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Minutes of C L 291 from 1965 - 1975

 

 

Minutes of The Celtic Lodge E & L 291 1st January 1966 - 16th December 1975.

 

18th January 1966.

The RWM Bro Arthur Owen Hazel opened Lodge in due and solemn form.

Mr John Miller Gedrim No 101 and Mr Stanley Baird Watt No 102 were made Entered Apprentice Freemasons and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

1st February 1966.

Brother Arthur Owen Hazel presiding the RWM welcomed the visitors Apologies and Reports were taken by Brother secretary the Candidates were tested and retired thereafter: -

Brother John Miller Gedrin No 101 and Brother Stanley Baird Watt No 102 were passed to the Fellow craft Degree and were welcomed as such by the brethren.

Present at the Lodge was Brother William Hean Findlay RWM 1932-1933 now in his 90th Year and an Original Member of the Reopening of the Lodge in 1921 and who entertained us at the harmony by playing the Violin as he had done over his long membership of the Lodge there being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

15th February 1966. The RWM intimated that he had visited Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 and the he witnessed a very good working of a Third Degree.

Brother John Miller Gedrim No 101 and Brother Stanley Baird Watt No 102 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The RWM reminded the Brethren of the Jumble Sale on Friday 25th February 1966 and the Concert by the Carricknowe Boys Mouth Organ Band on Wednesday 2nd March 1966.

 

1st March 1966.

The Celtic Lodge were honoured by a Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by RW Depute Grand Master Mason Bro Harry A Barr accompanied by the RW Grand Secretary Bro Alex F Buchan RW Grand Almoner Bro John A McCormack and Bro J McDonald and were received in due and solemn form by the Brethren and welcomed by the RWM.

The emblem of authority was surrendered to Bro Barr and returned to the RWM.

Mr William Davidson No 103 was made an Entered Apprentice Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

15th March 1966.

The RWM intimated that an application for affiliation from Brother Adrian Bernhart Hommell No 177 a Lawyer Municipal Court Judge 65 Main Street Sussex New Jersey USA DOB 9th August 1903 60 years of Age Nationality Citizen of the USA Mother Lodge Samaritan No 98 New Jersey RW Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey USA Proposed by Brother Arthur Owen Hazel RWM seconded by Brother Thomas King Francis Secretary .

Application for Initiation from Mr Alexander Marshall White No 106 Catering Officer 9 Oxgangs Farm Avenue Date and Place of Birth 1st September 1927 Roslyn Mid Lothian nationality British

Proposed by Brother Alex Preacher Tyler

Seconded by Brother Charles P Burns

The RWM expressed the sincere thanks of the Lodge to Brother W Douglas White PM for the gift of New Cupboards in the Kitchen and to Brother Alex Bade PM for his Gift of New Lights in the Chapel alcoves and they were warmly applauded by the brethren there being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form.

 

5th April 1966.

Bro D o C introduced a Deputation from Kirkton Hall Lodge No 1647 headed by their RWM Bro C Dickie.

The RWM on behalf of the Brethren extended a very warm welcome of the Deputation. Bro William Davidson No 103 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

19th April 1966.

The Minutes of the meeting held on 5th April 1966 were read and approved.

The RWM called upon Bro William A Greig PM the RWMM to confer the Mark Degree on the following Brethren:

Bro S Watt Bro D Farrell Bro J Marr Bro J Gedrin and Bro W Davison after the Degree all the Brethren were welcomed by the Brethren.

 

28th April 1966. General Committee Meeting.

RWM Bro Arthur Owen Hazel presiding.

Bro Alexander R Bade recapped on the M.C.C. Scheme for the Building of their new premises adjacent to the Celtic Lodge Properties, he explained the plans and models seen at the M.C.C. Architects Office and it was agreed that the Secretary write to our Architects Donald Whithorn and partners and instruct them to act on our behalf re gates at either end of Brodie's Close.

It was agreed that the letting Committee recommendations for the Rules conditions and price for letting the premises be printed and a copy be given to each member  of the Committee.

 

The Social Committee advised on their forthcoming activities the Dance on 29th April 1966. 4th June 1966 A Treasure Hunt on the 15th May 1966.

 

6th May 1966.

