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Minutes of C L 291 from 1951 - 1960

Minutes of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291 from 9th January 1951 to 31st December 1960

9th January 1951

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren.

Reports of attendances at Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Solomon Lodge No 1209.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles No 1253.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clairs Lodge No 349 was presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trinity Lodge No 885.

 

The RWM called upon Bro R McCulloch PM to constitute a Mark Lodge.

The Mark Degree was conferred on Bro Henry D Keiller No 79 Bro Roderick Keller No 81 Bro W J Mitchell No 91 Bro Thomas A MacKay No 92 Bro H G Tombs No 93 Bro W Simpson No 94 Bro W G Seaton No 95 Bro G H Syme No 96 Bro R M Sutherland No 97 Bro A Rooney No 100 Bro S S Duncan No 1. The newly confered were welcomed by the Brethren.

 

The RWM thanked Bro McCulloch and his Mark Team for the dignified and perfect working of the Mark Degree.

Bro H G Tombs presented a Mark Chart of St Giles to the Lodge. The RWM conveyed to Bro Tombs the  the thanks of the Brethren. The Lodge was cclosed in due form.

 

16th Janurary 1951

The Lodge was opened in due form by Bro James R Sibbald RWM.

Mr Norman Stewart No 2.

Me John Edward Lilly No 3 were both made entered apprentice Masons signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

6th February 1951

The RWM extended a sincere warm welcome to all the visiting Brethren.

Bro W B Harvay RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was presented to the east.

 

Reports of attendances at the following Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Finbars Lodge No 129 Durban Irish Constitution.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Mount Currie Lodge No 2299 Kokstad English Constitution.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Lodge of Israel No 3170 English Constitution.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Jubilee Lodge No 1417 Durban English Constitution.

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

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Solomon Lodge No 1209.

 

Mr Alexander Sangster Hamilton No 4 Mr William Anderson Greig No 5 Mr Colin Grahan Forrest were entered apprentice Masons and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

20th February 1951

The RWM gave a warm welcome to the Brethren and the Visitors and ask that they convey the warm and fraternal greeting to their Mother Lodges.

 

The Reports of Visits to the following Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Kentigern Lodge No 129 Peniciuk.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 Solomon Lodge No 1209.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349 St Clair Lodge No 349.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 Trinity Lodge No 885.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226.

The RWM intimated he had received an invitation from the RWM and Wardens of Solomon Lodge No 1209 and that the invitation had been accepted.

Bro Norman Stewart No 2 Bro John Edward Lilly No 3 Bro Colin Graham Forrest No 4 Bro William Anderson Grieg No 5 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed.

 

26th February 1951

The Minutes were read and approved.

The RWM reported that he had receive a very handsome case fro the Master's Regalia fron Bro T Robertson PM. The RWM thanked Bro Robertson for his gift.

 

The RWM submitted his arrangements fot the reception of the Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyne EC. At our meeting to be held on 3rd April 1951.

 

6th March 1951

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form by the RWM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 Bro Young PM of Tyneside Lodge No 714 was presented to the East.

 

Reports of Visits to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St John Corstorphine Lodge No 788.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97 St James Operative Lodge No 97.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145 St Stephen's Lodge No 145.

Bro Norman Stewart No 2 Bro John Edward Lilly No 3 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and were welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

3rd April 1951

The following distinguished visitors were presented to the the RWM and invited to the East.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 Bro Johnstone RWM Kilwinning Peebles Lodge No 24.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97 Bro Riddell RWM and 3 Brethren from St James Operative Lodge No 97.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Birkenshaw PM from Queensferry Lodge No 458.

alt  Bro Marshall PM from Queens Edinburgh Rifles Lodge No 1253.

 

Mr Robert McDougall No 7 a Local Government Officer from Edinburgh.

Mr Frank Hinde No 8 a Electrical Engineer.

Mr Norman Joseph Segger No 9 Certified Accountant. All were made entered apprentice Freemasons and all signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due and sloemn form.

 

17th April 1951

The RWM extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren and the following distinguished visitors were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

alt  Bro Watt PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles Lodge No 1253.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Cormack RWM Perfect Unanimity Lodge No 150 Madras India. EC.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Bro Archibald PM Lodge St James Queens Operative Lodge No 97.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Bro Hazel PM Rifle Lodge No 405.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Lamont PM St Kilda Lodge No 801 Portree Isle of Skye.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Graham PM Old St John Lodge No 21 Lanark.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Falkland St John Lodge No 35.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226.

 

Mr William Henry Robertson Laird No 10.

Mr Henry Chalmers Munro No 11.

Mr John Alexander Davidson No 12 were made entered apprentice Freemasons of the Lodge signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

2nd October 1951

The RWM extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren.

Bro Thorburn PM of Clydesdale Lodge No 556 was presented to the East.

 

The Minutes of the meetings held on the 3rd and 17th Aptil 1951 were read and approved.

The RWM reported that a Deputation would visit the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle on Tyne on November 1951 and requested all Brethren who wished to attend to give their names to the Bro Secretary.

 

Reports were give of visits to Sister Lodges.

Mary Chapel-1  Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

1345 Lodge Scotia Regia No 1345  Scotia Regia Lodge No 1345.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Waverley Lodge No 597.

1201 Lodge Liberton 1201 Edin  Liberton Lodge No 1201.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  St Stephens Lodge No 145.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles 1253.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Kilwinning Lodge Peebles No 24.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Hamilton Lodge No 133.

482 Lodge Kirkland Maitland No 482  Kirkliston Maitland Lodge No 482.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Thistle Lodge No 1338.

Mr Alexander Russell No 13 was made an entered apprentice Freemason signed the Roll of Member and was welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

16th October 1951

Bro Robert McDougall No 5 Bro Frank Hinde No 8 Bro Joseph Segger No 9 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

6th November 1951

Bro William Henry Robertson Laird No 10 Bro Henry Chalmers Munro No 11 Bro John Alexander Davidson No 12 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

13th November 1951

The Secretary submitted a letter from Hamilton and Inches that a storage charge for Boxes of 21/-per year from 1st March 1952 would be payable in future and the Almoner was instructed by the committee to ascertain the contents of the boxes and report to the next meeting of the committee.

The RWM reported that he had authorised a payment of £10.00 out of the Benevolent Fund to a Brother in urgent need.

Bro J A Hiddleston reported that he had a Sum of £80.00 to the credit in the Building Fund and the Committee instructed that the sum be invested in a Building Society.

20th November 1951

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Bro Segger IPM and Bro Pilcher PM both from St James Operative Lodge No 97.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro A E Mitchell Master Elect of St Clair's Lodge No 349 were presented to the RWM and were invited to the East.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The RWM reported that along with a Deputation he visited the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle on Tyne EC on the 9th November 1951.

Bro Mitchell reported a visit to Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

Bro Robert McDougall No 7 Bro Frank Hinde No 8 Bro Norman Joseph Segger were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and were welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

4th December 1951

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro R A Cunningham PM of the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle on Tyne was presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

The Minutes of the Meetings held on the 6th and 20th November 1951 were read and approved.

Reports of visitations to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Services Lodge No 1291.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405 Rifle Lodge No 405.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trinity Lodge No 885.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Apollo Lodge No 505 Irish Constitution.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Corlea Lodge No 790 Irish Constitution.

Bro Alexander Burrell was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

18th December 1951

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all the visiting Brethren and the following Reigning and Past Masters were presented to the East:

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  At this stage the Lodge was honoured by the following Deputation from Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by Worshipful Bro W A Laird Member of Grand Committee.

Worshipful Bro Alexander Buchan Grand Secretary.

The Deputation was presented by Bro John Gifford PM and were received welcomed and invited to the East by the RWM.

 

The minutes of the meeting for Nominations of Office Bearers held on the 4th December 1951 were read and approved.

 

The Annual Certificate, the Charter and a copy of the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Scotland were laid upon the Table.

 

The Bro Treasurer submitted the Statement of Accounts for the past Financial Year. The details were held as read and print of the Accounts were issued to each Member.
Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest The RWIM then called upon Bro James Sibbald to present the W M Elect Bro George Halley Spittal who was installed as RWM of the Celtic Lodge No 291 for the ensuing year 1951 - 1952.
The Charter was entrusted to the special keeping of the Master.

The proposed Office Bearers for 1951 - 1952 list as follows:-

RWM

Brother George Halley Spittal.

DM

Brother Alexander Pratt.

SM

Brother John W Williamson.

IPM

Brother James R Sibbald.

WSW

Brother J R Napier.

WJW

Brother J Grant.

Secretary

Brother E D Watt PM.

Treasurer

Almoner

Brother J A Hiddleston PM.

Brother Andrew M Ross.

Chaplain

Brother W Douglas White.

Senior Deacon

Brother J W Swanson.

Junior Deacon

Poet Laureate

Brother G H Sankey.

Brother W R McCulloch PM.

D O C

Brother W McKenzie Reid PM.

Sword Bearer

Almoner

Poet Laureate

Brother C W McKenzie.

Brother David J Macvey.

Brother Robert Dunn PM.

Standard Bearer 1

Standard Bearer

Brother A W Johnstone.

Brother R L McMillan. 

Sword Bearer

Brother Robert Watson.

Physician

Brother Robert S Brydon PM.

Jeweller

Architect

D O Music

Organist

Piper

Bible Bearer

Marshal

Brother W J Drew.

Brother John F Halley.

Brother J J M Spiers.

Brother Alexander Johnstone.

Brother Henry Laird.

Brother P S Paton.

Brother R A McBennett.

Inner Guard

Tyler

Stewards President

Steward V President

Steward

Steward
Steward 

Steward

Steward

Steward

Steward

Brother R B Smith.

Brother Alexander Bremner.

Brother Thomas K Adamson.

Brother George H Syme.

Brother Norman Stewart.

Brother John E Lilly.

Brother Alexander Hamilton.

Brother Norman J Segger.

Brother William A Grieg.

Brother Henry C Munro. 

Brother Colin G Forrest.

Brother Alexander Burrell.

Committee

 

All Office Bearers

 

All Past Masters

 

 

 

 

The RWM received the Emblem of Authority from the RWIM who was warmly thanked by the RWM for his kindness for carrying out the ceremony.

Other Committee of Enquiry:  First Eight Office Bearers.

The RWM and guests adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated. 

8th January 1952

The RWM called upon Bro W R McCulloch PM to constitute a Mark Lodge and the following were conferred with the Mark Degree.

Bro John E Lilly No 3 Bro William A Grieg No 5 Bro Colin G Forrest No 6 Robert McDougall No 7 Frank Hinde No 8 Norman J Segger No 9 Bro William McCulloch Carswell from St George's Lodge No 503 Helensburgh Dunbartonshire and all the Brethren were all welcomed by the Brethren.

The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 18th December were read and apprpved.

Reports of visitations were received.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

832 Lodge Heart of Midlothian No 832  Heart of Midlothian Lodge No 832.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253.

alt  St Andrew Lodge No 48.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Alexander Pratt DM read a letter he received from Bro R N Ralph of Pretoria Celtic Lodge No 770 conveying cordial and fraternal greetings to the RWM Office Bearers and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge and enclosing a copy of the History of his Mother Lodge.

The RWM intimated that the said copy History would be made available to the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge and instructed Bro Alex Pratt DM to reply.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The RWM read a letter from the RWM and Wardens of St George's Lodge No 503 Helensburgh requesting the Celtic Lodge to do them a favour of conferring the Mark Degree on Bro William McCulloch Carswell a Master Mason of St George Lodge No 503 Helensburgh in terms of Grand Lodge Law 159.

The following Applications for Initiation was read out by the Bro Secretary.

Mr William Forbes No 18 an Engineer.

Mr Walter Scott No 19 a General Manager.

Mr John Marshall Murray No 20 a Baking Production Manager.

Mr Samuel George Dyas No 21 C A.

The following application fot Affiliation was read by the Bro Secretary.

Bro William McCulloch Carswell No 166 an Associate Cash Accountant.

On the motion of the RWM that these applications be remitted to the Committee of Enquiry for consideration and report.

19th February 1952

Minutes of meeting held within St John’s Chapel St John Street Edinburgh The RWM opened the Lodge in Due and solemn form office bearers and brethren as per attendance book.

Grang Lodge above  The RWM referred to the grievous loss suffered through the death of His Majesty King George VI and requested the Brethren to remain upstanding two minutes silence in memory of our late Brother the period of silence was ended by the Chaplain offering a prayer suitable to the occasion and that our Gracious Majesty be called to the Grand Lodge above and that the Brethren send their deepest sympathies to Her Royal Highness Queen Mary.

The usual business of the Lodge continued with Visiting Brethren.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Simpson RWM of Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Joyce PM of Howdoor Panas Lodge No 5315 EC both were invited to the East.

Apologies for absence were taken.

Reports from visits to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Water of Leith Lodge No 1267.

alt  St David's Lodge No 36.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

Services Lodge No 1291.

Mary Chapel-1  Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 Tyneside Lodge No 714 East Lothian.

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

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Deputation headed by the RWM accompanied by 19 Brethren to the Service held at the Abbey Parish Church Sunday 10th February 1952 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Waverly Lodge No 577.

Mr John Ritchie was made an entered Apprentice Freemason of the Lodge signed the Roll of members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Bro Thomas Robertson PM presented to the RWM and his sucessors in Office a Beautiful Silver Cigarette Box which was originally presented by the Celtic Lodge to the late Bro T S Muir a reponing Member of the Celtic Lodge on the 27th December 1924.

Bro Thomas Robertson PM explained that the Cigarette Box had been handed by the late Bro Muir's Widow to the Worshipful Bro W King Gillies the Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland who in turn wished to pass it to the Celtic Lodge.

The RWM thanked Bro Thomas Robertson PM for the Presentation and requested him to convey his thanks and that of all his successors to Worshipful Bro W King Gillies.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

4th March 1952

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren.

The Bro DOC presented the following visiters to the East.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro F H Cowias the RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

1201 Lodge Liberton 1201 Edin  Bro McLean PM of Liberton Lodge No 1201.

Reports of visitation to Sister Lodges.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69 St John's Fisherrow Lodge No 112.

Mary Chapel-1  Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1.

788 Lodge St John Corstorphine No 788  St John's Corstorphine Lodge No 788.

160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

Grang Lodge above  Bro W Douglas White the Chaplain Accompanied by Bro D D Hamilton represented the Celtic Lodge 291 at the Grand Lodge of Scotland's Lodge of Sorrow in Memory of His Majesty King George VI held on the 21st February 1952.

Bro Tombs of the Celtic Lodge had been asked to take part in the Ceremony by playing the Last Post on his Trumpet which he was honoured to do.

The Following Applications for Initiation were read.

Mr Thomas Chisholm No 23 a Display Manager.

Mr John Waterson No 22 a Newsagent.

Which were remitted to the Committee of enquiry for consideration.

Bro Charles McKenzie No 14 Bro Norman Robert Wavilow No 15 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

18th March 1952

The following visiting Brethren were invited to the East.

alt  Bro Jennie PM of St David's Lodge No 36.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Bro Dudgeon PM of Portobello Lodge No 226.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Bro Bryce PM of the Rifle Lodge No 405.

alt  Bro George Watt PM of Queen's Edinburgh Rifles Lodge No 1253.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Bro Bowie PM of the Rifle Lodge No 405.

 

The following reports of visitations to Sister Lodges were given.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Luke Lodge No 132 Lauder.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St John Lodge No 32 Selkirk.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Luke Lodge No 44 Holyrood House Edinburgh.

1201 Lodge Liberton 1201 Edin  Liberton Lodge No 1201.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405.

Mary Chapel-1  Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

 

Bro Alexander Burrell No 13 Bro Charles McKenzie No 14 Bro Robert Waivlow No 15 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and were welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

1st April 1952

The Minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved.

