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Minutes of C L 291 from 1851 - 1858

 

 

 

             Minutes of Celtic Lodge E & L 291  3rd January 1851 - 27th December 1858.

 

 

3rd January 1851

Masonic Symbol 8  The Lodge was duly constituted by Bro Fraser RWM the following business was discussed.

The Minutes were read and approved.


Bro Ireland SW moved that 7 pedestals for the Wardens should be got with all speed and was unanimously carried. Bro Ireland was authorised to make them.


The RWM moved seconded by the Wardens that:-

alt  Bro D S Lawrie of St Luke's Lodge No 44 was made an affiliated Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro Donaldson PM of Alloa Lodge and an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge arrived and the Secretary was ordered to make out his Diploma which was done.

The Brethren enjoyed a social evening and the Lodge closed at High Twelve.

13th January 1851

Also the 20th and 27th January was Lodges of Instruction.

 

22nd January 1851

Mr John Shaw of Halifax Yorkshire Commercial Traveller age 45 was Entered Apprentice.

 

7th February 1851

It was announced that two Deputations consisting of numerous set of well clothed Brethren were in waiting as follows:-

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

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro Stevenson. They were most cordially received with Masonic

alt  Honours Bro Mac Swayed playing the Anthem on the small Bagpipes accompanied with the usual Brotherly response.

Bro John Maxwell Neil of Ireland was made an Honorary Member

 

Bro Edward Hoar Croker was made an Honorary Member

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro William Charles Stirk of Lodge 570 the Albion at John New Brunswick North America, was Made an Honorary Member. The Brethren enjoyed a social harmony accompanied with some choice Songs and sentiment which were contributed by the gifted sons of the Muses.

 

All the New Members returned thanks to the Brethren. At Length as the solemn hour of 12 the Lodge was duly closed.

 

17th February 1851

Bro Francis Claude was raised a Master Mason.

Bro Thomson of Douglas Lodge Saint Brides was made an affiliated Member of the Lodge.

 

21st February 1851

Bro George Dear Christian was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree

 

7th March 1851

Bro George Dear Christian was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Joseph John Credland of Unanimity and Sincerity Lodge of Tinton Somerset he was made an Honorary Member.

 

19th March 1851

93rd Regiment of Foot  Ensign Mr Reginald Stewart Williams of the 93rd Regiment was entered Apprentice.

 

The Lodge was formed into a Deputation under the Command of Bro Murray then proceeded to the Annual Festival of all the Lodges in

alt  Edinburgh, assembled in the Waterloo Rooms, this was the rotation of management and this year it was St Luke's Lodge No 44, with Sir John Dick Lauder Baronet, presiding on this occasion.

 

There were many Brethren from the Metropolitan Lodges and Members from Glasgow and elsewhere. The Festival was orderly conducted to the entire satisfaction of the attending Brethren and this Annual Masonic Meeting was duly closed accordingly to the Ancient Rites and ceremonies of the Craft.

 

25th March 1851

There was a Letter from Grand Lodge Glasgow to RWM asking for a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge to Attend the Laying of the Foundation Stone at the Victoria Bridge Glasgow on the 9th April 1851.

The Committee agreed and that the Celtic Clothing should be renewed for the occasion.

 

3rd April 1851

Mr Peter Hume Commercial Traveller in Glasgow was entered Apprentice.

 

4th April 1851

P G L N  Bro Murray announced the Death of Bro Sir William Loraine Bart Most Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Mason Northumberland, he was an accomplished and exalted Member of the Craft, was so loved by his Enlisted Brethren and that they had Named one of their most flourishing Lodge, the Lorain Lodge in compliment to the late Provincial Grand Master, when he presided Over Six Lodges.

P G L N  On the 16th September 1850 as Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland Grand Master, he received the Celtic Lodge Deputation, who crossed the Border to Visit their Newcastle Brethren, with Distinguished Honour and Great Kindness.

 

Therefore on the motion of Bro Murray seconded by Bro Strathern, the Celtic Lodge now paid a tribute of grateful respect to the memory of their Lamented Bro Loraine, by dedicating a cup of fraternal regard in Solemn Silence, and as the late grateful Masonic Brother passed to the Great Architect above, the Brethren North and South of the Border share this sad Loss.

The Lodge was closed at High XII as the Mystic Rays set.

 

8th April 1851

Mr Henry Darlington of No 5 South Frederick Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

Mr William Milne of No 3 Picardy Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

Bro Alexander Oppenheim of a Lodge in London was affiliated in the Celtic Lodge. All returned thanks to the Brethren.

 

9th April 1851

A report on the Deputation to Lay the Foundation Stone at the Victoria Bridge, the Deputation arrived there safely Bro Donaldson DM, Bro Love Chaplain, Bro Kidd SM, Bro Jockel JD, Bro C Jockel Junior SW, Bro McCartney Caldwell, Bro McNairn Steward, Bro Ireland SW, Bro Tinsley Treasurer, Bro Fred C Carter Poet Laureate, Bro J T Church Secretary, Bro G Parker Jeweller, Bro Campbell Steward, Bro A Roberts Highland Piper in Glasgow Bro Peter McLaren of Lochearnhead on Inner Guard, Bro Hume the youngest Member carried the Mallet, Bro Murray Grand Sward Bearer, Bro Bryce Grand Tyler, they then joined Grand Lodge.

 

The Celtic Deputation assembled at the Albert Hotel, Where they had an excellent Luncheon, thereafter they clothed themselves with their Emblems of Innocence ornamented with Royal Tartan and also adorned with the Jewels of their respective Offices, representing, Astronomy, Architecture, Geometry, Literature and other Sciences professed by the Craft.

 

In the Absence of the Piper Bro Mc Swayed the Deputation fortunately procured the Best Highland Piper then in Glasgow Bro Peter McLaren of Lochearnhead and they also obtained a Tyler, the Deputation then joined the Ranks with the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

17th April 1851

A report of  the Celtic Deputations that were in Glasgow on the occasion of laying the foundation stone of the Victoria Bridge took their passage by railway to the City of Glasgow Brother Donaldson Depute Master Brother Kid Substitute Master Brother Ireland JW Brother C Jockel JW Brother Tinsley treasure Brother McCartney Caldwell acting Poet Laureate Brother Duncan Stewart SD Brother Victor Blanc Physician Brother William Love acting Chaplain Brother Mac Nivan Grand Steward Brother Murray Grand Sword bearer Brother Bryce Grand Tyler They assisted Grand Lodge Brother J T Church Standard Bearer Brother Fred Carter acting Secretary Brother Campbell Architect Brother G Parker Jeweller Brother Robertson Inner Guard Brother Hume carried the mallet and tools.

The Celtic deputation assembled in the Albert Hotel where they had an excellent lunch They then clothed themselves with emblems of innocence ornamented with Royal Tartan and adorned with the jewels of their respective offices representing Astronomy Architecture Geometry Literature and other sciences professed by the craft.

The deputation were formed into regular order under the command of the Depute Master then they joined the ranks of the great host of the

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Free Masons headed by His Grace the Duke of Athole Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland the apron’s army of peace amounted to amazing number of 3,800 composed of brethren from many lodges.

alt  They walked in Grand procession from the ancient Cathedral of St Mungo to Stockwell Street a distance of two miles accompanied with several bands of music and innumerable flags and banners an immense crowd of spectators amounting to up wards of 250,000 persons from the neighbouring Towns and Counties attended to witness this imposing ceremony and the multitude cheered.

The Caledonian Railway Lodge being the youngest Lodge on the list walked in front four other junior Lodge followed then the Celtic Lodge arrayed in their superb Celtic Dress and Flags Brother Donaldson PM having been equipped in Highland Grab and Jewels along with various orders of High Masonic ranks moved in procession.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The foundation stone of the Victoria Bridge was laid with scientific correctness by His Grace the Duke of Athole amidst flourishing of trumpets and great acclamation to the honour of the craft and to the entire satisfaction of Civil Judicial and all other public bodies assembled on this extraordinary occasion and such a magnificent demonstration of free Masonry never before witnessed in the City of Glasgow.

In the afternoon 18 Celtic brethren dined sumptuously in the Albert Inn and in the evening they attended the festival by Provincial Grand Lodge in the west In conclusion the Celtic deputation were highly gratified with the proceedings in Glasgow.

 

2nd May 1851

Brother McCartney Caldwell presented the lodge with an Oak Chair.

Which belonged to His Highness the late Duke of Sussex Grand Master Mason of England the Masonic Chair now destined to adorn the Celtic Lodge was used by its late exalted owner at private Masonic meetings held in the Palace of Kensington when it was inconvenient for His Royal Highness to attend the Craft in London.

The valuable gift was announced by the RWM in appropriate language and the highly prized among freemasons and received by the Celtic brethren with much joy and gratitude. The Chair was inscribed with the following.

This Masonic Chair

Which belonged to HRH The

Duke of Sussex and M W G M

Mason of England Earl of Inverness

In Scotland and Baron of Arklow in Ireland

And was purchased at a sale of His Royal effects

Was presented to the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith

No 291 by Brother McCartney Caldwell of Queen Victoria

Lodge No4 Dublin and the 32nd of the ancient Scottish Rite

                                   2nd May 1851.

 

9th May 1851

Mr George William Webster of the Theatre Royal Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

St James Operative 97  Bro Joseph Also of the Theatre Royal Edinburgh and a Member of St James Lodge No 97 was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro Jones Hatter of Lodge? Was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

All took the Oath and returned thanks to the Brethren.

 

12th May 1851

Bro Hume was, Passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

14th May 1851

Mr Thomas Lindsay of No 5 Royal Exchange Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

Mr George Burgess of No 47 South Bridge Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

Mr Jose De Silra Castro of Rio De Jenuariza in South America was entered Apprentice.

 

All took the Oath and returned thanks to the Brethren.

 

15th May 1851

Bro Yates was passed to fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Castro was passed to fellow Craft Degree.

 

16th May 1851 

Bro Castro was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason

Bro Milne was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason

 

An engraved specimen and Inscription to be placed on the late Earl of Sussex's Chair which was approved and that Bro Ireland was to strengthen both Arms of the Chair and with New Crimson Cover to protect the Covered Chair, and a Foot Stool with Stewart Tartan.

 

22nd May 1851

10 years on the 4th Story on Masons at work.

Snooker Table  The Masonic Snooker Table.


What does the Snooker Table have in common with Masonry?

It has to be on the Level.


The Snooker cues remind me of the Deacons wands, as the cues are the first contact with the snooker balls, so are the Deacons the First contact with the Candidates.


The White Ball reminds me of the Initiates Apron, with is White Lambskin the emblem of innocence and purity.


The Red Ball with a score value of one reminds me of the candidate's first step in Freemasonry.

 

The Yellow Ball reminds me of that great Luminary in the Sky, and with a value of two, it draws my attention to the two great pillars of a Lodge, in the persons of the Secretary and the Treasurer, who with their expertise and dedication firm the stability of the Lodge.

 

The Green Ball reminds me of the lush mantle that covers the earth, its value of three, draws my thoughts to the three ruffians that slew our Master H.A.

 

The Brown Ball reminds me of Mother Earth which produces life's precious gifts, with a value of four takes me to the twenty-four inch gauge for the workings of Labour, Thanksgiving, Refreshment and Sleep nature's great restorer.

 

The Blue Ball reminds me of the canopy of heaven, and with a value of five, the five noble orders of architecture, namely Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite.

 

The Pink Ball reminds me of the start of life, a new-born Baby, and with a value of six, the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, namely Brotherly Love, Relief, Truth, Morality, Humility and Secrecy.

 

The Black Ball reminds me of the darkness of the Tomb, and with a value of seven, the seven office bearers required for the perfect Lodge, namely the RWM, WSW, WJW, SD, JD, IG and Tyler.

 

The fifteen Red balls remind me that formed in an equilateral triangle, represent the fifteen trusty fellows of craft who went in search of our Master. 


The Triangle reminds me of the Masters Mark of Approval.


The Block of Chalk reminds me that with the tip of the cue needs to be protected as it strikes the ball, and the dust falling from the rubbing of the cue reminds me that we all return to the Grand Lodge above.

 

That my Brethren is my interpretation of a Masonic Snooker Table.

Next report 10 years on. (CR W JR B PM)

 

6th June 1851

33rd Regiment  Mr Peter Neenan age 23 yrs a Sergeant in the 33rd Regiment was entered Apprentice

33rd Regiment  Mr John Coulter age 28 yrs a Sergeant in the 33rd Regiment was entered Apprentice

33rd Regiment  Mr Peter Stewart a Non Commissioned Officer in the 33rd Regiment a Principal Waiter in the Turf Hotel was entered Apprentice

alt  Bro Tinsley moved that Bro Thomas Lamb of the 33rd Regiment whose Mother Lodge is Faithful of Durham No 297 was made a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Bro John Douglas of Edinburgh of the Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

All took the Oath and gave thanks to the Brethren.

 

13th June 1851

alt  Mr John Owens Colour Sergeant with 33rd Regiment Stationed at Edinburgh Castle Aged 31 was entered Apprentice.

 

Bro Tinsley moved seconded by Bro Murray and Carried that:-

 

Bro James Hamilton of Portland Lodge St John's New Brunswick North American, was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Committee proceeded to examine the Silver Shield made by Bro John Law Jeweller and the engraving Inscription they unanimously approved of the same as being well executed according to order. The Iron supports and crimson Marino cover and foot stool covered with Stewart Tartan made by Bro Ireland were also approved of.

 

This elegant Masonic Chair was now complete, Bro S McCartney Caldwell who donated the Chair and the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge were pleased at this Shining Star.

 

20th June 1851

Bro Peter Stewart was advanced to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

21st June 1851

Mr John Ogston a Commercial Gentleman was entered Apprentice.

33rd Regiment  Mr Robert Vince a Colour and Pay Sergeant of the 33rd Regiment was entered Apprentice.

Bro Peter Neehan was advanced to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John Coulter was advanced to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The Lodge was closed at High XII

 

23rd June 1851

33rd Regiment  Mr James Esdale a Sergeant in the 33rd Regiment was entered Apprentice.

33rd Regiment  Mr William Greenwood a Sergeant in the 33rd Regiment was entered Apprentice.

33rd Regiment  Mr Edward Sanders Swyny a Sergeant in the 33rd Regiment was entered Apprentice.

 

All took their Oath and returned thanks to the Brethren.

 

24th June 1851

Mid-Summer Festival the Chaplain in an impressive manner invoked a Blessing from the Great Architect of the Universe on the Brethren and their Proceedings.

 

The Brethren then partook of an excellent substantial Dinner consisting of several courses of well cooked food, which was accompanied with some delicious Wine and excellent Mountain Dew.

 

The Worthy Chairman RWM Bro Fraser who came from the Castle of Dumbarton to preside on this occasion, never appeared to a Greater advantage

 

The Lodge Room was full of Brethren, the RWM animated with the glorious scene before him, gave forth the usual Loyal moral and Masonic Toasts with the happiest effect, and his floral trophies, and were enthusiastically respond to with orderly applause by the Brethren.

 

A profusion of orations followed by those who had the Honour of being noticed in the various flowing cups of praise, and hence was observed by past Master Bro Leon, and some of the other Fathers of the Craft.

alt  That the Celtic feast of St John had lost none of its attractions, the good cheer stimulated some of the gifted, sons of Music to pour forth various melodious songs during the Festive operation, which with the occasional sound of Bro Angus MacSwayed's Pipes gave a Zest to the Entertainment, and hence the countenances of many of the Disciples of Hiram Abif beamed with joyous delight and tranquillity the usual characteristics of Masonic Society.

 

At the closing of the Banquet a small occurrence took place which met with the disapprobation of the RWM and Bro Murray and others, The Cause of the complaint was shortly as follows, three free festival Tickets were sent to the RWM of the Celtic Lodge by each of the Lodges of No 2 Lodge and Lodge 349, and these 6 Tickets were generously given as gifts to 6 deserving Brethren present belonging to the Gallant 33rd Regiment on condition that the acceptors of them should go with Deputations to the Donner Lodges, which they agreed to do.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Conongate Kilwinning No 2  The RWM next prepared himself to Head the Deputation to the Lodge St Clair, and requested the Wardens to accompany him thither, while at same time he ordered the Chaplain, Brother Ferguson, to Head the Deputation to the Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2.

 

Bro Ireland objected to this arrangement for two reasons, 1st because he considered himself entitled ex-officio to Head the latter Deputation, and 2ndly because he also considered himself entitled to be consulted as to the disposal of the Free Tickets before they were so precipitately given away.

 

Bro Murray observed that in the first place Bro Ireland being Senior Warden, he was more particularly bound to obey the RWM and to support him in the intended Deputation; and secondly, as to the Free Tickets, they were not the perquisite of any individual, but the property of the Lodge, to be given by the Master, with the consent of the Brethren, to deserving Members, and he Brother Murray considered that on the present occasion, the whole of the Free Tickets had been properly disposed of by their having been given to Six worthy young Masons to accompany them for the first time to the Two Deputations.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  The RWM then directed his Substituted Master Brother Master Bro Kidd, to take the Command of the Deputation to the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, in the place of Bro Ferguson, which he undertook to do, the Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

The Wardens were again directed to accompany the RWM, but Bro Jockel, the Senior Warden, also feeling himself aggrieved in the matter, he passively took part with the Senior Warden, and they both refused to accompany either Deputations. Soon after they deposited their Batons and other insignia of Office with the Secretary, who in the absence of the Bro Treasurer that had accompanied the Worshipful Substitute Master, and the Tyler, who was engaged with the Grand Lodge, he then placed them carefully in the Lodge strong Box until they were called for.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Meantime the Deputation under the command of the RWM accompanied by the Piper proceed by Carriage to the Archers 'hall where His Grace the Duke of Athole the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland presided over a large assemblage of the Fraternity, composed of  the brethren of the St Clair Lodge, and Deputations from the Sister Lodges.

 

In the usual routine of Toasts, the Grand Master gave a bumper Toast in favour of the Celtic Lodge, and paid a high compliment to the RWM, thereof, Bro Fraser, who returned thanks in a neat speech in the Name of the Celtic Lodge and for himself.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Kidd, and the Brethren under his command also met with cordial reception in the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2, and after the Deputations

had partaken of the hospitality and enjoyed a Social harmonious evening at Lodges No 2 and No 349, the Celtic Brethren returned to their own Lodge where they safely deposited their respective Cadges of Office.

 

4th July 1851

The Committee met to discuss the situation of the Free Tickets and that the Brethren involved did not act in accordance with the established Laws of Masonic Discipline, the Committee considered that it was a mark of Great disrespect, both towards the RWM and the Lodge, that the Brethren ought to have set a good example to others by obedience to the rules of Free masonry. They apologised to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

33rd Regiment  Mr Edward Morton a Sergeant of the 33rd Regiment, present on duty in the Castle of Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

Bro William Greenwood was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro James Esdale was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John Owens was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Edward S Swyny was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

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

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

 

Bro Weir of Her Majesty's Service in the Enniskillen Dragoons was made an Honorary Member.

Bro Wilson of Her Majesty's Service in the Enniskillen Dragoons was made an Honorary Member.

 

All the Brethren took the usual Oath and returned thanks to the Brethren.

After a harmonious evening the Lodge was closed at High XII

 

11th July 1851

Bro Vince was, Passed to Fellow Craft Degree.

alt  A Deputation consisting of 12 Brethren Headed by WSM to visit St Andrew's Lodge No 48, where they were received most cordially by that Lodge.

 

18th July 1851

The Lodge was been duly constituted by Brother Kidd acting RWM.

Brother Murray moved and seconded by Brother Ireland Senior Warden and the same was unanimously carried that:-

Officer of the 18th Light Dragoons  Brother The Honourable Hercules Longford Rowley One of Her Majesty’s Officers in the Enniskillen Dragoons at present in Piershill Barracks be made a full member of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith No 291.

After which Brother Kidd moved and seconded by Brother Tinsley and also unanimously carried that Captain Robert Douglas Barbour of the said distinguished Dragoons be like wise made a full member of the Celtic Lodge.

The newly affiliated brethren then gave their Oaths of affiliation in the usual Masonic manner and returned many thanks for the honour bestowed on them the Lodge was afterwards closed at high twelve.

 

24th July 1851

Celtic Lodge 291 Regular Meeting.

A petition was presented for and in the name of:-

Mr Fredrick Bridgman aged 22 yrs of 54 Fredrick Street Edinburgh.

Craving to be a member of the lodge and having been well recommended.

The candidate was initiated in the first Degree and receiving the congratulations of the Brotherhood Afterwards returned thanks to the RWM Wardens and Brethren all for the honour conferred on him and then paid the treasurer the test fee of his admission being £2 3 6d.

Thereafter the lodge was passed by the RWM to the second degree when Brother George William Webster was passed to the fellow of craft the lodge was closed at high twelve.

 

1st August 1851

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

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

 

The RWM then announced to the Brethren that he had appointed an excellent Bro Celt to be his Depute one who from his Science in Masonry would prove an acquisition to the Lodge, in his, the RWM's unavoidable absence on his Military Duties at a Distance. The Name of this worthy Brother is Brother the Honourable Hercules Longford Rowley.

 

He has been strongly recommended by Past Master Bro Jocelyn and also Past Master Robert Murray who are well known to the Celtic Brethren, as Zealous Masons ever desirous to serve the interest of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith No 291.

 

Bro James Carney of Lodge No 384 Dunkeld Ireland was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro James K Mountain of Lodge No 384 Dunkeld Ireland was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Murray then moved a vote of thanks to the RWM for coming so far to Work the Lodge in the admirable manner he has done, which motion was seconded by the Senior Warden.

 

The Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

12th August 1851

Bro Frederick Bridgeman was Passed, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

22nd August 1851

Committee met at the Turf Hotel.

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  The chairman laid before the meeting a letter dated 16th inst which had been sent by the secretary of the Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 to the RWM of the Celtic Lodge conveying the complements of Sir James Walker Drummond Bart and intimating that he will hold a special meeting of the Dalkeith Lodge of which he is the RWM and on Friday next 29 August 1851 at 2 o’clock.

For the purpose of laying a stone to commemorate the restoration of Dalkeith Parish Church when he hoped the honour of a large deputation of the Celtic brethren as possible to assist at the ceremony the committee resolved that a deputation of the Celtic brethren be present.

The secretary shall send circulars to all the brethren inviting then to attend on this occasion to be signed by such members as may be inclined to join the deputation on the day will proceed to Dalkeith.

The expense of which to be defrayed by the accompanying brethren The brethren shall met in the Lodge Room in the Turf Hotel on Friday next at twelve noon That the probable expense shall be as follows Procession Ticket £1 0 0d

Conveyance by Drag 1 6d

Total £1 1s 6d Exclusive of Dinner Ticket

alt  The Piper Brother Mc Swayed be appointed Tyler at the Dalkeith deputation in absence of Brother Bryce that Brother Murray be appointed to take charge of the Jewellery and clothing on that occasion.

Dunbarton Castle  Thereafter Brother Murray laid a letter from RWM inviting the Celtic brethren to visit Dumbarton Castle under his command and promising a hospitable welcome on their arrival.

The committee unanimously approved of a deputation the matter to be laid before the next monthly meeting and recommend that the deputation shall proceed first Tuesday after the 5th Proximo vizt the 9th September. Chairman Hercules Rowley.

 

29th August 1851

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  A number of the Brethren assembled at 12 noon and formed them into a Deputation Headed by Bro Rowley WDM.

 

They proceeded by Coach accompanied by the Piper and Tyler to the Town of Dalkeith, where they met various Sister Lodges.