Special Meeting Annual visit from Newcastle.

The Bro D o C introduced and presented to the RWM a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 English Constitution headed by their Worshipful Master Bro Alan Knox.

The RWM extended a most cordial welcome to the Eldon Lodge. Mr Alan Tuchey Hazel No 104 was Made an Entered Apprentice Freemason of the Celtic Lodge signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

The RWM intimated the Death of Bro the Earl of Eglinton and Winton Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and asked the Brethren to be upstanding to the memory of their late Brother.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

4th October 1966.

The RWM brought to the attention of the Brethren the Deacons Wands which had been renovated and Silvered and adorned with a Thistle considerably enhanced these emblems.

The cost of the renovation had been generously gifted by PM Bro William McKenzie Reid to whom he expressed the very warm thanks of the Brethren and which the Celtic Brethren heartily applauded.

The Wardens Batons had also been renovated to match the cost being met from the Fabric Funds. the RWM expressed thanks on behalf of the Brethren for the wonderful effort the Ladies who run the Cafe in the Lodge during the Festival and raised £176.

And to Bro I McMillan for conducting visitors round the Lodge premises obtaining over £26. in Donations. bro Alan Tuhey Hazel No 104 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

18th October 1966.

The Lodge was passed to the Second Degree raised to the Third. 

Bro Alan Tuhey Hazel was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

1st November 1966.

The Bro D o C introduced a Deputation from the Grand Lodge of the Metropolitan District Committee headed by Bro Harry De Loray they were received in due and solemn form.

Bro S Smith Senior Warden intimated that a Dinner Dance would be held on Friday 25th November 1966 Tickets 13/-.

 

15th November 1966.

Bro John Hamilton Lawson No 105 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

6th December 1966.

The Bro D o C introduced and presented to the RWM a Deputation from the Union Lodge No 250 Dunfermline headed by their RWM Bro Hind.

The RWM proposed Bro Robert Bryne Smith as Master Elect for the Session 1966-1967 Seconded by Bro F Calder Sibbald PM. 

 

20th December 1966. 

Installation and festival of St John held within the Celtic Chapel in the Lawnmarket Brodies Close Edinburgh.

RWM Brother Arthur Owen Hazel Presiding and other Office Bearers and Brethren as per Attendance Book.

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form The RWM extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren and brother Tom Smith RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was invited to the East as the representative of the many distinguished visitors present this being the evening of the Installation.

The usual charges and regulations were read and ascended to by Brother Robert Byrne Smith who thereupon took the Oath.

Thereafter Brother Robert Byrne Smith was Installed as the Right Worshipful Master. 

The Board of Installed Masters being closed the Lodge was resumed The Charter was entrusted to the RWM for safe keeping and copies of the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Lodge Special Bye Laws were Presented to the RWM.

The RWM Presented Brother Arthur Owen Hazel PM with the Jewel of IPM.

The RWM nominated Brother Thomas King Francis as his Depute.

Brother William J Mitchell proceeded to install the following Office Bearers.

Brother Thomas King Francis

Depute Master

Brother Stanley  Smith

Substitute Master

Brother George Whittle

Senior Warden

Brother Joseph Archbold

Junior Warden

Brother Angus McKay

Secretary

Brother Gordon N D Smart

Treasurer

Brother Wm J Mitchell PM

Almoner

Brother F Calder Sibbald PM

Chaplain

Brother Alex Speight

Senior Deacon

Brother Chrales Fisher

Junior Deacon

Brother George Hunter

Architect

Brother Iain C Macmillan

Jeweller

Brother James Mitchell

Bible Bearer

Brother Sidney Yeoman PM

Director of Ceremonies

Brother Alex Bruce

Poet Laureate

Brother Alistair Easson

Standard Bearer

Brother Abrahm Cargill

Standard Bearer

Brother Angus McKay

Sword Bearer

Brother Gavin Spiers

Director of Music

Brother Andrew M Ross

Organist

Brother Andrew J Ross

Piper

Brother Duncan McCallum

Brother James Swanson PM

Marshal

Physician

Brother Gordon Jamieson

Inner Guard

Brother Alexander F Preacher

Tyler

Brother James Swanson PM

President of Stewards

The RWIM then Address the RWM Wardens and Brethren and Presented the Mallet to the RWM.