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all the visiting Brethren.

The following distinguished Brethren were presented to the East.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Alexander F Buchan Grand Secretary and PM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

United Grand Lodge of England  Bro Gibson Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and Past Provincial Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of England.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro T Blackburn PM Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Wight PM Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro McIntyre PM St John Lodge No 50 Inverary.

alt  Bro Murray McKay St Andrew's Lodge No 48.

alt  Bro Anderson IPM Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Blakie PM Brotherly Love Lodge No 1248.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Sutherland PM Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 5.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

1029 Lodge Collinton and Currie No 1029 Colinton and Currie Lodge No 1029.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392.

United Grand Lodge of England  This was the 5th Anniversary of the visit from Newcastle on Tyne headed by Worshipful Master Bro Roxbugh of the Eldon Lodge No 3187 English Constitution.

The RWM Bro George Halley Spittal on behalf of the Celtic Brethren extended a very warm and sincere welcome to Bro Roxburgh and his Deputation.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Ian Frederick Chapman No 168 a Telegraphist his Mother Lodge St Ninian Lodge No 575.

On the motion of the RWM the application was remitted to the Committee of enquiry for consideration and report.

 

Mr Dugald Charles MacMillan No 17.

Mr William Forbes No 18.

Mr Walter Scott No 19 were all made enter apprentice Freemasons they signed the Roll of Member and were welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

15th April 1952

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all visiting Brethren and the following distinguished visitor was presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

United Grand Lodge of England  Worshipful Bro A C While Reigning Master of Hedworth Lodge No 2418 South Shields English Constitution.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St John Lodge No 788 Corstorphine.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Services Lodge No 1291.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1. 

 

Bro John William Martin No 167 Bro William McCulloch Carswell No 166 were obligated affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren.

Mr John Marshall Murray No 20.

Mr Samuel George Dyas No 21

Mr John Waterson No 22.  

Mr Thomas Chisholm No 23 were all made entered apprentice Freemasons signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren.

 

3rd June 1952

General Committee Meeting held in the City Chambers Edinburgh the RWM Brother George H Spittal Presiding and 14 Brethren Apologies were taken by Brother Secretary the minutes of 14th February 1952 were read and approved Matters arising.

1 The Secretary reported to the meeting that nothing had been done with regard to the uplifting of the boxes stored in Hamilton and Inches premises and delivers them to Brother Thomas Robertson PM

2 The RWM reported that there were premises to let in the High Street suitable for use as Lodge Rooms The property of the premises were the RSPCC and had been lately occupied by the Children’s Shelter the prospects of the Lodge getting an opportunity of taking the premises on the lease were very good After discussion the RWM Called for a resolution that a Special Committee be appointed and arrange a meeting with the committee of the RSPCC a special committee to be appointed.

Brother A M Ross Almoner raised the question of the premises in the Lawnmarket and stated that he made a strong disseat against the Committee’s recommendation and that in place thereof a recommendation should be made to the General Meeting that the members should concentrate on the premises in the Lawnmarket belonging to the Lodge.

The Minutes of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291 held in the City Chambers Edinburgh on Tuesday 3rd June 1952 at 8 pm.

The RWM reported fully to the meeting the position with requard to the possibility of the Lodge getting an opportunity to take on a lease premises for the Lodge Rooms in the High Street and the recommendation by the General Committee with one dissenter that a special Committee be appointed to negotiate on behalf of the Celtic Lodge and therafter to report back to the General Committee for further consideration before binding the Lodge.

The meeting finally decided to accept the General Committee's recommendation and agree to the appointment of the Special Committee.

It was understood however the Special Committee was only a negotiating Committee and had no power to take any binding legal action until such legal action was ratified by the body of the Lodge.

At the meeting in addition to the General Committee Members listed in the previous Minutes there were present 51 Lodge Members as per record of attendance.

30th September 1952

General Committee meeting held in the City Chambers Edinburgh.

1 Premises to let in the High Street suitable as Celtic Lodge Rooms.

The Bro Sedretary reported fully to the meeting the position with regard to the negotiations by the Special Committee that the matter was to come before the full Council of the RSSPCC in October 1952 and that we would be formally advised in due corse.

It was decided by the Meeting that an announcement should be made at the next Meeting of the Lodge and that there was nothing to report to the Members meantime.

2 It was arranged that the RWM would communicate with Bro Thomas Robertson PM regarding the removal of the Boxes.

Premises in the Lawnmarket.

It was intimated to the Committee that Bro Andrew Ross hadpreposed a scheme of reconstruction for the Lawnmarket Premises which appeared to those Brethren who had seen it to be worthy of consideration and it was suggested that the existing Sub-committee should examine it and report as to its practicability.

Some discussion followed as to the desirability of appointing a second Sub-Committee to deal with this matter alone, but it was finally decided that the existing Sub-Committee be asked to examine Bro Ross's scheme and consider it in relation to the proposals for the RSSPCC's premises in the High Street the Bro Secretary was asked to arrange accordingly and to report back to the General Committee in due course.

7th October 1952

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The RWM extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren and Bro Birrell PM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757 was presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

Bro Alexander Sangster Hamilton No 4 Bro Dugald Charles MacMillan No 17 Bro William Forbes No 18 Bro Walter Scott No 19 were all passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren there being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

21st October 1952

The RWM reported that a Deputation would visit the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyne on the 14th November 1952 and requested all the Brethren who wished to attend to give their names to the Bro Secretary.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Hawick Lodge No 111.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Solomon Lodge No 1209.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Services Lodge No 1291.

Bro John Marshall Murray No 20 Bro Samuel George Dyas No 21 Bro John Waterson No 22 Bro Thomas Chisholm No 23 were all passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

29th October 1952

The Minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved.

Premises in the Lawnmarket.

The RWM reported that the Sub-committee had examined the property scheme of the reconstruction for the Lawnmarket premises and that the matter was still being considered.

The Committee had unanimously resolved to recommend the RWM and Office Bearers for 1952 - 1953 at the next regular Meeting.

4th November 1952

The RWM opened the Lodge in Due form and extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren and the following distinguished visitors were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Burnett RWM of Trinity Lodge No 885.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Gavie IPM of Trinity Lodge No 885.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Smith PM of St Skae No 1252 Forfarshire.

The Bros Secretary and Treasurer were retired to wait on the Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland Lodge Committee on the Visitation of the Metropolitan Lodges.

The Deputation was headed by Bro Major R H F Moncrieff TD Chairman of the Metropolitan District Committee and accompanied by Bro Sutherland Bro DOC presented the Deputation to the RWM who invited them to the East.

Bro Dugald Charles Macmillan No 17 Bro William Forbes No 18 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

18th November 1952

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all the visiting Brethren and the following distinguished visitors were presented to the East.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro A Mitchell RWM of St Clair Lodge No 427 Lanarkshire.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Bro Steedman RWM of Caledonian Lodge No 392.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Bro Stewart PM of Portobello Lodge No 226.

The RWM then referred to the Death of Bro Dr W King Gillies who was an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge and had given valuable services to the Craft and instructed the Bro Secretary to convey to his Son the sincerest Sympathy and that of the Office Bearers and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

The RWM reported on the visit to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyne EC on the 14th November 1952.

Bro Walter Scot No 19 Bro John Marshall Murray No 20 Bro Samuel George Dyas No 21 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren. 

2nd December 1952

The Lodge was opened in due and Solemn form.

The RWM extended a Cordial welcome to the visiting Brethren and the following distinguished visitors were presented to the East.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Bro Elder RWM of the Rifle Lodge No 405.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Bro Coapax PM of the Rifle Lodge No 405.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro W A Mansfield PM St Andrew's Lodge No 515 Malta and PM of Zetland Lodge No 669.

Bro John Waterston No 22 Bro Thomas Chisholm No 23 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

16th December 1952

Installation and the Festival of St John.

The Lodge was opened in due form.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to all the visiting Brethren and the following Brethren were invited to the East.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Bro R Sutherland Member of the Grand Lodge Committee.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro J Tavendale RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Loughran RWM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro McVey RWM of Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro A N Turnbull PM of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro T Carins PM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Bro Archibald PM of St James Operative Lodge No 97.

Bro Mitchell PM of St Clair Lodge No 349.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro J F Bovall PM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro J R Cameron PM of Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

The Annual Certificate Charter and Laws were laid on the table.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest The RWIM then called upon Bro James Sibbald to present the W M Elect Bro George Halley Spittal who was installed as RWM of the Celtic Lodge No 291 for the ensuing year 1951 - 1952.
The Charter was entrusted to the special keeping of the Master.

The proposed Office Bearers for 1951 - 1952 list as follows:-  

RWM

Brother George Halley Spittal.

DM

Brother Alexander Bade.

SM

Brother J Grant.

IPM

Brother James R Sibbald.

WSW

Brother G H Sankey.

WJW

Brother D D Hamilton.

Secretary

Brother W Gordon Seaton.

Treasurer

Almoner

Brother John E Lilly.

Brother Andrew M Ross.

Chaplain

Brother W Douglas White.

Senior Deacon

Brother J W Swanson.

Junior Deacon

Poet Laureate

Brother F C Sibbald.

Brother W R McCulloch PM.

D O C

Brother W McKenzie Reid PM.

Sword Bearer

Almoner

Poet Laureate

Brother C W McKenzie.

Brother David J Macvey.

Brother Robert Dunn PM.

Standard Bearer 1

Standard Bearer

Brother R L MacMillan.

Brother J Strachan. 

Sword Bearer

Brother Robert Watson.

Physician

Brother Robert S Brydon PM.

Jeweller

Architect

D O Music

Organist

Piper

Bible Bearer

Marshal

Brother Frank Hinde.

Brother R A M Bennett.

Brother E D Watt PM.

Brother Alexander Johnstone.

Brother Henry Laird.

Brother W J Mitchell.

Brother Stanley S Duncan.

Inner Guard

Tyler

Stewards President

Steward V President

Steward

Steward
Steward 

Steward

Steward

Steward

Steward

Brother T K Adamson.

Brother Alexander Bremner.

Brother George H Syme.

Brother George H Syme.

Brother Norman Stewart.

Brother John E Lilly.

Brother Alexander Hamilton.

Brother Norman J Segger.

Brother William A Greig.

Brother Henry C Munro. 

Brother Colin G Forrest.

Brother Alexander Burrell.

Committee

 

All Office Bearers

 

All Past Masters

 

 

 

 

The RWM received the Emblem of Authority from the RWIM who was warmly thanked by the RWM for his kindness for carrying out the ceremony.

Other Committee of Enquiry:  First Eight Office Bearers.

The RWM and guests adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated. 

Extract from a Toast to the Celtic Lodge by Brother I F Birrell PM Lodge Dramatic Arts No 757.

Brother Birrell who proposed the toast of the Lodge he made mention of the following interesting historical facts concerning the foundation and development of the Lodge The Celtic Lodge was founded in 1821 in a house in the Cowgate belonging to Alexander Stewart who was himself the first candidate as environment always plays an important part in development it was of interest to record that the time the Lodge was founded George IV had just succeeded to the throne this was a period of the industrial revolution.

The opening of Railway Systems commencing with the Stockton-Darlington Railway In 1821 was the start of a forty year period of peace in Europe.

This had been referred to as the Age of Elegance during which many great writers and thinkers flourished pioneer work was being done in many of the liberal Arts and Sciences 1821.

This was the year of Keats Death-Brother Sir Walter Scott of Lodge St David’s Lodge No 36 wrote Kenilworth the following year with Fortunes of Nigel and Prevail of the Peak Other famous writers who lived then were William Wordsworth-Samuel Taylor Coleridge-Lord Byron-Percy Byssi - Shelley and Thomas Carlyle all then Youngsters then alive who latter made a name for themselves were Lord Tennyson-Oliver Wendell Homes-Thatcher-Charles Dickens-Robert Browning and John Ruskin.

The Medical profession too was keeping peace with literate and many pioneers then appeared whose names were household words such as Bright-Addison-Graves-Faraday and James Young Simpson the discoverer of chloroform-Louis Pastor was born in 1822 and Joseph Lister in 1827.

Life in Edinburgh at this time was not without its seamy side and in 1829 Burke and Hare commenced their nefarious practices in the West Port.

Brother Birrell also made reference to the older minutes of the Lodge which stated inter alia that the Celtic Lodge took its rise in the Cowgate.

The most ancient place in Edinburgh except the Castle according to time honoured custom the Brethren encircled the room and joined in singing Auld Land Syne and the National Anthem God save the King and the Craft.

6th January 1953

alt  Bro MacKay PM of St Andrew's Lodge No 48 was presented to the East.

Reports of visitations to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Dramitic and Arts Lodge No 757 on the occasion of the Installation of their RWM.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 on the occasion of the Installation of their RWM.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253 on the occasion of the Installation of their RWM.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Watsonian Lodge No 1375  on the occasion of the Installation of their RWM.

832 Lodge Heart of Midlothian No 832  Heart of Mid Lothian Lodge No 832 on the occasion of the Installation of their RWM.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97 on the occasion of the Installation of their RWM.

The Bre Secretary read a letter received from the Secretary of the Royal Philanthropic Lodge No 405 EC Port of Spain Trinidad thanking the RWM and Brethren for the courtesy extended to Bro Errol on the Date of his visit to the Celtic Lodge on 7th October 1952.

Grang Lodge above  The RWM referred to the Death of Bro Dr Hamilton Birrel who was a well know visitor to the Celtic Lodge and he instructed the Bro Secretary to convey to his Son Dr J F Birrell their sinceriest sympathy and that of the Brethren of the Lodge.

Bro Ian Fredreck Chapman No 168 was obligated an affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge he signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

The main business of the evening was to confer the Mark Degree on the following Brethren.

Bro William Henry Robertson Laird No 10 Bro Charles McKenzie No 14 Bro Dugald Charles MacMillan No 17 Bro William Forbes No 18 Bro Walter Scot No 19 Bro John Marshell Murray No 20 Bro Samual George Dyas No 21 Bro John Waterson No 22 Bro Thomas Chisholm No 23 Bro Ian Fredreick Chapman No 168 Bro John Alexander Davidson No 12 Bro Norman Robert Warielow No 15 Bro Andrew James Ross No 86 they were all welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

13th January 1953

Premises in the Lawnmarket Brother J A Hiddelston PM reported to the meeting that he had been advised that the alterations to the premises as envisaged would cost at least £5,000.00 Pounds some discussion followed and it was decided by the meeting that in the first instance the sub-committee should receive Brother Hiddleston’s report for consideration and report thereafter to the general committee.

 

The Committee unanimously resolved to grant the following honararia £5:5/- to the Bro Secretary; £2:2/ to the Bro Treasurer; £3:3/- to Mrs Crichton Wife of the Caretaker of St John's Chapel in respect of Services rendered during the Year 1951/52.

 

The RWM referred to the conferring on Brother Secretary of the order of the Star of Italian Solidarity by the President of the Italian Republic.

 

20th January 1953

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to the visiting Brethren.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Watt RWM Bro Rennie PM Bro Young all of Tyneside Lodge No 714 East Lothian.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Bro Segger PM of St James Operative Lodge No 97.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro D R Thomson of Unity Lodge No 1109 Lema Peru.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro J Douglas of Rosewell Lee Springfield Mass USA were all presented to the RWM.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Waverly Lodge No 597.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

 

Mr Haddon Sinclair Spence No 24 Mr James Marr No 25 were entered apprentice Freemasons signed the Roll of Members and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

The RWM referred to the pleasure it had given him and all the Brethren to have Bro Henry Laird back in the Lodge after his illness.

