPM.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  St Stephens No 145  Caledonian Lodge No 392 St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro D Forsyth JW.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  alt  St Clair's Lodge No 349 St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Cockburn.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Roman Eagle Crest No 160  St James Operative 97  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 St James's Lodge No 97.


During the evening Deputations from the following Lodges visited the Celtic Lodge:-

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro J G Hallon.


Canongat and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Smith.

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

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Hays

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Middleton Junior.

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

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

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro A McPherson.

 

The Deputations sent to visit the Sister Lodge returned in due time and gave in their Reports one and all conveying the good wishes of the respective RWMs and Brethren of the various Lodges to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The evening was spent in a very happy manner Bro Fraser as Bard adding very much to the harmony by both vocal and instrumental Music. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve by the RWM.

 

4th January 1861

Bro Penman was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The Minutes of the Last Meeting was deferred until the next meeting as the Bro Secretary was in London.

 

A motion to dispense with using ordinary Monthly Circulars and to Advertise in the Scotsman instead was tabled for consideration and the same was ordered and disposed of at the next Monthly Meeting. The Lodge was closed.

 

8th January 1861

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by the RWM this evening.

 

11th January 1861

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

 

15th January 1861

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by the RWM this evening.

 

16th January 1861

Mr Henry Vergoe of Cheapside London was Entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Lodge was closed.

 

18th January 1861

Bro Neilson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Vergoe was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

22nd January 1861

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by RWM this evening.

 

25th January 1861

A Lodge of instruction was held the RWM put the Brethren through their duties in the First Degree.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Baigie of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

26th January 1861

The Time Gun was first fired by electrical arrangement from the Nelson Monument.

 

1st February 1861

The Minutes of the Last Monthly Minutes were read and approved.

 

The motion tabled last Monthly meeting was discussed after several of the brethren expressing their views the motion was held until September and the Secretary was directed to advertise in the Scotsman the notice of the Monthly meetings and it being expressly understood that should any particular business be brought forward for any Monthly Meeting the Secretary at the desire of the RWM would issue Circulars as heretofore.

 

The Lodge was called to refreshment and in due time the Following Deputations were received:-

Portobello No 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by RWM Bro W B Scott.

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

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM.

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

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Stephens.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM.

 

The evening was spent in a very harmonious manner and it's was remarked by all the Brethren and that not for several year past been such a large attendance or more warm and cordial evening congratulations given to the RWM. The Lodge was duly closed.

 

13th February 1861

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by the RWM this evening.

 

15th February 1861

Letters were read from Brothers Howard and Ebsworth respectively craving the support of the Brethren at their Concerts.

 

It was agreed that by a number of the Brethren would support Bro Howard on Saturday but not in Masonic Costume and as Bro Ebsworth's entertainment was to take place under the patronage of the

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Grand Lodge of Scotland it was also resolved that as many of the Brethren as possible should accompany the RWM in Masonic Costume to the Concert. The Lodge was closed.

 

Two reports found in the British Musical Biography: a dictionary. Brother Howard:-

Howard, William, conductor and violinist, born at Edinburgh, March 18, 1831. He
played the violin in the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, under Alex. Mackenzie, and in 1857
he became musical director of the Edinburgh and Glasgow assemblies. Conductor of the
Edinburgh Choral Union, 1863-1865. He
died at Dumfries, June 2, 1877.

 

Brother Ebsworth:-

Ebsworth, Joseph, musician and dramatist, born at Islington, London, October 10, 1788. After living for a time in Cornwall and London, he settled in Edinburgh, in 1826, and became a teacher of music there, and preceptor of St. Stephen's Church. He wrote and translated a number of dramas, and was for fifteen years a bookseller. Besides being leader of psalmody of St. Stephen's, he was teacher of music in many of the principal schools and colleges in Edinburgh. Died at Edinburgh, June 22, 1868. He published two collections of psalm and hymn tunes, 1834 and [1845], and issued a General index to first hundred volumes of the music in library of the Edinburgh Harmonists' Society . . . Edinburgh, 1844. Short introduction to Vocal Music, adapted either for private tuition or class singing, Edinburgh, n.d. Songs,
hymns, and other compositions.

 

18th February 1861

Mr Hugh Ellis a Commercial Traveller 235 Waterloo Road Manchester was Entered Apprentice Mason.

 

21st February 1861

Portobello Lodge 226  Deputation to Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by RWM.

 

22nd February 1861

alt  Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by RWM.

 

25th February 1861

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM.

 

28th February 1861

Mr William Robertson Morton a Jeweller Thistle Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM.

 

1st March 1861

Bro Garsia of Lodge Union Frabermal Valssanso Chile was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge and took the usual obligation and was welcomed by the Brethren.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  The Secretary read a Letter from Caledonian Lodge No 392 proposing that a Ball between the Two Lodges and stating that a Committee of the Caledonian Lodge would be happy to meet with the Celtic Lodge.

 

After some discussion it was agreed that a Ball should take place under the joint auspices of the Two Lodges.

St James Operative 97  The Lodge was then called to refreshment and a Deputation headed by the RWM of St James's Operative Lodge No 97 was received with a Masonic welcome several visiting Brethren from other Lodges were also present.

 

The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour then closed at High Twelve.

 

11th March 1861

St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Forsyth JW.


15th March 1861

The Festival of Edinburgh District Lodges  Deputation headed by Bro Forsyth JW in the absence of the RWM attended at the convivial held in the Masonic Hall under the auspices of Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 Bro Lambert RWM presiding.

 

There was a large attendance of Brethren from different Lodges and Bro Forsyth on the Toast of prosperity of the Celtic Lodge returned thanks in a very neat speech.


19th March 1861

Bro Ellis was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


22nd March 1861

Bro Morton was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Glover of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge. Took his obligation. The Lodge was closed.


28th March 1861

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


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

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Thomson Senior Warden.


29th March 1861

The Masonic assembly of the Celtic and Caledonian Lodges was fixed for Friday the 5th April 1861.


Deputations were received from the Following Lodges:-

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

Lodge St Clair No 349  alt  405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  St Clair's Lodge No 349 St Andrew's Lodge No 48 and The Rifle Lodge No 405.


After a pleasant evening the Lodge was called to Labour when Bro Mann of Marys Chapel No 1 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

5th April 1861

alt  392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  The Celtic and Caledonian Lodges began to assemble in the Masonic Hall about Half past 9 O'clock about 120 Ladies and Gentlemen were present a number of the Brethren appearing in full Masonic Costume. Several Brethren form other Sister Lodges were also present.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St James Operative 97  St Stephens No 145  alt  The Hall was tastefully decorated with Flags belonging to St Clair's St James St Stephen's and also the Celtic Lodge Banners entwined together with Camel and Evergreen.

 

The Music was furnished by Bro Howard who sent no less than clever performers who were well able and performed their duties. The Supper and other refreshments were supplied by Bro Geddes and Glover in their usual professional style.

 

Dancing was kept up till past Five O'clock when the company departed every one satisfied and delighted with the entertainment.

 

A vote of thanks was given to both Committees who spent the time and effort to put on such a Ball to be remembered in the annuals of Free Masonry.


30th April 1861

Me Henry Clarke 83 George Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


3rd May 1861

Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Geddes of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was made an affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren.


Various Deputations were present and also visiting Brethren who were all well received with the usual hearty welcome from the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.


A Musical entertainment got up by the RWM was then given by the Brethren selected by him including Brothers Howard Denovan and Lewis and a programme as follows:

Solo - Pianoforte - The Bandpassers - Berger - Nocturne - Waly Bro Falk.

Song - The Fisherman's Daughter - Bro Brown.

Duet - Oh Albion - Braham - The RWM and Bro Lewis.

Fantasia on Airs from - Lurline - Pianoforte and Harmonium - Warren - Bro Warren.

Song - Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep - Hutton - Bro Lewis.

Solo - Pianoforte - Scotland - Osborne - Bro Falk.

Selection - Violin - Bro Howard.

Song - Weary flowers their buds are closing - Schubert - The RWM.

Selection of Scotch Airs - Pianoforte and Harmonium - Warren - Bro Warren.

Solo - The Wells o' Weary - Bro Brown.

Selection of Airs from - Trovatore - Verdi - Bro Denovan.

Song - The White Squall - Baker - Bro Lewis.

Solo - Violin - Bro Howard.

Comic Song - Ta Fairshon - Bon Gaultier - Bro Sutherland.

Solo - Pianoforte - Le Crepescule - Bro Denovan.

Finale - God Save the Queen - Solo Verses by Bro Brown and Bro Lewis.

Which afforded the Brethren present great satisfaction and after spending a very happy and Musical evening the Lodge was recalled to Labour and closed at High Twelve.


10th May 1861

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


15th May 1861

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to the Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 in their New Hall headed by the RWM.


17th May 1861

Bro Clarke was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

22nd May 1861

10 Years on the 5th Story on Masons at Work.

The Masonic Football Team  The Masonic Football Team.

The Number One the Goal Keeper reminds me of the RWM the Keeper of King Solomon's Temple, Keeper of the Plans for the Building of the Temple, Keeper of the Stories in the Bible to be protected for all Brethren, Keeper of the Secrets, Keeper of the Pass Words, Keeper of the knowledge that with his all seeing eye he will pass on to his Team.

 

The Number Two the Right Back reminds me of the WSW the defender and protector of the Keeper to see that none but Brethren will pass on the Right Side.


The Number Three the Left Back reminds me of the WJW the defender and protector of the Keeper to see that none but Brethren will pass on the Left Side.


The One Two Three reminds me of the Three that rule the Keeper and Two Protectors in that the Brethren place their Trust by the Three Great Pillars of Wisdom, Strength and Beauty.

 

The Number Four in the Right Mid Field reminds me of the SD who moves the Candidate around the Lodge passing him through his Degrees to the enlightenment of Light.

 

The Number Five in the Left of the Mid Field reminds me of the Support the JD gives to the SW in the command of passing the Candidate from Brother to Brother.

 

The Number One Two Three Four and Five remind me of the Support they give to each other to Hold the team together.


The Number Six the inside Right reminds me of the IG in his duty to see the Candidates are prepared and to keep off all intruders and earwigs and keep the team protected on the Inside.


The Number Seven the outside left reminds me of the OG who protects the team on the outside and see's that new Candidates are properly prepared.

 

The One Two Three Four Five Six and Seven reminds me that placed in the right positions they help to make the Team Perfect.

 

The Number Eight the Centre Forward the Captain reminds me of the DOC who commands and instructs the Brethren to go forward in their Goal to be presented to the East and support their RWM in keeping the Lodge in due Form.

 

The Number Nine the Striker reminds me of the Secretary who sends and receives all correspondence and records the Minutes for all Time to come.

 

The Number Ten the inside right reminds me of the Treasurer who records the Business of the day today running of the Lodge Passing the Bills and Transfers of Funds to level the Accounts.

 

The Number Eleven the inside left reminds me that with his Skills going forward to his Goal and with the Help of his Brother supporters on and off the Square, and the Visitors who support the Lodge on all occasions through, Sun hail rain winds or storms they help to secure the workings and Plans for the future.

 

That my Brethren is my interpretation of the Masonic Football Team working in the Harmony, Relief and Truth in support of all that's good Inside Freemasonry. Next report 10 Years on. (CR W JR B PM).

 

5th June 1861

The Clothing of the Lodge was examined and was agreed that a small committee should be appointed for the purpose of getting the Clothing repaired in as economical manner as possible and to have everything ready for the

Wallace Monument 2  Procession at Stirling on the 24th June 1861 on the occasion of laying the Foundation Stone of the Wallace Monument Bro Hay Cowan and the RWM were appointed as the Sub Committee.


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


7th June 1861

alt  Mr Alexander Macduff aged 32 a Troop Sergeant Major 2nd Dragoon or Scots Greys was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Mr John Ferguson Quarter Master Sergeant in 2nd Dragoons or Scots Greys was entered Apprentice Mason.


The Minutes of the Last Meeting were read and approved.

Wallace Monument 2  The RWM then brought under the notice of the Lodge the intended Masonic Demonstration to be held at Stirling on the 24th June 1861 the occasion of laying the Foundation Stone of the Monument to Sir William Wallace on the Abby Craig and stated that he intended to head the Deputation of the Celtic Brethren. Certain matters in regard to engaging Pipers was then discussed and agreed to Bro Hayto attend thereto:-

alt  Bro Edwin Hobbs Simpson of the Royal Gloucester Lodge No 115 Present Mess Master of the Scots Greys in motion of Bro Glover seconded by Bro Hay was then affiliated as a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.


Bro Alexander Robertson of Lodge No 345 Tasmania Operative Lodge Australia on the motion of the RWM seconded by Bro Hay was made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge then both took the usual obligations.