The RWM Presented the Mallet to Brother Whigham who addressed the brethren saying how delighted he was to be with us again and his special association with the Celtic Lodge during the past year.

 

The Secretary read a letter from Grand Secretary in support of Grand Almoners Appeal to Daughter Lodges with regard to the Special Collection in Aid of the Benevolent Funds of Grand Lodge in terms of Law No 171.

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

 

17th January 1967. 

Mr Alexander Marshall White No 106 and Mr Robert Aston No 107 were both made Entered Apprentice Masons Freemasons and signed the Roll of Members and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Stanley Smith SM intimated that the Children's Party would be held on the 4th February 1967.

 

7th February 1967.

Bro Alexandre Marshall White No 106 and Bro Robert Aston No 107 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree  and were welcomed by the Brethren.

The RWM intimated that a Buffet Dance would be held on the 17th March 1967.

Bro George Whittle  thanked Bro Stanley Smith for organising such a successful Christmas Children's Party.

 

21st February 1967

Bro Alexander Marshall White No 106 and Robert Aston No 107 were raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and were welcomed by the Brethren.

 

7th March 1967.

The Bro Deacons retired to prepare the Candidate for the First Degree.

Bro Broom PM of St James Operative Lodge No 97 presented to the RWM a Very fine Tylers Sword as a replacement for the one that was stolen form the Lodge Premises.

The RWM thanked Bro Broom for this generous and thoughtful Gift. Thereafter the RWM presented the Sword to the Bro Tyler.

Mr Harold Leese No 108 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Signed the Roll of Members and welcomed by the Brethren.

The RWM informed the Lodge that the General Committee had recommended that a donation of £100. towards the erection and finishing of the New Masonic Home at Dunblane  be made to Grand Lodge of Scotland over a two year period and this should be accomplished by appealing to the Brethren to contribute a Sum of £1. each over two years. It was proposed by Bro T K Francis and seconded by Bro Gordon N D Lamont that the Lodge agree to the recommendation of the General Committee. The Lodge unanimously agreed.

Bro Joseph Archbold Junior Warden intimated that the Tickets for the Dance on the 17th March 1967 price 7/6d were now on Sale.

 

21st March 1967.

Bro Stanley Birbeck No 177 and Bro William Fowler McQueen were obligated Affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge Signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Harold Leese No 104 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and was welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Joseph Archbold Junior Warden intimated that the Dance of the 17th March 1967 was highly successful in every way and resulted in a profit of £26.10/-.

He also intimated that it was proposed to arrange a Car Rally on the 7th May 1967 and a Bus Run to Ault Whavie on the 13th May 1967.

 

4th April 1967.

The RWM intimated that Honorary Membership would be conferred upon Bro Charles Fisher by the RWM of St Andrews Lodge No 48 and invited the same Brethren to accompany him.

Bro Harold Leese No 108 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

18th April 1967.

The RWM called upon Bro F Calder Sibbald PM to constitute a Mark Lodge and the Mark Degree was conferred on the Following Brethren:

Bro Alistair Easson Bro Alan T Hazel Bro Alexander M White Bro John H L Anderson Bro Robert Aston Bro Harold Leese and all were welcomed by the Brethren.

 

27th April 1967.

This was the evening of our annual visit from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 from Newcastle Upon Tyne. The Bro D o C introduced and presented to the RWM a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 E C headed by their Worshipful Master Bro Alan Knox.

The RWM extended a very warm welcome to the Eldon Lodge on their annual visitation to the Celtic Lodge.

Mr William Goodbrand Bell was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason of the Lodge he Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

13th June 1967

The RWM Brother Robert Beryne Smith Presiding Brother D O C Introduced the following Brethren and Presented them to the RWM in the East.

Brother G W Cooper MWGM of Alabama USA
Brother Adrian B Hommel PGM New Jersey USA
Brother A Symons PM Mount Cannel Mass USA
Brother V Cohen PM Benerly Mass USA
Brother Bentley PM Continental Lodge New York City USA
Brother George Ottaway PM PGSB Granada West Indies
Brother T Smith RWM Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2

Brother R A Dalaney headed a deputation from Lodge Services No 1291.