 

The Brethren were in due Time marched and formed a procession alongside the Grand Lodge of Scotland, in fine Masonic order at 2 pm and Entered Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10, they were well received by the RWM Bro Sir James Walker Drummond.

33rd Regiment  The Various Metropolitan Lodges and the Band of the 33rd Regiment at present in the Castle of Edinburgh, attended by permission of Colonel Blake, and several gallant non-Commissioned Officers of that Regiment who are Members of the Celtic Lodge also attended and were included in the Celtic Deputation.

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Sir James Walker Drummond Baronet, RWM of the Dalkeith Lodge No 10, as was announced, performed the imposing Ceremony of Laying a Stone to commemorate the restoration of Dalkeith Parish Church, and the whole came off in Grand Style. Thereafter the Celtic Deputation returned to Edinburgh and agreeable to arrangement dinned together in their Lodge Room in the Turf Hotel.

 

Bro Rowley in the Chair, and enjoyed a harmonious Social evening till the Hour of High 12, when their Labours were duly closed in the usual Masonic form.

 

2nd September 1851

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

 

5th September 1851

Bro Murray proposed seconded by Bro Ireland that:-

6th Dragoon Guards Carabiniers  Bro Dr James Sidney of the 6th Dragoon Guards of the Lodge No 12 Dublin Ireland was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Ireland moved seconded by RWM that:-

Bro William Johnston a Member of Lodge 384 Dundalk Ireland of the

6th Dragoon Guards Carabiniers  6th Dragoon Guards of the Lodge No 12 Dublin Ireland was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Newly Affiliate Brothers took the usual Oaths of the Lodge.

alt  Bro Captain William Sanders PM of Lodge No 12 Registry of Ireland an Officer of the 11th Hussars was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

St James Operative 97  Bro James Brown RWM of St James Lodge No 97 Edinburgh was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

alt  Bro James Shand Senior Warden of St David's Lodge No 36 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The newly Affiliated Members took the usual Oaths and returned Thanks.

 

8th September 1851

The Lodge was constituted by Bro Murray.

 

Bro Charles MacKay who had been made an entered Apprentice upwards of 10 Years Ago was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Thereafter Bro Murray moved Seconded by Bro Tinsley and the same carried that:-

Bro James McCallum a Hotel Keeper in Edinburgh and a Member of

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

9th September 1851

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  It may be proper to preface that application had been made previously to the Grand Lodge, for the privilege of holding a Lodge by the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith, in the Town of Dumbarton, and leave was given to the effect, with special Power to the RWM to Initiate candidates, during the visit in that locality.

 

Thursday 9th September 1851

Dunbarton Castle  The following Brethren proceeded by Rail and Steam to Dunbar Castle the Deputation was headed by Bro Andrew Murray, all the Brethren were properly Clothed and Decorated with their Jewels. As follows:-

Brothers Murray, Ireland, James Dalziel, Tinsley, Strathern, Dr Millar, Archibald Robertson, Paterson, John Elder, McCrostie, McRobert, Bryce, and Mc Swayed the Piper

 

The Weather proved auspicious In the course of the forenoon they arrived at Dumbarton, and went to the principal Inn, Called the Elephant, kept by Bro John O'Neill where they formed themselves in procession.

alt  The Highland Bag Piper, Sword Bearer, and the Flag being placed in front as they Marched to the Military residence of the RWM, about 3/4 off a Mile distance followed by a crowd of locals from Dumbarton.

 

In due time the Deputation arrived at the celebrated Old Castle, where they received were welcomed by Bro Fraser in the kindest manner imaginable, after the Brethren had library partaken of some delicious Old Port and some sweet Cakes, they examined this remarkable Geological eminence with formidable munitions of defence was well worth seeing, and with their Lambskins aprons they all mounted the highest pinnacle of the Ancient Fortress.

 

Which has with stood many sieges and assaults in the course of the Centuries, and at time had been taken, and held by turbulent Chiefs and Warlike Tribes of the Picts, Celts, Romans, Scotch, and English, 93rd Regiment of Foot  and now more marvellous Days is Garrisoned by a detachment of the Brave 93rd Regiment under the Command of the RWM of the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith.

 

In the afternoon the Deputation returned in procession to the Elephant Inn accompanied by the RWM, whom they had the Honour to entertain at Dinner which was served up by Bro O'Neill in a sumptuous manner.

Dumbarton Kilwinning Lodge No 18  The Lodge having been duly opened by the RWM, an application was made by the RWM of the Dumbarton Lodge No 18, to be permitted with others of that Lodge to Visit the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge, leave was granted, and the following  Brethren were most cordially received for which they expressed, their warmest thanks Bro James McArthur RWM.

 

Matthew Pollock SW James Thompson JW, John O'Neill SS John Muir, Robert Deur, J Drysden, John Boag, James Young.

 

The usual Loyal Toasts were then given by RWM, in Grand Style, and the same were most efficiently responded to. After the Brethren had enjoyed a most happy intellectual and convivial meeting the Lodge was closed at High XII.

Dumbarton Rail Station  The Deputation took leave of their excellent RWM at the Dumbarton Railway Station.

In conclusions, the Member of the Deputation arrived safe at their respective Homes, Highly Gratified with their Masonic Visit,

 

26th September 1851

Mr Thomas L Fishwick Commercial Traveller of Liverpool was entered Apprentice.

 

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

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

 

Bro William Archibald of Killers Brea of the Alloa Lodge was made an Honorary Member.

Bro John Livingston of the Royal Standard Lodge in Canada was made an Honorary Member.

 

They All Took their Oaths and returned thanks to the Brethren.

 

3rd October 1851

alt  Sergeant John Torr of the 33rd Regiment, aged 28 at present on duty at Edinburgh Castle was entered apprentice.

 

Bro Thomas L Fishwick was passed and raised a Master Mason.

Bro Tinsley moved Seconded by Bro Strathern that:-

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Bro Robert Murray of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160, and who was appointed to the Office of Her Majesty's Yeomen of the Guards, was made an Honorary Member.

 

Bro William Donaldson moved Seconded by Bro Murray and Strathern that:-

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Albert Henry Johnston of St Cuthbert's Glebe and a Member of St John's Dunkeld Lodge he was made an Honorary Member.

 

14th October 1851

Mr John Robinson a Commercial Traveller of No 1 Park Lane, from Leeds in England, was entered Apprentice.

 

Mr John Harding of No 14 Sloan Street, Sloan Square London, was entered Apprentice.

 

Bro Richard MacKay of Lodge No 65 Humber Hull of Newcastle upon Tyne was made an Honorary Member.

 

17th October 1851

Bro John Robinson was, passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and thereafter raised a Master Mason.

 

22nd October 1851

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  A Letter was received from the Roman Eagle Lodge No 160, Intimating that a visit by the Grand Master Mason of Scotland, was to take place on the 4th proximo and Requesting the Attendance of the Celtic Lodge.

 

It was resolved that a Deputation shall attend the Roman Eagle Lodge on the 4th of December 1851, to pay their respects to the Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

 

All Celtic Lodge Members to appear in Full Masonic Costume, at the Lodge Room at 1/2 past 7 O'clock pm. Tickets for admission will be 3/6 each.

 

4th November 1851

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Deputation from the Celtic Lodge met to pay respect to His Grace the Duke of Athole Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

 

In pursuance to the resolution of the Lodge of 22nd the following Brethren were clothed and decorated in their respective Jewels of office:-

Brother Fraser RWM

Brother Leon acting RWPM

Brother Ireland SW Brother Jockel JW

Brother Tinsley Treasurer

Brother Fitz Strathern Secretary

Brother Edge Standard Bearer

Brother Guttridge Senior Deacon pro tem

Brother Milne Junior Deacon 

Brother Morton Architect 

Brother R McKay Junior Steward

Brother Mac Swayed Piper.

The above brethren were then formed into a Deputation and being placed under the command of the RWM Bro Fraser they walked in procession accompanied by their Piper Bro Angus Mac Swayed who played a stirring Highland March all the way to Merchants Hall in Hunters Square where the Roman Eagle Lodge had convened all the brethren met to pay their respects to the Grand master Mason of Scotland Brother His Grace the Duke of Athole.

The hall was decorated with Flags of several lodges among which the spotless White Banners of the Celtic Lodge hung conspicuously aloft all things being prepared the Most Worshipful Grand Master took possession of the Oriental Chair which had been purposely made for His Grace at the expense by the Roman Eagle lodge.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  His Grace was accompanied by Brother White Melville his Grand Deacon-Grand Secretary-

Grand Clerk and Grand sword Bearer Brother Graham of Mary’s Chapel and Brother Gavin a member of the Roman Eagle lodge acting as Grand Senior and Junior Wardens.

 

In the absence of the Grand Chaplain Brother Gavin also asked a blessing for the proceedings of the evening.

The refreshment commenced which consisted of cold meats and abundant supply of Whiskey furnished by Brother McGregor of the National Hotel the following Lodges were represented by deputations.

Mary Chapel-1  Lodge Mary’s Chapel No1 Headed by Brother James Marshall

St Stephens No 145  Lodge St Stephens No145 Headed by Brother John Brown

alt  Lodge St David’s No 36 Headed by Brother Douglas

Journeyman Masons No 8  Lodge Journeymen Masons No 8 Headed by Brother Jackson

alt  Lodge St Andrews Edinburgh No 48 Headed by Brother McClumpha

St James Operative 97  Lodge St James Operative No 97 Headed by Brother T Brown

alt  Lodge Celtic Edinburgh and Leith No 291 Headed by Brother Fraser

Lodge St John’s Dunkeld No Headed by Brother W Donaldson

Lodge Enniskillen No Headed by Brother

During the repast the usual loyal and Masonic toasts were given from the Chair in excellent style and the same properly responded in the usual Mystic manners The Army and Navy being given by the Grand Master.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Brother Fraser returned thanks in the name of the profession to which he belonged and when the period arrived that His Grace the Duke of Athole Gave the forth toast to the honour and prosperity of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith No 291.

Brother Fraser again returned thanks as the RWM for the very kind manner in which His Grace had been pleased to make mention of the Celtic Lodge Brother Fraser also aptly paid compliment to Brother Coghill RWM of the Roman Eagle Lodge for the admirable arrangements he had made for the reception of His Grace the Grand Master Mason of Scotland and the rest of the brethren assembled on that auspicious occasion.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The Grand Master left the Chair after his last toast. The Lodge was closed in the usual Mystic form at High Twelve.

 

14th November 1851

79th Regiment  Sergeant Thomas Henderson of the 79th Regiment was entered Apprentice.

 

Mr J Livingston Fenton was entered Apprentice.

 

28th November 1851

Sergeant Major William Lowry of the Enniskillen Dragoons Age 31 was Entered Apprentice.

alt  Mr Richard R Power Age 23 of the 33rd Regiment Present in Edinburgh Castle was Entered Apprentice.

 

1st December 1851

Temple Pillars  Festival of St Andrew In Compliance with the request contained in the circular of the 27th the following 27 brethren met and clothed themselves They then formed into a deputation under the command of Brother Ireland and marched with their piper to the hall of the Grand Lodge Waterloo Rooms in which the festival of St Andrews was held according to Ancient customs The Celtic brethren as follows Brother Ireland acting RWM Brother Livingston Brother A Murray

Brother R H Mitchell Brother R Power Brother J Tinsley
Brother Robert MacKay Brother William Scott Brother Allan McNiven
Brother J Donaldson Brother E Morton Brother Alex Rusk
Brother James C Wilson Brother H J Manners Brother J A Guttridge
Brother E J Buxton Brother J Dalziel Brother Louis Evens
Brother W Johnston Brother W Lowrey Brother Edward Anderson
Brother Alex Pringle Brother James Carney Brother Angus McSwayd
Brother A L Jacob Brother John Carless Brother John McDonald

Brother His Grace the Duke of Athole presided at the banquet and there were many brethren present from various Metropolitan Lodges.

 

The business of the evening was conducted with great harmony and musical order and prosperity to the Celtic Lodge was given from the Chair to the RWM and was duly responded to by Brother Ireland in the name of the Celtic brethren after enjoying the pleasures of the Festival the Celtic deputation retired highly pleased with this Grand Masonic Demonstration.

 

Mr Thomas Manners Commercial Gentleman from Manchester was entered Apprentice.

Mr John Carless Commercial Gentleman from Manchester was entered Apprentice.

6th Dragoon Guards Carabiniers  Mr William Scott of the 6th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice.

 

Bro Alexander Bust of Aberdeen Lodge No 39 was made an Honorary Member.

 

5th December 1851

Bro Henderson was,passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Fenton was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

9th December 1851

Mr John James Moore Commercial Traveller from Liverpool was entered passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr Robert S Bowe Commercial Traveller of No 17 George Street London was entered passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Thomas Manners was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John McDonald was, passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

12th December 1851

Bro Richard Power was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

 

15th December 1851

This was the Nomination of Lodge Office Bearers.

 

The RWM opened the Lodge for Nomination of Office Bearers and Committee Members for the Ensuing Year 1851-1852. Various Names were proposed and Seconded then put forward to the Date of Installation

 

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

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

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

 

29th December 1851

Temple Pillars  The evening was the Festival of St John, and the Installation and Election of Office Bearers. The Lodge was opened by Depute Master Bro A H Baillie, who declared all Offices Vacant. The Secretary read that part from the Laws. The Installation Team Installed the Following Brethren:-

 

 

J A Fraser Right Worshipful Master.
Robert Murray Past Master
A H Baillie Depute Master
J B Jones Substitute Master
William Ireland Senior Warden
C Jockel Junior Warden
John Tinsley Treasurer
A Pringle Secretary
James Dalziel Chaplain
George Edge Senior Deacon
William Miller Junior Deacon
Chris MacKay Grand Steward
J Livingston Standard Bearer
Moore Architect
T L Fenton Bard
Dr James S Millar Physician
William McNees Jeweller
J F Kedsley Inner Guard
McDonald

Outer Guard

 

alt  Angus Mc Swayed Piper

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

Brothers Robert MacKay, John Ballie, William Ferguson, James Dowell, Sotries Georgiades, William Laurie, William Henry Augustus Fitz Strathern,

 

After the Installation the Lodge was called from Labour to refreshment, the Brethren Dined to a superb feast, the Lodge was then called from refreshment to Labour, when the following Deputations were received:-

Mary Chapel-1  Lodge Mary’s Chapel No1 Headed by Brother Ramsay

St Stephens No 145  Lodge St Stephens No145 Headed by Brother Gordon

alt  Lodge St David’s No 36 Headed by Brother Douglas

Journeyman Masons No 8  Lodge Journeymen Masons No 8 Headed by Macintosh

alt  Lodge St Andrews Edinburgh No 48 Headed by Brother Sumerville

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

Portobello Lodge 226  Lodge St John's Portobello Lodge No 226 Headed by Brother Gray

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Lodge Roman Eagle No 160 Headed by Brother Marshall

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Lodge Defensive Band No 151 Headed by Brother Couache

 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Lodge Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 Headed by Brother Forbes

 

In the course of the evening a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge to Lodge Mary’s Chapel No1 Headed by D M Bro Baillie, St Stephen's Lodge, St Andrew's Lodge Defensive Band Lodge Headed by Bro McNiven, Roman Eagle Lodge and Journeyman Masons Lodge Headed by Bro Livingston, St James Lodge, St David's Lodge and Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge Headed by Bro Strathern.

 

The various deputations on their return gave satisfactory accounts of the manner in which they were received as Deputations from the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

2nd January 1852

Bro Moore and Ritchie were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Ritchie and Power were raised Master Masons.

 

6th January 1852

Bro Andrew Murray proposed Seconded by Bro Tinsley that Bro:-

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Marshall of Lodge Temper Tiddis No 77 Worchester of the Grand Lodge of England, was affiliated Member.

Mr Hyam Moses Levy a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice.

 

9th January 1852

Bro John Shaw was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree Thereafter was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Bro Shaw took the usual Obligations, and returned thanks to the Brethren.

 

19th January 1852

Bro John Shaw was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

2nd February 1852

Mr James Christine Hart of Drumcross Hall Linlithgow was entered apprentice.

 

3rd February 1852

Mr Robert Brown Torrance was made an entered Apprentice.

 

 

6th February 1852

6th Dragoon Guards Carabiniers  Bro James Chart of the 6th Dragoon Guards was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

6th Dragoon Guards Carabiniers  Bro William Scott of the 6th Dragoon Guards was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Pablo Fanque Photo 001  The Bro Secretary read a report from Bro Pablo Fanque requesting Patronage of the Celtic Lodge. Along with Sister Lodges at his Amphitheatre the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge had to decline the offer to visit the Circus as a body, at this Time.

alt  The Brethren had the pleasure to receive a visit from Bro Shand the RWM of St David's Lodge No 36.

St Marks Lodge Glasgow No 102  Bro Lyon of St Marks Lodge No 102, Glasgow.

 

Grand Lodge of Ireland  Bro Mc Carmichael of the Grand Lodge of Ireland after spending a most pleasant evening the Brethren were called from refreshment to Labour.

Bro Murray proposed that Bro Lyon was Affiliated a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge. Thereafter the Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

11th February 1852

Bro John Carless was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

2nd March 1852

Bro Henry Thomas Manners of Manchester, was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Bro Murray proposed and seconded by Bro Ireland that:-

Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Christopher A Brody of St Clair's Lodge No 349 was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

5th March 1852

Bro William Scott was raised a Master Mason.

 

Bro Wyndham's Circular was read requesting the Patronage of the Celtic Brethren on the 8th Instance to the Adelphi Theatre.

 

The Committee resolved that on this occasion to decline the kind offer.

alt  A Deputation from St Luke's Lodge No 44, Headed by their RWM Bro Douglas, who was invited to the East, and several of the Brethren of St Clair's supporting their RWM. After spending at short Time the Lodge Harmony, the Lodge was called to Labour and thereafter the Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

15th March 1852

The Lodge was this evening opened by Bro Andrew Murray the LTPM, when he requested the Secretary to read a Letter from the Depute Master enclosing a note from Bro Wyndham of the Adelphi Theatre requesting the Patronage of the Lodge on Monday the 15th March 1852.

 

Bro Baillie stated he would accompany the Brethren should they agree Bro Wyndham's request.

Bro Murray proposed and Bro Ireland seconded, that the Lodge comply with the Application, which was cordially concurred by the Brethren and the Secretary was instructed to inform Bro Wyndham of the same.

 

Bro James C Hart, was raised a Master Mason.

79th Regiment  Bro William Gunn of the 79th Highlanders was made an Honorary Member of the Lodge.

79th Regiment  Bro William Sweeney of the 79th Highlanders was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

79th Regiment  Bro Frederick Newman of the 79th Highlanders was made an Honorary Member of the Lodge.

79th Regiment  Bro Alexander Goodhand of the 79th Highlanders was made an Honorary

Member of the Lodge.

 

15th March 1852 Cont

In accordance with the resolution on Friday evening last the Brethren assembled in the Lodge Room, to accompany the Depute Master, on a Deputation to the Adelphi Theatre, along with the Sister Lodges of Edinburgh.

 

The Brethren arrived at the Theatre and too their seats, Bro Wyndham thanked the Masonic Brethren for their attendance and support.

 

The Celtic Brethren requested it be made known that the Show was a Great success.

On the return to the Celtic Lodge, Bro Murray closed the Lodge at High XII.

 

A report found on the Internet by Bro Bill Boland 11/12/2012 as follows:-

In 1815 the building was known as the Caledonian Theatre and then in 1830 it was renamed The Adelphi Theatre but the building was destroyed by fire on the 23rd / 24th of May 1853. In Laurence Irving's book 'Henry Irving' he mentions the fire saying: 'Charles Wyndham, as Lessee of the Adelphi Edinburgh, at that stage, had seen his wife, who had been confined in the upper part of the theatre, carried with their new-born son to safety as the flames enveloped the stage and auditorium.

 

The Adelphi Theatre was replaced by a new Theatre which opened as the Queen's Theatre and Operetta House on the 19th of December 1855 but this too succumbed to fire and another new and very elaborate Theatre was built on the site in 1857 this time by David Bryce, and named the Queen's Theatre and Opera House.

 

13th April 1852

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

 

23rd April 1852

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

 

6th May 1852

Mr Thomas Campbell a Merchant in Edinburgh was made an entered Apprentice.

Mr Thomas Mitchell a Commercial Traveller in Glasgow was made an entered Apprentice.

 

Both took their obligations and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

There being no other business, the Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

17th May 1852

Mr William Milne, Junior of Edinburgh was made an entered Apprentice.

 

26th May 1852

Mr A H T C Allen was made an entered Apprentice.

Mr David Dundas was made an entered Apprentice.

Bro John Carless was passed then raised a Master Mason.

 

They all took their Oaths, and returned thanks to the Lodge.

 

3rd June 1852

Mr John Brydon of Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

7th June 1852

alt  Sergeant Walter Borthwick of the 7th Hussars, and the candidate having been recommended in a proper manner he was Entered Apprentice.

 

The Lodge was then closed in the usual form by the RWM.

 

11th June 1852

Mr Andrew Murray Junior was entered passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Bro John Ogston, who was, entered in June 1851 was then passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro David Dundas who was lately initiated was, passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

14th June 1852 Wellington’s Statue was set up opposite Register House Edinburgh this was the anniversary of Waterloo.

 

14th June 1852

Mr John Anthony Curtis of Norwich was made an Entered Apprentice. On 17th June 1852 was, passed and raised a Master Mason.

Mr Nathan Dodd of Manchester was made an entered Apprentice.

Mr John Nosworthy of Manchester was made an entered Apprentice. On 17th June 1852 was passed and raised a Master Mason.

Mr Henry Michael Raybould Meredith of Rotherham, a Commercial Traveller was made an entered Apprentice. On 17th June 1852 was, passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

Bro John Wilson Gamble of Liverpool was made an Honorary Member, of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Mr Thomas Ogilvy Watson of Edinburgh was made an entered Apprentice.

Mr Anthony Young was made an entered Apprentice. On 17th June 1852 was passed then raised a Master Mason.

 

15th June 1852

Mr James Hogg was made an entered Apprentice.

Mr John Tighe of Edinburgh was made an entered Apprentice.

 

16th June 1852

Bro John Brydon was passed and raised.

 

Bro John Fisher who was made an entered Apprentice, on 3rd April 1846 was passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

17th June 1852

Mr James Aitken of Edinburgh was made an entered Apprentice.

 

Bro T O Watson was passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

 

18th June 1852 Tuft Hotel.

The Lodge having been opened with the usual solemnities by the RWM Andrew Murray at ½ past 11am Petitions were presented in favour of:-    

Mr Mathew and David Dobson Junior of the City of Edinburgh we candidates properly recommended.

Then were accordingly Entered Apprentices the lodge was closed by the past Master in due form.

 

Thereafter the Brethren to the Number of about forty repaved to the University Quadrangle to form in procession with other Sister Lodges to accompany the:-

 

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Grand Master Mason of Scotland to the Inauguration of the

 

Duke of Wellington  Equestrian Statue of Field Marshall His Grace the Duke of Wellington.

The Brethren were headed on this occasion by Brother Ireland while Brothers Jockel and Edge supported the offices of Senior and Junior Wardens.

The ceremony being over the Brethren returned to the Lodge Rooms where Dinner was served after which they clothed themselves the Lodge was duly opened the Brethren were called from refreshment to labour where a convivial meeting was held.

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

21st June 1852

Mr James Sinclair of Edinburgh was made an Entered Apprentice.