The Lodge was then called to refreshment and shortly thereafter again to Labour and closed at High Twelve.

 

24th June 1861

Wallace Monument 2Wallace Monument  Laying the Foundation Stone of the Wallace Monument

This being the day appointed for laying the Foundation Stone of the Monument to the memory of Sir William Wallace a natural son of Scotland.


A Deputation of the Celtic brethren headed by the RWM proceeded to Stirling to assist in the ceremony.


The monument to be erected in the Abbey Craig near Stirling in the Scottish baronial Castle style is to cost £6,000.00 Pounds Sterling, which has already subscribed.


The Municipal bodies of Stirling and various bodies of the Rifle Volunteers together with about 3,000 brethren from various Masonic Lodges walked with passion and pride in the procession to the Abbey Craig when the Grand Master Mason then Laid the Foundation stone with the usual Masonic honours a large number of spectators were present they enjoyed all the Pomp and circumstance on such a fine day.

The Celtic brethren dined at the splendid Banquet that was provided. Thereafter the Celtic brethren returned to the lodge where the RWM closed the lodge in due form at High XII.

Battle of Bannockburn  The Day is also known as Bannockburn Day to commemorate The Victorious Battle of Bannockburn. It was the decisive Battle in the First War of Scottish Independence.


In a letter to The Celtic Lodge from Brother Charles Rogers Dated 12th July 1861. The Celtic Lodge was in attendance. RWM Sir and Brother the Foundation Stone of the Wallace Monument having now been laid by the Most Worshipful

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Grand Master Mason the Duke of Atholl of Scotland. This first communication a report to the funds required to complete the Monument is about £7000.00 we have realized the sum of £5500.00. It would be requested that a Donation of £5.00 from the Working Masonic Lodges in Scotland would suffice to complete the Monument. Hoping that you’re Lodge will kindly favour us with a contribution. I am Sir and Brother you’re very faithfully and fraternally, Brother Charles Rogers. A published Paper named An English View of The National Wallace Monument at Abbey Craig, Stirling.

There was a competition to for Poet’s to write to Poem, to the Meeting of Wallace and Robert the Bruce after the Battle of Falkirk. We at the Celtic Lodge have an original published Paper Dated 23rd 1864.


Upwards of forty years ago, a movement took place, with the professed object of “ Rearing a suitable National Monument to the memory of Wallace “ A gentleman, described as “ a native of Edinburgh, and member of the Highland Society of London, offered Prizes for the three best Poems on the subject of the illustrious Patriot inviting Bruce to the Scottish Throne “ The First Prize was awarded to a Poem under the title “ Wallace’s Invocation to Bruce; “ and the Authoress was found to be Mrs Felicia Dorothea Brown Hemans, since so well known, but then only entering upon her career as a popular writer.

A ref can also be found at Warwickshire County Archives, Ref No CR 2017/TP 817. 1819. A2A.

 

The Poem closes as Follows:--“Art thou forgot? and hath thy worth, without its glory, passed from earth? Rest with the brave, whose names belong to the high sanctity of song? Chartered our reverence to control, and traced in sunbeams on the soul, Thine, Wallace! While the heart hath still one pulse a generous thought can thrill, While youth’s warm tears are yet the meed of martyr’s death or hero’s deed, Shall brightly live from age to age, The country’s heritage! ‘midst her green vales thy fame is dwelling, Thy deeds her mountain winds are telling, Thy memory speaks in torrent wave, Thy step hath hallow’d rock and cave; and cold the wanderer’s heart must be that holds no converse there with thee ! Yet, Scotland ! to thy Champion’s shade Still are thy grateful rites delayed. From lands of old renown, o’erspread with proud memorials of the dead,

 

The torphied urn, the breathing bust, The pillar guarding noble dust, the shrine where art and genius high have laboured for eternity—The stranger: his eye explores the wilds of thy majestic shores, yet vainly seeks one votive stone raised to the Hero all thine own! Land of bright deeds and minstrel lore! withhold that guerdon now no more. On some bold height of awful form, stern eyrie of the cloud and storm, Sublimely mingling with skies, Bid the proud cenotaph arise.- Not to record the name that thrills thy soul.- The watchword of thy hills; Not so assert, with needless claim, The bright forever of its fame—But, in the ages yet untold, When shall be the ‘ days of old,’ To rouse high hearts, and speak thy pride In him, for thee who lived and died.


Here we have, :-- The reason why such a Monument should exist ; the duty of Scotsmen to erect it : the very site, as it were, pointed out : and, finally, the objection, now sometimes urged, that “ Wallace needs no Monument,” answered by anticipation- and all this by an Englishwoman ! 23rd December 1864.

This has been added to our Celtic History by Lodge Historian Brother W JR Boland PM.

Also Will be read out at our Annual Visit to The Eldon Lodge No 3187 on the Grand Lodge of England Newcastle on Friday 11th 11 2011. It was read by Bro Boland PM.

No. 3187 OFFICERS 2011

W Bro. ROBIN HINE Master

W Bro. RICHARD MOFFIT IPM

Bro. COLIN ROBSON SW

Bro. JAMES ATKINSON JWW

Bro. IAN BRAMLEY. PAGDC Chaplain

W Bro. JEFFREY DRAPE. P Prov G Reg Treasurer

W Bro. COLIN GRAHAM Secretary

W Bro. JOSEPH HANNAN. P ProvJGW DC

W Bro. IAN BRAMLEY. PAGDC Almoner

Bro. DESIRE CHING Charity Steward

Bro. BRIAN HARDY SD

Bro. RICHARD BRAMLEY JD

W Bro. CHRIS EMMERSON ADC

Bro. MICHAEL SMITH. IG

Bro. ALISTAIR PHILIPS Steward.

  • 28th June 1861
  • Bro Ellis was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

16th August 1861

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

 

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

 

23rd September 1861

alt  The Foundation Stone of the new Post Office was laid today by Prince Albert on the site of the Old Shakespeare Square. Also the Foundation Stone of the new Museum of Science and Arts was laid by Prince Albert

 

27th September 1861

A Loyal comrade from the Hussars who had died in India and also a Celtic Lodge Member's family asked for a distressed Payment after due consideration the RWM and Brethren sent £1:1/- which was gratefully Acknowledged. A petition was also presented on their behalf to the Grand Lodge of Scotland Benevolent Fund Committee and £5.00 was obtained for the Family.

4th October 1861

Mr Robert Kirk Inches a Jeweller 7 East Adam Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr F Charlene Taylor a Writer 26 Elder Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Brethren was assembled in large numbers several strangers and visiting Brethren were present among whom were Bro Rouse Lyall and others of Bro Howard's Opera Company.

 

The evening passed in a very harmonious manner indeed one of the happiest opening Monthly Meetings in the Annals of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

17th October 1861

Bro Inches was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Taylor was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

30th October 1861

Mr George James McGuire a Clerk in the Legacy Department of the Inland Revenue Office in Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

8th November 1861

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

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

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

 

22nd November 1861

Mr Thomas Hamilton Scott an Engraver on board RM Gunboat the Eine was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

24th November 1861

Building Collapse the living conditions had become very overcrowded in the tenement buildings of Old Edinburgh with the outbreak of Cholera in 1861 an Eight storey tenement in the High Street collapsed killing 35 of its 77 inhabitants.

 

2nd December 1861

The 30th November St Andrew's Day having fallen upon A Saturday the Festival was held this evening in the Masonic Hall His Grace the Duke of Athol was in the Chair.

 

About 250 Brethren from various Lodges assembled in Honour to the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

 

A Deputation from the Celtic Lodge about 36 of the Brethren headed By the RWM were present and as a tribute wore their Royal Stuart Tartan the Celtic Lodge had a prominent and honoured position during the Festivities of the evening.

 

The Dinner was provided by Brothers Geddes and Glover everything passed off to the satisfaction of the Brethren and it may be mentioned that the worthy Chairman the MWGMM palace of Scotland to become an Honoured guest of the Emperor Napoleon 111 to take his place to night amongst his Brethren and be reinstalled into the Office of Grand Master which he has now held for Nine years.

 

5th December 1861

St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 headed by the RWM this was by Special invitation as the RWM was to receive Honorary Membership of that noble Lodge.

 

6th December 1861

Mr James Scorcher 5 Roxburgh Terrace Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Richard Gravette 52 Hanover Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Scott was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation from Marys Chapel No 1 headed by PM Bro Cowan was received with a Masonic welcome several other Brethren from Sister Lodges were present and given the same warm welcome. After a pleasant evening the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

7th December 1861

Mr J J W Clapperton a Farmer Maeybro Ireland was entered then passed to Fellow Craft Degree raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

 

10th December 1861

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

 

13th December 1861

This was the evening for nomination of Office Bearers for the ensuing year were properly proposed and seconded the put forward to meeting of the installation date on the 27th December 1861.

 

20th December 1861

Mr Lewis Selig a Merchant in Liverpool was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Scotcher was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Selig was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. This Brother being Jewish was allowed to take the usual obligation with his head covered and the Hebrew copy of the Book was used in all of the Three Degrees. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

27th December 1861

David Skirving RWM 1860-63  This was the Day of Installation of Brother David Skirving's as RWM along with his Office Bearers on St John's Day.

 

The Following took their obligations and were properly Installed:-

 

David Skirving Right Worshipful Master.
Sir G Beresford Bart Past Master
William Campbell Depute Master
William Hislop Substitute Master
Christopher Thomson Senior Warden
F Cameron Junior Warden
Alexander Hay Treasurer
John MacKay  Secretary
Alexander Boswell Chaplain
W R Morton Senior Deacon
George J McGuire Junior Deacon
Patrick Cowan Locum Past Master
J Johnston & William Hill Standard Bearer
Alexander Cockburn Architect
James Watson Bard or Poet Laureate
Dr J S Miller Physician
C H Fairfax Jeweller
James Tait Junior Inner Guard
Thomas  Lough

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

Bro David Kinnear Bro J Johnston Bro J Dundas Grant Bro Peter Purves Bro George Cotton Bro Christian Jockel and Bro William Dawson.


89 Lodge Morton Shetland  Bro Francis Heddell of Lodge Morton Orkney and Zetland No 89 was duly affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge and paid his Fees to the Bro Treasurer.


The following Deputations were sent out:-


Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by SW Bro Thomson.

Portobello No 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 accompanied by Bro Ferguson Morton and Inches.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Peter Purves.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 accompanied by Bro Cockburn and Bro Hiddell.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro William Hill.

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

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 and Bro Taylor.

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

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Mason's Lodge No 8 and Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 accompanied by Bro Ferguson Bro Scotcher and Mason.

 

During the evening the Following Deputations visited the Celtic Lodge:-

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by Bro MacLeod ChaplainRoman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM the Rev J Stormonth.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Br Dr McCowan.

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

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by C S Law.

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

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 headed by Bro Pendreigh.

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

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

 

All were given a warm Celtic welcome. In due time the Deputations which had been sent out to visit the Sister Lodges returned and gave their respective reports all of which conveyed expressions of regard and good wishes of the various Lodges visited.

 

On the motion of Bro Cowan a vote of thanks was awarded to the various Deputations which had been sent out. A pleasant evening was spent and all enjoyed the fair the Lodge was duly closed.

 

3rd January 1862

Me John Harper residing in Annandale Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

10th January 1962

Deputations received into the Celtic Lodge as follows:-

alt St Andrew's Lodge No 48.

alt  St Luke's Lodge No 44.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145.

 

The RWM gave the visitors a warm welcome into the Lodge and asked when they return to their Mother Lodges to take back the warm and fraternal greeting of the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

17th January 1862

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

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

 

The Lodge was reduced and closed by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

23rd January 1862

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge 392 headed by Bro Campbell DM and 15 of the Brethren.

 

Bro Duncan DM in the Chair their RWM being unwell. The Celtic Brethren were well received with Masonic welcome and spent a pleasant evening with the Caledonian Brethren.

 

31st January 1862

Mr Hermand B Benziulla a Clothier in Register Street was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

4th February 1862

Deputation to Calongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Depute Master and 6 of the Celtic Brethren.

 

7th February 1862

Mr J Webster a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Thomas Faulds Hartley a Clothier 16 Manor Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Secretary read the Minutes of the last Monthly Meeting they were approved by the Brethren.

 

Deputations were received from the following Lodges:-

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

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

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

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

 

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

11th February 1862

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel No 1 headed by RWM and 12 of the Celtic Lodge Brethren. The Lodge was closed.

 

18th February 1862

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Depute Master.

 

21st February 1862

Bro Hartley was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

28th February 1862

Royal Scots Greys Waterloo  Bro John Wilson Troop Sergeant Major Scots Greys of Lodge Newbridge No 215 Ireland was duly affiliated as a full Member of the Celtic Lodge and took the usual obligation paid his Fees to Bro Treasurer.