Bro Laird thanked the RWM and expressed his appreceation of all the kind enquiries which had been made bt the Brethren during his illness referring specially to the kindly attentativeness of Bro Andrew M Ross the Bro Almoner.

 

The RWM also referred to the coming departure of Bro Segger leaving for Canada and wished him on behalf of all the Brethren and every success and happiness in his new sphere.

 

The RWM intimated that a Lodge of instruction to be held on Tuesday 17th Febuary 1953. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

3rd February 1953

Grang Lodge above  The RWM asked the Brethren to be upstandingand referred to the sad loss which the Lodge had suatained by the Death of Bro Lyall Scott.

The Bro Secretary was instructed to write to the late Bro family expressing the sympathy of the Brethren in their berevement.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Young RWM and Bro Morton IPM both of Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Mitchell IPM of St Clair Lodge No 349.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro McHardie PM of Fraserborgh Lodge No 1055 were all presented to the East.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 at their Burns and Hogg festival.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349 at their Burns Supper.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Rifle Lodge No 405.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Holyrood House St Luke No 44.

832 Lodge Heart of Midlothian No 832  Heart of Mid Lothian Lodge No 832.

 

The Bro Secretary read communication from Grand Secretary regarding the Masonic Year Book 1953 Edition which it was anticipated would be published in March 1953 and would cost 4/- per copy.

The RWM asked Brethren who desired to obtain a copy to give their names to the Bro Secretary.

 

Bro John Ritchie No 16 Bro Hadden Sinclair No 24 Bro James Marr No 25 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

17th Februry 1953

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Galashields Lodge No 262.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

 

A Lodge of Instruction in the First Degree was worked.

The Lodge was closed in due form. 

 

3rd March 1953

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  The Bro Director of Ceremonies introduced and presented a Deputation from Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro J Tavendale RWM who was presented to the East.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro J A Gill RWM Holyrood House St Luke Lodge No 44.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Shaw PM of Carron Lodge No 139 Stenhousemuir.

alt  Bro Murray MacKay PM of St Andrew's Lodge No 48. and Bro Smeaton PM

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro A E Mitchell IPM both of St Clair Lodge No 349.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro McNaughton IPM of Services Lodge No 1291.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

 

Bro Alexander Sangster Hamilton No 4 Bro Haddon Sinclair Spence No 24 Bro James Marr No 25 were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

17th March 1953

The Lodge was opened in due form.

Visits from Sister Lodges.

832 Lodge Heart of Midlothian No 832  Heart of Mid Lothian Lodge No 832.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Leonards Lodge No 1283.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Brother Dr J F Birrell PM of Lodge Dramatic and Arts No 757 had presented to the Lodge the Jewel relating to the Reopening of the Lodge presented by the Lodge to his late father Brother Dr Hamilton Birrell and instructed the Brother Secretary to hand it to Brother Tom Robertson PM for safe keeping.

Reports from visits to Sister Lodges.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Holyrood House St Luke Lodge No 44.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trinity Lodge No 885.

 

Mr Frank Ashton No 26 was made an entered apprentice Freemason signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

The lodge was closed in due form.

23rd March 1953

General Committee Meeting the RWM Brother George H Spittle presiding and 15 brethren .

Apologies and the minutes were taken by the Brother Secretary the minutes of the meeting held on the 13th January 1953 were read and approved.

Premises in Lawnmarket- the RWM reported to the meeting of the subcommittee in connection with the reconstruction for the Lawnmarket.

1 At the meeting it was decided that Brother J A Hiddleston PM asks his Brother in Law a Clerk of Works and the RWM’s friend a Surveyor to look at the scheme.

The whole matter was fully discussed also a report from the Clerk of Works and the Surveyor were considered the Clerk of Works scheme was quite practicable although he did not desire to give an estimate of the costs he did give an estimate of approximately £5,000.00 but could not cover the whole scheme such as furniture.

The Surveyor had stated if ample funds were available he saw no difficulty to proceed although an approx estimate would be in the region of £8,000.00 Pounds to £10,000.00 Pounds.

This relates to £1.2 Million Pounds in 2009 Brother (WJRB).

The RWM reported that without ample funds the project simply could not proceed and they could not see the necessary funds being raised it was thought that others estimates should be sought but after consideration Brother E D Watt PM and the members should adhere to the original decision of the Lodge that the premises should be offered for sale and advertised this motion was seconded by Brother A D Jameson PM an amendment of the motion by Brother W McKenzie Reed PM.

The amendment being that the General Committee while noting the proposed scheme of reconstruction as reported by the Sub Committee was not practicable at the movement for financial reasons the members of the Lodge should continue to retain the premises and immediate steps should be taken to augment the building funds the amendment was seconded by Brother R B Smith The amendment was passed by the meeting the secretary was instructed to call a meeting of the members of the Lodge at an early date it was agreed by the committee in general that scheduled estimates should be still be obtained if authorised after the general committee meeting of the Lodge It was decided that the RWM should have a meeting with Brother Tom Robertson PM and obtained from him the necessary information with regard to the liability for upkeep of the premises before the general committee meeting of the Lodge The Committee considered the complaint which had been made by a member of the Lodge not being commenced on time.

The RWM stressed the necessity of having meetings commencing promptly at 7.15 pm.

The Committee discussed the question of the Annual Dance of the Celtic Lodge and it was decided to appoint a New Committee to look into and arrange the Dance.

7th April 1953

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all visiting Brethren.

Bro Sheed PM of Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

Bro Wilson Allan PM of St John's Corstorphine Lodge No 788 were both invited to the East.

The Minutes were read and approved.

Reports from visits to Sister Lodges.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97.

226 Lodge Portobello Lodge 226  Portobello Lodge No 226.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Waverly Lodge No 597.

788 Lodge St John Corstorphine No 788  St John's Corstorphine Lodge No 788.

1029 Lodge Collinton and Currie No 1029 Colinton and Currie Lodge No 1029.

The RWM reported that Celtic Lodge Aprons could now be obtained through the Bro Sectretary.

United Grand Lodge of England  The Annual visit of a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyne EC would be made to the Celtic Lodge on Tuesday 21st April 1953 and a full attendance of the Brethren would be desired.

Bro Frank Ashton No 26 who was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

13th April 1953

Minutes of Business Meeting held within the refectory St John’s Chapel St John's Street Edinburgh.

The RWM gave the meeting a history of the Lawnmarket premises from 6 to 7 years ago he reported fully to the meeting the findings of the subcommittee.

That we sell the premises or should we retain them the RWM reported at the last meeting of the Lodge should continue to retain the premises as per estimates £100.00 Brother C Forrest had offered to sketch up plans for the surveyors.

The RWM moved that we should take advantage of Brother C Forrest offer and Brother in collaboration with Brother Andrew M Ross.

After further discussion the RWM motion was seconded by Brother James Sibbald that the premises should be sold forthwith this was seconded by Brother W Web Carswell.

On the show of hands however the RWM’s motion was carried by the meeting.

The Finance Committee. The question of raising money to augment the Building Fund. The Finance Committee to report at next Meeting.

21st April 1953

The Lodge was opened in due form.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Bro Ireland PM of St James Operative Lodge No 97.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro A E Mitchell of St Clair Lodge No 349 were both invited to the East.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Sibbald reported in glowing terms of Bro Toombs's rendering of Reveille and the Last Post at the latter meeting of the RWM Installation of Provincial Grand Master of of East Lothian and Berwickshire which took place at Lodge Tynside No 714 East Lothian on 16th April 1953.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

788 Lodge St John Corstorphine No 788  St John's Lodge No 788 Corstorphine.

United Grand Lodge of England  Bro E D Wat Director of Ceremonies introduced and presented to the RWM a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyne EC headed by theis Worshipful Master Bro T S Slater.

The RWM extende a warm and sincere welcome to the Deputation.

Bro Albert Mitchell No 169 was obligated an Affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethhren.

Bro Frank Ashton No 26 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The Lodge was closed in due form.

6th October 1953

The Minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Gillies RWM of St John Lodge No 292 Rothesay.

788 Lodge St John Corstorphine No 788  Bro Scobie RWM St John Lodge No 788 Corstorphine.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Brunton RWM of Lord Newlans No 1074 Upper Lanarkshire were all invited to the East.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

788 Lodge St John Corstorphine No 788  St John Lodge No 788 Corstorphine.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

Grang Lodge above  The RWM asked the Brethren to be upstanding as he referred to the loss whic the Lodge had sustained by the Death of Bro George D Newsome.

a Lodge of instruction A very interesting introductory talk was given by Bro J Mason Allan and thereafter he conducted a Lodge of Instruction in the Second Degree working.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

13th October 1953

The RWM reprted that the Annual Whist Drive and Dance would be held in Freemason's Hall on Thursday 3rd December 1953 and the details would be give later.

The Premises in the Lawnmarket.

A report from the Building Sub-committee consisting of a report.

Bro Alexander Bade reported he had 2 meetings and had considered the good points of both schemes and that a new plan had been prepared by Bro Colin Forrest,

Bro Forrest then described the plan which he had prepared for the meeting. After considerable discussion the RWM pointed out that it would not be possible to give the scheme any consideration whatsoever unless and untill such as approximate estimates of the cost were obtained.

Bro Bade suggested that a Quantity Surveyor should be approached to give a specification from which approximate estimates of cost could be prepared. He further suggested that on such a specification being obtained the Brethren of the Lodge who were qualified tradesmen could be asked to take off quantities and thereafter give approximate estimates of the cost.

The RWM moved that Bro Bade's suggestion should be adopted and that the Building Sub-committee should be authorised to expend a Sum not exceeding £25.00 to meet any fee which might be charged for the proposed specification as a plan and probable cost would then be available for consideration the motion moved by the RWM was unanimously approve by the meeting and the Building Sub-committee were instructed accordingly and to report in due course.

The Committee expressed their thanks to the Building Sub-committee and particularly to Bro Colin Forrest for his good offices in the preparation of the plan.

20th October 1953

The RWM invited the presented visitors to the East.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Brunton RWM of Lord Newlands Lodge No 1074.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro Stark PM and Bro Turnbull both of Marys Chapel No 1.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Birrell PM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757. 

Reports of visitations to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Lodge Galen No 1285.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Galashields Lodge No 262.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Columba Lodge No 1294.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The Eastern Gate Lodge No 2970 EC Singapore.

United Grand Lodge of England  The RWM reported that a Deputation to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 EC on the 13th November 1953 and requested all Brethren who wished to attend to give their names to the Bro Secretary.

The RWM called upon Bro E D Watt PM to constitute a Mark Lodge and the following Brethren were conferred wih the Mark Master Degree.

Bro Henry Chalmers Munro No 11 Bro Hadden Sinclair Spence No 24 Bro Frank Ashton No 26 Bro Robert Donaldson Monteath No 98 Bro Douglas Richardson Monteath No 99 and were welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

3rd November 1953

The RWM said the Lodge was honoured by a visit of a Deputation from Grand Lodge Committee of the Metropolitan Lodges heded by Bro George Moodie acting Chariman of the Metropolitan District and he was accompanied by Bro Harvey De Larey and Lieutenant Colonel A G Campbell who were recevied in due form by the Brethren and welcomed by the RWM.

Bro John Ritchie No 16 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Sierria Leone Highland Lodge No 997.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Academic Lodge No 1138 Sierria Leone.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Tranquility Lodge No 1446 Sierria Leone.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Fidelity Lodge No 1468 Sekondie Gold Coast.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Faith Lodge No 1271 Lagos Nigeria.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

17th November 1953

The RWM invited the presented visitors to the East.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Bro Harcno PM of Caledonian Lodge No 392.

405 Lodge The Rifle Lodge No 405  Bro Hazel PM of Rifle Lodge No 405.

The Minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

United Grand Lodge of England  The RWM reported that a Deputation to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 EC on the 13th November 1953 headed by the RWM.

Bro Thomas Hill No 170 was obligated an affiliated Member of the Lodge he Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

Mr Archibald Graham Burton Mason No 27.

Mr Sidney Yeoman No 28 were both entered apprentice Freemasons Signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

1st December 1953

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all visiting Brethren.

 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Andrew Aikman RWM of Trinity Lodge No 885
was invited to the East.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro Archibald Graham Burton Mason No 27.

Bro Sidney Yeoman No 28 were both passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Bro Treasurer presented his Accounts for the year 1953. Bro F A Sibbald moved that the Accounts be approved. The motion was seconded by Bro William McCarswell. The Treasurer received a vote of thanks for his Services. The Lodge was closed in due form.


15th December 1953

Installation and the Festival of St John.

The Lodge was opened in due form.

 

The RWM extended a warm welcome to all the visiting Brethren and the following Brethren were invited to the East.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  Bro R Sutherland Member of the Grand Lodge Committee.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro J MacMillan RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro J F Birrell PM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro J R Cameron RWM of Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

Mary Chapel-1  Bro A N Turnbull PM of Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro J Tavendale IPM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.  

alt  Bro Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro J F Bovall PM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757. 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro J R Cameron RWM of Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Smith of Galashields Lodge No 262. 

The Annual Certificate Charter and Laws were laid on the table. 

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest The RWIM then called upon Bro Dr J F Birrell to present the W M Elect Bro Alexander Robertson Badewho was installed as RWM of the Celtic Lodge No 291 for the ensuing year 1953 - 1955.
The Charter was entrusted to the special keeping of the Master.

 

The proposed Office Bearers for 1953 - 1954 list as follows:-

RWM

Brother Alexander Robertson Bade.

DM

Brother J Grant.

SM

Brother George H Sankey.

IPM

Brother James R Sibbald.

WSW

Brother david D Hamilton.

WJW

Brother F C Sibbald.

Secretary

Brother W Gordon Seaton.

Treasurer

Almoner

Brother William McCarswell.

Brother Andrew M Ross.

Chaplain

Brother W Douglas White.

Senior Deacon

Brother J W Swanson.

Junior Deacon

Poet Laureate

Brother R B Smith.

Brother W R McCulloch PM.

D O C

Brother James R Sibbald PM.

Sword Bearer

Almoner

Poet Laureate

Brother C W McKenzie.

Brother David J Macvey.

Brother Robert Dunn PM.

Standard Bearer 1

Standard Bearer

Brother J Strachan.

Brother R L Mc Millan. 

Sword Bearer

Brother Robert Watson.

Physician

Brother Robert S Brydon PM.

Jeweller

Architect

D O Music

Organist

Piper

Bible Bearer

Marshal

Brother Iain C McMillan.

Brother Colin G Forest.

Brother E D Watt PM.

Brother Alexander Johnstone.

Brother Henry Laird.

Brother W J Mitchell.

Brother Stanley S Duncan.

Inner Guard

Tyler

Stewards President

Steward V President

Steward

Steward
Steward 

Steward

Steward

Steward

Steward

Brother T K Adamson.

Brother Alexander Bremner.

Brother George H Syme.

Brother .

Brother Norman Stewart.

Brother John E Lilly.

Brother Alexander Hamilton.

Brother Norman J Segger.

Brother William A Greig.

Brother Henry C Munro. 

Brother Colin G Forrest.

Brother Alexander Burrell.

Committee

 

All Office Bearers

 

All Past Masters

 

 

 

 

The RWM received the Emblem of Authority from the RWIM who was warmly thanked by the RWM for his kindness for carrying out the ceremony.

Other Committee of Enquiry:  First Eight Office Bearers.

 

The RWM and guests adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated. 

19th January 1954

The RWM extended a warm welcome to all the Brethren.

145 Lodge St Stephens No 145  Bro Ross RWM of St Stephen's Lodge No 145.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  Bro Gillies RWM of St Clair Lodge No 349.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trinity Lodge No 885.