 

22nd June 1852

alt  Sergeant William Corbett of the 7th Hussars was made an Entered Apprentice.

alt  Sergeant Samuel Hooper of the 7th Hussars was made an entered Apprentice.

alt  Sergeant John Fraser of the 7th Hussars was made an entered Apprentice.

 

Bro William Walker of the Roman Eagle Lodge No 160, was made an Honorary Member took his Obligation and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

28th June 1852

7th Hussars  Sergeant John Jones, of the 7th Hussars was made an entered Apprentice.

7th Hussars  Sergeant John Colts, of the 7th Hussars was made an entered Apprentice.

 

2nd July 1852

Bro John Marshall Hughes of Commercial Lodge No 360 Blythewood Glasgow, Lodge was constituted on the 3rd November 1851, was Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge then proceeded to receive the Fellow Craft and the Master Masons Degree.

 

Bro Thomas Mitchell was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro James Hogg was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Mathew Dobson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro David Dobson Junior was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Walter Brothwick was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

3rd July 1852

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

 

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

 

13th July 1852 Celtic Lodge Room Turf Hotel.

The Committee met this evening in accordance with the circular issued Present Brother Murray Brother Ireland Brother Tinsley brother Jockel Brother Georgiades and Brother Secretary.

The secretary read a circular intimation from the Committee appointed to superintend the arrangements for laying the Foundation Stone of the Dundee. New Royal Infirmary Inviting a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith No 291 to be present at the ceremonial event.

It was proposed to send a circular to the Celtic brethren making them aware of this occasion giving them the opportunity to attend It was further moved that a letter be written to the Dundee committee notifying that a deputation would be present at the ceremony and would let you know soon how many brethren would be attending so arrangements can be made to dine in the Pavilion. Secretary Brother Pringle.

 

20th July 1852

Bro William Corbett was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro John Jones was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree, and Raised a Master Mason on the 6th August 1852.

 

Bro John Cotts was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

26th July 1852

Bro Alexander J Stewart of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was admitted an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Samuel Hooper who was entered on the 22nd June 1852 was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

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

 

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

 

Bro Corbett, was Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form by Past Master Andrew Murray

 

3rd August 1852

Mr Michael Austna Grubissick was entered Apprentice and on 13th August was passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

6th August 1852

The Lodge was Opened in due form.

 

Thereafter the Secretary read the Minutes of the Past Meeting which were approved by the Brethren. He then read a Circular from the Bro Secretary of Kirknewton and Ratho Lodge Intimating that a Funeral Lodge would be held in the Lodge room Ratho on Monday evening next in consequence of the lamented Death of their Right Worshipful Master Brother Grainger requesting a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge.

 

Several Brethren agreed to form a Deputation to visit Lodge Ratho on this sad occasion, and meet on that afternoon in their Lodge Room.

 

13th August 1852

Mr John Wyse Mackie a Confectioner in Edinburgh and that Gentleman was Entered Apprentice.

 

Bro John Foster was passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

16th August 1852

Mr William Bromley Cooke a Commercial Traveller was Entered Apprentice.

 

17th August 1852

Victoria Docks opened at Leith for admission of Vessels.

 

23 August 1852

Bro Alexander Ceaed Ferguson of Bigger Operative Lodge was made an Affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Mr James Ewing Johnson an Insurance Agent in Glasgow was entered Apprentice then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and raised a Master Mason. Bro Ferguson returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

3rd September 1852

7th Hussars  Sergeant Thomas Tomlinson of the 7th Hussars, was entered Apprentice, on the 10th September was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro John Tighe was passed to the 2nd or Fellow Craft Degree.

 

7th September 1852

Mr William Nicol a Merchant from Edinburgh was made an entered Apprentice.

 

10th September 1852

Bro Mackie Passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Thereafter the Lodge was Opened by PM Bro Murray, when Bro Carney, after some remarks requested the Lodge's acceptance of a Sword for the use of the Guard.

 

Bro Murray in the Name of the Office Bearers and Brethren of the Lodge, cordially thanked Bro Carney for the Kind Gift, and noticed the Great interest that Brethren had always taken in the welfare of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The usual Masonic Toasts were given and the Health of Bro Carney was proposed by the RWM, and responded to by the Brethren. 

 

22nd September 1852

The Lodge was opened by Brother Andrew Murray.

A petition was presented in favour of:-

 

Baruch De Beer merchant Rotterdam and the same having been well recommended the candidate was entered Apprentice.

Thereafter Brother De Beer whose case was of an urgent nature and Brother William Nicoll who was entered on the 7th instant were passed fellow Craft and immediately afterwards Brothers De Beer, Nicoll, MacKie – Tighe – Tomlinson were raised to the sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The lodge was then closed in due form by the Past Master.

 

26th November 1852

Celtic Lodge Room Turf Hotel.

7th Hussars  Initiate the Band of the 7th Hussars The Brethren met this evening for the purpose of Initiating The Band of the 7th Hussars in compliance with the rules of the Grand Lodge of Scotland received through the Grand Secretary Brother Lawry The Locum Tenens Past Master opened the lodge in due form.

Petitions were presented in favour of: -

Sergeant Joseph John Baldwin.

Corporal Thomas Haines

Trumpeters John Cassidy and Thomas Little

Privates William Grace - Henry Wood - Robert Mc Court – Francis Mc Court – William Lewis – Alfred Carradine And James Dempsey

Eleven in number and all belonging to the Band of the 7th Hussars and these candidates being all within the proper ages see the petition book and they were well recommended.

They were all made Entered Apprentice Masons by Brother Andrew Murray Brother Murray then proposed that Brother James Dobie of the Lodge Pornfret No 463 Northampton was admitted an honorary member on the 1st October Last should be affiliated member of the Celtic Lodge On payment of Grand Lodge dues vizt 576 this motion was seconded by the Senior Warden and approved by the brethren.

Brother Dobie then took the obligations The Lodge was called to refreshment when the brethren enjoyed themselves in the usual Mystic harmony with no other business being before them at harmony the meeting was called to labour again.

The Lodge was duly closed by Brother Murray at High Twelve.

 

29th November 1852

Staff Sergeant Francis Lawrence Verity was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

30th November 1852

This evening a large number of the Brethren met at the Celtic Lodge Room in the Turf Hotel 22 Princes Street Edinburgh, to form a Deputation to Grand Lodge of Scotland on the occasion of the Festival of St Andrew's.

The Deputation from the Celtic Lodge, proceeded to Grand Lodge in procession to the Festival of St Andrew, held by the Most Worshipful

 

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Grand Master Mason of Scotland His Grace The Duke of Athole and his Office Bearers.

 

The Deputation was headed on this occasion by the Senior Warden Brother William Ireland, who made the appropriate reply, on the Celtic Lodge Deputation being proposed, and it was responded to by His Grace the Grand master and Brethren.

 

3rd December 1852

Bro Henry Leslie was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John Sinclair was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John Cummings was Presented with his Diploma Certificate on his admission into the Lodge as a Full Member.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro J C McDonald of Canongate Kilwining Lodge No 2 Leith proposed that the Celtic Lodge Meet Monthly on a Quarterly in Leith which was deferred to the next Committee Meeting.

 

Bro Andrew Murray Proposed and Seconded by Bro Ireland that:-

 

Bro Edward W Davidson of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 Should be admitted a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Donald Proposed and Seconded by Bro Senior Warden that:-

St James Operative 97  Bro D Smith of St James Operative Lodge No 97 was made an affiliate Member of the Lodge. They took the usual Obligations and returned thanks to the RWM and the Brethren.

 

7th December 1852

Bro John P Clare was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Donald's motion as of 3rd December to hold a Lodge Meeting in Leith he was sending for Regalia of the Lodge that Meetings will be held on the Second Tuesday of the Month.

 

10th December 1852

Mr James Farnie a Merchant in Edinburgh was Entered Apprentice.

St James Operative 97  Bro Thomas Robertson of St James Operative Lodge No 97 be made an Honorary Member.

Bro John H Gamble of Lodge Sincerity No 368 Liverpool, be made an Honorary Member. They both took the usual affiliate Obligations and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Lodge.

 

Bro James Dobie was presented with his Diploma Certificate on his Admission into Freemasonry.

 

13th December 1852

Nominations for the Ensuing Year 1852- 1853, were forwarded to the Installation Meeting of the 27th December 1852.

Bro John Sinclair was Raised a Master Mason.

Bro John P Clarke was Raised a Master Mason.

 

22nd December 1852

Celtic Lodge Rooms in the Turf Hotel a Visit of the Celtic Brethren to the Celtic Lodge of Leith.

In compliance with the Intimation made on the 13th December 1852, the Brethren assembled to the Number of Nine and Headed by Bro Ireland. The Senior Warden they proceeded to Leith and met the Celtic Brethren resident, there in Bro Sinclair's care, they spent a few hours in happy conviviality.

 

27th December 1852

Pilliars and Bible  The evening was the Festival of St John, and the Installation and Election of Office Bearers. The Lodge was opened by Depute Master Bro Andrew Murray, who declared all Offices Vacant. The Secretary read that part from the Laws. The Installation Team Installed the Following Brethren:-

  

William Ireland Right Worshipful Master.
J A Fraser Past Master
J W MacKie Depute Master
J C McDonald Substitute Master
C Jockel Senior Warden
S Gerogiades Junior Warden
John Tinsley Treasurer
A Pringle Secretary
George Edge Chaplain
W Nicoll Senior Deacon
J Dobie Junior Deacon
Chris MacKay Grand Steward
J Jones Standard Bearer
T Mitchell Architect
T L Fenton Bard
Dr James S Millar Physician
William McNees Jeweller
J Carney Inner Guard
J Henderson

Outer Guard

 

Angus Mc Swayed Piper

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

Brothers J Cumming, George Burgess, T Robertson, J Livingston, H Leslie, M Leon, J Bryden.

After the Installation the Lodge was called from Labour to refreshment, the Brethren Dined to a superb feast, the Lodge was then called from refreshment to Labour, when the following Deputations were received:-

Mary Chapel-1  Lodge Mary’s Chapel No1 Headed by Brother Belpage

St Stephens No 145  Lodge St Stephens No145 Headed by Brother J B Callum

alt  Lodge St David’s No 36 Headed by Brother James Begg

Journeyman Masons No 8  Lodge Journeymen Masons No 8 Headed by James Begbie

alt  Lodge St Andrews Edinburgh No 48 Headed by Brother Mc Chumpha

St James Operative 97  Lodge St James Operative No 97 Headed by Brother John Crichton

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Lodge Roman Eagle No 160 Headed by Brother Wilson

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Lodge Defensive Band No 151 Headed by Brother Conacher

Lodge St Clair No 349  Lodge St Clair No 394 Headed by Brother Waterson

 

Lodge Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 Headed by Brother Alexander Smith

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Lodge Canongate Kilwining Lodge No 2 Headed by Brother Ogilvy

 

In the course of the evening a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge to Lodge Mary’s Chapel No1 Headed by W Ireland, St Stephen's Lodge Headed by Bro Mc Donald, St Andrew's Lodge Headed by Bro Price, Defensive Band Lodge Headed by Bro McNiven, Roman Eagle Lodge Headed by Bro Pike and Journeyman Masons Lodge Headed by Bro Jones, St James Lodge, St David's Lodge Headed by Bro McDonald and Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge Headed by Bro J C Mac Donald.

 

The various deputations on their return gave satisfactory accounts of the manner in which they were received as Deputations from the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed at High XII.

 

7th January 1853

42nd Highlanders Celtic Lodge Room meeting Turf Hotel 22 Princes Street Edinburgh Mr Robert Murray if the 42nd Highlanders was made an Entered Apprentice.

alt  The Celtic Lodge had the pleasure of a Visit from Bro Mann the RWM of St Andrew's Lodge No 48 with a Number of his Brethren.

 

11th January 1853

Mary Chapel-1  The RWM and a Few of the Brethren visited, Marys Chapel Lodge No this evening, and were well received by the RWM and Brethren, after the visitation the Deputation returned to the Celtic Lodge Rooms.

 

12th January 1853

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Report as above only Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No2.

 

14th January 1853

alt  The report as above only Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48.

 

18th January 1853

alt  The report as above Only Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36.

 

21st January 1853 

Thie evening was a Lodge of Instruction.

 

22nd January 1853

Mr Alexander Basilar Manuel, Shipping Agent London, was entered, passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Paid His Fees and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

28th January 1853

Sergeant Joseph Ogle of the 7th Hussars was entered Apprentice.

 

2nd February 1853

Mr Robert Wilson a Merchant of No 1 Elder Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

4th February 1853

Mr John Thomas Telfer a Jeweller in Edinburgh was entered Apprentice.

 

Bro Murray Proposed the following be made Honorary Members.

 

alt  Bro James Begg of St David's Lodge No 36 Honorary Member.

 

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro McGregor of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 Honorary Member.

St Stephens No 145  Bro Darling of St Steven's Lodge No 145 Honorary Member.

 

7th February 1853

7th Hussars  Lieutenant David Philip Brown of the 7th Hussars was entered Apprentice.

7th Hussars  Lieutenant John Paul McGregor, Age 33 of London Commercial Traveller was Entered Apprentice paid his Fees £2:3:6 thereafter returned Thanks to the Lodge.

 

9th February 1853

The Celtic Lodge held a Dinner in Honour of Bro Andrew Murray for his service to the Celtic Lodge and Masonry. The Brethren Presented Bro Murray with a Beautiful Masonic Jewel as a Token of their respect of him as a Man and Brother Mason.

 

Bro Murray made a suitable reply and expressed the pleasure he always felt in supporting and doing all in his power for the Celtic Lodge, he then proposed the Health of the Brethren.

 

The Lodge was then called from refreshment to Labour.

 

Bro James Ryan of Lodge No 3 Cork and 132 Dublin was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

16th February 1853

Mr Thomas Andrew Harton of Dublin a Commercial Traveller, Age 23, was Entered Apprentice.

 

Bro James McArly of Lodge 38 St Michael Creiff was Affiliated, they both took their Obligation and returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren.

 

17th February 1853

Bro T A Harton was, Passed and Raised a Master Mason.

 

Bro Duncan was, Passed and Raised a Master Mason.

 

Bro McPherson was, Passed and Raised a Master Mason.

 

There after they all returned thanks to the Brethren then spent some time at the Harmony Board.

 

18th February 1853

Sergeant Joshua Hassod of the 7th Hussars Age 39, was Entered Apprentice.

 

Bro Joseph Ogle was made a Fellow of Craft or Passed to the Second Degree.

 

Bro Robert Watson was made a Fellow of Craft or Passed to the Second Degree.

 

Bro John T Telfer was made a Fellow of Craft or Passed to the Second Degree.

 

23rd February 1853

The RWM intimated he had received a Letter from Bro Pablo Fanque requesting the Patronage of the Brethren of the Lodge at the Amphitheatre with Bro Ireland.

 

The Secretary was instructed to write to Bro Fanque advising him to insert the Name of the Celtic Lodge, in his Bills.

 

25th February 1853

Mr William Pool, a Joiner in Edinburgh Age 21 was entered and on the 2nd March 1853 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and then raised a Master Mason.

 

28th February 1853

The Deputation to Bro Pablo Fanques Amphitheatre, a Few of the Brethren, met this evening in Accordance with the Resolution of the Committee Meeting of the 23rd February 1853, to accompany the RWM to Bro Fanques Amphitheatre to Patronage him on the occasion of his Benefit in connection with other Sister Lodges of Edinburgh, and had much pleasure to attend.

 

Pablo Fanque was Born William Darby on 1st April 1810 in St Andrews Workhouse, Norwich England: Died 4th May 1871 in Stockport England. He was the First Black Circus Proprietor in Britain.

Pablo Fanque Photo 001

His Circus, in which he himself was a performer, was the most popular Circus in Victorian Britain for 30 Years, a period that is regarded as the Golden age of the Circus.

 

Today Palo Fanque is best known from his mention in the Beatles Song being for the Benefit of Mr Kite on the Album of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band.

 

Pablo served his Apprentice to Circus Proprietor William Batty, he made his debut in a Sawdust Ring in Norwich on December 26th December 1821 as Young Darby. His acts included Equestrian Stunts, Rope Walking and Dancing.

 

In 1841 he began Business on his own account, with two Horses, and he assembled a fine Stud of Horses and Ponies at his establishment at Wigan in Lancashire Palo was a Member of the Order of Ancient Shepherds, a fraternal organization, similar to that of Freemasonry, which assisted Families in Times of distress of Illness or Death to the Widows, and other Charities and Brethren.

 

2nd March 1853

Bro D P Brown, was passed and raised a Master Mason.

 

Bro R M Murray was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

4th March 1853

Bro Joshua Harrod was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree, and on the 14th March was raised a Master Mason.

 

7th March 1853

Bro Fredrick Earnest Gemmell was passed and raised.

 

Bro H Leslie was raised a Master Mason, 11th March 1853

7th Hussars  Sergeant David Weir of the 7th Hussars Age 45 was entered Apprentice and on the 14th March was passed and raised.

 

14th March 1853

Bro John P McGregor was passed and raised.

 

Bro R Wilson was passed and raised.

 

18th March 1853

Bro Joseph Baldwin was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Thomas Haines was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Tinsley's Widow presented a Photographic likeness from the original in her possession the RWM moved a vote of Thanks to Bro Tinsley's Widow.

 

1st April 1853

7th Hussars  Sergeant John Mould of the 7th Hussars Age 30 was entered Apprentice.

 

Bro Thomas Campbell, was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The Secretary read the Minutes of the last Month which was approved of.

 

The RWM then Proceeded to present Bro Andrew Murray with a Gold Guard Chain, Bro Ireland made a few remarks in connection with the presentation conveying the feelings of the Brethren, and of his one towards Bro Murray and the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Murray returned his sincere thanks for the handsome testimonial in a word or two. The Secretary moved a vote of thanks be recorded to Bro Ireland for his exertions in carrying out this matter.

 

The RWM then informed the Brethren that it was the intimation of the Edinburgh Lodges generally to give their Patronage to Bro Joseph on the occasion of this benefit and moved the Celtic Lodge, should do likewise which was agreed, that One Pound to be paid towards the expenses.

 

The Brethren were then called to refreshment and spent a short time in conviviality after which they were called back to Labour.

 

Bro Murray moved that Bro Robert McKay who was present and he a very old Member of the Lodge in 1821 be presented with a Grand Lodge Diploma and extract of his initiation in the Celtic Lodge, on account of his long service in various Offices, and as he is about to leave for another Country, this was Seconded by RWM. Bro McKay returned Thanks to the Brethren and Lodge.

 

4th April 1853

Bro Joseph Ogle was made a Master Mason.

 

Bro Joseph Baldwin was made a Master Mason.

 

Bro Thomas Baldwin was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Mr John Steel Murray Age 21, was Entered Apprentice, John is the Eldest Son of Bro Andrew Murray PM. Residing at his Home the Turf Hotel 22 Princess Street Edinburgh, were the Celtic Lodge Rent Rooms.

 

8th April 1853

Bro Robert McCourt was passed and raised to the Master Masons Degree.

 

Bro John Mould was passed and raised to the Master Masons Degree.

 

Bro William Grace was passed and raised to the Master Masons Degree.

 

Bro Thomas Haines was raised to the Master Masons Degree.

 

Bro Robert McKay, was Presented with his Grand Lodge Diploma.

 

12th April 1853

Mary Chapel-1  A Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 RWM plus 11 of the Brethren were well received.

 

14th April 1853

 

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  A Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 RWM plus some of the Brethren were well received.

 

15th April 1853

Bro Henry Wood Was passed and raised to a Master Mason.

 

Bro Francis McCourt Was passed and raised to a Master Mason.

 

Bro John T Telfer Was raised to a Master Mason.

 

Bro John Murray Was Passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and was Raised a Master Mason on the 18th April.

 

18th April 1853

Bro William Balpage the RWM of Marys Chapel took the Obligation of an Affiliated Member.

 

20th April 1853

A Deputation to the Adelphi Theatre there were upwards of Twenty of Brethren accompanied the RWM to the Adelphi Theatre, the Lady Mistress of the Lodge together with Several of the Brethrens Wife's were received along with the Sister Lodges from Edinburgh.

 

Bro Joseph took the opportunity of thanking the Brethren for their Presence and Support.

 

22nd April 1853

The Lodge was opened in due form by RW Master.

Brother James Dempsey was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Brother John Mould was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

The Lodge was closed in due form by Bro Ireland. 

 

3rd May 1853

A few of the Brethren accompanied the RWM on a visit to Lodge Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate this evening.

The Celtic Brethren were well received by the RWM and Brethren of the said Lodge they spent a very happy evening.

 

5th May 1853

A petition was presented in favour of:-

Mr James Fowler a Waiter in the Turf Hotel Edinburgh aged 21 years he was properly recommended and was entered as an apprentice Mason.

 

6th May 1853

The Lodge was duly opened by Bro Ireland the RWM the Secretary proceeded to read the Minutes of the past meetings, which was approved with t he exception of the following amendment proposed by Bro A Murray in the minute of the deputation to the Adelphi Theatre that the Ladies who accompanied the Deputation should be mentioned in the Minutes, he therefore moved that it be inserted in the minutes referred to, that the Lady Mistress of the Celtic Lodge together with the Wives of several of the Brethren accompanied the Deputation, this motion was approved and the Secretary made the addition accordingly.

The Brethren were then called to refreshment and in due time were recalled to labour. 

Brother John Tighe the Poet Laureate stated that as circumstances required him to leave Edinburgh for England he begged to deliver over the Jewel of his office, with deep regret, in accepting his resignation the RWM referred to the excellent manner in which that Bro had filled his office and proposed a vote of thanks to Bro Tighe which was seconded by Bro Leon.

The following visiting Brethren were then affiliated Members of the Celtic Lodge:-

85 Lodge Kirknewton and Ratho No 85  Brother James Lyall of Lodge Kirknewton and Ratho No 85 proposed by Bro Leon and seconded by Bro Ireland.

Brother J O Garland RWM of Lodge Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate No 5 propose by the RWM and seconded by Bro Pringle.

St Stephens No 145  Brother John Brown of Lodge St Stephen's No 145 proposed by Bro D Kinear and seconded by Bro Donaldson.

These Brethren took the necessary obligations and respectfully returned thanks for the honour conferred.

The Lodge was then duly closed by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

Copy of a letter addressed by the Secretary to the following Lithographic Printers requesting estimates for the supply of circulars to Mould and Todd of Waterloo Place and James Turner and Coy Lothian Road, Mr William Smith of Hanover Street and Mr Robert Clark 8 South St Andrew's Street.

Celtic Lodge Room Turf Hotel Edinburgh 9th May1853

Gentlemen I am instructed by the RWM of the Celtic Lodge to request that you will be good enough to send in on or before Friday the 13th May 1853 an estimate for the supply of the following:-

1 The Price of 2000 circulars same as enclosed pattern but on headed paper with corresponding number of envelopes.

2 The Cost of furnishing Lithographed petition Book sample to be seen at Turf Hotel on application to Mr Murray.

3 Price of lithographing occasional circulars per 100.

I am Secretary Alexander Pringle.

 

12th May 1853

A letter sent to Bro Alexander Pringle Secretary of the Celtic Lodge.

Sir,

In reply to yours of the 9th May we beg to say that we will supply the following articles at the following prices:-

1 To supply 2000 Circulars to sample but on a stouter paper with 2000 envelopes for 42/6.

2 A petition Book to pattern consisting of 200 of cap leaves 1/2 bound 20/-0.

3 Each 100 Circulars writing transferring and printing on fine fly leaf post 8 at 6/6.

We are signed Mould and Todd all done in the best Style.