Brother Elliot Dobbie PSGM from Grand Lodge Scotland.

Brother Adrien Bernhandt Hommell No 177 Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge and Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brtethren. Bro Adrian B Hommell Age 60 years of Age.

A Lawyer Municipal Court Judge. Bro Adrien is from New Jersey USA. From Samaritan Lodge No 98 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Sussex New Jersey. A Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey.

Brother William Goodbrand Bell No 109 was Passed to the Fellow of Craft and welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due form.

 

4th July 1967

The RWM Brother Robert B Smith Presiding The RWM reported as a matter of some urgency to discuss the condition of the building which had suffered considerable damage on 22nd of June 1967 due to the demolition of the adjacent building belonging to the Midlothian County Council Brother Alex Bade after conducting the committee to inspection of the building outlined in detailed the Architect Mr Donald P Whiteburn discussed with the officials and the contractors how to carry out the repairs to make good our building and keep us up to date with the repairs.

3rd October 1967.

Bro William Goodbrand Bell No 109 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and was welcomed by the Brethren.

The RWM gave notice that the next Regular  Meeting a motion would be proposed to the effect that the Celtic Lodge confer Distinguished Service Membership on Bro Alexander Robertson Bade PM at the regular meeting 16th January 1968.

 

17th October 1967.

Mr William Baxter No 111 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren.

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

 

7th November 1967.

Mr William Oliver Smith No 110 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Junior Warden intimated that the Christmas Dance and Draw would be held on 15th December 1967 and asked all Members to attend and the Sale of work to be held on 2nd December 1967.

 

21st November 1967.

The RWM visit to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle and they received a very war welcome and the hospitality was very well received.

A Key was presented to the RWM with the names of the Office Bearers engraved thereon. An excellent working of a First Degree was witnessed by the Brethren.

Bro William Baxter No 111 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

5th December 1967.

RWM Bro Robert Smith presiding and other Office Bearers and Brethren as per the Attendance Book.

Bro Treasurer reported that the Sale of work held on the 2nd December 1967 realised the Sum of £147.

Bro William Baxter No 111 and Bro William Oliver Smith No 110 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren.

The RWM proposed that Bro Thomas King Francis as Master Elect for the session 1967-1968 and Seconded by Bro W McReid PM. 

 

19th December 1967. 

Installation and festival of St John held within the Celtic Chapel in the Lawnmarket Brodies Close Edinburgh.

RWM Brother Robert Bryne Smith Presiding and other Office Bearers and Brethren as per Attendance Book.

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form The RWM extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren and Brother Arthur RWM of Dramatic and Arts No 757 was invited to the East as the representative of the many distinguished visitors present this being the evening of the Installation.

The usual charges and regulations were read and ascended to by Brother Thomas King Francis who thereupon took the Oath.

Thereafter Brother Thomas King Francis was Installed as the Right Worshipful Master. 

The Board of Installed Masters being closed the Lodge was resumed The Charter was entrusted to the RWM for safe keeping and copies of the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Lodge Special Bye Laws were Presented to the RWM.

The RWM Presented Brother Robert Bryne Smith PM with the Jewel of IPM.

The RWM nominated Brother James Grant PM as his Depute.

Brother William J Mitchell proceeded to install the following Office Bearers.

Brother Thomas King Francis

Brother Robert Byrne Smith

Brother James Grant PM

R-Worshipful Master 

I- Past Master

Depute Master

Brother George Whittle

Substitute Master

Brother Joseph R Archblod

Senior Warden

Brother Charles Fisher

Junior Warden

Brother Angus McKay

Secretary

Brother Gordon N D Smart

Treasurer

Brother Wm J Mitchell PM

Almoner

Brother J A Batchin

Chaplain

Brother Alex Speight

Senior Deacon

Brother Fred Little

Junior Deacon

Brother George Hunter

Architect

Brother Iain C Macmillan

Jeweller

Brother James Marr

Bible Bearer

Brother William A Greig PM

Director of Ceremonies

Brother Alex R Bade PM

Poet Laureate

Brother David Farrell

Standard Bearer

Brother Abrahm Cargill

Standard Bearer

Brother W F McQueen

Sword Bearer

Brother Gavin Spiers

Director of Music

Brother Andrew M Ross

Organist

Brother Andrew J Ross

Piper

Brother Robert Aston

Brother James A Hiddleston  PM

Marshal

Physician

Brother Alistair Easson

Inner Guard

Brother Alexander F Preacher

Tyler

Brother James Swanson PM

President of Stewards

The RWIM then Address the RWM Wardens and Brethren and Presented the Mallet to the RWM.