Grand Lodge of Scotland Crest  The Grand Lodge of Scotland Metropolitan District Committee Annual Dinner.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Solomon Lodge No 1209.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349.

Mr George Longmuir No 29 was made an entered apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

26th January 1954

Brother Alexander Robertson Bade RWM said Brother Colin Forrest had finished the plans and the building committee are meeting with the quantity surveyor on the 7th February 1954.

The RWM reported he received a letter from the Honorary Secretary of the Srewart Society with the regard to the proposed presentation to the Celtic Lodge of the Painting of a certain Peter Grant depicted in Royal Stewart Tartan and also the meeting which the RWM and the Secretary meet with the Honorary Secretary.

After consideration it was unanimously resolved by the meeting that the Painting should be accepted if the Stewart Society should be so kind as to donate the painting.

2nd February 1954

The RWM invited the visiting Brethren to the East.

alt  Bro Henderson RWM of St David's Lodge No 36.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Bro Dundas RWM of Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinnung Lodge No 2 on the occasion of their Burns and Hogg festival.

alt  St Andrews Lodge No 48 on the occasion of their Burns Night.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Trinity Lodge No 885 on the occasion of their Burns Night.

Mr John Eilif Lemkuhl Stoud Platon No 31. Norwegian.

Mr James Cochrane Sibbald No 30.

Mr George Hoare Hunter No 32 were made entered apprentice Masons signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form.

16th February 1954

The Minutes were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Nisbet Lodge No 1112 Tranent.

The Bro Secretary read a letter he received from the Hon Secretary of the Metropolitan District Masonic Bowling Assciation Dated 12th February 1954 intimating that the Annual General meeting of the association was to be held at the Free Gardens Institute Room 6 on 8th March 1954 at 7.30 pm and that the Lodge was entitled to send 2 representitives to the meeting.

Bro George Longmuir No 29 Bro Jan Eilif Lemkuhl Stoud Platon No 31 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.


24th February 1954

The RWM reported the building committee had a meeting with Mr Robertson QS a specification had been prepared to submit relative Quantities and that his fee would be £10.10/-.

The RWM read a report received from Messer David Reed and Gibson Architects with regard to possible cost at £6,000.00 Pounds for structural – electrical and painting work.

This excluded anything coming to light during the proposed works also did not include the cost of furniture however the difficulty being one of finance It was proposed to report to the members that re-construction should go ahead and endeavour to raise the necessary funds.

The RWM stated that a sum of £3,500.00 was the minimum required and when a sum of £2,500.00 was raised consideration could be given to proceed with the modified scheme.

 

Bro Spittal intimated that the Annual Dance had shown a profit of £9.00 and that the Freemason's Hall should be looked at for the next Annual Dance to be held on the 10th December 1954.

2nd March 1954

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all visiting Brethren.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Dancerian RWM of St Leonards Lodge No 1283 was invited to the East.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

160 Lodge Roman Eagle Lodge No 160  Roman Eagle Lodge No 160.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

349 Lodge St Clair No 349  St Clair Lodge No 349.

8 Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8  Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Torphichen Kilwinning Lodge No 13.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Scotia Lodge No 1323 SC Rhodesia.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Farquarson Smith Lodge No 1458 SC Rhodesia.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Wankie Lodge No 1409 SC Rhodesia.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Matabeleland Lodge No 720 IC.

Bro James Cochrane Sibbald No 30 Bro George Hoare Hunter No 32 both were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

16th March 1954

The Lodge was opened in due form by RWM Brother Alexander Robertson Bade office bearers and brethren as per attendance book The RWM extended a cordial welcome to the visiting brethren the following distinguished visitors were presented to the East: -

Brother Mc Hardie

Grand Treasurer Elect

Brother Napier

RWM

Brother Bailey

PM

Brother Mohean

PM of Lodge Queen’s Edinburgh Rifles (The Scots Guards) No.1253

Brother McLean

RWM of Lodge Journeyman Masons No 8

Brother Taylor

PM of Lodge St James Mac Duff No 653

Brother McLeod

PM of Lodge St James Mac Duff No 653

Brother Sager

PM of Lodge St James Operative No 97

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  The Director of Ceremonies introduced and presented a deputation from Lodge Langside No 955 Glasgow headed by the RWM Brother dobbin the RWM on behalf of the brethren extended a cordial welcome to the deputation.

The Brother Secretary then took Apologies and Reports.

Communications the brethren were again reminded of the Church Service to be held in Abbey Church on Sunday 28th march 1954 and those brethren who desired to join the deputation were requested to give their names to the Secretary as soon as possible.

The RWM reported to the brethren that a painting of a certain peter Grant had been offered to the Lodge by the Stewart Society and that the said painting had been accepted on behalf of the Lodge.

The RWM intimidated that the sum of £20.00 Pounds had been received from the Carnegie Trust for the Lodge Building Fund. The Lodge was passed to the second Degree the candidates retired the Lodge was raised thereafter: -

Brother Archibald Graham Burton Mason No 27

Brother Sidney Yeoman No 28 were raised to the third Degree or the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the brethren there being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

6th May 1954

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  The Bro Director of Ceremonies introduced and presented a Deputation form Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 headed by Bro MacMillan their RWM.

The RWM on behalf of the Celtic Lodge extended a cordial welcome to the visitors.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Henderson of St Andrew Lodge No 560 from Ottowa Canada.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

Deputation to Langside Lodge No 955 Glasgow headed by the RWM.

Where the Celtic Lodge had worked a Third Degree.

The RWM of Langside Lodge No 955 thanked Bro Sibbald and the Office Bearers of the Celtic Lodge who had taken part in the working of the Degree and stated that he had received reports that it had been an excellant performance.

The RWM reported that he had the pleasure to communicate to the Brethren the honour which had been received by Bro Henry Laird who was Piper to the Clan Robertson and who had acted as Official Piper at the launching of the New Turbine Cargo Steamer Ship the Clan Robertson at Greenock on the 17th March 1954.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Abbey Parish Church the RWM headed a Deputation for a service held on behalf of Waverly Lodge No 597 on Sunday 28th March 1954.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Baldred Lodge No 313 North Berwick.

Mary Chapel-1  Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Holyrood House St Luke No 44.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Leonards Lodge No 1283 Newington.

Bro George Longmuir No 29 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and was welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed.

27th April 1954

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all the visiting Brethren and the folling distinguished visiters were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Bro Alexander F Buchan Grand Secretary and PM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Harding Past Depute Grand Master of New South Wales.

United Grand Lodge of England  Worshipful Bro R J Gibson Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies United Grand Lodge of England and Past Provincial Grand Warden Province of Northumberland. 

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Robertson RWM of Trinity Lodge No 885.

alt  Bro Anderson RWM of St David's Lodge No 36.

151 Lodge Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Bro Gilchrist PM of Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  Bro Pilchard PM of St James Operative Lodge No 97.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  Bro Denham PM of Tyneside Lodge No 714 East Linton.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

2 LodgeConongate Kilwinning No 2  Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

151 Lodge Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151  Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151.

97 Lodge St James Operative 97  St James Operative Lodge No 97.

alt  Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

69 Lodge Alloa No 69  St Leonards Newington Lodge No 1283.

United Grand Lodge of England  Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187.

Bro J R Sibbald PM Director of Ceremonies introduced and presented to the RWM a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyme EC headed by their Worshipful Master Bro A Williams.

the RWM on behalf of the Celtic Brethren extended a warm and sincere welcome to the Deputation on their annual visit to the Celtic Lodge.

Bro James Cochrane Sibbald No 30 Bro Jan Eilif Lehmkuhl Stoud Platon No 31 and Bro George Hoare Hunter No 32 were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed. 

10th May 1954

The Bro Secretary as instructed by the RWM reported to the Meeting what had transpired at the last Meeting of the General Committee of the Lodge and gave details of the Recommendation which it had been agreed at the Meeting should be made to the Members of the Lodge.

 

The RWM thereafter read to the members and gave details of the report received from Architect and opened the meeting for general discussion.

After considerable discussion Brother Alexander W Johnstone moved that the General Committee of the Lodge should be instructed to peruse matters further in an endeavour to raise money for the Building Fund including Brother A M Ross’s proposal with regard to the Celtish ? Society and that the members should accept the General Committee’s recommendation.

This Motion was seconded by Brother H G Toombs thereafter Brother E D Watt PM stated that the motion should be qualified in that the General Committee should report their progress to the Members in a year’s time.

The RWM intimated that Bro J W Swanson had suggested that a Savings Stamp Book should be received by Members of the Lodge which could be stamped if they so desired from time to time by way of a donation to the Building Fund.

This was agreed and each Member present at the Meeting received such a Savings Stamp Book.

The Bro Secretary was instructed to send out a Billet to Members of the Lodge who were not present at the Meeting enclosing a Savings Stamp Book.

It was decided that the present Social Committee shoul continue in Office as recorded. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

5th October 1954

The Lodge was opened in due form by RWM Bro Alexander Bade the following visiting Brethren were invited to the East.

Bro Isaac PM of Stanley Wykeham Lodge No 6599 EC.

Bro T C Deigh of Highhead Lodge Seirra Leone Lodge No 997.

Apologies from 14 Brethren.

The Minutes of the 6th and 27th April 1954 were read and approved.

Reports of visitations to the following Sister Lodges.

Cannongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2. St James Operative Lodge No 97. Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5.

The Bro Secretary read an invitation from Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge No 10 to the RWM and invite him to bring a deputation from the Celtic Lodge to attend a Church Service to be held in the west Parish Church Old Edinburgh Road Dalkeith on Sunday 17th October 1954 at 3 pm.

 

Mr William Kidd Mason No 33 was made an entered apprentice freemason and welcomed by the Brethren.

Applications were read on behalf of 6 Candidates and forwarded to the enquiry Committee. The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

19th October 1954

The RWM gave a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and the following distinguished Brethren were invited to the East.

Bro Br J F Birrell PM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

Bro R Cuningham PM Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle on Tyne EC.

Bro Hanson of Absalom Lodge No 11 Copenhagen Denmark.

Bro Edstrom of Cabioke Stoner Christianstad Lodge Sweden.

 

Apologies From 7 Brethren.

Reports visits Church Service at West Parish Church Dalkeith.

The Kings Park Lodge No 1386. St Johanns Lodge No 8 Norway. St Olansfil  de Tre Soiler Lodge Norway.

Mr Alexander Brownlie Rankin No 34 was made an enter apprentice freemason and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form. 

 

21st October 1954

The RWM reported that Brother A D Jamison PM the secretary and himself had a short meeting with Mr Murchison of the City Architects Office The purpose for which Mr Murchison and the Lodge members to discuss the re-construction to the back premises he had stated that the proposed scheme for re-construction to the front of the building was ready for submission to the town committee and there was the question of light Mr Murchison had further stated however that nothing had really been done yet.

The widows of Brothers George D Newsome and Brother G A Lamont the secretary reported to the meeting that both Mrs Lamont and Mrs Newsome had been granted an annuity from the Scottish Masonic Benevolent fund.

The RWM reported that the Annual Whist Drive would take place on 10th December 1954 it was decided that the necessary arrangements should be left to the Social committee.

The Committee had considered the Office Bearers for 1954/1955 and unanimously resolved to forward their recommendation to the Lodge at the next meeting the meeting was closed by RWM Brother Alexander Robert Bade.

2nd November 1954

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all the visiting Brethren.

The minutes of the meeting held on the 5th and 19th October were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges.

Hill's Gillhall Lodge No 375 Irish Constitution.

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Galashiels Lodge No 262.

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5.

Trinity Trinity Lodge No 885.

Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

Bro William Kidd Mason No 33

Bro Alexander Brownlie Rankin No 34 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

16th November 1954

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren.

The following Brethren were presented to the east:-

RWM Bro Stein of Portobello Lodge No 266. Bro Dudgeon PM of Portobello Lodge No 226.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Abbotsford Lodge No 973.

Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

Waverly Lodge No 597.

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5.

The RWM headed a deputation with 14 of the Brethren to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 English Constitution on Friday 12th November 1954.

Mr James Mitchell No 35 and Mr George Wilson Skinner were both made entered apprentice masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

18th November 1954

Brother W Gordon Seaton reports that he had contacted the printers regarding the Lodge Crest to show the correct name of the Lodge as the Celtic Lodge E & L 291 and not Lodge Celtic E & L 291 as at present.

 

7th December 1954

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren.

The following Brethren were presented to the east:- 

Bro Grey IPM Bro Stewart PM Bro Drysdale PM of Portobello Lodge No 226.

Bro W F Marshall PM Edinburgh Queens Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253.

The minutes of the meeting held on the 2nd and 16th November 1954 were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Caledonian Lodge No 392.

St James Operative Lodge No 97.

Portobello Lodge No 226.

Installation of Grand Lodge Office Bearers and Festival of St Andrews held on 30th November 1954.

Langside Lodge Glasgow No 955 on 6th December 1954.

Mr David Milne Hall No 38.

Mr Robert Turnbull No 39 were both made entered apprentice and welcomed by the Brethren.

The  Visitors retired. Lodge was passed and raised for the annual meeting and election of RWM and office bearers. 

 

21st December 1954

Installation and Festival of St John.

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren.

The following Distinguished Brethren were presented to the RWM:-

Member of Grand Committee Bro Raymond Fawcett PM of the St John's Lodge Glasgow No 3 and Bro Grand Lodge Inner Guard.

Bro Charles Wood PM Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro John Simpson RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro John T Robertson RWM of Trinity Trinity Lodge No 885.

Bro Angus MacRea RWM Bro William Smith IPM of Galashiels Lodge No 262.

Bro W F Marshall PM Bro S Baillie PM of Queens Edinburgh Rifles Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Bro J Lyndsay Orr PM of Kilwinning Lodge No 4 Glasgow.

Bro Worling RWM of Services Lodge No 1291.

Bro Dundas RWM of Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro Drysdale RWM of Langside Lodge No 955 Glasgow. 

Bro T Gavin PM Kirkhill Lodge No 1230.

Reports of visitations to Sister Lodges:-

Galashiels Lodge No 262.

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

Solomon Lodge No 1209.

 

The Bro RWIM then called upon Bro D of C to present the RWM elect Bro George Henry Sankey who then took the oath of office and was installed RWM of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291.

The RWIM then Installed the Office Bearers in their respective Offices.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form. the Brethren then adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated.

 

11th January 1955

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and thanked the Celtic Brethren for their continued support.

The RWM referred to the sad loss of Bro R S Brydon PM who died. The RWM requested the Brethren to remain upstanding for one minute in silence in memory of our late Brother.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Trinity Trinity Lodge No 885.

St John's Lodge No 32 Selkirk.

The business of the evening was the working of a Mark Degree.

The RWM called upon Bro E D Watt PM to constitute a Mark Lodge the Mark Degree was conferred on the following Brethren:-

Bro Alexander Sangster Hamilton No 4.

Bro John Ritchie No 16,

Bro Sidney Yeoman No 28.

Bro James Cochran Sibbald No 30.

Bro Jan Eilif Lehm Kuhe PLaton No 31.

Bro George Hoare Hunter No 32 and they were all welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

1st February 1955

The RWM referred to the sad loss the Lodge had sustained through the death of Bro Colin W Mackenzie and requested the Brethren remain upstanding for a minute in silence in memory of our late Brother.

Bro Briggs PM of Ladywell Lodge No 3480 English Constitution.

Bro McBride PM of Cramond Lodge No 1341 both were invited to the east.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

St Clair Lodge No 349.

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 their Burns and Hogg Festival.

 

Bro James Mitchell No 35.

Bro James Archibold Weldram No 36.