The Committee accepted the quote from Mould and Todd on 16th May 1853.

 

20th May 1853

The Lodge was duly open by RWM

Brother William Gore who was passed on the 8th April 1853 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

The Lodge was duly closed by RWM.

 

24th May 1853

Fire Adelphi Theatre Broughton Street Edinburgh was burnt to the ground Part of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Chapel was also destroyed

 

3rd June 1853

Brother John R Calvert who was entered on the 5th September 1845 was passed fellow Craft, after which the Secretary read the minutes of the last Monthly Meeting which were approved.

Brother Donaldson then reported to the RWM the satisfactory reception the Deputation received at Dumbarton on the 20th.

The RWM then proposed a vote of thanks to Bro Donaldson for the able manner in which he had represented the Celtic Lodge on said occasion this was received with acclamation by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

6th June 1853

A petition was presented in favour of:-

Dr Alexander Brown of Coldstream aged 25 years and the same was recommended he was entered Apprentice and his case being of emergency he was passed Fellow Craft then raised a Master Mason.

 

13th June 1853

It was proposed by Bro A Murray and seconded by the RWM that:-

Dr Nicholas Rowe of Lodge No 139 Dublin which was approved by the Brethren Bro Rowe was made a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

17th June 1853

Committee Meeting was held this evening for the purpose of arranging the Festival of St John the Baptist on the 24th June 1853 Present:-

Bro Ireland RWM

Bro A Murray L T PM

Bro Georgiades Junior Warden 

Bro Nicoll Senior Deacon

Bro Dobie Junior Deacon

Bro Carnie Inner Guard

It was proposed by Bro Ireland and seconded by Bro Nicoll that 100 Circulars be issued to the Brethren this was approved by the Committee.

 

24th June 1853

The Brethren all dined together this afternoon in honour of the festival of St John the Baptist after Diner the Lodge was opened in due form by the RWM.

The RWM presented Bro William Belfrage of Lodge Marys Chapel with a Diploma certifying his admission as a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  After which the Deputations proceeded to Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2 then St Clair's Lodge No 349 in celebrating the Festival of St John, both Deputation were received by the respective RW Masters of the said Lodges.

 

27th June 1853

Petitions were presented in due form by:-

Mr Robert Thomas Byrne of New York aged 28 years he was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Daniel Bickerton a Commercial Traveller of Glasgow aged 24 years he was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

The Lodge was properly closed at High Twelve.

 

1st July 1853

The Lodge was duly opened by the RWM when petitions were presented in favour of:-

Mr Harry Heaton a Commercial Traveller of Birmingham aged 24 years he was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Alexander M Stevenson of Montague Street Edinburgh aged 21 years he was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

The under mentioned visiting Brethren were then affiliated and took their obligations as Full Members of the Celtic lodge namely:-

Brother George Raw was a Member of Lodge Lion and Lamb No 225 London.

alt  Brother James Noble of Lodge St Andrew's Edinburgh were proposed and seconded by Brothers Ireland and A Murray.

7th Hussars  Also Brother Thomas Bell of the 7th Hussars of Lodge Hamilton and Kilwinning No 7 proposed by Bro Carney and seconded by Bro the RWM.

Brother J T Telfer was proposed by Bro Ireland as Poet Laureate of the Lodge this office was left vacant by the departure of Bro John Teige this motion was seconded by the Junior Warden Bro Georgiades and approved by the Brethren, Brother Telfer took the necessary obligations.

After spending a short time in conviviality the Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

7th July 1853

Brother Harry Heaton who was entered on the 1st July was passed to the Fellow and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Brother John S Murray who was passed on the 18th April was now raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

alt  The RWM intimated that it was his intention tp proceed with a Deputation to St Andrew's Lodge No 48 on the 13th July to support the:-

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Grand Lodge of Scotland in laying the Foundation Stone of the New Club he asked for the support of as many of the Celtic Brethren to accompany him on the said occasion.

The Lodge was then duly closed at High Twelve.

 

13th July 1853

alt  Deputation to St Andrew’s the following brethren proceeded with the Right Worshipful Master to St Andrew’s to take part in the deputation connected with the laying of the Foundation Stone of a New Club in Edinburgh.

Brothers John Cunningham Worshipful Substitute Master Brother Dobie Junior Deacon Brother Carney Inner Guard Brother Jones Standard Bearer Brother Thomson and the Tyler the Deputation returned well pleased with the day’s proceedings.

 

15th July 1853

Brother Alexander M Stevenson who was entered on the 1st July was passed Fellow Craft after which the Lodge was closed in the usual manner at High Twelve.

 

5th August 1853

The Lodge was duly constituted.

Brother R T Byrne who was entered on the 27th June last was passed Fellow Craft and then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Brother A M Stevenson who was passed on the 15th July was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

The Secretary read the Minutes for the past two Months which were approved.

The Brethren were called from labour to refreshment and spent a short time in harmony and being recalled to labour.

St Stephens No 145  The RWM proposed that Bro W N Josephus of St Stephen's No 145 Lodge who was present this evening previous to taking his departure for London was presented with a Diploma as a Certificate of his affiliation into the Celtic Lodge this motion was seconded by Bro Andrew Murray and approved by the Brethren the Secretary received instructions accordingly.

 

A circular was the read by the Bro Secretary that Peebles Kilwinning Lodge No 24 requesting the attendance of the RWM and as many of the Celtic Brethren as could make it at the cutting of the first turf of the Peebles Kilwinning on the 9th August, due to the invitation not coming through Provincial Grand Master the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge did not attend but any Brother who wanted to do so could on their own.

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

2nd September 1853

The accounts for the current year were examined and found correct and were passed by the Brethren.

 

The Committee returned to the Lodge room and clothed themselves the Lodge was duly opened by the RWM. The Secretary read the minutes of the last monthly meeting they were approved by the Brethren.

 

The Brethren were delighted with the presence of Brother Colonel Swinburne who occupied the Senior Warden's Chair and performed his duties through the evening with great credit to himself and the satisfaction of those present.

 

Some time was spent in working when the Brethren were called to refreshment when a pleasant evening in conviviality with the usual toasts were given and received.

 

The Poet Laureate Bro Telfer sung some excellent songs followed by others. The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

9th September 1853

Mr John Sugden of 12 Aldermanbury London aged 27 was entered apprentice mason Brother Sugden paid the full fees £2-3-6d. The Lodge was then closed by the RWM in due form at High Twelve.

 

20th September 1853

The Bro Secretary read a letter from St John's Lodge Haddington requesting the attendance of the Celtic Brethren at the ceremony of laying the Foundation Stone of the Haddington covered Grain Market.

 

A meeting was held on Friday 30th September to arrange the visit to Haddington. The Committee examined the clothing after careful inspection it was resolved to order Nine new Aprons for the following officers:-

RW Master W Depute Master Senior and Junior Wardens Secretary Senior and Junior Deacons and the Inner Door Guard the remainder of the Aprons to be repaired. New Mallets Batons were also required.

 

The Bro Secretary received instructions to record Brother John MacDonald's name the late Tyler in the Grand Lodge books also to write to Bro Dobson and his two sons concerning payment of their due fees to communicate with Bro Milne of Picardy Place regarding the payment of Bro Aitkin's fees.

 

3rd October 1853

A Deputation headed to Haddington for the laying the Foundation Stone.

Nine of the brethren of the Celtic Lodge proceeded this day to Haddington to assist at Laying the first Stone of the Covered Grain Market.

After a pleasant day the Celtic brethren returned safe to the lodge room at the Turf Hotel.

In the evening the Lodge was opened in due form when a petition was presented in favour of:-

Mr James Montgomery of Ayrshire age 34 yrs the candidate being properly recommended he was entered in the Apprentice Degree Brother Montgomery being an urgent case he received in company with Brother James Fowls who was entered on the 5th May 1853. They both received the Fellow Craft Degree and these two brethren were thereafter raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

The lodge was duly closed at high Twelve.

 

October 1853 - 1856

The Celtic Lodge Edinburgh & Leith No 291 and the Charge of the Light Brigade.

How many Lodges can claim that they had Brethren who were involved in the Charge of the Light Brigade or the Battle of Cawnpore in the Indian Mutiny or indeed any other 19th century military action?

It is very likely that Freemasons have served and fought and Died in the armed forces for as long as we have had Freemasonry.

In part testimony to consider the claim that in 1732 the Regiment that was to become the Royal Scots formed the first military travellingMasonic Lodge in the British Army a practice that quickly spread to other regiments.

I can assure you that the Celtic Lodge No 291 can make such a cliam and much more. The Lodge had Brethren in the Crimean War who took part in the Charge of the Heavy and the Light Brigades in 1854, the taking of the Redan in the Battle of Sevastoplo in 1855 and many went on to fight at the Battle of Cawnpore in 1857 during the Indian Mutiny.

The Celtic Lodge No 291 had a long tridition of accepting as initiates or affiliates members of the Army.

we have form our Lodge Minute Books very good information relating to those Brethren. 

The Celtic Lodge records show that from January 1832 to March 1876 the Lodge initiated 157 Cavalrymen from 13 Regiments. Between April 1823 and March 1857 the Lodge initiated 64 infantrymen drawn from 18 Regiments of the line plus a Royal Navy Surgeon.

The initiates came from every rank from Trooper or Private through to Colonel James Charles Chatterton 4th Irish Dragoon Guards initiated 29th November 1845, and Colonel James McDonald 2nd Life Guards initiated 4th August 1948.

Crimean War 8  Start of the Crimean War in October 1852 many Brethren from the Celtic Lodge fought in the Crimean War also known in Russia as the Oriental War fought between the Russian Empire on one side and an alliance of France and the United Kingdom.

Some of the Flags Flown at the Time of the Crimean War.

      Crimean War United Kingdom Flag 11  Crimean War French Flag 9  Crimean War Ottoman Flag 10  Crimean War Kingdom of Sardinia Flag  Cirmean Was Duchy of Nassua Flag 19  Crimean War German Flag 14  Crimean War Bulgarian Flag 17  Crimean War Kingdom of Greek Legion Flag  Crimean War Swiss Legion Flag  Crimean War Slavic Legion Flag 16  Crimean War Serbian and Montenegrin Legion Flag 18  Crimean War Russian Empire Flag 

alt  Several Celtic Lodge Brethren were Members of the Regiments and were among the brave soldiers who fought and died for the greater glory and went to the Grand Lodge above.

Crimean War Lord Cardigan 21  The Light Brigade was commanded by Lord Cardigan, his command was made up of Five Calvary Regiments many form the Celtic Lodge.

Crimean War Lord Lucan 20  One Brother Henry Joy a Trump Major was assigned for one week to serve as Duty Trumpeter to Lord Lucan.

alt  It is claimed, but not without dispute, that Brother Henry Joy sounded the Charge of the Light Brigade. The Photo is of the actual Trumpet used by Brother Henry Joy.

Brother Henry Joy was born in Ripon yorkshire in 1819. On the 13th May 1833 aged fourteen he enlisted in the 17th Lancres. At the time of the Charge he was recorded as beingthe Trumpet Major his regimental number 416. Being the senior regimantal trumpeter he was assigned for one week to serve as Duty Trumpeter to Lord Lucan.

It was during that week that the Battle of Balaclaver took place.

Bro Joy was promoted to Trumpet Major in May 1847 and on 18th November 1852 he commanded the regimental band at the funeral of the Duke of Wellington.

During the Battle he would have been in close contact with Lord Lucan and other senior officers.

One of  Henry Joy's fellow Lancers was Trumpeter William Brittain who on the day was the Duty Trumpeter to Lord Cardian.

Brittan was severly wounded in the charge and died subsequently in Scutari Hospital which was managed by Florence Nightingale.

Brother Henry Joy died in August 1893 and is buried in Chiswick Cemetery, London and his Bugle is held in the National Army Museum Chelsey London.

On his head stone and Bugle are inscribed declaring that he sounded the charge of the Light Brigade.

Temple Photos 21 04 2013 036  And in honour that the Celtic Brethren remember those who have gone before with great pride in 2012 we had a Mural Painted by Edinburgh Artist Marlene Douglas of the Crimean War.

Brother George M Docherty PM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 and a Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge 291 did much of the research on the History of the Regiments and found that the Light Brigade was commanded by Lord Lucan.

His command was made up of Five Cavalry Regiments many from the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Charge of the Light Brigade on the Left and on the Right that of the Indian Mutiny with:-

82nd Regiment  Brother Sergeant William Hyde of the 82nd Regiment who's Celtic Lodge Masonic Certificate was found on the Battle Field by:-

53rd of Foot RegimentCaptain Robert Thompson Paymaster of the 53rd Regiment on the 6th December 1857 the Certificate travelled from Canada to London Scotland and then Home to the Celtic Lodge where it can still be seen today.

 

The Celtic Lodge would like to thank Brothers George M Docherty PM and William JR Boland PM for their Help.

 

4th November 1853

The Lodge was opened by the RWM in due form petitions were presented in favour of:-

Mr Richard Burton of Brownlow Road London aged 22 years was entered apprentice.

The RWM then stated that Bro Burton's was a case of emergence and that he would attend the next evening at Six o'clock he would be passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Mr Joseph Bowman of Piershill Barracks Edinburgh aged 40 years was entered Apprentice.

St James Operative 97  A letter was read from Bro James Turner the RWM of St James's Lodge requesting to be informed whether the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge had any objections to the Lodge being named among the list of patrons to:-

Pablo Fanque Photo 001   Brother Pablo Fanque's Circus on Tuesday evening the 8th November the RWM instructed the Bro Secretary to intimate to Bro Turner that the Celtic Brethren did not wish the name of this Lodge mentioned as patrons for that evening as they would be attending the monthly meeting of:-

Mary Chapel-1   Mary's Chapel on the same evening and he would be glad if a few of the Brethren would accompany him on the deputation.

The Bro Secretary then read the minutes of the past two months which were approved.

 

Bro Andrew Murray reminded the RWM of the intention of the Office Bearers to organise a Masonic Ball for the next Month after some observations it was agreed to forward to the next Committee meeting to make arrangements. The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

5th November 1853

The Lodge was duly constituted in due form by RWM the Lodge was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Brother Richard Burton was advanced to the Fellow Craft and immediately after he was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

The Lodge was then closed by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

11th November 1853

The Brethren were clothed the Lodge was opened in due form by RWM.

 

Brother Joseph Bowman who was entered on the 4th November 1853 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

A Lodge of instruction was then opened by Bro Dobie the Junior Deacon Bro Georgiades acting Senior Deacon and Bro Nicoll as Junior Warden the other Offices were filled by other Brethren present. At High Twelve the Lodge was duly closed.

 

18th November 1853 Brother Dobie opened a Lodge of instruction.

 

22nd November 1853

In accordance with the intimations issued the Committee assembled and discussed Finance matters the Secretary was instructed to write to various defaulters requesting payment of their Fees.

 

Masonic Ball Committee a long conversation took place regarding the proposed Ball there appeared considerable difficulty in obtaining a suitable room it was agreed to send a circular written on the fly leaf of one respecting St Andrew's Festival about to be issued to the Members requesting acknowledge their intention to be present in the event of the ball going on.

 

25th November 1853

Brother Robert M McCourt who was passed on the 8th April 1853 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed.

 

29th November 1853

Mr William Thomson Kenneth of No 2 St James Place Edinburgh aged 38 years was properly recommended the candidate was entered Apprentice Mason he paid his Fees £2:3:6d

 

30th November 1853

Mr William Irvine Commercial Traveller from Hawick aged 32 years he was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form by RWM.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Thereafter Eighteen of the Brethren accompanied the RWM to the Cotton Room to Celebrate the Festival of St Andrew's the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland his Grace the Duke of Athole presiding.

 

The Festival was concluded the Celtic Brethren returned to their Lodge Room and unclothed.

 

1st December 1853

Brother John Sugden who was entered on the 9th September 1853 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve by the RWM.

 

2nd December 1853

The Lodge was opened in due form by IPM Bro Andrew Murray, a petition was presented in favour of:-

Mr John Currie a Commercial Traveller from Hawick aged 34 years was entered Apprentice.

 

The minutes were read and approved. The RWM stated that Bro Dobson was contacted and said he would pay his Two Sons Fees £1:6:6d each.

 

16th December 1853

Bro William T Kenneth who was entered on the 29th November 1853 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro William Davidson who was entered some years ago was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was then closed by the RWM Bro William Ireland.

 

23rd December 1853

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

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

 

A Lodge of instruction was opened by Bro Georgiades Junior Warden.

 

25th December 1853

Thistle Square and Compass  Festival of St John.

 

The Offices of the Lodge were declared vacant Bro William Ireland was then introduced by the Bro Wardens the RWM took his obligation and was installed as the RWM for the ensuing year 1853-1854.

 

Office Bearers as follows:-

 

 

William Ireland Right Worshipful Master.
J A Fraser Past Master
J Dobie Depute Master
J Cumming Substitute Master
S Georgiades Senior Warden
William Nicole Junior Warden
A Pringle Treasurer
J P Murray Secretary
Morris Leon Chaplain
James Carney Senior Deacon
JT Telfer Junior Deacon
Andrew Murray Locum Past Master
J Jones Standard Bearer
T Mitchell Architect
T L Fenton Bard
J S Millar Physician
J Telfer Jeweller
A E Gemmell Inner Guard
W Poole

Outer Guard

 

Piper Bro Angus J C McLeod

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

Bro R Wilson Bro William Pike Bro George Burgess Bro George Edge Bro J W MacKie Bro Victor Banc

The RWM ordered the Junior Deacon to call the Brethren from Labour to refreshment.

 

They proceeded to celebrate the Festival of St John.

In the course of the evening the RWM dispatched the following deputations to visit the sister Lodges:-

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

Mary Chapel-1  St Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro J Cumming.

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

alt  St David's Lodge No 36 headed by A Pringle.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro A Pringle.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro M Leon.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by M Leon.

 

The Following Deputations were received by the RWM of the Celtic Lodge:-

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 Headed by Bro Jackson.

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro P Crawford.

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

Mary Chapel-1  St Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Ramsay.

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

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

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

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

 

The various deputations returned they all reported they were hospitably received.

 

The RWM moved a vote of thanks be recorded in favour of Bro Leon for his efficient services during his long connection with the Celtic Lodge and particularly on this occasion which was unanimously agreed to.

 

The Lodge was then recalled to Labour and closed in due form by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

6th January 1854

Bro James Sinclair who was entered Apprentice on the 21st June 1852 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The Bro Secretary read the Minutes of the last month which were passed.

 

The RWM called the Brethren to refreshment who after passing a short time in a convivial manner. The RWM recalled the Brethren to labour.

 

There was no further business the Lodge was closed by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

22nd February 1854

The City Wall several people lost their lives, when a large section of the City Wall and embankment beside Leith Wynd collapsed, the wall had been 20 feet high.

 

24th February 1854

The Lodge was duly opened by the RWM.

 

Bro John Sugden who was passed on the 1st December 1853 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was reduced in regular form and closed by the RWM.

 

3rd March 1854

It was proposed by Bro William Nichol and seconded by the RWM that:-

Bro John Walker of the Ancient Lodge Dundee be Affiliated a full Member of the Lodge which was approved Bro Walker tool the usual obligation. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

17th March 1854

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  The RWM and Twenty Four of the Brethren made up a Deputation to join the Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 on the occasion of celebrating the Festival of the Edinburgh Lodge to be held in the Waterloo Rooms.

 

The RWM and Brethren from the Roman Eagle along with other Sister Lodges form Edinburgh attended the festival.

 

24th March 1854

Bro Sinclair who was passed Fellow Craft on the 6th January 1854 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

28th March 1854

Mr Abigail Smith a Commercial Traveller from London aged 39 was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was then closed by the RWM.

 

4th April 1854

Mr John Giallias a Teacher of Languages in Edinburgh was properly recommended and the candidate was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The RWM intimated that Bro Abigail Smith who was initiated on the 28th March 1854 was leaving Town and before going he was so desirous of being passed to the Fellow Craft Degree as this was a case of emergency the Brethren approved the request and Bro Smith was accordingly passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed by the RWM.

 

5th April 1854

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  A Deputation consisting of Four Members headed by Bro Fairbairn visited Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2. The Deputation was most hospitably received and entertained.

 

7th April 1854

The Brethren assembled this evening and were clothed in their usual Royal Stewart Tartan.

 

The Bro Secretary read the Minutes of the preceding month which were passed.

Journeyman Masons No 8  The Lodge was called to refreshment and in the course of the night a number of the Brethren from Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 visited the Celtic Lodge.

 

After a short time in a happy and Masonic manner they were called to Labour and there being no further business for the good of Free Masonry the Lodge was closed at high Twelve by the RWM.

 

10th April 1854

Bro John Giallias who was initiated on the 4th April 1854 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and on the 2nd of May 1854 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

5th May 1854

The Brethren were assembled and signed the Attendance Book.

 

The Lodge was opened by the RWM. The Bro Secretary read the Minutes of the preceding meeting which were passed.

 

The RWM proposed and was seconded by Bro Georgiades that:-

Bro John Ballantyne of a Glasgow Lodge to be Affiliated a member of the Celtic Lodge which was approved Bro Ballantyne took the usual obligations.

Mary Chapel-1  A Deputation from St Mary's Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Balfrage RWM they spent a short period in a happy manner. The Lodge was recalled to Labour and closed in due form by the RWM.

 

19th May 1854 Mr James Steel a Commercial Traveller who was properly recommended was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

2nd June 1854

The Brethren assembled this evening and were clothed the Lodge was opened in due form by the RWM.

 

The Bro Secretary read the minutes of the preceding meeting which were approved.

7th Hussars  Brother John Jones Sergeant Major of the 7th Hussars and Standard Bearer of the Lodge intimated that he would shortly be under the necessity of leaving Edinburgh with his fellow Brothers of the 7th Hussars therefore laid his resignation of the above office before the Lodge.

 

The RWM and Brethren were pleased to accept Brother John resignation as he had to do his duty for Queen and Country.

 

The Brethren were called to refreshment and spent a short time in pleasant conviviality when they were called to labour. The Lodge was closed at High X11 by the RWM.

 

24th June 1854

The Brethren dined together this afternoon to celebrate the Festival of St John the Baptist.

 

Mr John Grahame McKindlay Ingram was entered Apprentice Mason and on the 26th June was passed Fellow Craft Degree.

 

It was proposed by Bro Andrew Murray and seconded by Bro Cumming that:- Bro J Gilmore of St Cyre Lodge No 121 Auchtermuchty by Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge which was approved Bro Gilmore took the usual obligations and were welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was then close.

 

26th June 1854 

Sotires Georgiades RWM 1855-56  A Deputation headed by Bro Georgaides Senior Warden visited St Clair's Lodge No 349 who were celebrating their Festival of St John the Baptist.

Lodge St Clair No 349  The Deputation was well received by the Brethren of St Clair Lodge.

 

7th July 1854

It was proposed and unanimously agreed that Bro James Sinclair be appointed to the Office of Standard Bearer vacant by the resignation of Bro Jones. Bro Sinclair intimated his acceptance of that office he was installed by the RWM and took the usual obligations.

 

The Lodge was visited on this occasion by Baron Bernardo Gamin a Foreign Brother who informed the Brethren of his intention to deliver a Masonic Lecture under the patronage of several Edinburgh Lodges he desired the patronage of the Celts.

 

The RWM refused the same and was unanimously supported in his decision by the Brethren.