 

6th March 1862

Mr John Thomas Cunninghame a Dental Surgeon aged 23 114 Lauriston Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


Mr John Shields Simpson a Farmer at Newbridge Victoria aged 31 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Ship Like hms Edinburgh  Mr David Crichton of H M S Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


Bro Webster was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was then closed.

St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM.


7th March 1862

Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:

Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by Past Master Bro Scott.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Munn. After passing a pleasant evening the Lodge closed at High Twelve.


10th March 1862

St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by the Junior Warden.

 

13th March 1862

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by the RWM.

 

14th March 1862

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The RWM stated and as arranged at last Monthly Meeting he had received a Circular from Grant Lodge wishing a Subscription of £1.00 per year for the next 10 years to assist in reducing the debt over the Grand Lodge premises in terms of a motion unanimously agreed to at the last quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge.

 

He explained circumstances and as to the desirability of getting debt cleared off and hoped that the Celtic Lodge Brethren would now be behind the Brethren of other Lodges in this instance.

 

Bro Hay moved that the Celtic Lodge give £1.00 being first year's subscription which was seconded by Bro Cockburn.

 

Bro Cowan stated that while he did not concur in the plans adopted for reducing the Grand Lodge debt yet in order that the Celtic Lodge might be in a position to pay the proposed subscription at once and without encroaching upon the present funds of spreading the subscription of £1.00 over a period of Ten years he had with the assistance of a few brethren raised the other £9.00 which with the £1.00 now noted by the Lodge could be paid to the Grand Lodge as the contributions from the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Hay moved that a vote of thanks be awarded to Bro Cowan for collecting this handsome sum and to the Brethren subscribing thereto which was seconded by Bro Tait and cordially agreed to.

 

15th March 1862

Bro Gray was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Cunningham was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro J Laing of Lodge No 4 Ireland was affiliated a full Member of the Celtic Lodge.


18th March 1862

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


21st March 1862

Bro Crichton was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


25th March 1862

Mr Charles Adolphe Richard a Commercial Traveller Paris aged 28 was entered then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


26th March 1862

Mr Alfred Hall aged 26 a Commercial Traveller 11 Gresham Street London was entered Apprentice Mason.

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

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

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

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

 

28th March 1862

alt  392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  This was the evening of Masonic assembly of Celtic and Caledonian Lodges.

 

In the Masonic Hall this evening about 120 Ladies and Gentlemen were present. The Hall was neatly decorated with Flags and evergreen.

 

Dancing commenced at 10 O'clock and continued till about 12 O'clock when the whole company sat down to a sumptuous supper and refreshments provided by Bro Hunter Confectioner St Andrew Square who spared no exertions to make way every one was comfortable.

 

After resting for about an hour the dancing was resumed and kept up till 6 O'clock in the morning Bro Howard's band supplied the Music during the evening.

 

The Masonic Clothing of the Members of the two Lodges and the Navel and Military Uniforms of several Celtic Brethren present combined with the beautiful dresses of the Ladies had a magnificent and gay effect and to use the words of some was of the Newspapers of the next day the Assembly was both a brilliant and fashionable one.

 

Great credit as on the last occasion due to the RWM of the Celtic Lodge who devoted much time and attention to the decoration of the Hall and carrying out of the other necessary arrangements.

 

31st March 1862

Mr Fredrick Trumpler a Commercial Traveller from Laurence Lane Cheapside London aged 26 was entered Apprentice Mason.


4th April 1862

Bro Simpson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


Bro Cowan handed the sum of £9.00 over to the RWM the Sum of £9.00 the sum raised by the Brethren towards the subscription for the liquidation of the Grand Lodge buildings and referred to in Minutes of Meetings of 7th and 14th March Last on the motion of Bro Georgiades seconded by Bro Purves a cordial vote of thanks was awarded to Bro Cowan for the sum.

 

The Treasurer was then directed to place same to credit of Lodge funds.

 

Bro Hay moved the Trustees should be empowered to sign a cheque on Bank account for the sum of £10.00 and that the RWM may present a cheque to Grand Lodge at the quarterly communication.


17th April 1862

Portobello Lodge 226  Deputation to Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by the RWM.


18th April 1862

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


2nd May 1862

The RWM and Committee considered various Lodge matters.


The Following Deputations were received in due form:-


Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by their RWM.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by their RWM.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by their RWM. The usual warm welcome was given by the RWM on their entrance to the Temple. The Lodge was closed.

9th May 1862

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The RWM stated that at the last quarterly communication of Grand Lodge the RWM presented the Cheque for £10.00 to the acting Grand Master as the contribution from the Celtic Lodge towards the Grand Lodge Building debit.

 

Bro Alfred Hall was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

16th May 1862

Mr Edwin Hughes a Saw Maker Leith was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Michael Jenkinson was affiliated a full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Lodge was then called from Labour to refreshment after the usual Toasts the Brethren enjoyed a short harmony. Bro McCormack in particular favouring the Brethren with some of his best Songs the Lodge was called to Labour and duly closed.

 

Several of the older Members of the Lodge present stated that the Meeting was the best that had been held in Leith for a number of years the RWM expressed much satisfaction at the Brethren supporting him on this occasion in the way they had done.

 

30th May 1862

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

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

Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Henry Meek of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was affiliated a full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The RWM stated that he had much pleasure informing the Brethren that the application by the Widow of the late Bro Conroy for Benevolence had been given by the Grand Lodge Benevolent Fund to the sum of Ten Pounds the Lodge was then closed.

 

13th June 1862

Mr Melville Smith Heely a Clerk in Mount Street Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

18th June 1862

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM.

 

20th June 1862

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

 

24th June 1862

This was the day of the Summer Festival of St John's Day about 15 of the Brethren sat down to a sumptuous Dinner provided by Bro Geddes.

 

The RWM in the Chair the usual toasts were given and responded to in a very happy manner and if the company was small in number it was one of the happiest that had been held for several years past in such an occasion.

 

The Dinner was everything that could have been desired and reflected great credit on Bro Geddes,

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Lodge Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was headed by RWM and was well received.

 

27th June 1862

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

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Bro Hay then stated that the Ten Pounds granted by the Grand Lodge Benevolent Committee to the Widow of the late Bro Conroy had been remitted to her and that he had received a letter from her expressing her great thankfulness for the sum sent. Bro Hay also read a letter received from Mr Leake thanking the Lodge for their kindness to Mrs Conroy. The Lodge was closed.

 

11th July 1862

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by RWM + 4 Brethren.


1st August 1862

This was the day appointed for the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Town Hall Portobello.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Deputations from Sister Lodges assisted in the proceedings which were conducted by Grand Lodge of Scotland.


The Foundation Stone was laid by the Right Worshipful Grand Master Mason with all the Masonic honours.


The day was held as a public Holiday in Portobello. The Provost and Town Council with other Official bodies walked back with Grand Lodge in procession with the other Masonic Deputations to the Hall.

Royal Scots Greys Waterloo  The Scots Grey volunteers Band with other Bands played appropriate Music. Everything passed in a satisfactory manner.

 

5th September 1862

Bro J D Coghill was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

26th September 1862

Bro Hughes was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

3rd October 1862

Mr Andrew Wilson Junior from Annandale Street was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Entertainment consisting of a fine selection of songs and glees with performances on the Pianoforte Concertina and Violin was given by various Brethren as follows:

Introduction - Pianoforte - Bro Taylor.

Song - The White Squall - Bro Lewis.

Ballad - My Pretty Jane.

Solo - Concertina - National Airs - Manners.

Solo - Humorous - Hartley.

Duett - Wild Wavers - Bro Manners and Bro Lewis.

Solo - Pianoforte - Glorios Nocturne - Bro Denoven.

Song - The Good Rhine Wine - Bro Scotcher.

Interval.

Song - Speak of a Man - Bro Taylor.

Duett - Violin and Pianoforte - From the Opera - The Barber of Seville and Operatic Selections by Weber.

Song - Bro Lewis.

Solo - Selection from Trovatore - Bro Denovan.

Song - Humourous - Bro Hartley.

Dong - Let us act a Brother's part - Bro Tatlor.

Song - Beloved Star.

Song - Death of Nelson - Bro Manners.

Glee - Willie Brewed a Peck o' Maut.

After passing a very pleasant evening and a cordial vote of thanks awarded to Bro Lewis and the other Brethren for the treat afforded this evening. The Lodge was recalled to Labour and then duly closed.

 

10th October 1862

Mr John Fairbairn aged 24 a Grocer 7 East Adam Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

24th October 1862

Royal Scots Greys Waterloo  Mr Charles De Aubrey a Sergeant in the Scots Greys (2nd Dragoon Guards) aged 28 was entered Apprentice Mason. 

 

31st October 1862

Bro Charles De Aubrey was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

7th November 1862

Mr William Alexander Reilly a Tobacconist Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The RWM then read a letter which he had received from Bro Tait in reference to a report that certain panels in the Masonic Hall had been appropriated to certain individuals and as to the property of the Celtic Lodge claiming a Panel to be decorated with the Celtic insignia. The letter was directed to lie on the Table till the next Monthly Meeting. The RWM was undertaking to make enquires on the subject.

 

14th November 1862

Bro Fairbairn was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

 

21st November 1862

The Treasurer read a letter of application for Aid on behalf of the Widow and family of the late Thomas

alt  Willis a Colour Sergeant of the West Yorkshire Rifles. On consideration the matter was remitted to Bro Purves to make the necessary enquires and report to the RWM.

 

The Secretary reported a letter from Grand Lodge for consideration of the Brethren.

 

24th November 1862

Mr John Crowden Junior Falcon Square London was entered Apprentice Mason.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by RWM.

 

1st December 1862

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  St Andrew's Festival was held in the Masonic Hall this evening the installation of all Grand Lodge Office Bearers.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  His Grace the Duke of Atholl in the Chair.


5th December 1862

Mary Chapel-1  Bro Clark from Marys Chapel was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

St James Operative 97  Bro Melville PM of St James Lodge No 97 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Gray RWM of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

They all took their usual oaths and expressed their thanks for the honour conferred on them.

St Stephens No 145  Bro Henry Ruddiman Kay a Master Mason from St Stephens Lodge No 145 and was proposed by Bro Hay and seconded was duly made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

9th December 1862

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

 

The Nominations for the Office Bearers for the ensuing year was passed to the evening of 12th December 1862.

 

12th December 1863

The list of Office Bearers as recommended by the Committee were agreed and the List of Office Bearers for year 1862-1863 to be read on the 27th December 1862.

 

23rd December 1862

Mr Thomas Cooke was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

27th December 1862

David Skirving RWM 1860-63  This evening was the Installation of the RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1862-1863 as follows:-

David Skirving Right Worshipful Master.
Sir G Beresford Bart Past Master
William Campbell Depute Master
Christopher Thomson Substitute Master
John MacKay Senior Warden
Findlay Cameron Junior Warden
Alexander Hay Treasurer
James Scotcher Secretary
Alexander Boswell Chaplain
James Tait Junior Senior Deacon
John Fairbairn Junior Deacon
Patrick Cowan Locum Past Master
William Hill and Edwin Hughes Standard Bearer
John Harper Architect
J F Hartley Bard or Poet Laureate
John J Cunningham Physician
Charles H Fairfax Jeweller
Alexander D Gray Inner Guard
M Jenkinson

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.


The Committee as follows:-

David Kinnear W Hislop J Johnston Cotton Peter Purves George Cotton Christian Jockel William Dowson.


Deputations were formed to visit the Sister Lodges:-

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

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

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

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Hartley.

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

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bros Carey and Inches

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro SW Bro MacKay.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Reilly Neilson.

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

 

Deputation s were received from the Following Lodges:-

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Duncan DM.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 38 headed by Bro MacKersey DM.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel headed by Bro Drelle Cowan PM.

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

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

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

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

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

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Kilwinning Dalkeith Lodge No 10 headed by Bro McAlpin JW.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro the RWM.

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

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by The RWM and Wardens.

 

The various Deputations returned and gave their reports to the RWM all expressing the kind manner in which they had been received by each of the Sister Lodges.

 

The Brethren then enjoyed the rest of the evening which was spent in a most pleasant and convivial manner the Brethren expressing themselves as having a happy and pleasant evening.

 

29th December 1862

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  The RWM headed a Deputation consisting of Bro Cowan, Hislop, Scotcher, and Jenkins to Kilwinning Lodge Dalkeith No 10 to celebrate the Festival of St John. Upon arriving at the Station the Celtic Brethren were met by the Brethren of Kilwinning No 10 and formed a procession headed by a Band of Music and marched to the Palace Grounds and then to the Lodge Room. After spending a happy evening the Celtic Brethren returned to Edinburgh, they all expressed as having a good Deputation.