The RWM Presented the Mallet to Brother Whigham who addressed the brethren saying how delighted he was to be with us again and his special association with the Celtic Lodge during the past year.

The Secretary read a letter from Grand Secretary in support of Grand Almoners Appeal to Daughter Lodges with regard to the Special Collection in Aid of the Benevolent Funds of Grand Lodge in terms of Law No 171.

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

 

16th January 1968.

RWM Bro Thomas King Francis Presiding and other Office Bearers and Brethren as per the attendance book.

The RWM extended congratulations to Bro Charles Fisher Junior Warden on being promoted to Sargeant in the City Police and to Bro Alistair Easson Inner Guard on becoming the Father of a Daughter.

Mr Andrew Black No 112 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren. Bro D o C presented to the RWM Bro Alexander Robertson Bade PM to receive  a Distinguished Service Membership of the Celtic Lodge.

The RWM outlined to the Brethren Bro Bade's distinguished Masonic Career which had commenced exactly 30 years ago that evening.

The RWM invested Bro Bade with the Celtic Lodge Jewel of Distinguished Service Membership and presented to him the Diploma from the Grand Lodge of Scotland and Bro Bade was accorded the warm applause of the Brethren.

Bro Junior Warden intimated that Tickets 8/6d were available for the Burns Supper to be held on Friday 19th January 1968 at 7.30pm.

 

6th February 1968. Bro Andrew Black No112 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

The RWM announced that a Ceilidh organised by Bro Andrew Ross and Bro James Grant would be held on 24th February 1968.

 

20th February 1968.

The RWM extended to all the Visiting Brethren a warm welcome and the following Distinguish Brethren were presented to the RWM and invited to the East:

Bro J Broom PM St James  Operative Lodge No 97.

Bro R Hauston RWM Dunedin Lodge No 1316.

Bro Andrew Black was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

5th March 1968.

The Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on 20th February 1968 were read and approved.

Mr Donald James Francis No 113 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Stanley Smith announced details of the Golf competition and requested all Brethren interested to contact Bro Stanley after the meeting.

 

19th March 1968.

Bro Donald James Francis No 113 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Adrian B Hammell an Affiliate Member of the Celtic Lodge and a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey USA was presented by the RWM with a Jewel of the Celtic Lodge.

Bro Hammell conveyed  his sincere thanks and appreation to the RWM  and the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge.

 

2nd April 1968.

The RWM extended a warm welcomed to all the visiting Brethren and the following Distinguished Brethren were presented to the RWM and invited to the East:

Bro Bayne RWM St Clair's Lodge No 349. Bro J W Baillie RWM Colinton and Currie Lodge No 1029. Bro Renie PM Colinton and Currie Lodge No 1029. Bro Richardson PM St Clair's Lodge No 349. Bro Mons PM St Clair's Lodge No 349.

Bro Secretary Correspondence from Grand Lodge of Scotland regarding a Special Meeting of St Andrew's Lodge Boston USA in Lodge Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 and St John's Fisherrow No 112 and from the Firm John Massey Ltd was read by the Bro Secretary.

Bro Donald James Francis No 113 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

16th April 1968.

The RWM called upon Bro F Calder Sibbald PM to confer the Mark Degree on the following Brethren.  Bro William Bell No 109 Bro William Baxter No 111 Bro W O Smith No 110 Bro A Black 112 No and Bro D J Francis No 113.

 

26th April 1968. Special Meeting.

Bro Junior Warden announced that a Ceilidh would be held in the Thistle Room on the 25th May 1968.

Bro D o C intimated and presented to the RWM Deputations from the following Sister Lodges: City of Edinburgh Police Pipe Band headed by Bro Ridgeway PM Roman Eagle Lodge No 160. St Andrew's Lodge Dunbartonshire headed by Bro Pater RWM. The Eldon Lodge No 3187 E C Newcastle headed by their Worshipful Master Bro Bunn on their 21st Anniversary visit to the Celtic Lodge.