 

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve by the RWM.

 

12th July 1854

The Lodge was opened by the RWM.

A petition was presented in favour of:-

Mr Henry Luke Holmes from Norfolk he was properly recommended as a Candidate and was made an entered apprentice Mason. The Lodge was then closed.

 

21st July 1854

Mr Henry C Smith from Gloucester Crescent London was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

 

25th July 1854

Mr Thomas Barnett from Elder Street Edinburgh was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

 

26th July 1854

Bro Henry Luke Holmes was made a Fellow Craft Degree Mason.

 

4th August 1854

The Brethren were assembled and signed the attendance Book. The Lodge was duly opened by the RWM.

7th Hussars  Brother Carney Senior Deacon submitted his resignation of his office in consequence of him leaving the Country with his Brother of the 7th Hussars regiment. The Brethren accepted his resignation and a vote of thanks was proposed to Bro Carney by the Senior Warden Bro Geprgiades for the efficient manner in which he had always fulfilled his duties of his office which was unanimously passed by the Brethren.

 

Bro Henry Luke Homes who was passed on the 26th July 1854 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

The Lodge was called to refreshment they spent a short time in a convivial manner after which the Lodge was called to Labour and closed at High Twelve by the RWM.

 

1st September 1854

Bro Thomas Barnett was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. 

 

6th October 1854

Mr Charles Sharp was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

 

20th October 1854

Bro Charles Sharp was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

25th October 1854
alt  alt The Charge of the Heavy and Light Brigades in the Crimean War.

The Heavy Brigade commanded by General Scarlett was made up of Five Cavalry Regiments four of which contained Members of the Celtic Lodge 291 totalling Forty Four Brethren.

The Light Brigade commanded by Lord Cardigan was also made up of Five Cavalry Regiments Two of those contained Members of the Celtic Lodge 291 namely 13th Light Dragoon Guards which had Six Brethren and the 17th Lancers which had Twenty Brethren.

The Charge of the Heavy Brigade was a resounding success resulting in 900 British Cavalry throwing back the advances of some 3,000 Russian Cavalry.

It is well known that the Charge of the Light Brigade was a glorious Military blunder brought about by poor communications and personality clashes which resulted in 247 Men being killed or wounded out of a compliment of about 673.

The horses suffered even worse with 475 being killed.

alt  alt  alt  Both the 13th Light Dragoon Guards and the 17th Lancers reached the Russian guns killing those gunners who had not fled and then returned back the way they had come through the infamous Valley of Death.

In a Poem by Alfred Tennyson as follows:

 

The Charge of the Light Brigade

 

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 and 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 and 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 and Russian Reel'd from the sabre stroke Shatter'd and 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 and 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 wondered.

Honour the charge they made, Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred.

 

Celtic Lodge 15 01 2013 029  The RWM Wardens and the Celtic Lodge E & L No 291 would have held a Lodge of Sorrow to the memory of our brave and departed Brethren and have had a Mural painted by Marlene Douglas. 2012. Bro BB Historian.

 

26th October 1854

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

 

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

 

17th November 1854

Mr John Stringer was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

47 Lodge Operative Dundee Lodge No 47  It was moved by RWM and seconded by Bro Georgiades that Brother William Cowan of Operative Masons Lodge No 47 Dundee be affiliated a Member of the Lodge it was agreed to and Bro Cowan took the usual obligations.

 

It was moved by the RWM and seconded by Bro James Dobie DM that a subscription in aid of the Patriotic Fund be raised among the Members of the Lodge the same was unanimously carried. The Lodge was then closed by the RWM.

 

27th November 1854

Mr Thomas Melhuish was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Stephen P Babington was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr McNaughton was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

 

30th November 1854

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  A Number of the Brethren accompanied the RWM to the Royal Hotel to celebrate the Festival of St Andrew at which the most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland His Grace the Duke of Athole presiding.

 

The Festival was concluded the Brethren returned to their Lodge Room and unclothed.

 

1st December 1854

Brother John Stringer who was initiated on the 17th November 1854 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Thomas Melhuish who was initiated 27th November 1854 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Stephen Peile Babington who was Initiated 27th November 1854 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

6th December 1854

82nd Regiment  Mr Robert Davies of the 82nd Regiment was entered Apprentice Mason.

82nd Regiment  Bro Thomas Maxwell of the 82nd Regiment was made

an Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge Bro Maxwell took the usual obligations. The Lodge was closed by the RWM.

 

8th December 1854

Mr Alexander Dallas Cowan was made an entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Thomas Granton was made an entered Apprentice Mason and then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree followed by being raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

It was proposed and seconded that Bro Mitchell Carmichal be affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge he then took the usual obligations. The Lodge was closed by the RWM.

 

14th December 1854

Bro John Stringer who was initiated on the 17th November 1854 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

15th December 1854

Bro Murray proposed and Bro Dobie seconded that Bro Schmidt of Lodge Ramsgate be affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge Bro Schmidt took the usual obligations.

 

This was the evening for nominating the Office Bearers for the ensuing year Bro Ireland RWM proposed and Bro Georgiades seconded that Bro James Dobie be nominated RWM for the ensuing year the rest of the Office Bearers and Committee Nominees were forwarded to the installation date of 27th December 1854.

 

20th December 1854

82nd Regiment  Mr Fred Luttrull Colour Sergeant 82nd Regiment was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

22nd December 1854

Petitions were presented in favour of the following:-

82nd Regiment  Mr Palo Castaldini Band Master of the 82nd Regiment was entered passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

82nd Regiment  Mr Michael Sheeran Sergeant of the 82nd Regiment was entered passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Bro Fred Luttrull who was initiated on the 20th December 1854 was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Mr David Peters 8 Hamilton Place was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

26th December 1854

The Lodge was duly constituted by the RWM. A petition was presented in favour of:-

82nd Regiment  Mr William Hyde Colour Sergeant 82nd Regiment and being properly supported the candidate was entered Apprentice Mason as this was a case of emergency on approval of the Brethren Brother William Hyde was passed Fellow Craft and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Brother William's History is well reported in later Minutes.-By Bro Bill Boland PM Lodge Historian 2013.

 

27th December 1854

Masonic Symbol 5  This was the evening for the Installation of Office Bearers the following Brethren was Installed:-

 

 

James Dobie Right Worshipful Master.
William Ireland Past Master
Vacant Depute Master
S Georgiades Substitute Master
William Nicole Senior Warden
W Cowan Junior Warden
A Pringle Treasurer
J T Telfer Secretary
Morris Leon Chaplain
J S Murray Senior Deacon
Smith Junior Deacon
Andrew Murray Locum Past Master
J Jones Standard Bearer
T Mitchell Architect
T L Fenton Bard
J S Millar Physician
C Fairfax Jeweller
J Stringer Inner Guard
W Poole

Outer Guard

 

Piper Bro Angus J C McLeod

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

 

Bro J Walker Bro William Pike Bro J Cumming Bro T Barnett Bro J W MacKie Bro Thomas Mitchell 

 

4th January 1855

Bro David Peters having served his time as an entered Apprentice was passed to the second or Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

5th January 1855

Mr William Claxton Aged 27 years of the Adjutant General's Office was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

10th January 1855

Bro A D Cowan was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

12th January 1855

Mr Samuel Wheeln was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. 

 

20th January 1855

Mr John Gibbs Crane a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr John Wilkie a Lithographic Printer was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

It was proposed by Bro Murray and seconded by RWM that:-

Bro Stubs a Commercial Traveller from London be affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge which was agreed Bro Stubs took his obligations. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

2nd February 1855

Bro Samuel Wheeler was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro David Peters was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

It was proposed by the RWM and seconded by Bro Jockel DM that a letter of condolence be addressed from the Lodge to the Parents of the late Junior Warden Bro William Nicole expressing the sympathy of the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The RWM intimated that the Lodge of instruction be held on Thursdays instead of Fridays the Brethren agree.

 

Bro W Cowan was appointed to act as Senior Warden until the next election. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

3rd February 1855

Mr Casper Suppers was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Augusta Manny was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

8th February 1855

Brothers John Wilkie William Claxton and James H Steel who had served time as Apprentice Masons were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. There being no other business the Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.

 

14th February 1855

Brothers Casper Suppers and Augusta Manny who had served time as Apprentice Masons were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

22nd February 1855

Bro Casper Suppers and Bro Augusta Manny served some time as Follow Craft Masons as circumstances would allow and in consequence of their services having offered to assist at the oration held in memory of the Late Past Grand Master Mason Lord Adolphus Fitz Clerance were both raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

24th February 1855

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Brethren assembled to attend a Deputation of the Funeral Oration to be held by the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

 

The Celtic Lodge Brethren accompanied the RWM to the Funeral Oration held in Queens Hall by the representatives of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in Memory of the Late Past Grand Master of Scotland Lord Adolphus Fitz Clerance.

 

28 Brethren of the Celtic Lodge were in attendance and were very satisfied with the ceremony.

 

1st June 1855 Mr John Webb Watkins was entered Apprentice Mason on the 7th June 1855 he was passed to the fellow Craft and on the:-

22nd June was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

There being no other business before the Lodge it was closed at High Twelve.

 

25th June 1855

The Celtic Brethren met to celebrate the Festival of St John the Baptist. 25 of the Brethren sat down to an excellent Dinner prepared in Bro Murray's usual style.

 

In the absence of the RWM and Bro Dobie presided in the Chair.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  A Deputation headed by Bro Murray visited the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2. 

Lodge St Clair No 349  William Ireland  RWM1852-54  Bro Ireland PM headed a Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 accompanied by Five Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

6th July 1855

Mr Thomas Appleby Stephenson was entered Apprentice Mason and on the 10th July 1855 was passed and then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

24th August 1855

 

After an excellent Dinner furnished by Bro Murray's usual style the Lodge was opened by the RWM Bro Dobie. The Brethren signed the attendance Book.

 

The Lodge was called from Labour to refreshment during which several toast were given. The RWM proceeded with the important business of the evening he then presented Brother Ireland a Testimonial from the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge as a token of their respect and esteem for him and an acknowledgement of his efforts to promote the interests and well being of the Lodge.

William Ireland  RWM1852-54  The RWM presented Brother William Ireland with his Masonic Jewel from the Office Bearers and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Brother Ireland replied and expressed his grateful thanks on receiving such a handsome Testimonial from his Mother Lodge.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

25th August 1855

Brother Alexander Hay was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Brother John Stewart was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

14th September 1855

The Celtic Lodge meetings from the 14th September until the 2nd November 1855 were ordinary meetings no new candidates or special reports.

 

15th November 1855

Mr John Cogghill Junior was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

16th November 1855

Mr Francis Constantine was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr John De Moors was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The duty was performed by Bro William Ireland PM in the absence of the RWM which was done in his usual Masonic style the Labour being ended and nothing further was offered for the good of Free Masonry the Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

23rd November 1855

Celtic Lodge 291 Turf Hotel

A Lodge of Emergency was called for the Initiation of Gunter Frederick Curl Bartel.

The Chair was taken by PM Brother Ireland in the absence of the RWM also for affiliation Brother Edward Eli Young of Lodge La-Charity no 23 of Amsterdam.

The ceremonies were performed in truly Masonic Style.

 

The labours being conducted and nothing further being offered for the good of Masonry than that of Brother Eli Young being passed and raised in the lodge at some future period.

The lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

24th November 1855

Mr John Cumming was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

28th November 1855

Mr William Stewart Brown was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

30th November 1855

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  William Ireland  RWM1852-54  A Deputation for the Festival of St Andrew's headed by Bro William Ireland PM and 12 of the Brethren met at the Royal Hotel. The Grand Master Mason of Scotland presiding.

 

The Festival having concluded the Brethren returned to the Lodge and unclothed.

5th December 1855

7th Hussars  Mr George Curtis a Saddlers Sergeant in the 7th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

7th December 1855

7th Hussars  Mr Charles Bateman a Sergeant in the 7th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

7th Hussars  Mr William Aaron Cox Armorer Sergeant in the 7th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form by Bro William Ireland PM acting RWM.

 

11th December 1855

Bro De Moore who was initiated on the 16th November 1855 and having made some proficiency in Masonry was passed to the Fellow Craft or second Degree. The Lodge was closed in due form by Bro William Ireland PM acting RWM.

 

14th December 1855

This was the evening for the Nominations for the ensuing year 1855-1856 the recommendation of the

Sotires Georgiades RWM 1855-56  Brethren that Brother Socrites Georgiades to be RWM and the rest of his office Bearers were made and passed to Installation meeting on the 27th December 1855.

 

18th December 1855

Bro Edward De Young who was affiliated in the Lodge on 23rd November 1855 and:-

Bro Gunther Fredrick Carl Bartel having made some proficiency in Free Masonry were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree the ceremonies having been concluded the Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

19th December 1855

Queen’s Theatre & Opera house opened.

 

20th December 1855

72nd Regiment  Mr John Davidson a Colour Sergeant in the 72nd Highlanders was initiated into the First Degree of that of an entered Apprentice after the ceremony was concluded he was allowed to retire.

 

The Lodge was raised to the second Degree for the passing of Brothers:-

Curtis Coghill and Cox they all having served a proper period of Apprentices were passed to the second Degree or that of Fellow Crafts.

 

Nothing further to be offered for the good of Masonry the Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

21st December 1855

Mr William Anderson a Waiter in the Turf Hotel was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro Brown who was initiated on the 28th November 1855 was passed to the second or Fellow Craft Degree.

 

27th December 1855

Bro S Georgiades 2  Installation of RWM of Brother Soctries Georgiades and his Office Bearers on St John's Day.

More Lodge Photos 066  The Following took their obligations and were properly Installed:-

 

 

Sortires Georgiades Right Worshipful Master.
James Dobie Past Master
Jockel Depute Master
Edge Substitute Master
Stringer Senior Warden
W Hay Junior Warden
W Ireland Treasurer
McRobert Secretary
McKie Chaplain
Watkins Senior Deacon
Walker Junior Deacon
Andrew Murray Locum Past Master
Clayton Standard Bearer
R Mitchell Architect
Telfer Bard
J S Millar Physician
C Fairfax Jeweller
Gildowie Inner Guard
W Poole

Outer Guard

72nd Regiment Piper  Piper of the 72nd Regiment.

 

Piper Bro Angus J C McLeod.

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

 

Bro Kinnear Bro A Murray Bro Pike Bro Coghill Junior Bro Pringle Bro Goodfellow.

 

The Lodge was called from Labour to refreshment thereafter proceeded to Celebrate the Festival of St John the Evangelist during refreshment the RWM Bro Sotires Georgiades proposed the usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts.

 

In course of the evening the RWM despatched the Following Deputations to visit the Sister Lodges:-

Portobello Lodge 226  Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Mary Chapel-1  Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Journeyman Masons No 8  St James Operative 97  alt  

Portobello Lodge No 226 and Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro Ireland.

Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 and Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 Canongate Leith Leith Canongate Lodge No 2 Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 St James's Lodge No 97 and St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Kinnear.

 

During the evening the Following Deputations from Sister Lodges visited the Celtic Lodge:-

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 headed by Bro McClumpha

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

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro Creighton Senior Warden

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Cogghill

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Leith Leith Canongate Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Steven

Mary Chapel-1  Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Munse Senior Warden

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Shaw

 

In time the Deputations returned and reported that they were most hospitably received in all the Sister Lodges that they had visited.

 

The Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour by the Junior Warden Bro William Hay.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

30th December 1855

Mr Benjamin George Sinclair was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

4th January 1856

St Stephens No 145  Bro John Robb of St Stephen's Lodge No 145 was affiliated into the Celtic Lodge.

St Marks Lodge Glasgow No 102  Bro James Alexander Manning of St Mark's Lodge No 102 was affiliated into the Celtic Lodge.

 

72nd Regiment  Mr William Fraser a Colour Sergeant in the 72nd Highlanders was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

9th January 1856

Brothers William Stewart Brown Edward De Young and Gunther Fredrick Curl Bartel were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

11th January 1856 Brothers William Anderson and George Bateman were brought forward to receive their Fellow Craft Degrees they both took their obligations and were duly made Fellow Craft Masons.

 

15th January 1856

A special meeting was called the RWM opened the Lodge in due form a consultation then took place as to a Deputation to meet at the opening of the Provincial Grand Lodge in Glasgow on Friday the 18th January 1856 the Brethren agreed to go and that the Tyler should attend to take charge of the Lodge property.

72nd Regiment  Brothers John Davidson William Fraser Colour Sergeant 72nd Highlanders were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

17th January 1856

Mr Henry Friedlands a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice Mason and was allowed to retire.

 

Brothers Curtis Cox and Bateman were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

alt Bro John Paterson of St Andrew's Lodge No 48 was affiliated as a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

29th January 1856

Brothers Fraser Davidson and Anderson were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

30th January 1856

Bro William Irvine who was initiated on the 30th November 1853 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

1st February 1856

The lodge was constituted in due form by RWM Brother Georgiades.

A petition having been presented in favour of:-

Mr Alexander John Mc Donald How a Surgeon to become a candidate for freemasonry was well recommended he was initiated into the First Degree as an entered Apprentice Mason.

Brother Benjamin George Sinclair who was Initiated on the 31st December 1855 was passed to the lodge that he was about to leave the country the same being vouched by several of the Brethren present He was allowed to be Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason assisted by brother Murray-Brother Ireland in their usual elegant style.

The lodge was reduced and called from labour to refreshment during refreshment.

A distressed Brother applied for relief which was Brother P W of Lodge No 157 B Hill under the Holy St John Held under the Grand Lodge of Ireland. A sum of 2/6d by the lodge and 6/1d by the brethren was collected amongst the brethren present the said Brother was duly examined and found worthy of relief.

The lodge was then recalled from refreshment to labour and was closed in due form by the RWM at High twelve.

 

1856 Canongate (which included Holyrood) was a separate Borough from Edinburgh outside the City Walls until 1856 when it became part of Edinburgh.

 

18th February 1856

Bro Thomas Campbell who was initiated on 6th May 1852 and passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on the 5th April 1853 was this evening raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

The business of the evening being concluded the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

25th February 1856

Mr Arthur Stirling a Comedian was initiated into the First Degree of Masonry.

 

It was proposed in open Lodge that Circulars be issued to the Office Bearers for a Lodge of emergency to take place on Wednesday the 27th February 1856 for the passing and rising of Bro Stirling.

 

27th February 1856

Bro William Mitchell who was initiated on the 28th March 1855 and passed the Degree of Fellow Craft on the 15th June 1855 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Bro Sterling who was about to leave the Country the following Day was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

There was nothing further offered for the good of Masonry. The RWM thanked the Bro Secretary to issue Circulars for the next monthly meeting and that of the Committee meeting. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

28th February 1856

Bro Coghill Junior was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed by the RWM.

 

7th March 1856

Bro Friedlander was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Lodge St Clair No 349  The RWM ordered that Circulars be sent to the Brethren reminding them of the annual Festival which will take place in the Western Saloon below the Music Hall on Thursday the 13th March 1856 under the auspices of the St Clair's Lodge No 349. Ticket's 3/- each. The Lodge was then closed in due form.

 

13th March 1856

Bro George Bell of Lodge Cumberland No 217 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Lodge St Clair No 349  The RWM headed a Deputation of Eighteen Brethren to the Western Saloon for the Annual Festival held by the Edinburgh District Lodges under the auspices of St Clair's Lodge Edinburgh No 349.

 

The Celts left the Festival after spending a very pleasant evening's entertainment at High Twelve they returned to their Lodge Room and unclothed.

 

28th March 1856

Bro Irvine who was initiated on the 30th November 1853 and passed to the Fellow Craft on the 30th January 1856 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

The ceremony being concluded the Lodge was reduced then closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

4th April 1856

Mr John Duff a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice Mason

 

Bro How who was initiated on the 1st February 1856 had made good proficiency in Masonry was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

7th April 1856

The RWM Bro Georgiades headed a Deputation accompanied by a number of the Brethren to the Queens Theatre for the Benefit of Brother Joseph's Stage Show after the performance the Brethren returned to the Lodge and unclothed.

 

11th April 1856

Mr Robert Davidson Sergeant in the 7th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Alexander Tweedie Newbigging was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr William Heslop was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

12th April 1856

Mr William Burke a Commercial Traveller was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

14th April 1856

Mr John Robert Matthews was entered Apprentice Mason.

St Stephens No 145  A Deputation headed by the RWM then proceeded to visit St Stephen's Lodge No 145 on its reopening.

 

23rd April 1856

Bro Davidson was passed to the second or Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The ceremonies being concluded the Lodge was reduced and closed in due form by the RWM.

 

30th April 1856

Bro Newbigging was was passed to the second or Fellow Craft Degree.

 

2nd May 1856

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Brother William McVite of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was made an affiliate Member of the Lodge 

7th Dragoon Guards  Mr Joseph Elson a Sergeant Major in the 7th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

6th May 1856

St Stephens No 145  A number of the Brethren supported the RWM on a Deputation to the Carlton Convening Rooms to visit St Stephen's Lodge No 145 in Edinburgh on its reorganisation.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The Most Worshipful Grand Master his Grace the Duke of Athole in the Chair.

 

The Celts after spending a very pleasant evening's entertainment left at High Twelve.

 

9th May 1856

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Thomas N Campbell of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was affiliated Member of the Lodge.

 

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

 

The RWM instructed the Bro Secretary to issue Circulars for the Committee Meeting to take place on the 12th May 1856. The Lodge was then closed in due form by the RWM.

 

12th May 1856

The RWM opened the Committee Meeting and thanked the Brethren for their continued support.

 

It was proposed by the RWM Bro Georgiades and seconded by Bro Jockle that the following improvements be made in the Lodge Rooms that a canopy be erected together with a jet light of Five points with the Scull and the all Seeing Eye on the Chair be improved it was unanimously agreed to it was then proposed by Bro Murray PM and Seconded by Bro McRobert that Bro Ireland PM should see the same carried into effect along with the RWM.

 

It was next proposed by Bro Ireland and seconded by the RWM Bro Georgiades that the Fees due by Bro Dobson for his Two Sons be Paid immediately. The Lodge was closed.

 

13th May 1856

Mr George Hutton was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

16th May 1856

Mr William Jaques was entered Apprentice Mason.

7th Dragoon Guards  Troop Sergeant Major George Henry Glover of the 7th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro Elston was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

21st May 1856

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

 

23rd May 1856

Bro Glover was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve by the RWM.

 

27th May 1856

7th Dragoon Guards  Ferrier Major Edward Clarke of the 7th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

7th Dragoon Guards  Master Tailor Fredrick Gustaves Belle of the 7th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Owing to the Regiment being under Orders for the March to Manchester and they not having a chance of returning to this City again craved permission to receive the other Degrees the same was considered by the Brethren and it was carried unanimously in favour of both of them receiving the Fellow Craft and Master Masons Degrees. They took their obligations and were welcomed by the Brethren.

 

Bro Elston who was initiated on the 2nd May 1856 and passed on the 16th May 1856 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Bro Heslop who was initiated on the 11th April 1856 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

It was proposed by Bro Ireland and seconded by the RWM Bro Georgiades that:-

7th Dragoon Guards  Bro William Mooney Band Master 0f the 7th Dragoon Guards and of Lodge No 67 holding of the Grand Lodge of Ireland was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge he took his Obligation and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

30th May 1856

alt  7th Dragoon Guards  The Celtic Lodge met this evening for the purpose of entertaining our Brethren of the 7th Dragoon Guards before their departure from the City of Edinburgh en route to Manchester having made a pretty good musters at about 9 O'clock when the Chair was taken By Bro Georgiades and the vice Chairs by Bro Ireland.