 

9th January 1863

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Lodge was duly opened by the RWM the only Business of importance before the Lodge was in reference to the Panel in Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

The RWM then read a Circular in refrence to the above from Grand Lodge. Bro Tait's motion was then brought forward for the Painting of a Panel in the Masonic Hall to the Celtic Lodge after various remarks from several Brothers present.

 

The RWM then proposed that a Subscription and the Committee agreed that the cost of the Panel was to be Thirty Pounds.

 

The Lodge was called to refreshment when Deputations from the following Sister Lodges.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Lamb.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 Headed by RWM Bro Paton.

After the usual Loyal Masonic Toasts the RWM congratulated each of the RWM and the Brethren that accompanied the Deputations. The Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

22nd January 1863

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  alt  The RWM headed Two Deputations first to the Caledonian Lodge No 392 after spending part of the evening there, they visited St Andrews Lodge No 48 and were well received by both RWM's.

 

5th February 1863

alt  The Christy Minstrels were American Group travelling around America, they opened in London "Raynor & Pierce's Christy Minstrels" at the St James Theatre on 3 August 1857.


Petitions were presented on behalf of the following:-

Mr James Hartley was Entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Horace Bennett was Entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr John Ritter was Entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr John Garity was Entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  All of the above Brethren were Christy Minstrels members entertaining Brethren all over Britain.

 

The Lodge was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree when:-

Bro Reilly was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Cook was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro Moore Marys Chapel was Affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge. 

 

6th February 1863

Mr John Evens Allibone was entered Apprentice Mason and passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr David Conachar was entered Apprentice Mason and passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr R Tackney was entered Apprentice Mason and passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Christy who was affiliated an Honorary Member of 291.

 

10th February 1863

Mr Andrew Merrilees was entered and passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation headed by RWM to Marys Chapel.

11th February 1863

Bro Merrilees, Bro Hartly, Bro Bennett, Bro Allibone, Bro Ritter, Bro Garrity were all raised to the Sublime degree of Master Masons.

 

Bro Wilson of the Christy Minstrels was Affiliated an Honorary Member of 291.

 

13th February 1863

alt  Mr William Webb of the Scot Greys was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro's Young Cook and Tackney were all raised to the Sublime degree of Master Masons.

 

13th February 1863

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation headed by RWM to Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

 

17th February 1863

alt  405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Deputations headed by RWM to St David's Lodge No36 and The Rifle Lodge 405.

 

5th March 1863

St James Operative 97  Deputation headed by RWM to St James Lodge No 97.

 

6th March 1863

 

Bro Christie RWM of St David's Lodge No 36 was affiliated an Honorary Member of 291.

 

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges were received:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 2nd visit headed by RWM.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM.

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

 

After the usual Masonic Loyal Toasts the Lodge was closed at High X11. meet

 

12th March 1863

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation headed by S M Bro Thompson to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

 

19th March 1863

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation headed by S M Bro Thompson to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 to meet the R.W.G.M.M :-

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  His Grace the Duke of Atholl.

 

20th March 1863

Mr James Douglas of Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

3rd April 1863

Bros Reilly and Bro Aubrey were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

Mr Nicoll was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Deputation from Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by S Warden.

Royal Scots Greys Waterloo  This was the last Monthly Meeting of the Season there was a Good Muster of the Scots Greys previous to their departure for a distant quarter. After the usual Loyal Toasts the RWM proposed the

 

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Health & Success of the Roman Eagle Lodge, which was suitably responded to by the S W.

 

The RWM then proposed the Health of our Brethren of the Scots Greys.

 

Bro Aubrey then gave one of his readings much to the amusement of all present, Bro Ferguson suitably replied on behalf of his Celtic Bro and Comrades.

 

The RWM proposed the Health and Success of the Regiment complementing them upon their Valour and Good contact both as Private individuals and Masons.

Royal Scots Greys Waterloo  The Toast was responded to by the Regimental Sergeant Major Bro Waldie.


6th April 1863

112 St John Fisherrow Lodge No 112  Deputation to St John's Portobello Lodge No 112 headed by the RWM the Celtic Brethren were well received.

 

17th April 1863

Bro Douglas was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Crowden was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

24th April 1863

Mr William St Ody was entered Apprentice Mason. On the 8th May was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

27th April 1863

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair Lodge No 349 headed by RWM.

Lodge St Clair No 349  alt  The RWM Bro Gray of St Clair's affiliated Bro Skirving RWM of the Celtic Lodge 291 an Honorary Member of St Clair's.

 

28th April 1863

Deputation to Stone to celebrate the installation of Pro G Master Bro Inglis for Peebles and Selkirk.

 

14th May 1863

Journeyman Masons No 8  The RWM of Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

22nd May 1863

Meeting at the New Ship Hotel

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  By virtue of the charter granted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland. The Lodge was duly constituted by the RWM in the New Ship Hotel.

When petitions were presented on behalf of:-

Mr Albert Stoltz

Mr Ernesto Zoff

Mr Emml Sohivarz all craving to be admitted into the Celtic Lodge all being well recommended they were then initiated into the Entered Apprentice Degree. On the 29th May 1863 they were all passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

The Lodge was called to refreshment when a deputation from:-

Lodge Canongate-Leith-Leith-Canongate No 5 and

89 Lodge Morton Shetland  Lodge Trafalgar No 223 after the usual toasts the lodge was called to labour and closed accordingly.

 

5th June 1863

Mr William B Lemmie was entered passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Mr F C Timm was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr J B Lemmie was entered Apprentice Mason. Was passed on the 12th June 1863

Mr J Huddleston was entered Apprentice Mason. Was passed on the 12th June 1863

 

12th June 1863

Mr Charles Story was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

13th June 1863

Deputation headed by RWM to Mid Calder to celebrate the laying of the Foundation Stone at the Church.


On 13th June, Provincial Grand Lodge was held in the Schoolroom at Mid Calder when:-

Sir A C Gibson Maitland 2  Brother Sir Alexander Charles Gibson Maitland, Baronet, Provincial Grand Master of Stirlingshire, took the Chair and opened the Lodge in The First Degree.

He then adjourned it and went in procession to march to the Parish Church of Mid Calder when the Foundation Stone of the large addition to it was to be laid in Masonic Order. About 300 brethren took part in the procession. They marched in the following order:

Grand Marshall Tyler of St John's Lodge No 272. Band of Music the Rifle Lodge 405. Caledonian Lodge No 392. St Clair's Lodge No 349. the Celtic Lodge E & L No 291. St John's Lodge No 272 Linlithgow. Thistle Lodge No 270 West Calder. Lodge No 181. Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151. St James Operative Lodge No 97. Thistle Lodge No 87 Glasgow. Kirknewton and Ratho Lodge No 85. Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8. Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2. St Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1. Grand Lodge Tyler Provincial Grand Lodge.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Grand Lodge was joined by the Minister of the Parish Rev. William Walker, who officiated as Chaplain. They then marched round the Church to the Music of Masonic anthems and formed round the stone which forms the base of the Porch on the left hand side facing the south of the new building.

 

After prayers the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer placed a bottle in the cavity of the Stone containing a number of Masonic and Local items.

Sir A C Gibson Maitland 2  The stone was laid by Sir Alexander C. Gibson Maitland according to the usual form. On return to the Schoolroom the Lodge was duly closed when 100 of the Brethren and others in the neighbourhood finished off the day's proceedings with a dinner in the Torphichen Arms Inn.

 

Mr McLagan from Pumpherston presiding and all ended in a harmonious and successful manner. Soon after this on 23rd June, a deputation from the Lodge was invited to attend the laying of the Foundation Stone at the New Court House, Linlithgow. A deputation agreed to attend.

Mid Calder Church 2013  Photo of the Mid Calder Church 2013.

 

1st July 1863

Bro Lorentzen was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a master Mason.

Bro J B Lemmie was raised to the Sublime Degree of a master Mason.

 

6th July 1863

Bro Nicoll was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a master Mason.

 

24th August 1863

Mr Walter W Watson was entered Apprentice Mason. On 28th August he was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a master Mason.

 

25th September 1863

Mr Segnr Carbone was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Lewis was made an Honorary Member of 291.

 

30th September 1863

Mr H Harper was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro S Carbone was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a master Mason.


2nd October 1863

Musical Festival.

The Lodge was duly opened by the RWM after which it was called to Refreshment when the following Deputations were received:-

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel No 1 headed by RWM.

112 St John Fisherrow Lodge No 112  St Johns Portobello Lodge No 112 headed by RWM.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM.


The usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts were given the health of the RWM and Deputations was proposed by the RWM which was suitably responded to by Bro Mann.


RWM of Marys Chapel in proposing the health of Bro Skirving stated it gave him great satisfaction in meeting the Celtic Brethren in their New Lodge Room and that it was a pleasing reflection to know that each Lodge were upon such good terms of Masonic feeling toward each other.

The Programme of Music for the evening was as follows:

Fantasia on Scotish Airs - Pianoforte - Wallace - Bro Larcen.

Glee - Mynheer Von Dunk - Bishop.

Song - Fairer than the Morning - Groung.

Song - Harmourous - Bro Hartley.

Song - The Wanderer - Fesca - Bro Lewis.

Solo - Cornet - The Cornet Polka - Bro Plimmer.

Song - My own Guilding Star.

Glee - Willie brewed a peck o' maut - Shore.

Song - The Sea King,s Burial - Russell - Bro Lewis.

Solo - Pianoforte.

Song - The good Rhine Wine - Bro Scotcher.

Song - Humourous - Bro Hartley.

The Musical Entertainment passed off with great satisfaction to the Brethren. The Lodge was called to Labour.

Bro Hunter RWM of St Johns Portobello was Affiliated an Honorary Member of 291. The Lodge was then closed.


13th October 1863

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation headed by RWM to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.


6th November 1863

Mr Robert Johnston was entered Apprentice Mason.

PGL Peebles  A large number of the Celtic Brethren had assembled to meet the Provincial Grand Master of Peebles and Selkirk Bro Inglis who visited the Lodge on the occasion of the Musical Entertainment.

 

Bros Howard and Lewis at intervals during the evening other Brethren gave Instrumental and Vocal entertainment to the satisfaction of all the Brethren present.

 

The usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts were given and received.

PGL Peebles  Bro Inglis Provincial Grand Master of Peebles and Selkirk was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and was welcomed by the Celtic Brethren. The Lodge was then closed.

 

13th November 1863

Mr Johnston was entered Apprentice Mason.

A Committee was formed to arrange the proposed Grand Ball.

 

19th November 1863

A Special Meeting was called this evening when the Lodge was opened by the RWM.

A petition was presented from:-

Bro John Thomas Gordon Esq, Sheriff of Mid Lothian was read craving to be admitted into the Celtic Lodge and that having been duly initiated as an entered Apprentice in Peebles Kilwinning Lodge No 24 he was desirous of now being affiliated into the Celtic Lodge he was then passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

Bro Gordon made an elegant speech in reply to the Toast to his health and thereafter in high eulogistic terms proposed the health of the RWM Bro Manns health was proposed by Bro Dundas Grant in excellent speech, after several excellent Songs and Recitations.

Mary Chapel-1  The RWM Bro Manns RWM of Marys Chapel No 1 joined the Celtic Lodge after having a Lodge Meeting in another part of the House for the purpose of an initiation.

Bro Manns reported that this was perhaps one of the most pleasant meetings the Celtic Lodge ever had.

 

Bro James Ballantine Grand Bard of Scotland Composer of ilka Blade of Grass. Lyrics as follows:-

Confide ye aye in Providence, For Providence is kind, And bear ye a' life's changes wi' A calm and tranquil mind, Tho' press'd and hemm'd on ev'ry side, Hae faith and ye'll win through, For ilka blade o' grass, Keps its ain drop o' dew, For ilka blade o' grass, Keps its ain drop o' dew,

Gin reft frae friends, or cross'd in love, As whiles nae doubt ye've been, Grief lies deep hidden in your heart, Or tears flow frae your een; Believe it for the best, An' trow there's gude in store for you, For ilka blade o' grass, Keps its ain drop o' dew, For ilka blade o' grass, Keps its ain drop o' dew,

In lang, lang days o' simmer, When the clear an' cloudless sky, Refuses ae wee drap o' rain, To Nature parch'd an dry, The genial night, wi' balmy breath, Gars verdure spring anew, For ilka blade o' grass,
Keps its ain drop o' dew, For ilka blade o' grass, Keps its ain drop o' dew,
 

So lest 'mid Fortune's sunshine, We should feel owre proud an' hie, An' in our pride forget to wipe
The tear frae poortith's e'e; Some wee dark cluds o' sorrow come, We ken na whence or how, For ilka blade o' grass, Keps its ain drop o' dew, For ilka blade o' grass, Keps its ain drop o' dew,

 

Bro Ballantine was present and in replying to his health, gave some most interesting reminiscences of his experience in the Celtic Lodge of many years back, as regards the active part the Lodge took in promoting the erection of the Scott Monument.