Mr Alistair Owen Wight No 114 Mr Ernest Hanrraty No 115 and Mr Gavin Neil Stoddart No 116 were nade Entered Apprentice Freemasons Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

1st October 1968.

The RWM extended a cordial welcome to all the visiting Brethren and the following Distinguished \\brethren were presented to the RWM and Invited to the East:

Bro T Roberts PM Abbotsford Lodge No 937. Bro Wallace PM Sim and Sector Lodge No 962 E C.

 

The RWM conferred Honorary Membership of the Celtic Lodge on Bro Allan Knox and Bro Andrew Turnbull WPMs of the Eldon Lodge No 3187 E C and presented them with Celtic Lodge Jewels and Diplomas of Honorary Membership.

Which was watched by their fellow Members of the Deputation headed by Bro Alan Knox WPM on this being the anniversary of 21 years of visitations between both Celtic and Eldon Lodges.

Bro Alistair Owen Wight No 114 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Ian MacCindlay praised the Ladies who organised lunches and Coffee during the Festival and raised the Sum of £203. and a further Sum of £33. in Donations and they received many letters of thanks from the public for conducting them around the Lodge premises.

 

15th October 1968.

The Ballot was then taken for:

Mr Cline Sidney James Quick a Bank Clark D o B 13 3 1936 Kohat India and Mr Colin Blair Archbold No 118 Commercial Artist D o B 14 11 1944 Edinburgh. The Ballot was found clear.

The RWM intimated that he would be heading a Deputation to make the Annual visit to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 E C on Friday 8th November 1968 and would ask the Brethren foe their full support.

Bro Charles Fisher intimated that the annual Dance would take place on Friday 15th November 1968 and Tickets were available at the next meeting.

 

5th November 1968.

Bro D o C introduced to the RWM a Deputation from the Masonic Members of the Heather Club headed by their Captain Bro Ned Barney who was presented to the RWM and invited to the East. 1

 

9th November 1968.

The Minutes of the meeting held on 12th November 1968 were read and approved.

Bro Ernest Hanratty No 115 Bro Gavin Neil Stoddert No 116 Bro Cline Sidney James Quick No 117 and Colin Blair Archbold No 118 were all passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and they were welcomed by the Brethren.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

 

3rd December 1968. 

Bro Ernest Hanratty No 115 Bro Gavin Neil Stoddert No 116 Bro Cline Sidney James Quick No 117 and Colin Blair Archbold No 118 were all raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and all were welcomed by the Brethren. The RWM asked the Brethren to be upstanding in silent tribute to the late Bro Earl of Belfour  and Bro Lord Elgin. The RWM proposed Bro Stanley Smith as Master Elect for the year 1968-1969 it was seconded by Bro James Grant PM. 

17th December 1968. 

Installation and festival of St John held within the Celtic Chapel in the Lawnmarket Brodies Close Edinburgh.

RWM Brother Thomas King Francis Presiding and other Office Bearers and Brethren as per Attendance Book.

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form The RWM extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren and Brother Smith RWM of Staw Lodge No 216 was invited to the East as the representative of the many distinguished visitors present this being the evening of the Installation.

The usual charges and regulations were read and ascended to by Brother Stanley Smith who thereupon took the Oath.

Thereafter Brother Stanley Smith was Installed as the Right Worshipful Master. 

The Board of Installed Masters being closed the Lodge was resumed The Charter was entrusted to the RWM for safe keeping and copies of the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Lodge Special Bye Laws were Presented to the RWM.

The RWM Presented Brother Thomas King Francis PM with the Jewel of IPM.

The RWM nominated Brother George Whittle as his Depute.

Brother F Calder Sibbald PM proceeded to install the following Office Bearers.