 

The Brethren then sat down to a very substantial supper provided by our worthy host Bro Murray in his usual style with a plentiful supply of the needful. The supper being over the cloth was removed.

 

The Lodge was then duly constituted by  the RWM Bro Georgiades when it was proposed by Bro Donaldson and seconded by Bro Ireland that the secretary should draw out a recommendation Certificate to be Signed by the RWM Wardens for our worthy Guests to show the Manchester Brethren the respect we owe to our Military Brethren the same to be presented to them before their departure this was carried by the Brethren.

 

The RWM then ordered the Junior Warden to call the Lodge from Labour to refreshment. 

 

The Brethren spent a most harmonious evening enlivened by Songs toasts and sentiments.

 

The time drawing close on High Twelve when the Lodge was called from refreshment to Labour again when it was proposed by Bro Ireland and seconded by Bro Murray that a vote of thanks be given to the RWM Bro Georgiades for the very proficient manner he discharged the business of the evening.

 

This was met by the approbation of the Brethren present.

There being no other business before the meeting the Lodge was then closed in due form by the RWM.

 

31st May 1856

Bro Jaques was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

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

 

13th June 1856

Bro Duff was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

20th June 1856

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

 

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

 

Bro Frederick William Leeks of St John's Lodge No 384 holding of the Grand Lodge of Ireland was obligated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

7th Dragoon Guards  Bro Curtis of the 7th Dragoon Guards gave a very excellent farewell address to the Lodge in behalf of himself and the Brethren of the Corps in returning their Heartfelt thanks in the kind manner they had One and all of them had been received into this Lodge.

 

The Lodge was then closed in due form by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

23rd June 1856

5th Dragoon Guards  Sergeant Henry Franks of the 5th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr William Reay a Mining Engineer was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

24th June 1856

Bro Reay was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The RWM and Twenty of the Brethren proceeded to celebrate the Festival of St John the Baptist they all sat down to Dinner prepared by Bro Murray in his usual style.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  In the course of the evening the RWM despatched a Deputation to visit Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

 

The Lodge was called from Labour to refreshment the RWM proposed the usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts and they spent a very pleasant evening in harmony the Festival was broken up at High Twelve.

 

27th June 1856

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

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro John Ward of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

Bro Guiseppe Revellis of Lodge No 754 holding of the Grand Lodge of Ireland applied for relief he was found worthy of the same the Sum of 3/- Shillings was given to him out of the Funds of the Lodge some of the Brethren present also subscribed towards his relief the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

2nd July 1856

Mr Alfred Jodocius a Merchant was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Lewis Buenfeild an interpreter was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro John Waddington of Lodge No 384 was made an Honorary Member of the Lodge he took the usual obligations.

 

3rd July 1856 Bro Currie who was initiated on the 2nd December 1853 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Jodocius who was initiated on the 2nd July was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Buenfield who was initiated on the 2nd July was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

At the conclusion of the ceremony of this Degree Bro Currie was allowed to retire.

 

Bro Jodocius and Buenfield they being Foreigners and about to leave this Country tomorrow craved to get the Third Degree of Masonry the Brethren considered the request and was unanimously agreed and accordingly they were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

 

The Lodge was reduced when it was proposed by the RWM Bro Georgiades and seconded by Bro Ireland PM that:-

St Marks Lodge Glasgow No 102  Bro Donald Campbell of St Mark's Lodge No 102 was made an Honorary Member of the Lodge. The Lodge closed at High Twelve by the RWM.

 

22nd July 1856

Mr Richard Rudd a Medical Professor was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro Thomas Rudd Lodge of Ceylon was made an affiliate Member of the Lodge.

United Grand Lodge of England  Bro G L Hawks of Lodge No 5 holding of the Grand Lodge of England was made an affiliate Member of the Lodge. They all took their oaths the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

23rd July 1856

Bro Richard Rudd was passed to the Fellow Craft then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

1st August 1856

Bro Rowland Hill McKenzie MW Past Master of the Royal York Lodge No 7 of London was affiliate Member of the Lodge.

 

Bro Benjamin G Owen of Lodge No 384 of Dundalk holding of the Grand Lodge of Ireland was affiliate Member of the Lodge. The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.

 

4th August 1856

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

 

8th August 1856

92nd Regiment of Foot  Daniel Kilpatrick a Master Tailor of the 92 Highlanders was entered Apprentice Mason.

92nd Regiment of Foot  Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro John Stevens of the 92nd Highlanders and of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was affiliated Member of the Lodge. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

11th August 1856

5th Dragoon Guards  Sergeant Daniel MacCallum of the 5th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Henry Isaacs a Commission Agent was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr John Johnston Cotton a Banking Clerk was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro Kilpatrick this evening was passed to the second Degree then raised to a Master Mason.

 

Bro Isaacs this evening was passed to the second Degree then raised to a Master Mason.

 

The ceremonies being concluded the Lodge was reduced and closed at High Twelve.

 

22nd August 1856

Bro MacCullum was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Cotton was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro John White was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

5th September 1856

The Lodge accounts were presented by the Bro Treasurer and found to be correct.

 

8th September 1856

Mr George Lawrie a Merchant of Constantinople was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr James Mitchell was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro John Sinclair of the Cambridge Lodge No 66 Ohio United States was affiliated as a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

St James Operative 97  Bro John Aitken of Lodge St James Edinburgh No 97 was affiliated as a Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve by the RWM.

 

12th September 1856

Mr Lewis Thomson a Music Seller was entered Apprentice then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

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

 

The Brethren mustering pretty strong then retired to another apartment and partook of refreshment the usual Loyal and Masonic toasts were given accompanied with a few Songs the Company in a short time broke up much pleasured by the proceedings of the evening.

 

15th September 1856

Bro Lawrie who was about to leave Scotland for Constantinople craved to be raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason the Brethren agreed and Bro Lawrie took the usual obligations. The Lodge was reduced then closed at High Twelve.

 

29th September 1856

Mr John Laynes a Ship Captain was entered passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

30th September 1856

Mr John Young a Farmer was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr William Webster a Clerk was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM at High Twelve.


3rd October 1856

Bro Thomson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


Bro Young. RWM read a letter as follows Bro Young was lying on a sick bed in London and was unable to Pay for his lodgings he humbly asks the Lodge for the Loan of a small Sum of money. This was rejected Bro Ireland proposed a subscription for Bro Young seconded by Bro Law which was carried and the Sum of 19/- was subscribed amongst the Brethren.

 

Bro Murray proposed that a Sum of 10/6 should be given from the Lodge Funds seconded by Bro Gildawie and was carried by the Brethren a Sum of 1:9:6 was handed to Bro Bartel who was to remit the same to Bro Young requesting him to acknowledge the same.


After the harmony the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM.


6th October 1856

Mr Caleb James Ottaway a Mate on the Elora was entered Apprentice Mason.


Bro Young was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


10th October 1856

Bro Ottaway was passed and raised a Master Mason. There being no other Business before the Lodge the RWM closed the Lodge at High Twelve.


17th October 1856

Mr Patrick Cowan a Merchant was entered Apprentice Mason.


Bro Thomson was raised a Master Mason.

225 Lodge Dundee  Bro Murray PM and seconded by Bro Ireland that our visiting Bro W A Smith a Captain and adjutant of the West Norfolk Militia late of the Scottish Fuseiliers Guards Norwich of Lodge 225 Dundee was affiliated an honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge. Bro Smith returned thanks in a very kind and appropriate manner. The Lodge was closed by the RWM.


5th November 1856

Bro Cowan was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


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


Bro Young was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.


7th November 1856

5th Dragoon Guards  Troop Sergeant Major William Elson of the 5th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.


A Foreign Distressed Bro Joseph Sinosky of Lodge No 776 of Caraco in Poland applied for relief Bro Murray PM proposed that 3/6 be given him from the Lodge funds seconded by Bro Kinnear and carried the said Sum was handed over to him for which he returned thanks.


A Lodge of Instruction was set for Friday the 14th November from 8 to 10 O'clock which was carried unanimously by the Brethren.


14th November 1856

A Lodge of instruction was held by the RWM and the Brethren.

 

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

 

21st November 1856

A Lodge of instruction was held by the RWM and the Brethren.

 

Bro Murray PM informed the Brethren of the Lodge that he had received a Circular from the Grand Lodge Secretary intimating that a Meeting of the Members would take Place in the Cafe Royal West Register Street Edinburgh on Monday 1st December 1856 at half past 5 O'clock pm for the election of Office Bearers and also in the same place at 6 O'clock pm at a convivial Meeting in celebration of the Festival of St Andrew's when the presence of the Craft in general is invited.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The Most Worshipful His Grace the Duck of Athol K.T. Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

  

John Grant Esq and Henry Inglis Esq

Tickets 3/6 each for Supper and Beer only. The Chair will be taken at 1/2 past 6 O'clock pm precisely. Bro Ireland PM Treasurer proposed and seconded by Bro Murray PM that Circulars be sent to the Brethren intimating the same which was carried unanimously.

 

The instruction was then resumed with Bro William McVitie in the Chair the Lodge was raised and reduced. Nothing further being offered for the good of Masonry the Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

25th November 1856

Mr Ralph Heaton a Manufacturer was entered passed and then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

27th November 1856

This evening a Lodge of instruction was held by the RWM and Office Bearers.

 

1st December 1856

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  About 18 to 20 of The Brethren met and accompanied the RWM Bro Georgiades to the Cafe Royal at 6 O'clock pm to celebrate the Festival of St Andrew at which the Most Worshipful His Grace the Duke of Atholl Grand Master Mason of Scotland presided. The Festival was concluded the Brethren returned to their Lodge Room and unclothed.

 

5th December 1856

Mr James Watson a Piano Forte Tuner 5 Roxburgh Terrace Edinburgh aged 30 was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved.

 

The registration Secretary bro Mc Robert was accepted as he was about to leave Edinburgh.

 

It was announced by the Bro Inner Guard that a strong Deputation from Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 craved admittance the RWM gave the order to admit the Deputation with the usual formalities.

 

It was proposed by Bro Murray and seconded by Bro Ireland that the RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Bro Thomas Drybrough be affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge which was carried unanimously and he was affiliated accordingly.

 

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve by the RWM.


12th December 1856.

This was the evening for the Nomination of Office Bearers fot 1856-1857.


RWM in the Chair. It was proposed by the RWM Bro Georgiades and seconded by Bro Ireland that Bro Junior Warden Bro Alexander Hay be nominated RWM for the ensuing year and was unanimously agree by the Brethren. The nominations were forwarded to the installation Meeting of 29th December 1856.


19th December 1856

Bro Sergeant Major William Elston was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


Bro James Watson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


26th December 1856.

Mr John Fredrick Palmer a Draper from Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


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


27th December 1856

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by the RWM Bro Hay to be held in the Ship Hotel on the occasion of the Festival of St John the Evangelist.

 

29th December 1856

More Lodge Photos 053  This evening was the Installation of RWM of Brother Alexander Hay and his Office Bearers on St John's Day.

 

The Following took their obligations and were properly Installed:-

 

Alexander Hay Right Worshipful Master.
Soctries Georgiades Past Master
Patrick Cowan Depute Master
R Mitchell Substitute Master
J Gildawie Senior Warden
W S Brown Junior Warden
W Ireland Treasurer
J J Cotton Secretary
W Pilee Chaplain
B G Owen Senior Deacon
Thomson Junior Deacon
Andrew Murray Locum Past Master

Wheeler

Fernie

Standard Bearer

Steward

Young Architect
J Watson Bard or Poet Laureate
Dr Bateman Physician
C Fairfax Jeweller
W Hislop Inner Guard
W Poole

Outer Guard

 

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

 

The Committee as follows:-

Bro Christian Jockel, Bro H W McVitie, Bro David Kinnear, Bro William Donaldson, Bro George Edge and Bro Plummer.

 

Bro John Jaffrey of Lodge Dumbarton Castle was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Mr William Lovatt a Commercial Traveller from Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Lodge was then closed in due form by the RWM in order that the Brethren Dine about Forty of the Brethren sat down to an excellent Dinner served in Bro Murray's usual elegant style. The usual Masonic toasts were drank the evenings harmony was promoted by Bro Watson on the Harmonium and afterwards by Bro Bridgman on the Concertina. The Lodge was called to Labour when the Following Deputations to visit Sister Lodges:-


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


During the evening the Following Deputations from Sister Lodges visited the Celtic Lodge:-

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

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by Bro P Nicoll.

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

St James Operative 97  St James Lodge No 97 headed by Bro T B Douglas.

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

Mary Chapel-1  Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro C Law Junior.


Several Brethren of the Craft also visited the Celtic Lodge in the course of the evening among who was

alt  Bro Henry Scott Riddell of St David's Lodge. In due time the Deputations returned and reported that they had been most hospitably received at the various Lodges they visited.


The Lodge was closed by the RWM in due form at High Twelve.

 

30th December 1856

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Deputation to Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by Bro Ireland to celebrate the Festival of St John the Evangelist this evening.

Several other Sister Lodges from Edinburgh were also present.

 

They were very kindly received and after a short time in Harmony returned to Edinburgh the Brethren of Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge escorting them to the Railway with a procession of Lighted Torches.

 

3rd January 1857

This evening was a regular Monthly Meeting the Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. There was no further business before the Lodge it was closed in due form.

 

Bro Lovatt was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro F J Palmer was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

8th January 1857

St James Operative 97  Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 headed by RWM and a large number of the Brethren.

 

10th January 1857

5th Dragoon Guards  Bro Charles Edward Barrett Lennard Lieutenant of the 5th Dragoon Guards who was entered Apprentice Mason in Lodge Albany No 176 Isle of Wright was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge was then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

12th January 1857

St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by the RWM and a number of the Brethren.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by the RWM and a number of the Brethren.

 

16th January 1857

Mr Robert Wedd Paul a Commercial Traveller from Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

20th January 1857 Bro C E B Lennard was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

Bro J F Palmer was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

27th January 1857

5th Dragoon Guards  Bro James Russell of the 5th Dragoon Guards was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

alt  Bro Captain William Henry Ellis from Liverpool the Master of St David's Lodge No 36 was affiliated an honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Deputation to Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151 headed by RWM Bro Hay and several of the Brethren.

 

29th January 1857

Bro Robert Wedd was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

30th January 1857

This evening of the Dinner and Ball a large number of the Ladies the RWM Office Bearers and several of the Brethren assembled in the Turf Hotel this evening for the purpose of holding a Dinner and Ball.

 

After they Dined the Lodge was constituted in due form by the RWM Bro Hay and in order that permission might be obtained to hold the Ball in the name of the Celtic Lodge which was accordingly granted and the attendance book signed.

 

The Ladies and Brethren to the number of forty were present. They spent the most agreeable and happy evening.

 

3rd February 1857

Deputation to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by the RWM Bro Hay they were most welcomed and after they spent a very pleasant evening. The Brethren returned to their Lodge Room and unclothed.


6th February 1857

34th and 35th Regiment  Bro William Howfield a Colour Sergeant 34th Regiment from Lodge No 640 holding of the Grand Lodge of Ireland was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

34th and 35th Regiment  Bro Baini Willott a Sergeant 34th Regiment from Lodge No 242 holding of the Grand Lodge of Ireland was affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge.

34th and 35th Regiment  Mr John Mortimer Sergeant Major 34th Regiment was entered Apprentice Mason.

34th and 35th Regiment  Mr James Pratt colour Sergeant 34th Regiment was entered Apprentice Mason.

5th Dragoon Guards  Mr Henry Colts Armourer Sergeant 5th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice Mason.


The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The RWM moved that the weekly meeting of instruction be changed from Fridays to Thursdays the Monthly Meetings to be held the 1st Friday of every Month as usual seconded by Bro Ireland and carried by the Brethren.


The usual Masonic toasts were given and received. Deputations from the following Sister Lodges were received:-

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

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by RWM.

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


There was a large number of Military Brethren present. The Lodge was called to Labour.

5th Dragoon Guards  Bro W G Trousdell MD 5th Dragoon Guards from Lodge No 550 was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro E W McCowan MD RWM of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.


There being no further Business before the Brethren the Lodge was then closed by the RWM at High Twelve.

 

10th February 1857

Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro Hay and a large number of the Brethren.

 

12th February 1857

Mr William Masters 1 Laureston Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr John Fraser 71 Princes Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Bro Thomas Mitchell of Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 was affiliated Member and took his obligation accordingly.

 

17th February 1857

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

 

17th February 1857

Bro William Masters was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John Fraser was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Henry Colts was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro James Pratt was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John Mortimer was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation to Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by RWM and several of the Brethren.

 

18th February 1857

The following Brethren were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree:-

William Masters, John Fraser, Henry Colts, James Pratt and John Mortimer. The Lodge was closed in due form at high X11.

 

19th February 1857

Journeyman Masons No 8  Deputation to Edinburgh Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by the RWM and several of the Brethren.

 

2nd March 1857

Lodge St Clair No 349  Deputation to St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by the RWM and several of the Brethren.

 

4th March 1857

34th and 35th Regiment  Mr George Ward Sergeant 34 Regiment was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

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

 

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

 

6th March 1857

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved. The usual Masonic toasts were drunk and the Brethren enjoyed themselves. The Lodge was called to Labour the following Deputations were received:-

Portobello Lodge 226Portobello Lodge No 226 headed by RWM.

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

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

alt  Bro Alexander Downie RWM of St David's Lodge No 36 was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.


12th March 1857

34th and 35th Regiment  Bro George Ward 34th Regiment was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


16th March 1857

Mr William Milne a Waiter 33 Richmond Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


17th March 1857

alt  Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by RWM and several of the Brethren.


18th March 1857

34th and 35th Regiment  Sergeant Lloyd 34th Regiment was entered Apprentice Mason.34th and 35th Regiment  Bro Joseph Harris 34th Regiment and of Lodge Scotia Barbados Lodge No 340 was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.


26th March 1857

Bro William Milne was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


30th March 1857

34th and 35th Regiment  Mr Patrick Gill Armourer Sergeant 34th Regiment was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Lloyd was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

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

 

3rd April 1857

Mr George Aikman Junior an Engraver Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Minutes were read and approved.

 

A Lecture by Bro J F Fraser on Music which was received with greatest attention and interest by the Brethren. A vote of thanks was awarded to Bro Fraser.

 

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges:-

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145.

 

Bro Knox RWM of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

9th April 1857

Bro Patrick Gill was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

13th April 1857

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

 

14th April 1857

Mr Andrew Balfore a Veterinary Surgeon from Kirkcaldy was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr John Wishart a Commercial Traveller Burntisland was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

16th April 1857

Mr Henry Bonaventure De Lattre 79 George Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

21st April 1857

Mary Chapel-1  This evening between 25 and 30 of the Brethren met in terms of a Circular they clothed and formed into a Deputation headed by RWM and proceeded to the Cotton Convening Rooms to Celebrate the annual Festival of the Edinburgh Lodges which this year was presided over by Bro Dr McCowan RWM of Marys Chapel No 1. At the conclusion of the Festival the Celtic Brethren returned to their Lodge Room and unclothed.

 

24th April 1857

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

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

Mr John Hugh Branson a Manufacturer Sheffield was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The RWM stated that a Concert was to take place in the Lodge Room on Friday 1st May 1857 on the Monthly Meeting and that a small expense of hiring a Piano and proposed that the expense should come from the Lodge funds it was agreed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed.

 

29th April 1857

5th Dragoon Guards  Troop Sergeant Major John Wright 5th Dragoon Guards was entered Apprentice mason.

 

1st May 1857

The Lodge was constituted in due form by the RWM Bro Hay. The RWM called the Lodge to refreshment and after a minutes Silence for Absent Brethren. Those Brethren who were to take part in the Concert were told to commence.

 

The RWMs of the Sister Lodges and visiting Brethren together with the Celtic Brethren numbering about 80 were present.

 

After the most delightful Musical entertainment which both Professional and amateur Brethren acquired themselves with the greatest possible credit and to the entire satisfaction of the Brethren.

 

The Lodge was recalled to Labour the RWM proposed a vote of thanks to Bro Bridgman and the other Brethren who so kindly and ably assisted in the Concert seconded by Bro Pearson RWM of Canongate Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5.

 

The RWM instructed the Bro Secretary to record this evening of pleasure in the Lodge Minutes. Bro Bridgman replied in a very appropriate manner on behalf of all who took part in the evening's entertainment. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve by the RWM Bro Hay.

 

4th May 1857

Mr John Kendall a Commercial Gentleman from London aged 49 was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

7th May 1857

Bro De Lattre was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

11th May 1857

Mr John Govan Stewart Paton a Carver and Guilder 10 Princes Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

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

 

14th May 1857

5th Dragoon Guards  Bro John Knight of the 5th Dragoon Guards was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

15th May 1857

Mr Burridge Purves Spears a Commission Agent 9 Montague Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

19th May 1857

Mr William Campbell a Writer 5 Glauville Place aged 33 years was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

28th May 1857

Mr David Sinclair a Commercial Traveller aged 19 years was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Bro John Swanston Bonnar of St John's Lodge Kirkcaldy was affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge he took the usual obligations and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

4th June 1857

Bro William Campbell was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

5th June 1857

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

 

The Minutes were read and approved.

Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Bro James Finlayson RWM of Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 was affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge. Bro Finlayson took the usual obligation. The Lodge closed in due Form.

 

17th June 1857

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

 

24th June 1857

In consequence of the Death of Mrs Murray Wife of Bro Andrew Murray LTPM the Celebration of the Festival of St John did not take place.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Deputation headed by Bro Ireland to Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

 

29th June 1857

Mr William Randell a Jeweller Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

30th June 1857

Bro William Randell was passed to the fellow Craft Degree.

 

1st July 1857

Bro William Randell was raised to the sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

8th July 1857

Mr Archibald Campbell Cameron a Surveyor Burntisland was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

23rd July 1857

Mr Thomas Brich a Commercial Traveller London was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

27th July 1857

34th and 35th Regiment  Emergency Meeting to take Farewell of the 34th Regiment a number of the Brethren met this evening to say farewell of the Brethren of the 34th Regiment as they have been ordered out to the East Indies.

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  The Lodge was constituted in Due form by Bro Hay RWM before calling the Lodge to refreshment Bro Hay stated that he received an intimation from the Peebles Kilwinning Lodge No 10.

 

A letter from Grand Lodge of Scotland was then read as follows:-

 

Sir and Brother

I am desired by the RWM to request your attendance here on Tuesday the 11th August 1857  that they intended to fix the Key Stone of the new Bridge across Eddelstone Water at Peebles with full Masonic Honours Sir Adam Hay of Smithfield and Haystoun Bart presiding.

 

On the same day to lay the Foundation Stone of the new Hall to be gifted by William Chambers Esq of Glenormiston to the Town of Peebles and requesting the presence of a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge.

 

The RWM intimated that it was his intention to be present and he requested that as many of the Brethren that could would accompany him as a Deputation.

 

It was proposed by Bro Ireland that a Committee be formed to arrange to send out the Circulars and seconded by Bro Murray it was unanimously agreed to by the Brethren.

 

The Train will leave the New Bridge Railway Station at 9 O'clock pm returning to Edinburgh. The Brethren of the Celtic Lodge are to appear in full Masonic Costume.

34th and 35th Regiment  The RWM then called the Brethren to refreshment owing to the 34th Regiment going off tomorrow only a small number of the 34th were able to attend the rest were detained by their duties.