Bro George Wilson Skinner No 37 were all passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

15th February 1955

The RWM invited the following distinguished Brethren to the East:-

Bro Milne RWM St John's Fisherrow Lodge No 112.

Visits to Sister Lodges:-

St John's Fisherrow Lodge No 112.

Melrose Lodge No 1.

 

Bro David Milne Hall No 38.

Bro Robert Turnbull No 39. Both were passed to Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

1st March 1955

The RWM opened the Lodge in due and solemn form and welcomed the visiting distinguished Brethren were presented to the East. Bro Pollock RWM of Kirknewton and Ratho No 85. Bro Napier IPM Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

The RWM intimated to the Brethren the proposed visitation by a deputation from St Reglilus Lodge No 77 Cupar Fife 0n the 15th March 1955.

 

Bro William Kidd Mason No 33.

Bro Alexander Brownlie Rankin No 34 were both raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

15th March 1955

The RWN extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren. Bro R Hume PM of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate No 5. Bro Reid PM Portobello Lodge No 226. Bro Marshall Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253. Bro McBride Concord Lodge No 1341 Bro Cunning PM Lodge No 1675 English Constitution.

Bro D of C presented a Deputation from St Reglilus Lodge No 77 headed by Bro McCulloch RWM was invited to the East.

 

Visits to Sister Lodges:- St Clair Lodge No 349.

Pedestal Lodge No 5653 English Constitution London.

Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

 

Bro James Mitchell No 35.

Bro James Archibald Meldrum No 36.

Bro George Wilson Skinner No 37 were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

22nd March 1955

Amendment to the Lodge Crest not to accept the sketch and that the Crest should be reduced in size the committee instructed the Brother Secretary to proceed with the matter.

Brother McMullen reported to the meeting the result of obtaining a new mark die and mark tokens it was decided unanimously that the standard mark die should be obtained at a cost of £20.00 Pounds and that 500 tokens should be obtained at a cost of 1/- each Brother Bade offered to design the standard mark token this was agreed by the brethren.

The General Committee to discuss the Lodge Premises that the Committee should report to the members that the return of the savings stamp books issued to be returned in view of the General Committee making their report to the Lodge.

 

5th April 1955

The Lodge was opend in due and solemn form.

The RWM referred to the Death of Bro Archer and requested the Brethren to remain up standing for a minutes silence in memory of our dear departed Brother.

 

A Deputation from Rosslyn St Clair No 606 headed by Bro Stewart RWM the RWM on behalf of the Celtic Brethren extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren.

 

The minutes were read and approved.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1253.

Colinton and Currie Loge No 1029.

Mr Eric Herbert Tombs was made an entered apprentice and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was close in due form.

 

19th April 1955

The RWM opened the Lodge in due and solemn form and gave a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren.

The RWM referred to the sad loss by the Death of Brother Robertson and requested the Brethren to remain upstanding for a minutes silence in memory of the late Brother Robertson.

 

Bro Webster RWM of Melrose Lodge No 1 Bis. Bro Donaldson RWM of Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253. Bro Smith IPM of Galashiels Lodge No 262 were presented to the East.

The Bro D of C Bro George H Spittal introduced an presented to the RWM a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyne English Constitution.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Colinton and Currie Lodge No 1029.

Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

Rosslyn St Clair Lodge No 606.

Caledonian Lodge No 392.

 

Bro David Milne Hall No 38.

Bro Robert Turnbull No 39 were both raise to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

7th June 1955

Committee meeting the RWM opened the meeting at 7 30 pm prompt.

The RWM reported to the meeting the fresh developments which were in course of negotiation in regard to the premises in the Lawnmarket. 

It was unanimously decided by the members present at the meeting that a report to the Lodge should be delayed until the result was ascertained and that a meeting of the General Committee should be called as soon as there was anything to report.

Meantime the Bro Secretary was instructed to contact the Members of the Lodge accordingly.

4th October 1955

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The Minutes of the 5th and 19th April 1955 were read and approved.

The Bro Secretary intimated that the Metropolitan District Committee would be making its Annual Visit to the Celtic Lodge on 1st November 1955 In accordance with Grand Lodge Law.

Mr Adam Logan No 41 was made an entered apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren. He then signed the Roll of Members.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

18th October 1955

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

Mr David Thomas Davies No 42 was made an entered apprentice Freemason and was welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

25th October 1955

The RWM Brother George H Shankley reported that he was informed by Brother Bade IPM the premises had been inspected by representatives on behalf of the Historic Buildings Council.

Brother Bade was in touch with the Secretary of the Council who informed him of the agenda for the October meeting with the Council but as it had not been reached it was to be placed again on the agenda for the November meeting.

1st November 1955

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

Bro George Watt PM of Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

The Minutes of meetings held on 4th and 18th October 1955 were read and approved. Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

Langside Lodge No 955 Glasgow.

The RWM reported that a Deputation to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyne English Constitution would take place on Friday 11th November 1955.

Bro Adam Logan No 41.

Bro David Thomas Davies No 42 both were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

15th November 1955

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

Bro Leicth PM of St Ebbe Lodge No 70.

Bro Dundas IPM Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro Marshall PM of Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Operative Lodge No 47 Dundee.

Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Bro D of C introduced and presented a Deputation from Galashiels Lodge No 262 headed by Bro McRae RWM.

Bro Adam Logan No 41 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and was welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

17th November 1955

Brother Alex R Bade IPM reported that he had ascertained that a meeting of the Historic Buildings Council was to be held to-morrow 18th November the question of the Lawnmarket Premises to be on the agenda for the meeting he had spoken with both the secretary and assistant secretary who seemed to be going out of their way to do what they can in the matter they said it would be a good idea for the members of the Council to have photographs of the Building.

Brother Bade received a phone call from the Secretary asking him to let him have a note of the present balance of credit of the Lodge Building Fund Brother Bade also stated that if requested had the Council’s approval at the meeting the decision would be sent to the Ministry of works in London who had the last word.

 

6th December 1955

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

Bro Segger PM of St James Operative Lodge No 97.

Bro McLeod RWM Bro McLaren IPM Bro McIntosh PM of Rifle Lodge No 405. 

Bro Liss PM of Aspiration Lodge English Constitution.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Langside Lodge No 955 Glasgow for the Installation and Festival of St John.

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots No 1253.

St James Lodge No 125 Newton on Aye.

St James Operative Lodge No 97.

St Stephen Lodge No 145.

Bro David Thomas Davies No 42was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

20th December 1955

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

Bro George Moodie PM of Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

Member of Grand Lodge Committee Bro Dr Alexander F Buchan Grand Secretary.

Bro C G Bowman RWM of Trinity Trinity Lodge No 885.

Bro Philip Robertson RWM Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro J Tavendale PM Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro R J Scott RWM Langside Lodge No 955 Glasgow. 

Bros Archibald PM and Bro Segger PM of St James Lodge No 97.

Bro Strang PM Services Lodge No 1291.

Bros George Watt PM and W F Marshall PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Westmere Lodge No 333 New Zealand.

Clement Lodge No 688 Aberdeen.

Watsonian Lodge No 1375. Solomon Lodge No 1209.

Bro F Buchan RWIM. The RWIM declared all offices vacant and appointed his WSW WJW and Inner Guard.

The RWIM Bro Buchan then called upon the Bro D of C to present the RWM Elect. The usual Charges and regulations were read and assented to Bro James Grant RWM was installed in the Chair of Solomon.

The proposed Office Bearers for 1955 - 1956 list as follows:-

RWM

Brother James Grant.

DM

Brother David D Hamilton.

SM

Brother F Calder Sibbald.

IPM

Brother George H Sankey.

WSW

Brother J W Swanson.

WJW

Brother R B Smith.

Secretary

Brother T K Francis.

Treasurer

Almoner

Brother William Carswell.

Brother .

Chaplain

Brother .

Senior Deacon

Brother W J Mitchell.

Junior Deacon

Poet Laureate

Brother Colin G Forrest.

Brother .

D O C

Brother Alexander R Bade PM.

Sword Bearer

Brother W Gordon Seaton.

Standard Bearer 1

Standard Bearer

Brother W A Grieg.

Brother George H Hunter. 

 

 

Physician

Brother James R Sibbald.

Jeweller

Architect

D O Music

Organist

Piper

Bible Bearer

Marshal

Brother .

Brother Frank Ashton.

Brother J Ritchie.

Brother Andrew M Ross.

Brother Henry Laird.

Brother Albert E Mitchell.

Brother Angus M Ruthven.

Inner Guard

Tyler

Stewards President

Steward V President

 

Brother James Jamieson.

Brother Alexander Bremner.

Brother W H R Laird.

Brother George H Syme.

 

Committee

 

 

All Office Bearers

 

All Past Masters

   
 

 

 

The RWM received the Emblem of Authority from the RWIM who was warmly thanked by the RWM for his kindness for carrying out the ceremony.

Other Committee of Enquiry:  First Eight Office Bearers.

The RWM and guests adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated.

 

10th January 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

Bro T B Ainslie RWM of Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots No 1253.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

St James Operative Lodge No 97.

Caledonian Lodge No 392. The RWM called upon Bro ED Watt PM to constitute a Mark Lodge. The Mark Lodge being constituted Bro Watt RWMM called on his Mark officers to take up their respective places and the following Brethren were given their Mark Masters Degree:-

Bro Archibald Graham Burton Mason No 33.

Bro Alexander Brownlee Rankin No 34.

Bro James Mitchell No 35.

Bro James Archibald Meldrum No 36.

Bro George Wilson skinner No 37.

Bro Robert Turnbull No 39.

Bro David Thomas Davies No 42.

Bro Robert Roge De Fence of Clla St John's Kilwinning Lodge No 6 Inverness. The Mark Lodge was thereafter closed.

31st January 1956

Brother Alex R Bade reported that along with Brother Shankey and Brother Seaton had a meeting with Mr Sharps and Mr King of the Historic Building Committee on the 20th January 1956 at this meeting they discussed the approximate cost to make the Building be structurally sound and the centre stair case have free access Brother Bade said he felt that the position was most hopeful but what we would have to exercise more patience and await further developments after Mr Sharp responded back to the Historic Buildings Committee.

 

7th February 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro Watson RWM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

Bro Haxel PM of Rifle Lodge No 405.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

St John Jedbrugh Lodge No 104 who held a Ball.

Solomon Lodge No 1209.

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5.

St Johns Operative Lodge No 97.

Colinton and Currie Lodge No 1029.

Heart of Midlothian Lodge No 832.

Roman Eagle Lodge No 160. Grand Lodge Masters Dinner. Mr Arthur Owen Hazel was made an entered apprentice Freemason signed the Roll and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

21st February 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro McKenzie RWM of St Columba Lodge No 1294.

Bro Hazel PM of Rifle Lodge No 405.

The Bro D of C introduced and presented a Deputation from St James Operative Lodge No 97 headed by Bro Simpson RWM.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Brotherly Love Lodge No 1428.

St Stephens Lodge No 145.

The Candidate for the Second Degree was retired. 

Bro Arthur Owen Hazel was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and Welcomed by the Brethren.

 

6th March 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro J Tilley RWM of St Andrew Lodge No 48.

Bro Hazel PM of Rifle Lodge No 405.

Bro Marshall PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

The Minutes of the meetings held on 7th and 21st February 1956 were read and approved.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Mother Kilwinning Lodge No 0.

St Kentigern Lodge No 429.

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

St Leonaeds Newington Lodge No 1283.

Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5.

Waverly Lodge No 597.

The Bro Secretary read a letter from the Secretary of the McIver Golf Cup Competition with regard to entry forms.

The RWM reported for the corroboration by the Lodge that while Bro Eric Herbert Tombs No 40 an Army apprentice who was admitted and initiated as an entered apprentice Freemason on the 5th April 1955 and passed to the Fellow Craft Degree at the heart of Midlothian Lodge No 832 at the regular meeting on the 6th September 1955 was home on leave a letter of request signed by the RWM and Wardens and dated 4th February 1956 had been sent to the Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253 to confer as a favour the Third Degree on Bro Tombs at the meeting of the Lodge on the 9th February 1956 in terms of Grand Lodge Law.

The RWM further stated that a letter had been received from the Secretary of Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253 dated 11th February 1956 reporting that as requested. Bro Tombs had been duly raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

Bro Arthur Owen Hazel No 43 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren. Bro Arthur was on the 16th February 2016 presented with his 60th anniversary certificate in Freemasonry.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

20th March 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

V W Bro Leslie Milton Midge Office Bearer Grand Lodge of New South Wales.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

Holyrood House St Luke Lodge No 44.

Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 CLX.

Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

 

Mr Peter Simpson No 44.

Mr William Duncan No 45 were both made entered apprentices and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

3rd April 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro Robertson RWM Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro Dr Truper PM of Son of the Soil Aberdeen Lodge No 1451.

 

The Minutes were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Bro George H Shankey IPM St Leonards Lodge No 580 Loanhead Lasswade.

St James Lodge No 97. Scotia Regia Lodge No 1345 Church Service.

 

Ballot was held for candidates No 47 48 49 50 51.

A report will be made at made at next regular meeting.

Bro Peter Simpson No 44. Bro William Duncan No 45 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

11th April 1956

A letter dated 11 02 56 from Mr Sharp of the Historic Building Committee was read where in it was stated that the Lodge would have to obtain authority from the dean of Guild for the proposed structural alterations before the Historic Building Committee could proceed any further the mater it was agreed that Brother Bade should approach Brother Forrest regarding preparation of the necessary plans for presentation of the petition to the Dean of Guilds the RWM advised the Committee that the authorities of St Giles Cathedral were interested in the Lawnmarket Premises and that a meeting with them was agreed that the RWM should pursue further and report back to the Committee.

 

A Letter from the Secretary of St John Lodge Mid Calder No 272 inviting the RWM with a Deputation to visit them on Tuesday 1st May 1956 was read. It was agreed to accept the Invitation.

The Secretary read a letter from the Secretary of the Rifle Lodge No 405 requesting the Celtic Lodge to confer the Third Degree on Bro George Barrie jr Bro Barrie was initiated on the 21st December 1953 and passed on the 4th January 1954. It was agreed this request be granted.

 

17th April 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro Gilbert Murray Rennie PM of Manawato Kilwinning Lodge No 47 New Zealand Constitution.

Bro Cameron RWM Water of Leith Lodge No 1267.

Bro Boyne RWM St Clair Lodge No 349.

Bro Robertson RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro Baillie IPM St David Lodge No 36.

Bro McIntosh PM the Rifle Lodge No 405.

Bro Donaldson RWM of Roman Eagle Lodge No 160 CLX.

Bro D of C presented a Deputation headed by W M Bro Askell RWM of the Eldon Lodge No 3187 New Castle upon Tyne E C.

 

Bro Peter Simpson No 44.

Bro William Duncan No 45.

Bro Barrie jr of the Rifle Lodge No 405 were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

25th June 1956

The RWM reported that he had made further contact with Dr Whitley and had a letter from the Session Clerk of St Giles stating that the Church was no longer interested after some discussion it was agreed to comply with the requirements of the Historic Building Council for Scotland It was moved by Brother Bade that Colin Forrest be asked to prepare plans for a warrant for the Dean of Guilds Court a cost of £8,000.00 Pounds seconded by Brother W Seaton to be placed before the committee and the members of the Lodge.

25th September 1956

Minutes of Business Meeting held within the refectory of St Johns Chapel.

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 10th May 1954 were read and PM Grand Inspector of Workings and Officer. approved.

Bro Alexander Bede PM said he agreed to comply with the requirements of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland.

Bro Colin Forrest was preparing plans for a warrant for the Dean of Guilds.