The Brethren then separated much gratified with their evening's proceedings.


26th November 1863

Bro Harper was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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


30th November 1863

St A Glass No 3 Deputation headed by RWM and a number of the Celtic Brethren attended at the New Masonic Hall George Street Edinburgh to celebrate the Festival of St Andrew's.


4th December 1863

Bro Timm and Bro Johnston were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

The Minutes were read and approved.


Bro Lamb RWM of Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 was affiliated an Honorary Member of 291.

Bro Tait read his report of the Memorial Panel Subscription List in which he stated that Eighty Four Subscribers had placed the Handsome Sum of Thirty Pounds which was placed in the Bank to the Credit of the Lodge.

Bro Tait incurred a small sum of Two Shillings. Bro Cowan then proposed a vote of thanks to Bro Tait for the great exertion and trouble he had used in collecting the above Funds. Bro Kinnear seconded the Motion after spending an agreeable evening the Lodge was called to Labour and closed accordingly.


5th December 1863

Bro Timm Bro Harper and Bro Johnstone were raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Masons.


7th December 1863

The Celtic lodge Accounts were presented and found to be correct.

The Nomination of Office Bearers were proposed and forwarded to the 28th December date of the Installation.

 

26th December 1863

Mr John Forbes was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

28th December 1863

Patrick Cowan RWM 1858-59 and 1863-64  This evening was the Installation of the RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1863-1864 as follows:-

 

Patrick Cowan Right Worshipful Master.
David Skirving Past Master
James Tait Depute Master
Christopher Thomson Substitute Master
Henry Kay Senior Warden
John Fairbairn Junior Warden
Alexander Hay Treasurer
James Scotcher Secretary
Alexander Boswell Chaplain
Gavin Young Senior Deacon
Henry Harper Junior Deacon
Sotires Georgiades Locum Past Master
William Hill and Edwin Hughes Standard Bearer
Alexander Cockburn Architect
J F Hartley Bard or Poet Laureate
John J Cunningham Physician
Charles H Fairfax Jeweller
Robert Kirk Inches Inner Guard
M Jenkinson

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

Bro Cook was appointed Organist'

 

The Committee as follows:-

 

David Kinnear W Hislop J Johnston Cotton Peter Purves George Cotton Christian Jockel W H Muir.

 

Deputations were formed to visit the Sister Lodges:-

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Kinnear.

89 Lodge Morton Shetland  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Kinnear.

Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by Bro Kinnear.

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

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

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

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Hartley.

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

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bros Carey and Inches

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro SW Bro MacKay.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Reilly Neilson.

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

 

Deputation s were received from the Following Lodges:-

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

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel headed by Bro Officer.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro MacKersy. 

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

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Henry the RWM.

 

The various Deputations returned and gave their reports to the RWM all expressing the kind manner in which they had been received by each of the Sister Lodges.

 

The Brethren then enjoyed the rest of the evening which was spent in a most pleasant and convivial manner the Brethren expressing themselves as having a happy and pleasant evening.

The Lodge was closed with all due soleminity at High X11.

 

4th January 1864

Mr James Kier was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

8th January 1864

Mr Abraham Horsfall was entered Apprentice Mason.

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

The evening was spent in the most harmonious manner, enlivened with many cheerful Songs and recitations and the Brethren were well pleased with the evening's entertainment.


12th January 1864

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 the Brethren were received with the usual Brotherly greetings and spent a joyous evening. The Deputation retired with great satisfaction.


14th January 1864

alt  Deputation to St Andrews the Celtic Brethren were received in due form. The evening was spent in the most harmonious manner, enlivened with many cheerful Songs and recitations and the Brethren were well pleased with the evening's entertainment.

 

18th January 1864

The Lodge was opened in due form by the RWM Bro Cowan. Petitions were read from:-

Mr John William Fowkes was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr William Charles Harris was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Abraham Horsfall was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Keith Suckling having signified his willingness to undertake the Office of Tyler to the Lodge, was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Black Apron  The RWM then expressed his regret for the melancholy Death of the Grand Master Mason of Scotland His Grace the Duke of Athole who had now passed to the Grand Lodge above the RWM then requested the Brethren to join with him in recording in the Minutes the deep sympathy, the Celtic Lodge had in common with sister Lodges for the great loss sustained by the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

29th January 1864

Mr William Hobson was well recommended for the Office of Tyler, Bro Hobson was initiated in the enter Apprentice Degree, after which the Lodge was closed with the usual solemnity.

 

1st February 1864.

Black Apron  Funeral Lodge.

The RWM and a large number of the Celtic Brethren met in the Masonic Hall George Street Edinburgh.

To be present and take part in the Funeral Lodge to the memory of the death of our Illustrious Brother the late Grand Master Mason of all Scotland the Duke of Athole.

The ceremonies which were of the most solemnizing kind impressed all the member of the Celtic Lodge with truly Masonic feelings and deeply in mourning at the loss of our Grand Master Mason. Who has now passed to the Grand Lodge above.

This sadness was felt by all brother Masons the length and breadth of the land and all Masonic Brothers all over the Globe.

The Grand Chaplin gave his blessings to the Great Architect of the Universe the Mystic ceremony was closed in memory of all who have gone before, may the memories of our late Brother be held until it is our time to be a member of the Grand Lodge above.

 

5th February 1864

Bro Hobson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

The following Deputations to the Celtic Lodge were received:-

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97.

 

Deputation from District Lodges from Hawick and several Past Masters joined the Deputation.

 

12th February 1864

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

 

16th February 1864

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM were received most cordially by the RWM Bro Rhind and PM Christie and after spending a most pleasant evening in many songs, the Brethren retired much gratified.

 

22nd February 1864

Mr James Pringle Rodgers was entered Apprentice Mason.

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by the RWM, they were received with great cordial due and presented to their RWM. After spending a most agreeable evening the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

23rd February 1864

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Senior Warden Henry Kay.

 

26th February 1864

This evening was a Lodge of instruction Bro C Thomson in the Chair.

 

3rd March 1864

St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM.

 

4th March 1864

This was a Committee Meeting after the discussion of Lodge agenda. The Lodge was opened by RWM Bro Patrick Cowan.

 

Deputation was received from St Clair's Lodge 349 headed by their RWM Bro Gray.

Black Apron  The RWM said it is with the deepest regret that he had to announce the Death of one of our oldest and most respected Members Major General Swinburn, one who which was actively engaged in the running of the Lodge and upheld its honour and on visiting of Sister Lodges. The RWM asked the Brethren for a 2 minutes silence to the memory of our late Brother Swinburne, the Brethren did so in true Masonic silence.

 

18th March 1864

Mr Thomas Langdon Bruce 69 Cammon Street West London Craving admission into our ancient and honourable order and he was well recommended was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

25th March 1864

Bro James P Rodgers was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

30th March 1864

Mr John Abernethy Rose was entered passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

1st April 1864

89 Lodge Morton Shetland  Deputation from Dunblane headed by Bro Fairie who replied in a very flattering Toast to the Celtic Lodge and said it was and will always be the greatest pleasure to him to visit the Celtic Lodge, where he was received with such cordiality by a large number of friends and Brothers.

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Dodds.392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392 Deputation from Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Rollo who duly returned thanks for their health's.


The RWM then proposed the visiting Brethren coupled with the name of Brother Allan from Gateshead, and took occasion to observe the many happy greetings that deputations from the Celtic Lodge when visiting the Gateshead Lodge.

Brother Allan duly responded and hoped that these visits would be speedily resumed. The Lodge was closed with solemnity at High X11.

 

16th April 1864

Mr John D Hector Davidson of King Alfred Place Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

25th April 1864

Mr George Edward Benbow 49 Gibson Drive Islington London was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Francis Thomas 281 New Cross Road London was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

6th May 1864

Bro Thomas L Bruce was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Tait read a letter from the RWM stating he would be unable to take the Chair as he was suffering from illness, and requesting his depute to act instead. Bro Tait accordingly took the Chair and received a loud Cheer.

 

The Holy Lodge of St John and other Loyal Toasts were given by the Chairman and responded to in an enthusiastic manner by the assembled Brethren.

 

The Lodge was favoured with a visit from Bro Castell PM Lodge No 77 and Lodge No 319, P.P.G.D. Hants, the Toast of whose health was received with much pleasure, he returning thanks with great feeling.

Many other Toasts were given and received Bro Tait wished the RWM a speedy recovery.

The Lodge was closed at High X11.


13th May 1864

Mr Matthew Drayson was entered Apprentice Mason.


10th June 1864

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

Bro Matthew Drayson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


The Lodge was reduced, the RWM reported that a New Lodge in Penicuik was to be consecrated on the 18th June 1864 and he hoped a large Deputation of the Celtic Brethren would assist in that project, it was intimated that the services of the Tyler would be required on that day.

 

It was then agreed by a large majority of the Brethren present to keep as usual the summer festival of St John, and remitted to the Committee to make the necessary arrangements with powers. The Lodge was closed at High X11.


18th June 1864

429 St Kentigern Lodge  Deputation to Penicuik, a very select and influential Deputation went to assist The Provincial Grand Master Bro Inglis in Consecrating the St Kentigern Lodge No 429 at Penicuik headed by Bro Monteith.

 

The Brethren spent a most pleasant and agreeable day highly pleased with the excellent manner that Brother presided over the Deputation.

 

21 June 1864

Hangman Noose  Last public Execution by Thomas Askern Hangman in the City of Edinburgh.

George Bryce The Ratho Murderer Born 1833 Christened 6th January 1833 Midlothian Scotland Died. 21 June 1864 opposite County Buildings Lawnmarket Edinburgh.


He was involved in a court case of the murder of Jane Seaton on 30th May 1864 in Edinburgh Scotland.

Jane was a Nanny in Ratho village Bryce in a fit of drunken jealousy, murdered Jane.

 

He considered that Jane was responsible for the brake up of his relationship with his girlfriend when bent on revenge he broke into the house where Jane was living she fled via to the back door Bryce quickly caught her and slit her throat with a razor.

 

The Jury Recommended mercy on the grounds of low organisation of his mental faculties but this was not enough to prevent his encounter with the hangman Thomas Askern Bryce was the last man to be publicly hanged in Edinburgh.


24th June 1864

A number of the Brethren met in the Celtic Lodge Room to celebrate the Summer Festival of St John, the Chair was taken by the RWM supported by Bro Hill and Bro Gray, the vice Chair was occupied by Senior Warden Bro Kay, the dinner was served in Bro Kennedys Mill known excellent Style and the assembled Brethren spent a very happy and pleasant evening.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation visited the Sister Lodge Canongat Kilwinning headed by Senior Warden Bro Kay and were received with every demonstration of regard, which is usually accorded to the visiting Brethren from the Celtic Lodge.

 

27th June 1864

Bro Kier was passed and as Bro Kier was on the eve of leaving this Country for China he was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

15th July 1864

Mr David Thomas of North Wales was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Peter Hutton of Leith Walk Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

29th July 1864

Bro Peter Hutton was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

 

11th August 1864

A Number of the Members of the Lodge including the RWM Senior Warden Treasurer accompanied by their Wives, Children and Sweethearts proceeded on a Picnic excursion to the Lake at Dirleton Castle to visit which was a romantic spot permission had been kindly granted by the owner the Right Hon R C Nisbet Hamilton of Dirleton and Beil, North Berwick whose letter was confirmed in the following terms.

 

Sir, In reply to your letter I beg to state that the Celtic Lodge of Freemasons and Friends are very welcome to a holiday at Presinenmaneuman, when you fix the day you may apply to my Agent Mr Higgins who will appoint my keepers to be in attendance and provide every accommodation the plan is capable of affording, I have the honour to be there. Signed R C N Hamilton.

 

The party proceeded from North Berwick in several Carriages and arrived after a delightful drive in due time at their destination, a more beautiful day the Sun shone on the secluded Valley of Presinenman, and the party enjoyed themselves at its Placid Lake, then that which was this day assembled under the auspices of the jovial and hospitable Celtic- In joyous mirth and glee in friendly and sisterly boat racing competitions when the Ladies were generally victorious and with shooting and fishing in which latter achievement the RWM was particularly unsuccessful the happy hours flew fast away.

Then healths of the Lord and Lady of the Manor were drank in a sparkling bumper with highland honours, which made the old mood ring again and success and prosperity to the Celtic Lodge.

The party returned to their homes delighted beyond measure with their excursion and very happy with the day's events.


23rd August 1864

313 St Baldred Lodge  Deputation to St Baldred Lodge No 313 North Berwick. The meeting had been called specially to receive the Celtic Lodge Deputation and the Brethren composing it, the Celtic Brethren were all arranged in full Masonic Costume with the Jewels of their Office.