5th Dragoon Guards  Several of the Brethren of the 5th Dragoon Guards were present also Brother Pearson RWM of Canongate and Leith Bro Finlayson RWM of the Defensive Band Bro Donaldson RWM of Peebles Kilwinning Lodge also several visiting Brethren. After the usual loyal Masonic toasts were given various songs were sung by the Brethren.

34th and 35th Regiment  The RWM gave the toast of the evening to the Brethren of the 34th Regiment which was enthusiastically received and was responded to by the Brethren with honours Bro Harris replied in a very appropriate manner on behalf of himself and the other of the 34th he then begged the Lodge's acceptance of two Crimean Trophies a Helmet belonging to a Russian Officer and a Sword both taken from the field of Battle to keep at the Lodge in remembrance of the Brethren of the 34th Regiment which was accepted by the RWM and was ordered to be entered in the Minutes.

 

After some time spent in conviviality the Lodge was recalled to labour and Closed at High Twelve.

 

29th July 1857

Mr David Alexander Inglis a Merchant from Liverpool was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Robert Watson a Grocer in Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.

 

3rd August 1857

Bro David Alexander Inglis was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

7th August 1857

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Hay RWM. The Minutes of the last Two Months were read and approved.

 

The RWM then referred to the melancholy bereavement which Bro Andrew Murray LTPM had suffered in the sudden Death of Mrs Murray, who had always taken such a deep interest in the welfare of the Celtic Lodge.

 

The RWM proposed that the Brethren expressed their sympathy with Bro Murray in his affliction which was agreed to by one and all of the Brethren present.

 

The Bro Secretary was instructed to place the same on record in the Minutes of the Lodge.

 

The Lodge was called to refreshment. During refreshment Bro John Forrest of St Ninians Lodge No 66 who had fallen unto unfortunate circumstances applied for and obtained the ordinary relief of 3/- from the funds of the Lodge.

 

A short time was spent in harmony the Lodge was called to Labour and closed in due form at High X11.

 

10th August 1857

Bro Robert Wedd Paul was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

11th August 1857

This was the Day for celebrating the ceremony of fixing the Key Stone of the Bridge over Eddlestone Water and the laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Hall at Peebles.

 

Twelve of the Celtic Brethren formed a Deputation headed by the RWM Bro Hay and accompanied by the Tyler they proceeded by Railway to Peebles with the rest of the Deputation.

 

The ceremonies were conducted in an able manner by Bro H Forbes MacKenzie Provincial Grand Master for the County of Peebles.

 

At the conclusion of the ceremonies the Brethren Dined in the Tontine. Bro H Forbes MacKenzie was in the Chair. After dinner the usual Loyal Masonic Toasts were given. The Deputations included various Sister Lodges.

 

The Celtic Brethren returned to Edinburgh in the evening highly delighted with the days proceedings and especially with the excellent manner in which the Provincial Grand Master Bro H Forbes MacKenzie conducted the ceremony.

 

A Lodge of emergency was constituted in due form this evening by Bro Murray LTPM acting RWM in absence of Bro Hay, when Two petitions were presented as follows:-

Mr Henry Gibson Duguid an Artist 56 Bucecleuch Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr William Renton a Musical Instrument Maker 10 Patrick Square Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.

 

29th August 1857

Mr Charles Tiel Merchant from Manchester was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

3rd September 1857

Mr John Jebson a Mining Engineer Stair Foot near Barnsley was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Anthony Knowles Kane a Manufacturing Chemist from Mould Green near Huddersfield was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

4th September 1857

Bro John Jebson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Robert Watson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

The Minutes of the last Month were read and approved. It was proposed by Bro Ireland and seconded by Bro Georgiades that:-                        

5th Dragoon Guards  Bro William Dennis Lemon of the 5th Dragoon Guards be affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge which was unanimously agreed and he was affiliated accordingly.

5th Dragoon Guards  The Lodge was called to refreshment.

In consequence of the 5th Dragoon Guards having been ordered to leave Edinburgh the Brethren of the 5th Dragoons were invited to be present.

5th Dragoon Guards  After the usual loyal Masonic Toasts the Health of the Brethren of the 5th was proposed by the RWM and was healthy responded to by the Brethren. Bro Russell Regimental Sergeant Major replied in a very appropriate manner on behalf of himself and the Brethren present.

 

A pleasant evening was spent in harmony, the Lodge was called to Labour and was closed in due form at High Twelve.

 

5th September 1857

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

 

Mr George Hill a Commercial Traveller from Liverpool was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

14th September 1857

Bro George Hill was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

22nd September 1857

Mr William Lyle a Commercial Traveller aged 24 from Hawick was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

24th September 1857

Bro A K Kaye was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and then he was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

28th September 1857

Bro George Hill was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and then he was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

29th September 1857

Bro John Kendall was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

2nd October 1857

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

 

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

 

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved. The RWM read a letter from Bro William Donaldson PM of the Lodge who presented the Lodge with the original Flags of the Celtic Society of Edinburgh which was upon the motion of Bro Hay and unanimously accepted and Bros Hay Ireland and Cotton were appointed to reply in a suitable manner to Bro Donaldson's letter accepting his kind presentation.

Mary Chapel-1  A Large Deputation from Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by their RWM Bro MacCowan were received with full Masonic honours. The Lodge was closed at high Twelve.

 

16th October 1857

Mr George Wilson a Merchant from Melbourne aged 38 was entered Apprentice Mason. As Bro Wilson was about to return to Australia it was unanimously agreed he would be passed to the second Degree.


Bro William Renton was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

20th October 1857

Celtic Lodge Room Monthly Meeting in the Turf Hotel 22 Princes Street Edinburgh

Emergency,

The Lodge was constituted in due form by the RWM Bro Alex Hay.

A Petition was presented from:-

Mr John Alexander Yule of the Medical Profession 11 St John Street Edinburgh 20 Years Old craving to be Initiated into the Mysteries of the Craft and being well recommended, his Petition was granted and he was Initiated accordingly into the First of Entered Apprentice Degree.

 

At the conclusion of the ceremony Bro Andrew Murray moved that:-

Brother David Stewart Erskine Bain Staff Surgeon Edinburgh of the Lodge:-

Grand Lodge of Ireland  Holding of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, be affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Which was unanimously agree to and having taken the usual Obligation he was affiliated accordingly.

The Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve by Bro Alex Hay.

 

An enquiry from Yvonne Roberts about her Great Grandfather led to Bro Bill Boland PM Lodge Historian, relaying Information to each other as Follows:-

 

Hello Bill

Thank you so much for your speedy reply and for the information you attached. It was very interesting to read it. I was intrigued to know who John Alexander Yule was so spent a little time last night looking him up. I think somehow he was maybe related to my Great Grandfather.

 

John A Yule was born in 1837 and in 1861 he was an assistant surgeon on board a Royal Navy ship. He died at sea in 1866 returning from China. His father, John Yule, was a writer to the signet.

Crimean War 7  Crimean War 1  David S E Bain was born in Thurso in 1823, he was an apprentice apothecary in his father's business. He took 3 months out to attend the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. On completing his apprenticeship he joined the army as a surgeon. He spent time in St Kitts (where he married his 1st wife) India, Canada and the Crimea. He was at Scutari at the same time as Florence Nightingale. Through researching on the Internet we discovered that his surgeon's case is held by the Florence Nightingale museum in London.

 
Bro Bill and Yvonne 31st 12 2012 this information is also placed on Bro Bain's and Bro Yule's Listed Members File.
 
21st October 1857
Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Deputation headed by RWM Bro Hay and several Brethren visited Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.
 
23rd October 1857
Bro George Wilson was raised to the Degree of a Master Mason.
 
30th October 1857
Bro John A Yule was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.
 
6th November 1857
The Lodge was opened in due form.
 
Mr George Thompson a Solicitor 89 George Street Edinburgh aged 29 was entered Apprentice Mason.
 
The Minutes were read and approved.
69 Lodge Alloa No 69The RWM then read a communication from the RWM of the Alloa Lodge No 69 stating that a meeting in commemoration of 100 years celebration of that Lodge on the 16th November and requesting a Deputation from the Celtic Lodge, the RWM instructed the Bro Secretary to write to decline the offer on this occasion due to transportation and the inconvenience to the Brethren having to stay overnight.
Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The RWM referred to the statement received from Grand Lodge of Scotland regarding the New Masonic Hall which was about to be erected and more particularly as regards raising a subscription from the Celtic Lodge. After some discussion it was thought to leave it in the hands of the Committee with the power to take such steps as they deem advisable for that purpose.
 
The following Deputations were received:-
St Stephens No 145  St Stephen's Lodge No 145 headed by Bro Mitchell RWM.
Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Drybrough RWM.
Roman Eagle Crest No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 headed by Bro Knox RWM.
St Stephens No 145  Bro Mitchell RWM of St Stephen's Lodge was affiliate a Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

9th November 1857
Mr Patrick John Sinclair a Master Mariner Berwick on Tweed aged 20 was entered passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

17th November 1857
Mr James Milroy a Writer 10 Lowely Green Place aged 32 was entered Apprentice Mason.
 
Mr John Gowan 24 Society Edinburgh aged 37 was entered Apprentice Mason.Mary Chapel-1  Deputation to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro Hay.

18th November 1857
Bro John Gowan was about to proceed to America and having no prospect of returning to this Country it was agreed unanimously to pass and raise him to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro John Cumming who was initiated on the 24th November 1855 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.
 
23rd November 1857
Mr Robert Taylor an Upholsterer 109 Princes Street Edinburgh aged 29 was entered Apprentice Mason.
 
Mr George Dall a Commercial Traveller 36 Feueburch Street London aged 38 was entered Apprentice Mason.
 
The RWM intimated that the Festival of St Andrew had been fixed to take place on Monday 30th November in the Royal Hotel Princes Street at 6 O'clock His Grace the Duke of Athole Grand Master Mason of Scotland will be in the Chair. Tickets 5/- each.
 
Grand Concert will take place on Tuesday evening 1st December in the Music Hall for the benefit of Bro William Donaldson PM of the Celtic Lodge. The RWM requested the co-operation of the Brethren and their friends in aid of this deserving Brother who had for so many years proved himself one of the most efficient and charitable Office Bearers of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed in due form at High Twelve.
 
27th November 1857
Bro James Milroy was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

30th November 1857
Mr Robert Hall Emmerson a Manufacturer from Newcastle on Tyne aged 25 was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was then closed in due form.
The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The Brethren present formed a Deputation headed by the RWM and Ten of  the Members they proceeded to the Royal Hotel to celebrate the Festival of St Andrew His Grace the Duke of Athole Grand Master Mason of Scotland presiding.

After dinner the Grand Lodge was opened in due form by His Grace Grand Master Bro Henry Inglis Grand Substitute Master and Bro Colonel Swinburne Grand Junior Warden.

The Festival of St Andrew was celebrated in true Masonic style and after the Grand Lodge was closed in due form by Hi Grace Grand Master Mason. The Deputation from the Celtic Lodge returned to their own Lodge Room and they unclothed.
 
4th December 1857
The Lodge was constituted in due form by the RWM. The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved.
 
The RWM then brought before the Brethren the report from the last meeting of the subscription towards the New Masonic Hall. After some discussion it was thought that those Brethren who wish to Subscribe will do so and the other sum to be subscribed from the Lodge Funds. £7:7/- was Subscribed by some of the Office Bearers.

It was proposed and unanimously agreed to by Bro Ireland be appointed Treasurer to the Fund. The Lodge was called to refreshment and after the usual Masonic toasts and harmony the Lodge was called to Labour.

There was some discussion on the Motion tabled by Bro David Kinnear to do away with the test of Membership. The Bro Secretary was instructed to put the same upon record to be considered at the next Monthly Meeting. There being no further business before the Brethren the Lodge was closed in due form.
 
7th December 1857
This evening was the Committee Meeting of the Lodge various items of the agenda:- 
A Statement of the Funds of the Lodge was produced by the Treasurer and funds to be lodged in the Bank in the names of the RWM Treasurer and Secretary. The RWM gave a vote of thanks' to the Secretary. Tartan Sashes to be ordered for the Office Bearers. Remuneration was to be allowed to the Poet Laureate for his services. Bro Donaldson's Concert, amount of Tickets sold by the Celtic Lodge to be recorded. New Tyler recommended for appointment in room of Bro Poole.
 
The Committee then adjourned.
 
11th December 1857
The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro Hay RWM. It was proposed that in order to qualify Bro James MacKie for nomination to the Office of Tyler as recommended by the Committee that he being a Member of St Stephens He should be affiliated a Member of the Celtic Lodge which was agreed to Bro MacKie took the usual obligation and was affiliated accordingly.
 
Bro James Milroy was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.
 
Bro William Renton was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form at High X11.
 
14th December 1857
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 28th December 1857.
 
18th December 1857
Inventory of the property of the Celtic Lodge.
Jewels:-
RWM, PM, DM, SM, LTPM, SW, JW, Sec, Tres, Chap, SD, JD, Arch, Stan Bear, Phys, Jewe, Peot Laur, Stew, IN Guard, 19 Jewels and 19 Best Aprons.
Used Aprons RWM, PM, DEPM, SM, SW this Apron wanting in possession of Bro David Kinnear, JW, SD, SEC, In Guard, No Tres second Apron, 5MMs Aprons, 28 Fellow Craft Aprons, 16 Apprentice Aprons.
Miscellaneous:-
Bible, Square and Compass, Cushion and Tartan Cover, One Masters Rod, Four Wardens Batons, Two Deacons Rods, Nine Stewards Rods, One Flag with Tassels, Two Small Tartan Flags Original, One Flag Red White and Blue, Two Celtic Society Flags Original Presented by Bro Donaldson, One Masters Chair Canopy and Panel with Gas Ornament, Three Pedestals, Two Stools, Three Pillars Tassellated Floor Cloth and Cardinal Points with Four Tassels for same, Three Swords One presented from 34th Regiment, Three Daggers, One a Dirk in possession of Bro Ireland, Highland Costume complete for Outer Door Guard, Wooden Box containing Skull and Bones, Five Tin Boxes, Box containing Square Level and Plumb Rule, Two Mallets, One Chisel and Twenty Four Inch Gauge, A Snuff Mull, A Helmet (Crimean Trophy), Harmonium.
Twenty New Tartan Sashes for Office Bearers.
Pictures:-
Engraving Inauguration of Burn's with Key.
Engraving Portrait of the Duke of Athole Grand Master Mason of Scotland.
Engraving Scott Monument with Two Plates.
Engraving Portrait of Brother Andrew Murray LTPM.
Books:-
Original Minute Book of the Celtic Lodge 1821 to1827.
Minute Book 1829 to 1843.
Minute Book 1843 to 1848.
Minute Book 1848 to 1850.
Minute Book 1852 in use.
Four Scroll Minute Books.
One Scroll Minute Book in use.
Two attendance or Roll Books.
Two petition Books.
One Book Constitution of Grand Lodge.
One Cash Book.
Three Receipt Books.
One Book Test of Membership.
One Tin Case containing Charter from Grand Lodge.

New Sashes that were ordered for Office Bearers were present this evening.
Treasurers and Secretary's Books examined, Committee appointed to insure the Property of the Lodge.
Festival of St John fixed for Monday 28th December 1857.
 
24th December 1857
Mr George Cotton 231 High Street Edinburgh aged 32 was entered and passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.
Bro David Sinclair was passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.
 
26th December 1857
Mr John Bowen Gray a Manufacturer from Perth aged 31 was entered apprentice Mason. 
 
Mr George Forbes Commercial Traveller London aged 31 was entered apprentice Mason.
St Marks Lodge Glasgow No 102  Bro Robert McNair of St Marks Lodge No 102 Glasgow was made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge this evening he took the usual Oath and gave thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.
 

28th December 1857

Masonic Symbol 3  This evening was the Installation of RWM of Brother Alexander Hay and his Office Bearers on St John's Day.

The Following took their obligations and were properly Installed:-

 

Alexander Hay Right Worshipful Master.
Soctries Georgiades Past Master
Andrew Murray LT Past Master
Robert Mitchell Depute Master
Benjamin G Owen Substitute Master
Patrick Cowan Senior Warden
William S Brown Junior Warden
William Ireland Treasurer
J Johnston Cotton Secretary
B G Owen Chaplian
William Hislop Senior Deacon
William Masters Junior Deacon

E Wheeler

William Campbell

Standard Bearer

Steward

Young Architect
James Watson Bard or Poet Lawreate
J S Miller Physician
Charles Fairfax Jeweller
James Milroy Inner Guard
James MacKie

Outer Guard

The Office Bearers took their Obligations of respective Offices.

The Committee as follows:-

Bro Christian Jockel, Bro H W McVitie MD, Bro David Kinnear, Bro William Pike, Bro William Renton, George Edge and Bro J W MacKie.

 

Deputation to Sister Lodges as follows:-

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

Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge no 226 headed by Bro Ireland.

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

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

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

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

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

Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro D Gower.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro D Gower.

 

The following Deputations were received in true Masonic style by the RWM Bro Hay.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by Bro Charles Law.

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro Dr McVite.

Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Andrew Sherr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by Bro Jefferies.

 

Deputations returned and gave their reports that they were well received by the Sister Lodges.

 

The usual toasts were given and received after a short harmony the Lodge closed at High Twelve.

 

29th December 1857

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Deputation to Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by Bro Milroy to celebrate the Festival of St John.


2nd January 1858

Mr Peter Purves a Commercial Traveller 50 Thames Street London aged 29 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr William Halliday Paper Hauir 3 Shrub Place Leith Walk Edinburgh aged 37 was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr James Morrison Commercial Traveller 49 Piccadilly Manchester aged 34 was entered Apprentice Mason.


At the conclusion of the ceremonies Bro Andrew Murray congratulated the RWM Bro Hay upon such an auspicious commencement to the Mew year and such a large attendance of the Brethren present which is not generally the case on the second night of a New year and trusted that the business performed this evening would be the forerunner of a large increase to the Muster roll of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro Murray's sentiments were cordially joined in by the Brethren present and the same was ordered to be recorded in the Minute Book. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

4th January 1858

Bro Peter Purves was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro William Halliday was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

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

 

7th January 1858

Mr Robert Thomas Haydon Commercial Traveller aged 33 from London was entered Apprentice Mason then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro George Aikman was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro William Lyle was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

8th January 1858

Mr Claus Otto Appelhoff a Master Mariner of Brock aged 32 was entered Apprentice Mason.

St Stephens No 145  Deputation from St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by their RWM Bro Mitchell were received with the usual Masonic ceremonies. The Brethren then spent a short time in harmony the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

9th January 1858

Bro Claus Otto Appelhoff was under sailing orders and had no prospect of returning to this Country was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Claus returned thanks to the RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

11th January 1858

St Stephens No 145  Deputation to St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by the RWM. They all had Supper in the Cafe Royal after having a memorable evening the Brethren returned to their Lodge Room and unclothed.

 

15th January 1858

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

Bro Robert Thomas Haydon was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

22nd January 1858

This evening was held for a Lodge of instruction the ceremony was conducted by Bro Cowan in the Manner which reflected the greatest credit to him.

 

29th January 1858

Mr Rowland Field Victoria Hotel Broughton Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

4th February 1858

Mr John James Oelton Cooper a Commercial Traveller from London was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr William Oliver a Punch Cutter 6 Mansfield Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Deputation to St James Lodge No 97 headed by the RWM Bro Hay.

 

5th February 1858

Bro James Morrison was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr Stewart Scott an Upholsterer Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

The Brethren appointed Bro William Hislop as Junior Warden and Bro J Johnston Fraser as Senior Deacon.

 

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved.

alt  Deputation from St David's Lodge No 36 headed by their RWM was received by the usual Masonic honours.

Bro William A Gray MD Rankeillor Street was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

8th February 1858

Mr Matthew Henry Woodhill a Commercial Traveller from Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

Mr Isaac Atkinson a Clothier St Andrew Square Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

At the conclusion of the ceremony the RWM alluded to the recent Death of Bro William Donaldson a Past Master of the Celtic Lodge the RWM moved that the condolence of the Brethren be put on record in the Minute Book which was seconded by Bro Georgiades and unanimously agree by the Brethren of the Lodge. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

12th February 1858

Bro Isaac Aitkinson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro William Oliver was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Stewart Scott was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

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

 

16th February 1858

Deputation to St David's Lodge No 36 headed by Bro Cowan Senior Warden.

 

26th February 1858

Mr William Hill was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Erskine Duncan was entered Apprentice Mason.


2nd March 1858

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

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

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

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


4th March 1858

Mr Robert Kay Kinninmont a Commercial Traveller Earl Gray Street was entered Apprentice Mason.


5th March 1858

Committee met this evening for to appoint the Bro Cotton Secretary as Joint Treasurer.


Lodge accounts were passed. A new supply of the Bye Laws was ordered. It was proposed and agreed that insurance against Fire to the extent of £200 be affected over the Lodge property.


The Motion of Bro Kinnear on the Test of Membership was discontinued. A Sub-committee was appointed to consider a Masonic Ball and report back to the main committee.


12th March Bro Robert Kay Kinninmont was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

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

 

15th March 1858

Bro Matthew Henry Woodhill was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Rowland Field was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Erskine Duncan was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

19th March 1858

Sub-committee reported an estimate for 500 copies of Bye Laws at a cost of £2.00 and the same was ordered.

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

Bro Robert Kay Kinninmont was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

 

23rd March 1858

Bro Charles Till was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

24th March 1858

Mr William Shaw Writer 25 west Nicolson Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr John Baillie Gilbrath Writer 25 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr George Donaldson Peters 53 North Fredrick Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

St Stephens No 145  Bro James Cranson of St Stephens Lodge No 145 was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

26th March 1858

St James Operative 97  According to arrangements a Grand Ball was held this evening in conjunction with St James Lodge No 97 at Young's New Saloon Princes Street Edinburgh which proved highly successful there was upwards of 60 couples present.

Dancing commenced at 10 O'clock and was kept up until the early hours of the morning to the enlivening strains of a first rate Quadrille Band provided by Bro Montignani.

 

The supper which was served in the large saloon attached to the Dancing Room, the meals were served with Wines and refreshments provided during the evening and reflected the highest credit upon bro Young the purveyor.

 

30th March 1858 Mr James Burns Brown Writer 2 Windmill Lane was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

2nd April 1858

The Lodge was opened in due form and was soon called to refreshment when the evening's entertainment was opened with the Masonic Anthem.

 

A very large number of the Brethren were present and a number of Deputations and visiting Brethren from sister Lodges numbering about 80. A most delightful concert performed by the Brethren in a manner which drew forth the heartiest approbation of all present.

 

The Lodge was called to labour the RWM proposed a vote of thanks to Bro Fraser and all of the entertainers for a great treat which they had give to the Brethren which was cordially responded to by Bro Fraser.

 

The Lodge was closed in due form by the RWM and the Brethren separated highly delighted with the evenings proceedings.


7th April 1858

Bro John G S Paton was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


9th April 1858

Bro James Burns Brown was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro William Shaw was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro J B Gilbrath was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro G W Peters was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Charles Till was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The Lodge was reduced by Bro Hay RWM  he announced that the Grand procession to be headed by His Grace the Duke of Atholl was to take place on Midsummer's day on the 24th June 1858 St John's day in honour of laying the Foundation Stone at the New Masonic Hall for Grand Lodge, when it was expected that all of the Daughter Lodges would turn out on that occasion. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

16th April 1858 Mr Benjamin Willis Jennens a Manufacturer from Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason.