After a full discussion Bro McMillan moved that full powers be given to the General Committee to go ahead with the present arrangements this was seconded by Bro Speirs. 

 

2nd October 1956

Mr Alexander Bruce Aitken No 46 Mr Alexander Mclean No 47 Mr Walter Howden Spence No 48 were entered apprentice Freemasons and welcomed by the Brethren. There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

16th October 1956

The RWM welcomed the Celtic Brethren and a very warm welcome to the visiting Brethren as follows.

Bro Stevenson RWM St Stephens Lodge  No 145.

Bro McIntyre PM Inveraray St John Argyll and the Isles No 50.

Bro P S Mackie PM St Columba Lodge No 1294.

Reports of visitations to Sister Lodges. Trafalgar Lodge No 223. Dunedin Caritas Lodge No 1316.

Bro Andrew Ross is to be have Honorary Membership of Watsonian Lodge bestowed on Thursday 25th October 1956.

Bro Alexander Aitken No 46

Bro Alexander Mclean No 47

Bro Walter Howden Spence No 48 were passed to the fellow craft degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The General Committee were given full powers to go ahead with arrangements on the Lawnmarket.

 

6th November 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro Harvey PM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro Henderson PM of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5.

Bro Bailey PM of Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Liberton Lodge No 1201.

Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Sciots Lodge No 1253.

Dunedin Lodge No 1316. Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Ladywell Lodge No 4380 E C.

 

The Celtic Lodge E & L 291 was honoured by a visit of a Deputation from Grand Lodge Committee of Metropolitan Lodges headed by Bro W Laird Chairman of the Metropolitan District Committee.

 

Bro Alexander Bruce Aitkenhead No 46.

Bro Alexander McLean No 47.

Bro Walter Howden Spence No 48 were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

20th November 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro John Hazel PM the Rifle Lodge No 405.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

St Clair Lodge No 349.

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots No 1253.

The RWM headed a Deputation to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 E C Newcastle upon Tyne.

Mr Fredrick Joseph Little No 49.

Mr George Adam Whittle No 50.

Mr James Wight No 51 were all made entered apprentice Freemasons signed the Roll of Members and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form. 

 

4th December 1956

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro George Watt PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:-

Rosslyn St Clair Lodge No 606.

392 Lodge Caledonian Lodge No 392  Caledonian Lodge No 392.

 

The Minutes of the meetings held on  6th and 20th November 1956 were read and approved.

Bro Fredrick Joseph Little No 49.

Bro George Adam Whittle No 50.

Bro James Wight No 51 were all passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

Bro F Buchan RWIM. The RWIM declared all offices vacant and appointed his WSW WJW and Inner Guard.

The RWIM Bro Buchan then called upon the Bro D of C to present the RWM Elect. The usual Charges and regulations were read and assented to Bro James Grant RWM was installed in the Chair of Solomon.

The proposed Office Bearers for 1956 - 1957 list as follows:-

RWM

Brother David D Hamilton.

DM

Brother Vacant.

SM

Brother J W Swanson.

IPM

Brother James Grant.

WSW

Brother R B Smith.

WJW

Brother W J Mitchell.

Secretary

Brother T K Francis.

Treasurer

Almoner

Brother William Carswell.

Brother James R Sibbald.

Chaplain

Brother W Gordon Seaton.

Senior Deacon

 Brother Colin G Forrest.

Junior Deacon

Poet Laureate

Brother James Jamieson.

Brother W R McCulloch .

D O C

Brother George H Shankey.

Sword Bearer

Brother W H Laird.

Standard Bearer 1

Standard Bearer

Brother Sidney Yeoman.

Brother John Murray. 

 

 

Physician

Brother Alexander R Bade PM.

Jeweller

Architect

D O Music

Organist

Piper

Bible Bearer

Marshal

Brother Iain C MacMillian.

Brother George H Hunter.

Brother J Ritchie.

Brother Andrew M Ross.

Brother Henry Laird.

Brother P Stewart Paton.

Brother John A Davidson.

Inner Guard

Tyler

Stewards President

Steward V President

 

Brother W A Greig.

Brother Alexander Bremner.

Brother W H R Laird.

Brother George H Syme.

 

Committee

 

 

All Office Bearers

 

All Past Masters

   
 

 

 

The RWM received the Emblem of Authority from the RWIM who was warmly thanked by the RWM for his kindness for carrying out the ceremony.

Other Committee of Enquiry:  First Eight Office Bearers.

The RWM and guests adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated. 

 

15th January 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro Arthur Symington RWM Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro Fowlis IPM Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro Henderson PM St David's Lodge No 36.

Bro John Hazel PM Rifle Lodge No 405.

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of 18th December 1956 were read and approved.

Reports of Visits to Sister Lodges.

St James Lodge No 93 on 26h December 1956. Royal Thistle Lodge No 1338 on 8th January 1957. Caledonian Lodge No 392 on 12th December 1956.

Queens Edinburgh Rifles Lodge No 1253. Dunedin Lodge No 1316 St Andrew Lodge No 48.

Abbotsford Lodge No 937. Brotherly Love Lodge No 1428.

The RWM reported that a Film show held by the Lodge in Clan Hall No 2 Rutland Place Edinburgh showing a Film of Bro Alex Wharrie and Bro James Jamieson trip to Australia was very much enjoyed by a large audience.

A Mark Degree was conferred on the following Brethren.

Bro Arthur Owen Hazel No 43 Bro Peter Simpson No 44 Bro William Duncan No 45 

Bro Alexander Bruce Aitkenhead No 46 Bro Walter Howden Spence No 48.

Bro Ekow Peter Barnes of harmony Lodge No 1448 S C Freetown Sierra Leon as requested in terms of Grand Lodge Law No 159.

The Mark Lodge was then closed by Bro William McKenzie Reid PM.

The Bro Secretary read out dates for Initiations and Affiliation

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by the RWM Bro D D Hamilton.

 

5th February 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro Waddington PPSGD Lodge No 7356 EC Bro Ainslie RWM St Andrew Lodge No 1360

Bro Gerrard RWM St James Lodge No 97 Bro McGregor RWM Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

The Minutes of the meetings held on  6th and 15th January 1957 were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: St Stephens Lodge No 145 Colinton & Currie Lodge No 1029Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 Defensive Band Lodge No 15.

The RWM presented Master Mason Diplomas to Bro P Simpson W Duncan.

Bro John H Leask No 171 was Obligated Affiliated Member and was welcomed by the Brethren.

Mr George Dickson No 52 and Mr Thomas Simpson No 53 were both made Entered Apprentice Freemasons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by Bro D D Hamilton RWM.

 

19th February 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro T Sutherland RWM St Andrew Lodge No 48 Bro Gibson RWM St Columba Lodge No 294 Bro J Sutherland PM St Andrew Lodge No 48.

Bro James Wilson PM Brotherly Love Lodge No 1428.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: St David's Lodge No 78 Dundee Bro George Hunter Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 RWM to Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

Caledonian Lodge No 392 St John's Corstorphine No 788 Solomon Lodge No 1209.

Bro George Dickson No 52 and Bro Thomas Simpson wer passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by Bro D D Hamilton RWM. 

 

5th March 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro John Hazel PM Rifle Lodge No 405 Bro James McLean PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles Royal Scots No 1253 Bro Robert Napier PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles Royal Scots No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

St Andrew Lodge No 48 Corlea Lodge of Belfast Marys Chapel Lodge No 1.

The RWM read a communication from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle Upon Tyne intimating their annual visitation on 2nd April 1957.

This is a very interesting date this coming April 2017 will be also their annual visitation meeting and will make 70 Years of both Celtic and Eldon Lodges continued visits in Scotland and Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The Minutes of the meetings held on  6th and 15th January 1957 were read and approved.

Bro Fredrick Joseph Little No 40 Bro George Adam Whittle No 50 and Bro James Wight No 51 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by Bro D D Hamilton RWM. 

 

2nd April 1957

St John’s Chapel St John Street Edinburgh

The RWM Brother David D Hamilton Presiding and 11 Office Bearers and Brethren as per attendance book The RWM extended a cordial welcomed the visiting brethren and the following distinguished visitors were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

Brother J C H Chisholm

WM Lodge Victory No 3986 English Constitution

Brother S Baillie

PM Queens Rifles the Royal Scots No 1253

Brothers J B Tapman

RWM

L G Greenslade

PM St John’s Corstorphine No.788

Brother S G Schrender

PM Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate No 5

Brother D Wilson

IPM Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151

Brother George Shankley

PM

Director of Ceremonies introduced and presented the WM and his deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle Upon Tyne English Constitution Headed by Their Worshipful Master Brother Turnbull The RWM on behalf of the Celtic brethren extended a warn and sincere welcome to the Eldon Deputation and this being the Ten Years Anniversary of the visitations between each of the Lodges.

The Brother Secretary then took apologies and the reports of the Brethren visiting sister Lodges.

The RWM stated a motion of the special byelaws of the Lodge to be amended Brother E D Watts proposed and Brother J Sibbald seconded the same.

The candidate was tested and retired the Lodge was raised thereafter brother George Dickson No 527 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

The Lodge having no further business the Lodge was then closed in due and solemn form.

16th April 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

Bro J Henderson PM Daley Blair Lodge No 290 and No 5.

Bro George Sankey DOC presented the RWM and his deputation from Lieth and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro David P Scott.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: Colinton and Currie Lodge No 1029 St Leonards Lodge No 1283 Newington.

Bro Thomas Simpson No 53 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge having no further business the Lodge was then closed in due and solemn form.

 

1st October 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro A G Symington RWM from Caledonian Lodge No 392 Bro McIntyre PM St John's Lodge No 5.

Bro Stein PM Portobello Lodge No 226.

Bro Marshall PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles Royal Scots No 1253.

Bro Semple PM St Leonards Lodge No 1283.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Kirkliston Maitland No 482 Services Lodge No 1291 Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 Caledonian Lodge No 392 St David's Lodge No 36.

St Stephens Lodge No 145 St John's Fisherrow No 112 St Colunba Lodge No 1294.

Edinburgh Defensive Band Lodge No 151 Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

The Church Service in St Giles Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

St Leonards Lodge No 1283.

The RWM referred to the sad loss of Bro Sandy Bremner our Lodge Tyler the RWM requested the Brethren to be upstanding for a minutes silence.

Mr George Charles Goodbrand No 55 was made an entered apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren.

The RWM presented Master Masons Diplomas to the following Brethren:

Bro Arthur Owan Hazel No 43 Bro W H Spence No 48 Bro George  Adam Whittle No 50 Bro James Wight No 51 Bro George Dickson No 52 Bro Thomas Simpson No 53.

Mark Master Masons Diplomas to Bro Arthur Owan Hazel No 43 Bro Peter Simpson No 44 Bro W H Spence No 48.

The Lodge having no further business the Lodge was then closed in due and solemn form.

 

15th October 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Deputation from Services Lodge No 1291headed by RWM Bro V W de Lorey.

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to the Deputation and to all visiting Brethren.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

St Mary's Inverness Lodge No 339 Services Lodge No 1291 St Stephens Lodge No 145 Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots No 1253. 

Mr John Birnie No 56 was made an entered apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren. 

The Lodge having no further business the Lodge was then closed in due and solemn form. 

 

31st October 1957

Committee Meeting.

Brother Sibbald that Brother Colin Forrest had not produced the appropriate plans and had not replied to correspondence from Brother Secretary but Brother Forrest had asked that his account be paid by the Lodge it was asked of Brother Forrest to forward these plans so his account could be paid the Sum of £20.00 Pounds.

The RWM and Office Bearers names were forwarded to the meeting of 5th November 1957 to be approved by the Brethren.

 

5th November 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 1st and 15th October were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Watsonian Lodge No 1375 Edinburgh Defensive Band 151 Rifle Lodge No 405

Caledonian Lodge No 392 Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

A Deputation of full Kilted Brethren visit to Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 headed by RWM Bro D D Hamilton.

The Lodge was honoured by a visit and Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland Committee annual visitation.

Mr George Charles Goodbrand No 55 was made an Entered apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge having no further business the Lodge was then closed in due and solemn form.

 

9th November 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 5th November were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Abbotsford Lodge No 937 Caledonian Lodge No 392 Rifle Lodge No 405

 

Bro George Charles Goodbrand No 55 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge having no further business the Lodge was then closed in due and solemn form.

 

3rd December 1957

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 19th November were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro G Symington RWM of Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro G Watt PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Bro S Baillie PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

St Peter Montrose Lodge No 120 St David's Lodge No 78 Dundee.

St John's Corstorphine Lodge No788 Watsonian Lodge No 1375.

The RWM headed a Deputation to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle Upon Tyne EC. Brotherly Love Lodge No 1428 St Leonards Lodge No 1283 Newington.

Mr James A C Batchin No 58 was made an entered apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren.

The  RWM intimated the Lodge was about to go into session for the Election of Office Bearers and extended to the visiting Brethren an opportunity to retire if they wished to do so and they would wait and join in a short harmony after the close of the business. Most of the visitors accepted and retired.

 

The Bro Treasurer William Carswell presented the accounts for the year ended on the 15th October 1957 and expressed his appreciation to Bro William Johnstone for the excellent work he had done as President of Stewards.

The Lodge proceeded to the Election of RWM and Office Bearers for the year 1957/58.

 

Hours of Meeting in terms of No 2 of the Lodge Special Bye Laws. The RWM intimated that the Regular Meetings of the Lodge during the year 1957/58 would commence at 7.15pm the RWM expressed his thanks to the Past Master and Office Bearers of the Lodge for their Loyal Support and assistance he received during the past year.

 

The Lodge having no further business the Lodge was then closed in due and solemn form.

 

17th December 1957

The Installation and Festival of St John.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 19th November were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro William Scott RWM Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 Bro T L Slater PM Eldon Lodge No 3187 EC and Bro J Galloway RWM Lodge No 1.

The Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd December 1957 were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: Watsonian Lodge No 1267 St Stephens Lodge No 145.

Caledonian Lodge No 392 Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scotts Lodge No 1253.

Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

The Annual Certificate Charter Constitution and Laws of Grand Lodge of Scotland a copy of the Bye Lows of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291 were laid upon the table.

The Bro DOC presented the Master Elect Bro W Gordon Seaton to the East who was installed as RWM his Office Bearers were duly installed in their respective Offices.

The proposed Office Bearers for 1957 - 1958 list as follows:-

RWM

Brother D Gordon Seaton

DM

Brother Francis Calder Sibbald.

SM

Brother J W Swanson.

IPM

Brother D D Hamilton.

WSW

Brother W Douglas White.

WJW

Brother William M Carswell.

Secretary

Brother T K Francis.

Treasurer

Almoner

Brother A Bruce Aitkenhead.

Brother James R Sibbald.

Chaplain

Brother William HR Laird.

Senior Deacon

 Brother James Jamieson.

Junior Deacon

Poet Laureate

Brother William Greig.

Brother Vacant.

D O C

Brother George H Shankey.

Marshal

Brother Arthur Owen Hazel.

Standard Bearer 1

Standard Bearer

Brother John Waterson.

Brother Walter H Spence. 

 

 

Physician

Brother Alexander R Bade PM.

Jeweller

Architect

D O Music

Organist

Piper

Bible Bearer


Brother Vacant.

Brother George H Hunter.

Brother J Ritchie.

Brother Andrew M Ross.

Brother Henry Laird.

Brother P Stewart Paton.

 

Inner Guard

Tyler

Stewards President

Steward V President

 

Brother Sidney Yeoman.

Brother Alexander Bremner.

Brother William Johnstone.

Brother George H Syme.

 

Committee

 

 

All Office Bearers

 

All Past Masters

   
 

 

 

The RWM received the Emblem of Authority from the RWIM who was warmly thanked by the RWM for his kindness for carrying out the ceremony.