 

They were received by the Members of St Baldred. The RWM of that Lodge Bro Wait a worthy Mason drank the health of the Celtic Lodge in flattering terms, and referred to the pleasure he had experienced in being present at the Consecration upwards of forty years ago and his remembrance of the splendid appearance of its Members, all of whom were arrayed in full highland Costume, and the very able manner in which the duties of the Chair were discharged by Bro Laurie those present:-

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.


The harmony with was enjoyed along with the singing and playing of the Grand  Bagpipes. The Celtic Brethren returned home very happy with the evenings proceedings.

 

9th September 1864

Mr George Logan a Tailor was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Davidson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

7th October 1864

313 St Baldred Lodge  Deputation from Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Green,

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation from Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Campbell.

The Deputations were well received.

 

21st October 1864

Brothers Drayson, Murray and Rodgers were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

26th October 1864

Bro Thomson was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

4th November 1864

Mr Charles Alfred Dunn of London was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

11th November 1864

Brothers Benbow and Dunn were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

21st November 1864

Mr Henry Jacob was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr George Glen was entered Apprentice Mason.

30th November 1864

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Deputation to the installation at Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by the RWM.

Bro Whyte Melville into the Grand Chair, after which the Brethren adjourned to Celebrate the annual Festival of St Andrew's which was a great success in point of numbers the numerous Deputations from distinct and provincial quarters filling the capacious Hall.

 

2nd December 1864

Mr James Walter Hogg aged 23 a Medical Student 11 Lothian Road Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Thomas Henry Reilly age 20 Station Belfast was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Richard Pike age 46 2 Pilrig Cottages was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Dejay of St Luke's Lodge No 44 was made an affiliate Brother of the Celtic Lodge. The Minutes were read and approved.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Health of the New Grand Master Mason of Scotland and Grand Lodges of England and Ireland were drank to. The appropriatie replies were returned.

Bros Dajay Reilly and Pike also returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge, and a warm welcome from the Members in the usual manner.

 

6th December 1864

Committee Meeting, to record the inventory of The Celitc Lodge and the Treasurers report.

 

9th December 1864

Brothers Glen, Reilly and Pike were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Brothers Glen, Reilly and Hutton were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

Bro Hogg was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

27th December 1864

Various 28 07 2013 022  This evening was the Installation of the RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1865-1866 as follows:-

 

Christopher Thomson Right Worshipful Master.
Patrick Cowan Past Master
Henry Kay Depute Master
Duncan Monteith Substitute Master
James Douglas Senior Warden
J Law Walker Junior Warden
Alexander Hay Treasurer
Alexander Cockburn Secretary
Alexander Boswell Chaplain
Robert Johnston Senior Deacon
George Glen Junior Deacon
Sotires Georgiades Locum Past Master
William Hill and William Morton  Standard Bearer
John Fairbairn Architect
Gavin Young Bard or Poet Laureate
John J Cunningham Physician
Thomas Robb Jeweller
James Inches Inner Guard
William Hobson.

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

Bro Cook was appointed Organist'

 

The Committee as follows:-

 

David Kinnear W Hislop D Skirving Peter Purves George Cotton James Tait Junior.

 

It was agreed that the Annual Festival of St Johns be held in Bro Dejays Hotel.

 

Deputations were formed to visit the Sister Lodges:-

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Kinnear.

89 Lodge Morton Shetland  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Kinnear.

Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by Bro Kinnear.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro SW Bro Hill.

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

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

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Hill.

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

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

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

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

 

The usual Loyal Toasts were given in right good style RWM responded to with great joy, Bro Bridgman following each with magnificent Music, the Past Master proposed the health of the RWM and visitors along with the Lord Provost and Magistrates Town Council of Edinburgh in his usual happy manner.

The Following Sister Lodges were received:-

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

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

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

 Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel headed by Bro Hunter.

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Davidson.

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

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

 

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Spence.

 

 

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

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

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

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Schopp.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro MacKersy.

 

The various Deputations returned and gave their reports to the RWM all expressing the kind manner in which they had been received by each of the Sister Lodges.

 

The Brethren then enjoyed the rest of the evening which was spent in a most pleasant and convivial manner the Brethren expressing themselves as having a happy and pleasant evening.

 

The Lodge was closed with all due soleumnity at High X11.

 

6th January 1865

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

The usual Loyal Masonic Toasts were given and received along with the Healths of the youngest Member Bro Jockel Visiting Brethren RWM and the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392 Bro Haddows of Caledonian Lodge 392 was affiliated Member of 291.

 

13th January 1865

Theatre Royal 1830 - 1859  Fire Theatre Royal Broughton Street destroyed by fire.

 

The Theatre Royal Broughton Street Edinburgh was built on the site of several former Palaces of entertainment and Theatre's.

 

The First on the site was the Jones and Parker Circus in 1788 Replaced by Sadler's Well Theatre in 1793.

Replaced by a concert hall in 1811 called Corri's Rooms until 1815.

 

Then the building was known as the Caledonian Theatre. In 1830 was renamed the Adelphi Theatre again destroyed by Fire 23rd of May 1853.

 

The Queens Theatre and Opera House 1857. In 1859 The Royal Patent from the Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Square was demolished. And moved to Broughton Street in 1839, the Shakespeare Theatre.


20th January 1865

Mr Henry Alder was entered Apprentice Mason.


27th January 1865

Mr Emilio Humberto Bankart was entered passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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


3rd February 1865

Deputations from Sister Lodges as Follows:-

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

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

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


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

The usual Loyal Masonic Toasts were given and received.


7th February 1865

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


10th February 1865

Mr William MacDonald Lawrie 3 St Andrew Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

The Lodge was closed at High X11.


14th February 1865

 Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 and were received with very Brotherly welcome which brought out many expressions of kindly greetings, the Deputation enjoyed one of the pleasantest and most agreeable evenings the Celtic Brethren retired highly gratified by their visit.


22nd February 1865

Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 was received by the RWM Bro Rhind.

 

23rd February 1865

Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro C Thomson.


24th February 1865

Mr David MacKay Leith Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Alexander Philip of St James Lodge No 97 was affiliated Member of 291.

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


27th February 1865

 

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 were well received by Bro Grant.


2nd March 1865

 

St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 were well received by Bro Grant.


3rd March 1865

Mr James Law Walker age 28 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Michael Johnson White was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Thomas Drummond who was entered 16th February 1844 and was an inmate at the Royal Infirmary craving Charity which was remitted by Bro Hogg was referred to the Committee.


A Circular from the Bro Secretary of St James Lodge No 97 recommending Subscription for the Widow of Bro John Taylor who lost his Life in the Fire in the Theatre, was referred to the Committee.


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

 

9th March 1865

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

Bro Lawrie was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

alt  Bro James William Mackie of St Andrews Lodge No 48 was affiliate Member of 291.

 

17th March 1865

 

alt  392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  This evening the Assembly under the joint auspices of the Celtic and Caledonian Lodges took place, which turned out to be a great success, everyone remarking on the large number of the Brethren and their Lady Wifes and Sweethearts present and the elegance were most Charming and added greatly to the lustre of the Ball.

 

Many of the Brethren of both Lodges have been thoroughly impressed with the grace and charms of the fair enchantresses, altogether the Brethren unanimously agreed that this has been one of the most pleasant and successful assemblies under the direction of the United Lodges.

 

31st March 1865

Bro Walker was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro MacKay was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

4th April 1865

Deputation from Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by DM Bro Kay and they were received very kindly and spent a very pleasant evening.


7th April 1865

 

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation from St Clair Lodge No 349 headed by RWM Bro Grant.

 

Portobello Lodge 226  Deputation to Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by RWM they were well received by PM Bro Scott.

 

28th April 1865

Bro James Law Walker was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


9th May 1865

 

St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 on the celebration of their Centenary headed by the RWM Bro C Thomson the visit will be an auspicious occasion in the annuals of the Brotherhood.


1st June 1865

Deputation from Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM.

 

26th July 1865

Initiation of Captain Pomplo Cacace of Naples he was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

28th July 1865

Mr Charles Thomas Brisbane was entered and passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Pomplo Cacace was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree the raise to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Lawrie was raise to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro MacKay was raise to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


10th August 1865

Bro Chaplain Boswell proceeded to Logierait and assisted the Grand Master Mason of Scotland in laying the Foundation stone of the Monument to the Memory of the deceased Grand Master the late Duke of Athol and although the date was unpropitious the ceremony passed off with proper solemnity.


14th August 1865

Mr Lewis Shostel was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro John Forbs was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


24th August 1865

The Annual Summer excursion to North Berwick accompanied by Wives and Sweethearts and Families. A most delightful day was enjoyed by all.

 

14th September 1865.

Celtic Lodge Room Ship Hotel

The Brother Secretary Read out the Following Letter

Sir and Brother,

I have been requested to inform you that the Foundation Stone of the New Exchange Building at Hawick will be laid there by the Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Grand Lodge of Scotland,

On Friday the 22nd September 1865 at 2 o’clock pm.

The Celtic Lodge having been invited to take part in the Proceedings, I am desired by the R.W.M. particularly to request you to accompany him in a Deputation on this occasion.

A Special Train will leave the North British Railway Station at 10.20 am returning from Hawick at 9 o’clock pm same day.

After the Ceremony, a Masonic Banquet will be held, to presided over by Brother Henry Inglis, Esq. Of Torrance.

Tickets, 3s 6d each.As the North British Railway Company require a return by the 20th inst. Of the number intending taking advantage of the Special Train,

It will be necessary for those Members of the Celtic Lodge who intend being present on this occasion, to give their names to the Treasurer, 45 Princes Street Edinburgh, before the above day, that their Tickets may be procured

I am Sir and Brother,

Yours fraternally,

Brother Alexander Cockburn, Secretary.

22nd September 1865

 alt  A large and influential Deputation supported the RWM on a visit to Hawick to assist the:-

 

 Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Grand Master Mason of Scotland to lay the Foundation Stone, of the New Exchange which was laid with Full Masonic Honours by the Grand Master Mason of Scotland.


After which partook of a Banquet presided over by RW Provincial Grand Master Bro Henry Inglis. They spent a happy day and enjoyed a pleasant evening.


6th October 1865

The Lodge was opened by the RWM in all due mystery, the Minutes were read and approved. The Senior Warden stated that Bro Wicks kindly presented to the Lodge a Skull, for which he received the thanks of the Lodge, and the Secretary was instructed to him a special letter embodying them, which was done (Vide scroll minutes for Copy).


13th October 1865

Mr William Thomson 8 Pitt Street Bonnington was entered Apprentice mason.


20th October 1865

Mr James Hamilton Inches 7 East Adam Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice mason.

Mr William Stewart 41 North Bridge Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice mason.

Bro William Thomson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


27th October 1865

Bro Shostel was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

3rd November 1865

Bro James Sibbald 64 George Street Edinburgh was affiliated Member of 291.

Bro Wicks was made an Honorary Member of 291.


10th November 1865

Bro James Hamilton Inches was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro William Stewart was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

28th November 1865

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

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

Mr David Mason was entered Apprentice Mason.


30th November 1865

 

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  A Large Deputation supported the RWM at the Installation of the Grand Master Mason of Scotland to celebrate the Festival of St Andrews which was a great success.

Afterwards partook of a splendid Banquet.

 

1st December 1865

Mr Charles Gold a Wine merchant was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Rhind Junior RWM of St David's Lodge No 36 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

The usual Toasts and Healths of the Brethren of the Lodge and the Visitors.

 

8th December 1865

Mr Demetrious Sclavo a Merchant was entered passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr James Hamilton was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Gold was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

The Lodge accounts were presented and examined and a copy sent to each Member.

The Nominations for the ensuing year 1865-1866 were presented and put forward to the Installation date of the 27th December 1865.

 

11th December 1865

Brothers Inches, Gold and Sclavo were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.


14th December 1865

Mr Nicolas Sclavo was entered Apprentice Mason.

The Lodge then considering the state of the Funds, granted power to the Bro Treasurer to invest the Sum of £100.00 in the Standard Investment Company. The Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

21st December 1865

Brothers Alder, Hamilton and Scavo were passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

 

27th December 1865

Burns Monument Royal High School  This evening was the Installation of the RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1864-1865 as follows:-

 

Christopher Thomson Right Worshipful Master.
Patrick Cowan Past Master
Henry Kay Depute Master
Duncan Monteith Substitute Master
James Douglas Senior Warden
Gavin Young Junior Warden
Alexander Hay Treasurer
Alexander Cockburn Secretary
Alexander Boswell Chaplain
Robert Johnston Senior Deacon
William A Reilly Junior Deacon
Sotires Georgiades Locum Past Master
William Hill and Edwin Hughes Standard Bearer
John Fairbairn Architect
J F Hartley Bard or Poet Laureate
John J Cunningham Physician
Thomas Robb Jeweller
George Glen Inner Guard
William Hobson.