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

Bro J B Gilbrath was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

21st April 1858

Mr Thomas Watson Moorhouse a Warehouseman London was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

23rd April 1858

Bro G D Peters was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro J B Brown was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

40 Lodge St Thomas arbroth No 40  Bro William Henderson Law of St Thomas of Aberbrothock Lodge No 40 Arbroath was made an Affiliated Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

27th April 1858

Mr William Hamilton Muir SSC Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro J J O Cooper was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

30th April 1858

This evening a Lodge of instruction was held by Bro William Campbell acting RWM.

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

 

3rd May 1858

The Minutes were read and approved.

Bro William Burke who was entered on the 12th April 1856 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

7th May 1858

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

Bro George Forbes was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro William H Muir was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr John Dobie a Tobacconist West Bow Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro James MacDowell a MM of Fortrose Lodge Stornoway Lodge No was affiliate a Full Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro Thomas Pearson RWM of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 was Affiliate an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

14th May 1858

The committee considered a report by Bro Bryce against Bro James Mackie.

Bro Cotton read a letter from Bro Mackie of his resigning from the Office of Tyler as of the 10th May.

Bro David Kinninear moved that the Report of the Committee be approved and that Bro Mackie resignation of the Office of Tyler be accepted and proposed a vote of thanks to the Committee seconded by Bro Ireland and unanimously agreed to by the Brethren.

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

Bro John James Orlton Cooper was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


21st May 1858

Mr Thomas Lough a Cabinet Maker was entered Apprentice Mason.


28th May 1858

St Marks Lodge Glasgow No 102  Bro George Mason a MM of St Mark's Lodge No 102 Glasgow was affiliate a full Member of the Celtic Lodge and was welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro John Dobie was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro Thomas Lough was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

1st June 1858

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

Bro Thomas Lough was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

4th June 1858

Mr William Dawson a Stationer 21 Nicolson Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr James Morrison was entered Apprentice Mason.

The proposed changes to the Bye Laws were unanimously approved to by the Brethren.

Bro Thomas Lough was appointed as Tyler.

St James Operative 97  Deputation from St James Lodge No 97 headed by their RWM were received in due form. the Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

 

5th June 1858

Mr William John Tress a Commercial Traveller 272 George Street Glasgow was entered Apprentice Mason.


8th June 1858

Mr Charles Jognte Verner an Actor Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Leonard Ferdinand Chaffard was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.


11th June 1858

Mr James Moir a Writer 25 west Nicolson Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro William Dawson was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro J D Morrison was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.
Bro L F Chaffard was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


15th June 1858

Mr John Nisbet a Painter 15 George Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Charles J Verner was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro James Moir was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.


18th June 1858

Mr Alexander MacPherson a Merchant 28 Bernard Street Leith was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro John Nesbet was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

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

Bro Leonard F Chaffard was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Charles J Verner was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro James Moir was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.


21st June 1858

Mr Peter Stewart 3 Laurieston Street Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.


22nd June 1858

John S Henderson 8 Hanover Square Sheffield was entered passed then was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

Bro John Nesbet was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed at High Twelve.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The RWM read a letter form Grand Lodge as follows:-

Sir and Brothers,

 

I am desired to inform you, that the Celtic Lodge has been requested by His Grace the Duke of Atholl, and Office Bearers of Grand Lodge of Scotland, to assist in the Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone of the New Masonic Hall for Scotland.

On Thursday the 24th instant, and the R.W.M. particularly requests that you will meet him here on that Day, at 11o'Clock Forenoon, in Full Masonic Costume, and proceed with other brethren of the Lodge to Holyrood Palace, there to be Marshalled along with Sister Lodges of Scotland, and accompany the Grand Lodge in Procession.

A Grand Banquet will take place in honour of the occasion in the Music Hall, George Street Edinburgh at 5 o’clock. His Grace the Duke of Atholl in the Chair:--- Tickets, Price 3s 6d each. As no Money is to be taken at the doors it is absolutely necessary that all Brethren intending to be present at the Banquet, Intimate their intention to the R.W.M., or myself on or before the 20th June, that their Tickets may be secured.

I am also, particularly requested to solicit a Subscription from each Member of the Celtic Lodge, in aid of the Building Fund of Grand Lodge for the New Hall, of which the Foundation Stone is about to be laid.

The Funds of Grand Lodge have been nearly exhausted in purchasing the House in 98 George Street, Edinburgh, and other preliminary expenses, and it will depend upon the personal liberality of the Brethren of Daughter Lodges if the Hall is erected free of debit. It is hoped, therefore, that every Member of the Celtic Lodge will give their contribution to aid such a patriotic undertaking.

I will be happy to receive and acknowledge Subscriptions from any Brother, who may not be able to be present in the Lodge on or before 24th June,

I am, Sir and Brother, Yours fraternally, John Johnston Cotton, Secretary.

Notes

1 Procession:-- After the Grand Lodge has been opened in the Picture Gallery of Holyrood Palace, and the Lodges marshalled, the Procession will proceed from the Palace, by the way of Canongate and High Street, to the High Church, where an appropriate Sermon will be preached by Grand Chaplain, Dr Arnot. After service, the Procession will be re-formed and proceed by Bank Street, Mound and Princes Street to the site of the New Hall in George Street, when the Foundation Stone will be laid.

The ceremony being ended, the Procession will return by the way of George Street, St Andrew's Square, Waterloo Place and Regent Road to Holyrood Palace, where the Grand Lodge will be closed. The Streets will be lined throughout by the whole Military in garrison here. Procession Tickets, (price 1 shilling each) without which no brother can be allowed to join in it, will be furnished to the Brethren in Lodge, on 24th June.2 Full Masonic Costume, it must be understood, is Black Dress, with White Neck cloth and Gloves, and it is expected that all will strictly adhere to this regulation. The brethren must provide their own Masonic Clothing.


23rd June 1858

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest alt  Deputation headed by the RWM and 20 of the Brethren proceeded to the Theatre Royal to meet Grand Lodge and several of the Sister Lodges.


The House was crowded with the Masonic body formed an imposing display. At the conclusion of the ceremonies the Brethren returned to their Lodge Room and unclothed.

The Lodge was closed at High Twelve by RWM Bro Hay.

 

24th June 1858

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The 2nd Duke od Atholl  Grand Procession at the Laying the Foundation Stone of the new Grand Lodge Masonic Hall George Street Edinburgh.

 

This being the day for laying the foundation stone of the new Grand Lodge Hall about 60 of the Celtic brethren assembled in the Turf Hotel at 11am The lodge having been opened by the RWM.

A petition was presented in favour of Joseph Murray Drape of No 2 St Andrew’s Square Edinburgh Age 25yrs craving to be Initiated into Freemasonry He being well recommended Mr Joseph Murray was Initiated accordingly and took his place among the brethren of the Celtic Lodge and afterwards the honour of carrying the Masters Mallet as the youngest Apprentice Mason.


The Lodge having been closed in due form by the RWM the brethren then formed in order and proceeded by two Pipers The Pipers were dressed in full Highland costume and marched in procession to Holyrood Palace where the Sister Lodges were already assembled.

The 2nd Duke od Atholl  The Grand Lodge having been opened in the picture gallery by His Grace the Duke of Athole Grand Master mason of Scotland.


The various lodges were afterwards marshalled in Masonic order The youngest lodge first and marched in procession up to the Canongate escorted by Guards of Honour The line on each side being kept clear by the Military.

The junior lodge having reached the High Church the line halted and formed in open order when Grand Lodge passed up through the ranks the other Lodges following according to their seniority in procession. The Celtic brethren received a suitable and able discourse from Grand Chaplin Brother Dr Arnot Brother Andrew Bonor also delivered a discourse in West Giles Church the services having been concluded.


The procession reformed and proceeded to the site of the New Grand Lodge Hall in George Street where the line again halted and took open order to allow Grand Lodge to advance to the hall were they proceeded to Lay the Foundation Stone with the usual solemn and impressive manner at the conclusion of the ceremony a Fifteen Guns salute was fired from Edinburgh Castle announcing the completion of one of the finest and most interesting ceremonies which ever took place in Edinburgh. And one which will long be looked back by the Brethren as a bright and glorious day in the annals of the Craft.

 

Upwards of 4,000 brethren took part in the procession and all the diversified costumes and flags of the Sister Lodges. The highly decorated office bearers and brethren in spectacular dress and the enthusiasm from the thousands of spectators who witnessed in which was unequalled by any ceremony that ever before took place in Edinburgh.

alt After the Foundation Stone had been laid the procession reformed in a united order and returned to Holyrood Palace where the Grand Lodge was closed in Mystic due form. The brethren of the Celtic Lodge returned to the lodge room at the Turf Hotel about 20 of the brethren formed a deputation headed by Brother Georgiades WPM proceeded to the Music Hall where a Grand Masonic Banquet was held presided over by His Grace the Duke of Athole supported by Lord Panmure Depute Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England Brother J White Melville Worshipful Depute Grand Master of Scotland Lord James Munay, Lord Loiyhborough SW Arch Alison.


The rest of the Brethren sat down to dinner in the lodge room and were served by Brother Murray in his more than usual sumptuous style after dinner the lodge was opened by Brother Hay The RWM and called to refreshment when the brethren as is customary proceeded to celebrate the festival of St John the Baptist when the evening was spent. The harmony and hilarity which Universally attends the social meetings of the Celtic lodge several visiting brethren were presented during the evening and among the rest Brother Cooks of Lodge No 90 Sunderland representative from that Lodge they were warmly received the health and prosperity of Lodge No 90 and other deputations having been returned in the Music Hall the lodge was recalled to labour and closed in due form.


In the evening a ball took place in the Assembly Rooms, which was attended by several of the Brethren from the Celtic Lodge.


25th June 1858

Mr William Stamford a Draper from Coldstream was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

2nd July 1858

alt Mr James Fuller of the 16th Queens Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Mr William Thomas of the 16th Queens Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Mr Charles R Crabtree of the 16th Queens Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.


The Minutes of the last Monthly Meeting were read and approved. The Brother Secretary then read the following letter from Bro Archibald Robertson:-

Tochabers 19th June 1858.

Mr Andrew Murray,

Dear Sir and Brother, As it is out of my power to be present in Edinburgh on the 24th instant being now on my North journey, I enclose and request and will hand over to the Celtic Treasurer the sum of One pound as my subscription to wards the erection of Grand Lodge the receipt of which please request the Secretary to acknowledge to my address as under with best respects to self and Friends.

Believe me - Archibald Robertson of Armour and Robertson 25 Queens Street Glasgow. Which letter was ordered to be recorded in the minutes and the Secretary directed to acknowledge receipt and convey the thanks of the Lodge to Brother Robertson for his subscription.

The Lodge was called to refreshment and after sometime pleasantly spent some time in harmony. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

6th July 1858

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

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

Conongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro John Baxter Stewart 26 Leith Street Edinburgh of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was proposed as an affiliate Member and having been well recommended to the RWM it was unanimously agreed to and Bro Stewart took the usual obligation and was affiliated accordingly and paid his dues.

 

7th July 1858

Mr William Hill a Clothier 3 Nicolson Square Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.


16th July 1858

alt  Mr Edward Haymer of the 16th Queens Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Mr John White a Sergeant of the 16th Queens Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Mr Samuel Caefe a Ferrier Major with the 16th Queens Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Mr John Phillip Newman a Master Tailor with the 16th Queens Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Bro John Bolton a Sergeant in the 16th Queens Guards a MM Eden 73 Lodge Limerick was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren.


A vote of charity of £1:1/- to Mrs Paul from the Lodge Funds.


23rd July 1858

Bro Joseph W Murray was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

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

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

Bro Charles Reynolds Crabtree was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Edward Haymer was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Samuel Calfe was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John White was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John Phillip Newman was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. The Lodge was closed in due form.


30th July 1858

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

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

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

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

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


6th August 1858

There was no business before the Brethren the Lodge was not opened.


20th August 1858 Mr Alexander Dowel Sinclair MD of Boston USA was entered Apprentice and on the 21st August due to him having to return to Boston received the Second and Third Degrees and was well received by the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

27th August 1858

alt  Mr Henry Head a Sergeant in the 16th Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Matthew Henry Woodhill was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


Bro Alexander Inglis of St Andrew's Lodge No 25 now residing in Edinburgh Bro Alexander brought a letter of introduction from the RWM of St Andrew's Lodge with the view of being affiliated, after due trial and examination he took the usual obligation on H v B was duly affiliated a full Member of the Celtic Lodge and was welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed at High X11.


2nd September 1858

A Committee Meeting was held this evening RWM Bro Hay in the Chair.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Committee examined the subscriptions received on account of the New Grand Lodge Hall in |George Street Edinburgh when Bro Cotton stated that the Total amount of subscriptions which had been received by him and paid into the credit of the Lodges account with the Commercial Bank was £37:16p. The Grant Total amount of subscription was £49:1/- which included the Celtic Lodges Subscription.


The RWM proposed that before the subscriptions be paid over to Grand Lodge the Committee should see if by adding a sum thereto from the funds of the Lodge the Grand Lodge in consideration thereof would grant the Celtic Lodge could use the Lodge Room to be set aside for Daughter Lodges in the new building in George Street.


The outstanding accounts were then presented and passed to the Bro Treasurer to be paid the Total sum of £15:13:11p.


It was thereafter agreed that Bro Kinnear should pay 10/6 towards the expense of replacing the Senior Wardens Apron. The Committee then adjourned.


3rd September 1858

alt  Mr Joseph Rodgers a Sergeant in the 16th Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

alt  Mr John Elliot Hodder in the 16th Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro Henry Head was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

17th September 1858

Mr William Dallas McCue a Paper Stainer 22 Leith Walk was entered Apprentice Mason and then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr Alfred McLary 6 Cheltenham Terrace London was entered Apprentice Mason and then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Bro William Hiel was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro Joseph Rodgers was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro John E Hodder was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

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

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

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

 

The Lodge was reduced when 10/6p was unanimously voted from the Lodge funds for Mrs James McPherson Widow of the late Bro James McPherson. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

24th September 1858

Mr William Cooper Hay a Dyer 16 Leith Walk was entered Apprentice Mason.

Mr Edmund Davies Lyons a Comedian 50 Brunswick Street was entered Apprentice Mason.

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

 

1st October 1858

alt  Mr Alfred Raworth a Sergeant in the 16th Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason.

 

The Minutes were read and approved.

St James Operative 97  Bro Thomas B Douglas PM of St James Lodge No 97 was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

Bro John s Fraser Senior Warden then presented to the Lodge a framed case of Oiled Photographs of the Office Bearers and Several of the Members of the Lodge The RWM and the Brethren thanked Bro Fraser for the kind presentation which he Made.

 

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges were received in due form:-

 St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145 headed by their RWM.

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by their RWM.

 

In time the Lodge was recalled to Labour and closed in due form.


5th October 1858

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


7th October 1858

This evening was set for the Committee Meeting Bro Hay presiding.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master the Mayor of Melbourne Brother John Thomas Smith and Provincial Grand Master for the Colony of Victoria who was present in Edinburgh and intimated a desire to be present at a Meeting of the Celtic Lodge and see the working of a Degree.


The Bro Secretary was instructed to send out Circulars to invite the Brethren to a Meeting on the 8th October 1858. The Committee agreed to invite Bro Smith PGMM to the Meeting.


The RWM proposed and it was unanimously agreed that Worshipful Bro Smith should have the Honour of affiliated Member Conferred upon him and that he should be presented with a Diploma and an Apron and Sash.

The Meeting was adjourned.


8th October 1858

A large number of the Brethren between 60 and 70 assembled this evening in full Costume to entertain the Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Brother John Thomas Smith the Mayor of Melbourne.

The Lodge was opened in ample form by RWM Bro Hay a Petition was presented in favour of:-

Mr John Davidson a Teacher in Halifax Nova Scotia was entered Apprentice Mason.


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


The Mayor Brother Smith having been engaged with the Lord Provost of Edinburgh was prevented of being present until the third Degree.


Upon conclusion of the ceremony the RWM proposed that Worshipful Bro Smith in consideration of the High Masonic Standing he holds in the Colony of Melbourne this well known proficiency in the Craft Should be affiliated a full Member of the Celtic Lodge and the same received the cordial approbation of the Brethren.

 

Bro John Thomas Smith took the usual obligation and was affiliate accordingly and was presented by the RWM with the Tartan clothing of the Lodge. The Worshipful Bro Smith in returning thanks for the Honour which had been conferred upon him stated that he would proudly wear the Tartan clothing of the Celtic Lodge at the first Lodge he attended on his return to the Colony and he should always entertain a warm feeling for the Celtic Lodge from which he had received such a High mark of esteem.

 

Bro Smith expressed himself highly satisfied with the manner in which the RWM had conducted the ceremonies of the Degree.

 

The Lodge was reduced and closed in ample form and the Brethren adjourned to refreshment and after spending sometime very pleasantly satisfied separated at High Twelve.

In Research on Brother John Thomas Smith was born in Sydney the Son of John Smith a Shoemaker and his wife Elizabeth nee Briggs. John junior was educated under Teacher William Timothy Cape.

John jr was apprenticed at the age of 14years of age t Beaver & Co Builder and Joiners but this was cancelled in 1833.

John went on to serve as a Clark of the recently established Bank of Australasia. In 1837 he obtained an appointment as a Schoolmaster at an Aboriginal mission station in the Colony of Victoria at a salary of £40 pounds a year. John went into business as a Grocer and was in the Timber Trade and took over the Adelphi Hotel Flinders Lane in July 1841 then Licensee of the St John's Tavern.

John took an active part in the Eureka Stockade raising special Constables and was thanked by Governor Sir Charles Hotham.

John Smith was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council he served 7 terms as Mayor. John opened the first Theatre the Queens Theatre Royal.


Brother John Thomas Smith was appointed Provincial Grand Master of the Irish Constitution of Victoria. This is part of a report on Brother Smith found on a Web page on his History. Bro W JR Boland PM Historian Celtic Lodge - 28 06 2013.


Mr Christopher Alexander Bayne a Bookmaker was entered Apprentice Mason.


15th October 1858

Bro Edmund Davies Lyons was passed to thr Fellow Craft Degree.

Mr Christopher Alexander Bayne a Bookmaker was entered Apprentice Mason.


22nd October 1858

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

Bro Edmund Davies Lyons was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

Bro Hartley Philanthropies Lodge Leeds was affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and was welcomed by the Brethren.


27th October 1858

This evening was a Committee Meeting the RWM proposed that a small recognition of the handsome  and Brotherly feeling displayed by Bro Fraser on the presentation by him of the Gallery of Portraits of Office Bearers of the Lodge that he should be presented with a Master Mason's Apron and Sash at the Monthly Meeting on Friday first Bro Murray as the Oldest Member of the Lodge present to have the Honour of presenting the gift which was unanimously agreed.

After consideration it was proposed by Bro Murray and agreed to that the Sum Subscribed by the Lodge and individual Members of the amount of 50 Guineas towards the Building Fund of the Grand Lodge Masonic Hall should be paid over to the Grand Secretary at the First Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge.

After the Committee Meeting the Lodge was opened in due form when:-

Bro Peter Stewart was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

29th October 1858

This evening was a Committee Meeting the RWM proposed that a small recognition of the handsome and Brotherly feeling displayed by Bro Fraser on the presentation by him of the Gallery of Portraits of Office Bearers of the Lodge that he should be presented with a Master Mason's Apron and Sash at the Monthly Meeting on Friday first Bro Murray as the Oldest Member of the Lodge present to have the Honour of presenting the gift which was unanimously agreed.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  After consideration it was proposed by Bro Murray and agreed to that the Sum Subscribed by the Lodge and individual Members of the amount of 50 Guineas towards the Building Fund of the Grand Lodge Masonic Hall should be paid over to the Grand Secretary at the First Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge.


After the Committee Meeting the Lodge was opened in due form when:-

Bro Peter Stewart was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

5th November 1858

Bro William Cooper Hay was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 Bro Christopher Alexander Bayne was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree.

 

Deputations were received from the following Sister Lodges:-

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

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

 

The Minutes of the last Meeting was read and approved.

 alt Bro Andrew Murray presented Bro J S Fraser Senior Deacon in the name of the Celtic Lodge with the gift of a Master Mason's Apron and Sash and clothed him therewith and thereafter Bro J Cowan Senior Warden in an appropriate manner presented Bro Fraser with an elegant Silver Cigar Case as a mark of esteem from a few of the Members of the Celtic Lodge. The Cigar Case still holds pride of place in our Celtic Lodge Museum.

Both of which presentations called for the unanimous approval of the Brethren present and testified to the esteem with which Brother Fraser is deservedly regarded in the Celtic Lodge.

 

The Lodge was called to refreshment and spent some time in harmony the Lodge was then called to Labour and closed in due form.

 

8th November 1858

This evening was the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge Bro Hay RWM and several of the Office Bearers attended the Meeting.

Bro J White Melville Grand RWM presiding in the absence of his Grace the Duke of Atholl.


It was inter alia resolved at Grand Lodge that the right of use to a Room in the New Grand Lodge Hall for all time coming could not be purchased by any Daughter Lodge.


The RWM Bro Hay took the opportunity of presenting to the Grand RWM a cheque on the Lodges Bank account for Fifty Guineas as the subscription from the Celtic Lodge and individual Members towards erecting the New Masonic Hall which was duly acknowledged and the thanks of Grand Lodge was unanimously voted for the handsome subscription.

 

17th November 1858

Mr William Sherwood an Electro Plate Man from Birmingham was entered Apprentice Mason and on the 19th November 1858 was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

 

1st December 1858

Mr Thomas Mousley Bikker of Mount Pleasant Liverpool was entered Apprentice Mason and on the 2nd December 1858 was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


9th December 1858

Deputation to Dunbar headed by Bro P Cowan as RWM the Brethren proceeded to the Railway Station to board to 2 O'clock Train. On arrival they met several Sister Lodges an were escorted through the Town.


The Flag of the Celtic Lodge was most ably carried and exhibited to the best advantage by Bro Corporal Major Johnston of the Royal Horse Guards acting Standard Bearer in the absence of Bro Purves.


After enjoying a most excellent Dinner a torch light procession was formed. In the evening the Lodge Room when some time was spent in conviviality towards the harmony of which the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge largely added. The Lodge returned to Edinburgh by a special Train.


10th December 1858

alt  Mr George Conroy a Sergeant in the 16th Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason and on the 24th December 1858 was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason,

alt  Mr John Hebden a Troop Sergeant in the 16th Lancers was entered Apprentice Mason and on the 24th December 1858 was passed then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.


13th December 1858

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 1858.

 

24th December 1858

Mr David Mason a Coal Merchant 4 Sibbald Place Edinburgh was entered Apprentice Mason.

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

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


27th December 1858

alt  This evening was the Installation of RWM of Brother Patrick Cowan and his Office Bearers on St John's Day.


The Following took their obligations and were properly Installed:-

Patrick Cowan Right Worshipful Master.
Alexander Hay Past Master
Andrew Murray LT Past Master
Peter Purves Depute Master
James Milroy Substitute Master
William Hislop Senior Warden
William Campbell Junior Warden
J Johnston Cotton Treasurer
William Shaw Secretary
William H Muir Chaplain
Alexander McPherson Senior Deacon
William Hill Junior Deacon

James Johnston

William Masters

Standard Bearer

Steward

J J Cotton Architect
J S Fraser Bard or Poet Laureate
J S Miller Physician
Charles Fairfax Jeweller
J D Murray 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 William Hill, Bro James Watson, Bro J Nesbit.


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 Campbell.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dalkeith Kilwinning No 10  Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 headed by Bro Sinclair.

Deputations from the following Sister Lodges were received:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.