Other Committee of Enquiry:  First Eight Office Bearers.

The RWM and guests adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated.

 

7th January 1958 

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren and thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 17th December 1957 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

No Visitors or Deputations.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Heart of Midlothian Lodge No 832. Caledonian Lodge No 392. Canongate & Leith L & C Lodge No 5.

The Bro Secretary read a letter from the Masters and Past Masters Association inviting all Master Masons to a Masonic Quiz on Friday 17th January 1958.

The RWM intimated that a Church Service would be held on Sunday 9th February 1958 in South Leith Parish Church to Commemorate their 150th Anniversary of Trafalgar Lodge No 223.

 

A Mark Lodge was then constituted.

The RWM called upon Bro E D Watt PM constitute a Mark Lodge and the following Brethren were conferred with a Mark Degree:

Bro George Longmuir No 29 Bro Alexander McLean No 47.

Bro George Adam Whittle No 50 Bro James Wight No 51 Bro George Dickson No 52.

Bro Thomas Simpson No 53 Bro George Thomas Goodbrand No 55 and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge having no further business the Lodge was then closed in due and solemn form By RWM Bro W Gordon Seaton.

 

4th February 1958

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 7th January 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro Burrows RWM Caledonian Lodge No 392 Bro Dawson RWM Edinburgh Queens Rifles Lodge No 1253.

Bro Robertson RWM Dunedin Lodge No 1316. The Bro DOC presented a Deputation from St Clair's Lodge No 349 headed by Bro T Murphy RWM. The RWM on behalf of the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge extended a cordial welcome  to the Deputation.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Dunedin Lodge 1316 Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 To a Burns and Hogg Festival.

When honorary Membership was conferred on the Lord Provost of Edinburgh Bro Ian Johnston Gilbert PM of Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1.

The RWM stated how happy and pleased we all the Brethren were to have Bro James Sibbald PM back at the Lodge again after his sever illness.

The RWM Bro W Gordon Seaton closed the Lodge in due and solemn form.

 

18th February 1958

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 7th January 1958 were read and approved.

The Bro DOC presented a Deputations from: Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Roy RWM who was invited to the East.

Bro John Birnie No 56 Bro A McClaymont Batchin No 58 Bro Robert Hogg No 59 and Bro Howden Spence No 60.

Who were all passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren. 

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM Bro W Gordon Seaton.

 

4th March 1958

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 4th 9th 18th February 1958 were read and approved.

The Bro DOC presented a Deputations from: Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 headed by Bro Roy RWM who was invited to the East.

Bro J Leask PM of Canongate & Leith L & C Lodge No 5.

Bro C Symington PM of Caledonian Lodge No 393.

The Bro DOC presented a Deputation from Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 headed by RWM Bro R Innes Turnbull.

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to the Deputation.

Bro James A C Batchin No 58 Bro Robert Hoggan No 59 were both raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM Bro W Gordon Seaton.

 

12th March 1958

Brother Andrew Ross gave a report a suggestion of the future of the Lawnmarket Premises at a meeting with Mr Robertson of Mid Lothian Council The main suggestion was that the Lodge Premises be gifted to the Mid Lothian County Council and in return the Lodge would be allowed use of the Chapel and the refectory for all time after some time it was agreed that Brother Alexander Bade and Brother Andrew Ross should have a meeting with Mr Robertson and report back to the General Committee.

 

18th March 1958.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 4th March 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro Miller PM of Kirkliston Maitland Lodge No 482.

Bro Ainslie PM Edinburgh Queens Rifle the Royal Scotts Lodge no 1253. Bro A Watt PM Edinburgh Queens Rifle the Royal Scotts Lodge no 1253.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Kirkliston Maitland Lodge No 482. Duneddin Lodge No 1316.

Light of Burma Lodge No 5081 EC. Elicision Lodge No 1031 SC.

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro George Sankey DOC introduced and presented to the RWM a Deputation from Blackridge Lodge No 1145 headed b their RWM Bro J M McGregor.

Bro Condie PM of Lodge No 1149 and Honourable Marshall Bro G L of Scotland.

Bro Watson PM of Lodge No 1149 and PGS GL of Lanarkshire.

Bro Lattshreif PM of Lodge 1149 Honorary Member of Lodge No 145.

 

Bro John Birrie No 56 and Bro Howden Spence No 60 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business for the good of Freemasonry the Lodge was closed in due form by RWM Bro W Gordon Seaton. 

 

1st April 1958.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 18th March 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro Ian King Gillies PM Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2. Bro R W Cooper RWM Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

Bro Soloman PM Roman Eagle Lodge No 160. Bro T McGregor IPM Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

Bro G Baillie PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: St James Lodge No 97.

 

The RWM presented Master Mason Diplomas to the following Brethren:

Bro George Charles Goodbrand No 55. Bro James Batcin No 58. Bro Robert Hoggan No 59.

Mark Master Mason Diplomas to the following Brethren:

George Longmuir No 29. Bro Alexander McLean No 47. Bro George Adam Whittle No 50.

Bro James Wight No 51. Bro George Dickson No 52. Bro Thomas Simpson No 53. 

Bro George Charles Goodbrand No 55.

 

The main business of the evening was to Enter Mr Henry Williamson No 63. Mr Williamson was made an Entered apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren. bro Henry signed the Roll of Members.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

3rd April 1958

The Secretary had no communication from Brother Forrest re any plans.

The RWM reported that the subcommittee had a very satisfactory meeting with Mr Robertson of Lothian Borders Constabulary and a number of alterations for the general committee to consider.

Brother Alex Bade outlined these briefly as gifting the property in exchange for it being put in good order or the Lodge to have the use of the same for meetings on stipulated nights or in exchange for alternative Premises in another part of the City.

After some discussion it was agreed that they should retain the Main Property for our exclusive use and to offer the Box Factory.

It was also agreed that the Sub Committee should include Brother E D Watt and that a further meeting should take place with Mr Robertson.

 

15th April 1958.

Special Meeting of the Eldon Lodge No 3187 visit from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

 

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 1st April 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro R Denholm RWM St Leonards Lodge No 1283.

Bro George Sankey PM DOC introduced and presented  to the RWM a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle Upon Tyne E C headed by their Worshipful Master Bro Hannant. The RWM on behalf of the Brethren extended a warm and sincere welcome to the Deputation.

 

The RWM reported that he had led a Deputation of 20 Brethren of the Celtic Brethren to Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 on the 8th March 1958.

The main business of the evening was to pass to the Fellow Craft Degree the following Brethren:

Bro George Melrose No 61. Bro George Melrose Junior No 62. Bro Henry Williamson Melrose No 63 were all passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

In closing the RWM invited all the Brethren to the harmony festival board.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

22nd April 1958

The RWM indicated that contact had been made with the Cockburn Association related to an enquiry regarding our intentions for the future of our Premises in the Lawnmarket the position was lined out to them and they expressed a desire to be kept informed of any change that may arise.

Brother Bade reported on a meeting which he had held with Mr Robertson Depute Clerk to the MCC and Clerk to the Lothian and Peebles Constabulary when RWM Brother A Ross were also present.

Mr Robertson indicated that the Property by Fishers Close-Melbourne Place and Victoria Street with the exception of one major Property had been or would shortly be acquired the intention was to demolish the back or re-erect a centre block This would leave the Historic section of our Property more or less isolated.

It was suggested that the Lodge put forward proposals to the MCC suggesting a method of dealing with this point in relation to the development.

At a meeting on the 11th April 1958 to obtain further information it was established this.

1. Shortly all the Properties in the area apart from 291 holding would belong to MCC.

2. Existing Building will probably be demolished with the exception of Maclochs Property.          

3. The frontage of this section will be restored.

4. It is proposed to re-house MCC and Lothian Peebles Constabulary at this location.

Scheme will probably be put to the architects for competitive designs.

Possibly two and probably five years will elapse before work will proceed.

Location of the cloakroom facilities etc could not be established until plans were agreed

In the event of Deacon Brodies House being acquired it would be restored.

Whilst MCC had powers covering compulsory acquisition with compensation by arbitration it was not known what arbitration would be undertaken by various associations and the Historic Buildings, Cockburn Saltire and finally the Secretary of State for Scotland.

It was not visualized by Mr Robertson that there powers would ever be invoked.

Brother Bade put forward four proposals for the brethren to consideration: -

A. We could hold on to our property or endeavour to carry out our own Scheme

B. We could sell the Castle Box Works to the MCC in return for making sound the adjoining part left after demolition of the Box Works and hold on to the Deacon Brodies House which could be reconstructed as a Lodge this would mean Architectural planning.

C. We could negotiate a sale over the whole properties to the MCC provided that in return we were able to obtain a long lease say 99 years of the accommodation we need a small rental one condition could be that the Chapel would only be used by the Lodge top floor only.

D. That all Properties to be sold to MCC and we carry on with our tenancy at No 2 Lodge

The Money received for property going into the Building Fund, which should be built up for any future proposals, which might arise.

 

5th May 1958 continued Report of 22 April 1958.

Brother Aitkenhead queried the condition of the property and the cost to put it in order.

Brother Bade reported that the approximate cost would be in the region of £8,000.00 Pounds that the Historic Buildings Committee might possibly grant £1,500-£2,000.00 Pounds.

The Property was acquired for £1,075.00 Pounds in 1946 After a lengthy discussion it was agreed by the meeting that Brother Secretary should send a carefully worded letter to the to the Secretary of the Mid Lothian CC explaining our difficulties of making concrete proposals to them until we know what they required from us to hold a business meeting of the Lodge on Monday 5th May 1958 and to put forward to the members the recommendation by the general committee of proposal “C”

Brother Treasure reported to the committee re the recent scare of the financial position of the Amicable Building Society in the press and the future of our investments in the Society was discussed.

It was agreed that there was no need for withdrawal in view of the assurance given by the Amicable to investors.

 

7th October 1958.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the previous premises meetings and 1st 15th April 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro Ferriday RWM Services Lodge No 1291. Bro G Scott PM Hartfell Lodge No 728 Dumfriesshire. Bro Brown RWM St James Operative Lodge No 97. Bro H Laird PM Canongate & Leith L & C Lodge No 5.

The RWM presented installed Masters Diploma to Bro David D Hamilton IPM.

 

Bro George Melrose No 61. Bro George Melrose Junior No62.

Bro Henry Williamson Melrose No 63 were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

21st October 1958.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the previous property meetings and 1st & 15th April 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro McNaught RWM St Ronan's Lodge No 856 Roxburgh. Bro Lawson IPM Kirkliston Maitland Lodge No 482.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: St Ronan's Lodge No 856. Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

Dunedin Lodge No 1316. Canongate & Leith L & C Lodge No 5. Rifle Lodge Ni 405.

St Leonard's Lodge No 1283 Newington. The RWM headed a Deputation to St James Lodge No 97.

Church Service to Commemorate the 150 Anniversary of Portobello Lodge No 223 12th October 1958.

 

Mr Robert Simpson No 64 was made an entered Apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM W Gordon Seaton.

 

29th October 1958

The RWM reported that he had received a phone call from Mr Robertson MCC about a report from the district value on the Lawnmarket Premises.

Stating that the Value of the building was of the nature of £100.00 Pounds Sterling.

Brother Andrew Ross reported to the meeting that there was a possibility that a newly formed Society which is interested in the Property and might purchase and give us a tenancy the committee resolved that nothing could be done.

The recommendations of the RWM and Office Bearers for the Year 1958-1959 was to be past to the next meeting of the Brethren.

 

4th November 1958.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the previous meetings 21st October 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro E Scott RWM Hartfell Lodge No 728.

Bro G Watt PM QER Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Bro T Lindsay DM Caledonian Lodge No 392. Grand Lodge of Scotland visit and Deputation from Grand Lodge Committee of the Metropolitan Lodges headed by Bro Cohen accompanied by Bro Colonel A G Campbell who were received in due and solemn form and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Robert Simpson No 64 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Hiddleston reported that he visited Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM W Gordon Seaton.

 

18th November 1958.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the previous meetings 4th October 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro C Burrough RWM Caledonian Lodge No 392. Bro S Baillie PM QER Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Bro D Bell PM St Kentigern Lodge No 429 Penicuik.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: Royal Thistle Lodge No332. Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Kentigern Lodge No 429 Penicuik. QER Royal Scots Lodge No 1253. The Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle Upon Tyne.

 

Bro Robert Simpson No 64 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM W Gordon Seaton.

 

2nd December 1958

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 4th and 18th November 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

No Presentations.

Report The Bro Treasurer A B Aitken lead a presentation of the Accounts for the Year to 31st May 1958 which were approved by the Brethren.

 

 The Election of RWM and Office Bearers for the Year 1958-1959 the Brethren unanimously elected Bro James W Swanson as RWM for the ensuing Year the Office Bearers were voted on block.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM W Gordon Seaton.

16th December 1958

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 2nd December 1958 were read and approved.

The Installation and Festival of St John.

The minutes of the 19th November were and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro King Gillies PM Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Bro M R Dawson IPM Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Bro S Baillie PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253. 

Bro G Watt PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Bro A Symington IPM Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro Burns RWM Trinity-Trinity Lodge No 885.

Bro Hutton RWM Galashields Lodge No 262.

Bro Farriday RWM Services Lodge No 129.

Bro Tilley PM St Andrews Lodge No 48.

Bro Bell PM St Kentigern Lodge 292 Penicuik.

Bro Archibald PM Polkemmet Lodge No 927.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Watsonian Lodge No 1267.

Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

The Annual Certificate Charter Constitution and Laws of Grand Lodge of Scotland a copy of the Bye Lows of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291 were laid upon the table.

The Bro DOC presented the Master Elect Bro James Swanson to the East who was installed as RWM his Office Bearers were duly installed in their respective Offices.

The proposed Office Bearers for 1958 - 1959 list as follows:-

RWM

Brother James Swanson

DM

Brother W J Mitchell.

SM

Brother W Douglas White.

IPM

Brother Vacant.

WSW

Brother William M Carswell.

WJW

Brother R B Smith.

Secretary

Brother T K Francis.

Treasurer

Almoner

Brother A Bruce Aitkenhead.

Brother J R Sibbald PM.

Chaplain

Brother John Strachan.

Senior Deacon

 Brother William Grey.

Junior Deacon

Poet Laureate

Brother Sidney Yeoman.

Brother James Jamieson.

D O C

Brother D D Hamilton PM.

Marshal

Brother A J Ross.

Standard Bearer 1

Standard Bearer

Brother Walter H Spence.

Brother George Whittle. 

 

 

Physician

Brother Alexander R Bade PM.

Jeweller

Architect

D O Music

Organist

Piper

Bible Bearer


Brother Vacant.

Brother George H Hunter.

Brother J Ritchie.

Brother Andrew M Ross.

Brother Henry Laird.

Brother P Stewart Paton.

 

Inner Guard

Tyler

Stewards President

Steward V President

 

Brother Arthur Owen Hazel.

Brother Alexander Bremner.

Brother Robert Hoggan.

Brother Vacant.

 

Committee

 

 

All Office Bearers

 

All Past Masters

   
   

 

The RWM received the Emblem of Authority from the RWIM who was warmly thanked by the RWM for his kindness for carrying out the ceremony.

Other Committee of Enquiry:  First Eight Office Bearers.

The RWM and guests adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated.

 

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM James W Swanson. The Brethren then adjourned to the refectory to the Festival of St John.

6th January 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 16th December 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

No presentations.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Caledonian Lodge No 392. Canongate and Leith L & C Lodge No 5.

Heart of Midlothian Lodge No 832.