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

Bro Cook was appointed Organist'

 

The Committee as follows:-

 

David Kinnear W Hislop D Skirving Peter Purves George Cotton James Tait Junior.

 

Deputations were formed to visit the Sister Lodges:-

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Kinnear.

89 Lodge Morton Shetland  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Kinnear.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro SW Bro Hill.

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

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

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Hill.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel headed by Bro Hunter.

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

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

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

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

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

 

The usual Loyal Toasts were given in right good style RWM responded to with great joy, Bro Bridgman following each with magnificent Music, the Past Master proposed the health of the RWM in his usual happy manner.

 

The Following Sister Lodges were received:-

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

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

 Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel headed by Bro Mann.

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Jockel.

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

 Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Douglas.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro M Kean

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405    Rifle Lodge No 405 headed by Bro Simpson

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

Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 223 headed by Bro McGowan

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro MacKersy.

 

The various Deputations returned and gave their reports to the RWM all expressing the kind manner in which they had been received by each of the Sister Lodges.

 

The Brethren then enjoyed the rest of the evening which was spent in a most pleasant and convivial manner the Brethren expressing themselves as having a happy and pleasant evening.

 

The Lodge was closed with all due solemnity at High X11.


29th December 1865

Mr Vincenza Tossini was entered and on the 30th was passed and raised a Master Mason.


30th December 1865

Bro Joseph Cucenoly of Lodge Charity Amsterdam was affiliated as a Member of the Celtic Lodge.


16th January 1866

Mr Arthur Newland Austey 50 Rankellor Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

A Committee to be formed with Caledonian Lodge regarding the next Assembly and meetings would be arrange the proceedings.


2nd February 1866

alt  Mr James William Kelly 4th Hussars at Piershill Barracks was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Thomas C Poyser 15 Leopold Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


A report of the Sub Committee regarding the Ball was submitted, when the subject of whither it should be open to non-masons to attend, it was agreed to leave it in the hands of the Sub Committee.

Black Apron  The RWM took the occasion to pay respect to the memory of the late Bro Lipton who has passed to the Grand Lodge above, the Members of the Lodge so much remember Bro Lipton and say that he will be sadly missed.

alt  Major Lindsay of the 4th Hussars was affiliated as an Honorary Member of 291.

 

Deputation from Sister Lodges as follows:-

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Matheson.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by RWM Bro Hallon.

 

The usual Loyal Toasts were given in right good style RWM responded to with great joy, following each of the Past Master proposed the health of the RWM in his usual happy manner. The Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

16th February 1866

Bro J W Kelly was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Black Apron  The RWM took the occasion to pay respect to the memory of the late Bro Gully and Bro Nicol both who have passed to the Grand Lodge above, the Members of the Lodge so much remember Bro Lipton and say that he will be sadly missed.

 

20th February 1866

alt 

Deputation headed by RWM to St David's Lodge No 36, the Brethren were well received with Brotherly kindness.

 

21st February 1866

Mr Thomas Thomson of Brunton Cottage was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Robert Miller Hendry 3 North St Andrew Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

23rd February 1866

 

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation headed by RWM to St Clair Lodge No 349, were well received with Brotherly kindness.

 

2nd March 1866

The Lodge was opened by the RWM. The Minutes were read and approved.

The Lodge was called to refreshment the usual Loyal Masonic Toasts were given and responded with great approval.

United Grand Lodge of England  Bro Harriett returned thanks for the Grand Lodge of England.

Bro Kelly returned thanks for the Army, Navy and other services.

 

The Lodge was favoured by Deputations from the following Sister Lodges:

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

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Barton.

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

The Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

8th March 1866

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM this evening, and after spending a pleasant evening retired highly delighted.

 

9th March 1866

Bro Thomson and Bro Henry were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. Then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

13th March 1866

Mr Anastaseos Vreoneis was entered passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Bro Poyser was to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

 

23rd March 1866

Mr Franz August Waingren was entered Apprentice Mason. On the 28th March was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

29th March 1866

alt319Lodge St Machar 319  Deputation joined the RWM on a visit to the Dunblane Lodge Bridge of Allan, and were received by DM Bro Millerand the Brethren with the utmost kindness, and our RWM Bro Thomason, PM Bro Cowan and Treasurer Bro Hay had the Honour of being affiliated as Honorary Members, and retired highly pleased with their visit.

 

6th April 1866

Mr Robert Sinclair Shipping Agent 2 Elm Row was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr George Kemp Teacher 8 Heriot Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


Mr Francegio Geovanini Polleni Ships Captain was entered and on 9th April 1866 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 Rhind.


10th April 1860

Mary Chapel-1  A large Deputation joined the RWM to visit Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 and were received with every Masonic kindness and retired after spending a very pleasent evening.


13th April 1866

Mr William Salkeld a Commercial Traveller 23 George Street was entered Apprentice Mason.


20th April 1866

Bro Kemp was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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


1st May 1866

Deputation accompanied the RW M on a visit to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 and were received by the RWM Bro Matheson.


15th May 1866

Mr Johannes Herfordt Theilimann 9 Hermitage Place was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Robert Sinclair and Bro Salkield were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr Cornelius Lewis Mosley of London was entered Apprentice Mason.


Bro Hay intimated that PM Bro Skirving offered a very handsome Sword for the acceptance of the Lodge, and the RWM received the Sword with thanks of the Brethren of the Lodge, the Bro Secretary was instructed to acknowledge the same.

 

18th May 1866

The RWM opened the Lodge with the usual Mystery at the Lodge Room in Leith.

 

A Large number of the Brethren were present and favoured a Deputation and other visiting Brethren under Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Matheson.

 

The usual Toast and the Healths of the Celtic and visiting Brethren were given and received.

 

8th June 1866

Brothers Kemp, Salkeld and Sinclair were raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

21st June 1866

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

 

22nd June 1866

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Deputation accompanied the RWM to visit Kilwinning Dalkeith Lodge No 10 to celebrate the summer Festival of St John, the Celtic Brethren were well received with great kindness, they retired after spending a pleasant evening.

 

15th August 1866

Mr David Shoolbraid M.R.C.D.E, was entered and on the 7th September 1866 was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Mr Alexander Drysdale was entered and on the 7th September 1866 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

14th September 1866

alt  Mr Frank Gooch Cornet 4th Hussars was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

12th October 1866

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

 

2nd November 1866

Mr Adolphie Aron aged 25 a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

9th November 1866

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

 

13th November 1866

Mr Andrew Sheppard aged 27 a Painter George Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr James Robertson a Farmer Burnbrae Cupar Fife was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

30th November 1866

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  A large Deputation of the Brethren accompanied the RWM, to the Grand Lodge Masonic Hall for the Installation of the Grand Master Mason of Scotland and his Office Bearers. The celebration of St Andrew's then took place in true Masonic style.

 

After wards the Brethren partook of the Banquet.

 

7th December 1866

Brothers Sheppard and Robertson were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro James William Lay of the Irish Lodge No 44 was affiliated an Honorary Member of 291.

The usual loyal Toast and the Health of the RWM and visiting Brethren were drank to, The Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

21st December 1866

Mr William Puckney Howard Musician London was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

 

27th December 1866

Edinburgh Scott Monument  This evening was the Installation of the RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuing year 1866-1867 as follows:-

 

Christopher Thomson Right Worshipful Master.
Patrick Cowan Past Master
Henry Kay Depute Master
Duncan Monteith Substitute Master
J L Walker Senior Warden
James Inglis Junior Warden
Alexander Hay Treasurer
Alexander Cockburn Secretary
Alexander Boswell Chaplain
Robert Kirk Inches Senior Deacon
George Kemp Junior Deacon
Sotires Georgiades Locum Past Master

Robert Sinclair & D Macharg

C Dejays

Standard Bearers

Steward

Andrew Sheppard Architect
Gavin Young Bard or Poet Laureate
John J Cunningham Physician
James Hamilton Jeweller
R H Hendry Inner Guard
William Hobson.

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

Bro Cook was appointed Organist'

 

The Committee as follows:-

David Kinnear W Hislop D Skirving Peter Purves George Cotton James Tait Junior.

 

Deputations were formed to visit the Sister Lodges:-

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Kinnear.

89 Lodge Morton Shetland  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Kinnear.

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

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro James Inche 

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

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Gavin Young.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel headed by Bro Kay.

 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Gavin Young.

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

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

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Gavin Young.

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

 

The usual Loyal Toasts were given in right good style RWM responded to with great joy, the harmony as follows with the magnificent Music, the Past Master proposed the health of the RWM in his usual happy manner.

 

The Following Sister Lodges were received:-

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

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

 Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel headed by Bro Dr MaCowan.

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Jockel.

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

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

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

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

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

Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 223 headed by Bro McGowan

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro MacKersie.

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Rausch.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Muir.

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

 

The various Deputations returned and gave their reports to the RWM all expressing the kind manner in which they had been received by each of the Sister Lodges.

 

The Brethren then enjoyed the rest of the evening which was spent in a most pleasant and convivial manner the Brethren expressing themselves as having a happy and pleasant evening.

 

The Lodge was closed with all due soleumnity at High X11.

 

27th December 1866 Continued

Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith No 291

 

This is a Letter Dated 27th December 1866 From Brother F Westlake, Deputy District Grand Master Mason of the London District as Follows:-

London Canada West, December 1866.

 

To the Worshipful Master Office Bearers and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge No 291 Edinburgh & Leith, G.L.S. William Hyde Sergeant 82nd Regiment.

 

Worshipful Sir & Brethren.

This is to inform you that I have in possession a Certificate given under the seal of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, to Brother William Hyde a Member of your Lodge date 27th Dec 1854.

 

Wither the owner is dead or not I cannot say. If he is there may be some of his friends or your lodge would like to have the certificate.

 

It was picked up during the Indian Mutiny on the Battle Field at Cawnpore Stained with Blood, by Captain Robert Thompson Paymaster of the 53rd Regiment on the 6th December 1857. Which he wrote on the back.

 

He gave it to me and requested I should write you an if any of his friends or your Lodge wish to get it please Write and I will send it without delay.

 

Yours truly & fraternally

 

F Westlake Deputy District Grand Master London District.

 

Address F Westlake London. Canada West British North America.

 

This was another source to Brother William Hyde.

 

Temple Photos 21 04 2013 044  A Diploma from the Celtic Lodge was found on the Battle Field of Cawnpore in 1857.

 

The Diploma was found by Captain Robert Thompson on the 6th December 1857, after the engagement with the 53rd Regiment the Gwalior Contingent. The Celtic Lodge Masonic Diploma was Issued to Brother William Hyde Colour Sergeant 82nd Regiment Brother William was Proposed by Bro Davies and seconded by Bro Thomas Maxwell.

 

William was Initiated Passed and Raised on the 26th December 1854, on the Morning of the 6th December 1857 the main attack and after the non-combatants were safely away from Cawnpore the Regiments as follows:-

 

Feint from entrenchment and artillery fire in order to convince the rebels into believing that the main British attack would come from the north or the British Right.

Brigadier Greathed to attack the rebel Centre based in General Ganj area.

 

The main attack on the sepoy right by Brigadier Inglis’s and Brigadier Adrian Hope’s Brigades Cavalry Brigade to threaten the rebel communication with Kalpi.

 

Order of Battle Cavalry Brigade (600 Sabres) HM 9th Lancers 1st Punjab Cavalry (Parts) (Authors unit) 2nd “ “ “ 5th “ “ “ Hodson’s Horse Greathed’s Brigade-HM 8 Foot- HM 64 Foot -2nd Punjab Infantry 4th Infantry Brigade HM 42 Foot -HM 53 Foot -HM 93 Highlanders -4th Punjab Rifles 5th Infantry Brigade HM 23 Foot -HM 32 Foot -HM 82 Foot 6th Infantry Brigade Parts of Rifle Brigade Detachment of HM 38 Foot In all the British had about 5,000 infantry, six hundred cavalry and thirty five guns.

 

The Enfield Rifles which automatically reduced the rebel potential to one fourth and multiplied the British hitting power by four times. It may be noted that the main British attack was going south of the built up area where the advantage of close quarter battle and thereby reduced engagement ranges which benefited the sepoy was nullified. In addition the tremendous British artillery superiority must not be under estimated.

 

The British victory was a foregone conclusion and Tantia’s defeat as inevitable as that of Russians in the Crimean War. The British casualties were nominal, i.e. just 98 killed or wounded the Pursuit continued until 08 December 1857. Tantia escaped towards Kalpi while his centre and left escaped towards Bithur.