The Main business of the evening was to confer the Mark Degree on the following:

Bro A Birrell No 13. Bro C H Toombs Junior No 40. Bro F J Little no 49.

Bro J A Batchin No 58. Bro Robert Hoggan No 59.

Bro George Melrose No 61. Bro George Melrose Junior No 62. Bro Henry William Melrose No 63.

Bro Robert Simpson No 64.

Bro G Shankey RWMM and his Mark Masters team conferred the Degree on all the Brethren they were all welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM James W Swanson.

 

20th January 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 6th January 1958 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro F Hepburn RWM Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Watsonian Lodge No 1375. Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro Alexander Barclay N0 55 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

3rd February 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 20th January 1959 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-

Bro S A Benka Coker OBE PM District Grand Chaplain Sierra Leone.

Bro P Fraser RWM St Leonards Lodge Newington No 1283. Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Melrose Lodge No 1Bis. St Kentigern Lodge No 429.

Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 on the occasion of their Burns and Hogg night.

Solomon Lodge No 1209. Bro Alexander Barclay No 65 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM James W Swanson. 

 

17th February 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 3rd February 1959 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro G G Dudgeon PM DM Portobello Lodge No 226.

Bro A Robertson PM Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

The RWM to the Grand Lodge Quarterly Meeting on 5th February 1959.

The RWM welcomed Bro R D Smith back to the Lodge  after his recent illness and called upon Bro George Sankey PM to install Bro Smith to the Office of WJW. Which was duly carried out.

 

The Main business of the evening was to give the candidate:

Mr Stanley Smith No 67 was then given the Entered Apprentice Degree and was welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM James W Swanson. 

 

3rd March 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 3rd February 1959 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro McMurdie PM Lodge No 3701 EC.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

St Stephen's Lodge No 145. Liberton Lodge No 1201.

 

A letter was read by the Brother Secretary from Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2 that the Celtic Lodge should vacate their premises not later than 28th May 1960.

Brother Sibbald moved that an approach be made to Lodge No 2 asking them to meet a deputation of our Lodge with a view to retaining an extension of our tenancy in the meantime to explore every other avenue for alternative accommodation seconded by Brother A Hood.

A counter Motion was made by Brother William Mitchell that we explore all other avenues before we approach Lodge No 2 re an extension of our tenancy in the meantime we should acknowledge their letter this counter motion was carried by a majority vote a sub-committee was formed to go into the matter and report to the next general meeting on 23rd March 1959 The RWM-Secretary- Ex offices- William Seaton PM William Mitchell DM and R Hogan it was agreed that the letter from No 2 should be read at the next Lodge meeting.

Bro Stanley Smith No 67 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM James W Swanson. 

23rd March 1959

Brother Wm Seaton reported on the position of the Lawnmarket Premises and money that a Building Society be instructed to make a survey and give a valuation on the Silver Slipper.

It was agreed that Brother Hogan should arrange this valuation Brother Hogan reported that the Building was in good condition and the Value was £4,250.00 Pounds as a commercial property a load of £2,250.00 Pounds repayable at a weekly rate of £4:9s:2d over 15 years was suggested although not confirmed.

Brother Alex Bade reported that he had phoned the Historic Building Council and that was informed that the Lawnmarket Premises still come up at their meetings and is left pending.

Silver Slipper scheme after considerable discussion Brother Watt moved that the Silver Slipper scheme be dropped entirely this was seconded by Brother Sibbald and was carried unanimously an appreciation of all the hard work done on this project by Brother Wm Seaton and Brother Hogan.

Brother Grant moved that modified plans be drawn up and put the Lawnmarket in working order. This was seconded by Brother W Mitchell and carried unanimously by the brethren.

The question of life membership was discussed but it was agreed to consider this proposal at a latter committee meeting.

 

7thApril 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 17th February 1959 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro J H Walker PM New York City Lodge No 206.

Bro T Robertson PM Newbattle St Mary's Lodge No 1063.

Bro G Watt PM QER the Royal Scots No 1253.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: 

Rifle Lodge No 405. Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

 

D D Hamilton PM DOC introduced and presented to the RWM a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 EC Newcastle Upon Tyne headed by their Worshipful Master Bro J D Wright.

The RWM on behalf of the Brethren extended a very warm welcome to the Deputation. 

The main business of the evening was to raise Brother Stanley Smith No 67  Bro Smith was then raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

The Bro Secretary was instructed to write to the Historic Building Council informing them that we proposed to carry out our intention to occupy our property at Brodie's Close and that our position had now been cleared with regard to the Town Planning.

Bro Seton was asked to contact Bro Alexander Bade to see what could be done to expedite plans for the Dean of Guild's approval.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by the RWM Bro James Swanson.

 

7th May 1959

The RWM reported that he had phoned Brother Alex Bade re the position of the plans for the Lawnmarket and Brother Bade had discussed the matter with Brother White the Architect but nothing can be done until Brother Bade rough plans of what was required.

Brother Andrew Ross requested permission for Messer Wm Black and son Builders to use the Box Factory as a store during the alterations at the Lawnmarket Premises permission was unanimously granted on condition that the property was maintained in good order and we reserve the right to terminate the tenancy if we wished to do so the secretary was instructed to write a letter with effect.

Brother Secretary was instructed to write to the Historic Building Council informing them that we propose to carry out our intension to occupy our property at Brodies Close and that our position had now been cleared with regards to the Town Planning.

Brother Seaton was asked to contact Brother Alex Bade to see what could be done to expedite plans for the Dean of Guilds approval.

16th July 1959

Brother Alex Bade reported on the update position of the plans for the Lawnmarket Premises Brother Secretary read a letter from the Historic Building Council acknowledging Plans to go ahead with the Lawnmarket Property.

23rd September 1959

Brother Alex Bade submitted a sketch plan of the proposed alterations to the Property at Brodies Close No 304 Lawnmarket for submission to the Dean of Guild Court The Plans prepared by Messer Donald Whiteburn and partners were unanimously approved It was agreed that Brother Secretary write a letter to the Cockburn Association advising them of our proposal to occupy the Lawnmarket Premises.

 

6th October 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 7th April 1959 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro T Lindsay RWM and Bro A N Lindsay DM Caledonian Lodge No 392.

 

The RWM reported the Death of Bro W T Millar. Also the Death of Mrs Carswell Wife of our Senior Warden. The Brethren stood for a Minutes Silence.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: Lodge Numbers as follows 339 EC, 382,832,1375,937,36,1316,226,97,160,580,1428,1294,2.

 

Mr John Rowlands No 66 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Singed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

10th October 1959

The RWM held a Committee Meeting to Discuss the best method to encourage the Brethren to attend the Lodge. Bro Ritchie's proposal that a Sub-committee be formed to go unto the matter more thoroughly  and report back to the General Committee was agreed to unanimously.

The recommendations for the RWM and Office Bearers were forwarded to the Regular Meeting for approval.

 

20th October 1959.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 10th October 1959 were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro Duprey from Lodge No 1293.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Caledonian Lodge No 392.

Bro Alexander Bade reported to the meeting with the Dean of Guilds to the plans for our premises in the Lawnmarket 3rd October 1959.

 

The RWM presented an Installed Master's Diploma to Bro W Seaton IPM.

Master Masons Diplomas to the following Brethren:

Bro R Hoggan No 49 Bro George Melrose No 61 Bro R Simpson No 64 Bro A Barclay No 65 Bro S Smith No 67 and Mark Master Masons Diplomas to Bro F J Lekle No 48 Bro Robert Hoggan No 49 Bro George Melrose No 61 Bro J Batchin No 58 Bro R Simpson No 64 Bro Alexander Preacher No 172 was Obligated an affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge and welcomed by the Brethren.

Mr William McNeill No 68 and Mr Alistair Ross Davidson No 60 were made Entered apprentice Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM Bro James W Swanson. 

 

3rd November 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 20th October 1959 were read and approved.

 

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro Kenneth Suttie RWM St Clair Lodge No 249.

Bro Thomas Edgar RWM Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

The Candidates were retired to be prepared for the Second or Fellow Craft Degree.

Bro William McNeil No 68 and Bro Alistair Ross Davidson No 69 were both passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

Reports to Sister Lodges Bro Sid Yeoman to St Stephen Lodge No 145.

Bro Andrew Ross to Roman Eagle Lodge CLX No 160.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM Bro James W Swanson. 

 

17th November 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 3rd November 1959 were read and approved.

 

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro R Mullier PM Kirkliston Maitland Lodge No 482.

Bro G Watt PM EQR The Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

 

On behalf of Bro Ian MacMillan Bro William Gordon Seaton PM Presented to the RWM a Silver Frame to hold the Charter of the Celtic Lodge E & L No 291.

The RWM accepted the gift and reported that it should be suitably in scribe and that the Bro Secretary write and thank Bro Ian MacMillan for his generous gift to the Lodge.

 

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Marys Chapel Lodge No 1 Portobello Lodge No 226 Brotherly Love Lodge No 1428.

Caledonian Lodge No 393. Annual visitation to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Bro John Rowlands No 66 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and Welcomed by the Brethren.

 

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM Bro James W Swanson.

 

1st December 1959

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 17th November 1959 were read and approved.

 

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro J B Christie RWM St James Lodge No 97. Bro E N O Godenite PM Lothye Scotia Lagos Nigeria and Past Grand Chaplain G L Nigeria.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges:

Edzel Castle Lodge No 870 Watsonian Lodge No 1375 Abbotsford Lodge No 937.

Bro Alistair Ross Davidson No 69 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren. 

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by RWM Bro James W Swanson.

 

15th December 1959

The Installation and Festival of St John.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 17th November were read and approved.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:- 

Bro G Pent RWM Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 Bro T L Slater PM  Bro T Blackburn PM Lodge No 1. Bro W Tait RWM Services Lodge No 1291 Bro T Brendon Ashely Brotherly Love Lodge No 1428

The Minutes of the meeting held on 1st December 1959 were read and approved.

Reports of visits to Sister Lodges: Watsonian Lodge No 1267 St Stephens Lodge No 145.

Caledonian Lodge No 392 Queens Edinburgh Rifles the Royal Scotts Lodge No 1253.

Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

The Annual Certificate Charter Constitution and Laws of Grand Lodge of Scotland a copy of the Bye Lows of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291 were laid upon the table.

The Bro DOC presented the Master Elect Bro W Gordon Seaton to the East who was installed as RWM his Office Bearers were duly installed in their respective Offices.

The proposed Office Bearers for 1959 - 1960 list as follows:-

RWM

Brother William J Mitchell.

DM

Brother

SM

Brother F Calder Sibbald.

IPM

Brother James W Swanson..

WSW

Brother William Greig.

WJW

Brother Robert D Smith.

Secretary

Brother T K Francis.

Treasurer

Almoner

Brother J A Batchin.

Brother James R Sibbald.

Chaplain

Brother D D Hamilton PM.

Senior Deacon

 Brother Sidney Yeoman.

Junior Deacon

Poet Laureate

Brother Arthur Owen Hazel.

Brother J Jamieson.

D O C

Brother W G Seaton PM.

Marshal

Brother Arthur Owen Hazel.

Standard Bearer 1

Standard Bearer

Brother Walter H Spence.

Brother George Whittle. 

 

 

Physician

Brother D M Hall.

Jeweller

Architect

D O Music

Organist

Piper

Bible Bearer


Brother Iain C MacMillian.

Brother George H Hunter.

Brother P Hoggan.

Brother Andrew M Ross.

Brother A J Ross.

Brother P Stewart Paton.

 

Inner Guard

Tyler

Stewards President

Steward V President

 

Brother A B Aitkenhead.

Brother Alexander F Preacher.

Brother William Johnstone.

Brother George H Syme.

 

Committee

 

 

All Office Bearers

 

All Past Masters

   
 

 

 

The RWM received the Emblem of Authority from the RWIM who was warmly thanked by the RWM for his kindness for carrying out the ceremony.

Other Committee of Enquiry:  First Eight Office Bearers.

The RWM and guests adjourned to the refectory where the Festival of St John was celebrated.

 

5th January 1960

The RWM Bro William J Mitchell conveyed to the Brethren the Seasons Compliments.

The Minutes of 15th December were read and approved.

Reports: Lodge No 1375 Lodge No 160 Lodge 392 Lodge No 5 Lodge No 1253 Lodge No 1291 Lodge No 832.

A Mark Lodge was formed and the following Brethren were instructed:

Bro David Milne Hall No 38 Bro A Barclay No 65 Bro John Rowlands No 66 Bro Stanley Smith No 67 Bro William McNeill No 68 Bro A R Davidson No 69 and were welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

19th January 1960

The RWM opened the Lodge in due and Solemn form. 

The following Brethren were invited to the East:

Bro W Hervey PM Lodge No 2 Bro Schroderer PM Lodge No 5 Bro J Hazel PM Lodge No 405.

Reports: Lodge No1428.

Mr William White No 70 and Mr Thomas Hume No 71 were made entered apprentices and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

2nd February 1960

The  Lodge was open in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the January were read and approved.

Reports: Lodge No 1283 Lodge No 429 Lodge No 392 Lodge No 160 Lodge No 1291 Lodge No 2.

Mr Fredrick Joseph Little No 72 was made an entered apprentice Mason and welcomed by the Brethren. The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

16th February 1960

The  Lodge was open in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 2nd February 1960 were read and approved.

The following Brethren were invited to the East:

Bro W B Ritchie RWM Caledonian Lodge No 392 Bro F L Lindsay IPM 392.

Bro George Watt Q E R the Royal Scots Lodge No 1253.

Bro J Hazel PM Rifle Lodge No 405.

Bro William White No 70 Bro Frederick Joseph Little No 73 were assed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren. There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

1st March 1960

The  Lodge was open in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 16th February 1960 were read and approved.

The following Brethren were invited to the East: Bro T Fowler RWM Lodge No 1267.

Bro Brown IPM Lodge 1267. Deputation to Lodge No 8 25th February 1960.

Bro Thomas Hume was raised to the Sublime Degree f a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

15th March 1960

The  Lodge was open in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The minutes of the 1st March 1960 were read and approved.

The following Brethren were invited to the East: Bro Tom Blackburn PM Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 and Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge. A report of visit Lodge No 5 on 8th March 1960.

 

The RWM intimated to the Lodge that the Historic Building Council had informed us that the Minister of Works was prepared to make a grant of £3,000.00 towards the work which we intend to carry out in our premises in the Lawnmarket and that a Business meeting would be held on 24th March 1960.

Bro Fredrick Joseph Little was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

 

 

 

 

24th March 1960

Meeting held at 28 Charlotte Square Edinburgh the minutes of the previous the meeting were read and approved the RWM read a letter from Historic Building Council for Scotland and the Ministry of Works where the Lodge was offered the magnificent sum of £3,000.00 Pounds towards the works at Brodies Close Lawnmarket.

The RWM asked Brother Alex Bade PM to report and clarify our position to date of our premises This having been done the RWM opened the meeting for discussion and proposals for raising the balance of the cash needed for our scheme It was unanimously agreed that we accept the Grant Offered and that we start immediately to raise the monies a sale of work next week will help A special committee of Brothers Ord Speirs and Batching was formed to help in all the schemes in raising the monies required The Brothers that attended the meeting numbered 43 a very good turnout.

 

20th September 1960

The RWM reported that the Ladies would hold a sale of work in the Central Hall Tollcross on Saturday 26th November 1960.

 

It was hoped that Mr Merrilees Chief Constable of Lothian and Peebles Constabulary would open the sale Brother Alex Bade reported good progress was being made preparing schedules for the Lawnmarket Premises and that when completed to be forward to the Ministry of Works for approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren and to the Celtic Brethren he thanked them for their continued support.

The following distinguished visitors were invited to the East:-