From here some of them withdrew towards Farrukhabad whereas some crossed the Ganges and withdrew into Oudh. Brother William Hyde fell in this conflict his Masonic Diploma was found in the field by Colonel Robert Thompson of the 53rd Regiment and we thank Brother Thompson for his diligence under what would have been a very difficult and dangerous time.

When Captain Thompson returned to Britain he sent Brother William’s Diploma to the Celtic Lodge 15th December 1866. We at the Celtic Lodge still have Brother William’s Diploma framed and although slightly faded by time, its Masonic lustre shines bright in our hearts and we at the Celtic Lodge had many Brethren from other Regiments who fought in these campaigns now passed to that Mystic Battlefield above and if we were at harmony in our Lodge we would drink a bumper toast to absent Brethren.

Some items above were taken from Chapter Twelve Battle of Cawnpore –December 1857. If anyone would like to add or enlighten us with other information on any other Brother from this time or time in our history we at the Celtic Lodge would be very grateful. Please contact us at thecelticlodge.org Brother Bill Boland PM Treasurer and Lodge Historian for the Celtic Lodge 18th September 2010.

The first part of Brother William storey was added, when Brother Bill was searching through some of our old records.

We at the Celtic Lodge are still looking for more information to add to our Historical Records. If you can help please contact Bro Norman J Dall Lodge Secretary, Bro William JR Boland PM Treasurer Updated 22-10- 2014.

 

 

31st December 1866

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

25th January 1867

Mr George Campbell 5 Nicolson Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

8th February 1867

Mr Thomas Ritchie 25 Broughton Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro George Campbell was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

15th February 1867

Bro Menricks of Kentigern Lodge was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Mr John Campbell a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Alexander Erskine Shand a Teacher was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr William Crabbe 13 Gilmore Street was entered Apprentice Mason.

1st March 1867

Bro Ritchie, Bro Crabbe and Bro Shand were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

The Usual loyal Toasts were give and responded to wit much applause.

alt  Deputation from St David,s Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Rhind, were received by the Celtic Brethren.


12th March 1867

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM were received by RWM Bro Officer.

 

15th March 1867

Bro John Campbell was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Brothers George Campbell, William Crabbe, Theador Harens and Thomas Ritchie were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

19th March 1867

alt  Deputation from St David,s Lodge No 36 headed by RWM Bro Rhind, were received by the Celtic Brethren.

 

It was very complimentary to the Celtic Lodge that Bro Rhind took the opportunity to affiliate the Bro Cothburn Secretary of the Celtic Lodge, after spending some time in the inter change of good fellowship, the Deputation returned.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Thereafter a Deputation to the Rifle Lodge and were received with much kindness.

 

28th March 1867

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Deputation to Caledonian Lodge No 394 headed by RWM Bro Thomson, and were much pleased and greatly delighted at the reception given to the Deputation by Bro Bennett the RWM.

The Deputation retired at a late hour much pleased.

 

4th April 1867

St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM Bro Thomson, and were received by the RWM Bro White with very friendly greeting, after spending a pleasant evening they retired at High X11.


5th April 1867

A letter was read from Colonel William Lewis asking for a Certificate of his initiation, it was agreed if he pays the usual Fee of 8/- the Lodge would be happy to send him the same.


It having been stated that a motion was tabled in Grand Lodge that it would be allowed to meet in the Grand Lodge, for all time coming twice a month, on paying the Sum of £120.00.


The Committee having considered the matter and keeping in view the former sums voted by this Lodge to the Grand Lodge recommended to the Lodge to authorise the Trustees to pay the additional Sum to secure the above privilege. RWM Bro C Thomson.

 

A Committee Meeting followed and it was agreed the Trustees for this purpose shall be Brothers Pratt, Cowan, Hay and RWM Christopher Thomson.

History of Lodge Photos 004  Temple Photos 21 04 2013 044  The Bro Secretary then Submitted a letter received from Bro F Westlake Depute Grand Master Mason London Canada West enclosing a Diploma belonging to Celtic Lodge Member Brother William Hyde that was picked up on the Battle Field by Captain Thomson after the Action at Cawnpore in 1857. The Celtic Lodge are very grateful to Captain Thomson, Bro F Westlake Depute Grand Master and all who have been involved in returning Bro William's Diploma to the Celtic Lodge E & L No 291, which you can see above and still holds pride of place amongst other items in our small Museum.

 

We have had a Mural Painted by Marlene Douglas Edinburgh Artist on the back wall of our Temple the painted section of Bro William has since been changed as we wanted to portray both the Crimean war and the Indian Mutiny which can be seen in later History. W JR B PM Historian.


The following Deputations were received by the RWM:-

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

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM Bro White.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by RWM Bro Barton.

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

 

The Usual loyal Toasts were give and responded to wit much applause. The Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

21st April 1867

Bro Thomas Ashton Coward was affiliated a Member of 291.Then was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

 

3rd May 1867

The following Deputations were received by the RWM:-

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

313 St Baldred Lodge  St Luke's Lodge No 44 headed by Bro William Inglis.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Barton.


The RWM proposed the prosperity of the Lodge Roman Eagle and the Health of Bro Cairns, and the Health of Bro Mackenzie of St Andrews Lodge No 48 and the other visiting RWMs and Brethren of our visiting Sister Lodges.


After spending some time at harmony and entertainment. The Lodge was closed at High X11.

 

10th May 1867

Mr George Grieg, Collector was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

17th May 1867

Mr Joseph Dawson Wormald WS 23 St Andrews Square Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

7th June 1867

Bro George Grieg was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a master Mason.

 

24th June 1867

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Deputation to Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 heded by RWM Bro Thomson to celebrate the Summer Festival of St John, they were received with great kindness.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 were also visiting on this occasion. Later that evening the Celtic Lodge visited as a Deputation to:-

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  The Rifle Lodge No 405 and were also received with true Brotherly greetings, after which they retired having spent a pleasant evening.

 

28th June1867

Bro Austey and Wormald were passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

 

4th July 1867

alt  A large and influential Deputation accompanied the RWM in the procession headed by the:-

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Grand Master to lay the Foundation Stone of the Metropolitan Poorhouse, the labours were in line with the true spirit of the Craft, each and all of the Brethren were pleased with the excellent manner the RWM conducted the proceedings of this esteemed Lodge, as usual the Lodge had heavenly music by 2 Grand Highland Bagpipes, they were asked to stop by the Grand Marshall on Horseback as the Grand Lodge were in the act of praying.

 

8th August 1867

A Deputation of the Brethren accompanied the RWM in supporting the Provincial Grand Master of Peebles and Selkirk, while visiting his Daughter Lodge at Galashields.

 

The Celtic Lodge Deputation were received with every Brotherly demonstration of Masonic loyalty, after partaking of an excellent Banquet, the Deputation reached home at High X11.

1st November 1867

Mr James Buchanan a Hotel Keeper was entered Apprentice Mason.

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

 

9th November 1867

Bro J C Campbell was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


15th November 1867

Royal Scots Greys Waterloo  Don MacKay Sergeant Major in the Scots Greys was entered Apprentice Mason.

319Lodge St Machar 319  Bro George MacLean of the Panmure Lodge Arbroath Lodge No 299 was made an Honorary Member he took the usual obligation, after which the Lodge was closed at High X11. 


19th November 1867

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM and were received with every Degree of kindness and Masonic feeling.

alt  The RWM Bro C Thomson of the Celtic Lodge No 291 was made an Honorary Member of Marys Chapel, Bro Thomson returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren for this Great Honour. The Deputation then retired with much pleased with the evening's enjoyment.


20th November 1867

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


2nd December 1867

alt  Deputation to the Grand Lodge headed by RWM Bro Thomason on the occasion of the Installation

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  of Grand Lodge Office Bearers and the Festival of St Andrews, this year that day happened to be a Saturday the Installation was postponed until the following Monday.

Lord Pammuir 11th Earl of Dalhousie  A large gathering of the Brethren was in support as the New Grand Master elect the Earl of Dalhousie.

The Grand Master was conducted to the Chair to the applause re-echoed again and again.


Thereafter a Banquet was held in his Honour, the Celtic Brethren retired with much pleased with the evening's enjoyment.

 

6th December 1867

Mr James Robert Marrian a Medical Student was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

An Inventory of the Celtic Lodges was completed.

 

The whole Clothing and paraphernalia belonging to the Lodge was carefully gone over and a fresh list made out and a copy given to the Tyler, it was found to consist of as follows:-

 

18 Jewels and 1 Silk Collar and Box.

1 Silver Brooch.

17 Office Bearers Aprons and Box's Aprons.

2 Standard Bearers Apron (no insignia).

19 Master Mason Aprons, 7 Apprentice Aprons, 9 Fellow Craft Aprons and a Box.

9 Office Bearers Aprons (Old) 17 Sashes and the Tyler's and a Box.

RWM's Clothing in Case Complete also PM's Apron in Same Case.

Cash Box, Charter Box. Death head dagger and Box. Box containing 3 Slippers and Cable Tows.

Apprentice and Masters Tools. Master's Cushion and a Cover and Mallet.

Wardens Common Batons. Dirk and Sheath.

Charge Book (Andrew Murray) 2 Grand Lodge Bye Laws. Coffin in Box. Fellow Craft Tools in Box.

Gilt Mallet and 2 Batons. 3 Pedestals and Pillars. 2 Banners. 2 Flags and Thistle Top Vassal for Do.

8 Stewards Rods. 3 Swords. Charter Chest containing Receipts and Stationary.

3 Standard Bearers Belts. Skull and 2 Pair Bones. Manuscript Bye Laws Celtic Lodge.

3 Treasurers Books 2 Attendance Books. 6 Minute Books. 6 Scroll Minute, Secretary's Box and Papers.

Box Containing Lodge Stamp. Rams Horn Snuff Mull. English and Hebrew Bibles. Chairs and Harmonium.

 

Pictures.

Canongate Kilwinning Affiliation of Robert Burns. Bro Fraser's presentation of Portraits Land of Burns. Scott Monument. Portraits of the Duke of Athole, Lord Loughborough, Bro Donaldson, Murray, Macleod, Leon. 2 Frames in Memory of Senior Wardens 1 do Andrew Murray. 1 Framed Diploma of Bro William Hyde found in the Battle Field at Cawnpore.


The Treasurer readout a statement of the accounts for the past year and they were found to be correct.

The Balance includes a Sum of £30.00 Subscription by Members of the Lodge.

£863.00 for the Celtic Panel in Freemasons Hall.

9th December 1867.

We the undersigned having examined the Treasurers Accounts for the year ending this date, find the same to be correctly stated and properly vouched.


The Balance at Credit of the Lodge with the Commercial Bank and National Bank being one hundred and Twenty Pounds Eleven Shillings and Two Penny and in the hands of the Treasurer Six Shillings and Eleven Penny making altogether one hundered and Twenty Pounds Eighteen Shillings Four Penny Sterling. Signed David Kinnear. James Hamilton Inches and Alexander Cockburn Secretary.

 

A most cordial vote of thanks was unanimously accorded to the Treasurer Bro Hay for his great labour and the clear and lucid manner he conducted this difficult and onerous duties of Treasurer during the past year. The Lodge was closed at High X11.


13th December 1867

Bro James Aitken Carruthers of Thornhill Lodge No 252 was Affiliated a Member of 291 and took his obligation after which was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The Nominations for the ensuing year 1867-1868 were passed to the Installation 27th December 1867.

 

27th December 1867

Mercat Cross  This evening was the Installation of the RWM and Office Bearers for the ensuiny year 1867-1868 as follows:-

 

H R Hay Right Worshipful Master.
Christopher Thomson Past Master
Duncan Monteith Depute Master
Alexander Cockburn Substitute Master
J H Inches Senior Warden
James Inglis Junior Warden
Alexander Hay Treasurer
George Campbell Secretary
Alexander Boswell Chaplain
Robert Kirk Inches Senior Deacon
George Kemp Junior Deacon
Patrick Cowan Locum Past Master

George Grieg & James D Wormald

C Dejays

Standard Bearers

Steward

R H Hendry Architect
J F Hartley Bard or Poet Laureate
John J Cunningham Physician
James Hamilton Jeweller
A E Shand Inner Guard
William Hobson.

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

 The Committee as follows:-

 

David Kinnear W Hislop S Georgiades F Cameron George Cotton Davis MacKay.

 

Deputations were formed to visit the Sister Lodges:-

 

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by Bro Kinnear.

89 Lodge Morton Shetland  Trafalgar Lodge No 223 headed by Bro Kinnear.

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

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro James Inches.St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro James Inches.

alt  St Andrew's Lodge No 48 headed by Bro Gavin Young.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel headed by Bro Kay.

 

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Gavin Young.

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

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

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392 headed by Bro Gavin Young.

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

 

The Deputations returned and reported to having been well received with kindness, and brought congratulations from the various Lodges to RWM Bro Hay, upon his election to the Chair.