Brother Stanley Smith

Brother Thomas King Francis

Brother George Whittle

R-Worshipful Master 

I- Past Master

Depute Master

Brother joseph R Archbold

Substitute Master

Brother Charles Fisher

Senior Warden

Brother Fred Little

Junior Warden

Brother Angus McKay

Secretary

Brother Gordon N D Smart

Treasurer

Brother Wm J Mitchell PM

Almoner

Brother Arthur Owen Hazel

Chaplain

Brother J A Batchin

Senior Deacon

Brother Alistair Easson

Junior Deacon

Brother George Hunter

Architect

Brother Iain C Macmillan

Jeweller

Brother David Ferrell

Bible Bearer

Brother Robert B Smith PM

Director of Ceremonies

Brother Alex R Bade PM

Poet Laureate

Brother John Gedrim

Standard Bearer

Brother Andrew Black

Standard Bearer

Brother Grahan Lilly

Sword Bearer

Brother Gavin Spiers

Director of Music

Brother Andrew M Ross

Organist

Brother Andrew J Ross

Piper

Brother Harold Leese

Brother James Swanson  PM

Marshal

Physician

Brother Robert Aston

Inner Guard

Brother Alexander F Preacher

Tyler

Brother James Swanson PM

President of Stewards

The RWIM then Address the RWM Wardens and Brethren and Presented the Mallet to the RWM.

The RWM Presented the Mallet to Brother Robert Smith who addressed the brethren saying how delighted he was to be with us on this special occasion with the Celtic Lodge during the past year.

The Secretary read a letter from Grand Secretary in support of Grand Almoners Appeal to Daughter Lodges with regard to the Special Collection in Aid of the Benevolent Funds of Grand Lodge in terms of Law No 171.

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

 

21st January 1969.

The RWM Bro Stanley Smith presiding together with other Office Bearers and Brethren as per attendance book.

The RWM extended a special welcome to Bro Sibbald PM who was initiated into the Celtic Lodge in 1919 and Bro Robert Smith who was home on Holiday from Canada.

Mr Malcolm MacLean No 119 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

4th February 1969.

The RWM reported to the Brethren that Bro Harold Leese and Bro W J Mitchell PM were at present patients in the Royal Infirmary and were making satisfactory progress.

Bro Malcolm MacLean No 119 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Fred Little announced that the Social Committee had fixed dates for the functions as follows:

14th April 1969 Dance Tickets Priced 10/-.

3rd May 1969 Jumble Sale.

15th June 1969 Motor Rally and Treasurer Hunt and asked the Brethren to give support.

 

18th February 1969.

The RWM intimated that Bro W Mitchell PM and Bro Harold Leese were now out of the Royal Infirmary and on behalf of the Brethren expressed a speedy recovery to Bro Charles Fisher who had been admitted to the Western General Hospital.

The RWM announced with regret the Death of Bro David A Hall and the Brethren to be upstanding in silent tribute.

Bro Malcolm MacLean No 119 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

4th March 1969.

The RWM conveyed the congratulations of the Brethren to Bro Charles Fisher WSW on his Captaincy of the Edinburgh Police Team.

Mr Andrew Logan White No 120 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

18th March 1969. The RWM extended to all visiting Brethren a warm welcome and  a cordial welcome to Bro Adrian B Hammell Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey USA and invited Bro Hammell to assist him in the East.

The D o C presented to the RWM and invited them to the East: Bro Yorket PM No 164 New Jersey USA. Bro Keir PM Waverly Lodge No Bro T Roberts PM Abbotsford Lodge. Bro Andrew Logan White No 120 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

1st April 1969.

Bro Andrew Logan White No 120 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

15th April 1969.

The RWM attended the Grand Lodge Metropolitan District Masonic Ball accompanied by Eight of the Brethren.

The RWM intimated that Bro Harold Leese and Bro Alex Paton were making satisfactory progress in Hospital.

Mr Angus Murray No 121 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

 

25th April 1969.

Bro D of C introduced to the RWM a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 E C headed by Worshipful Bro Norman Huddart on their annual visitation to the Celtic Lodge.

The RWM was invited Bro Huddart to the East.

Bro Andrew Black acted as a Candidate for the Second Degree and was thanked by the RWM and the Brethren.

6th June 1969

The RWM invited to the East:

Dr Hanuath representing the Grand Lodge of the Netherlands also Brother Professor Rotsema Van Ect and Brother Beranece.

Brother Alistain Masson RWM Mary’s Chapel No 1

Apologies and reports where taken by the Brother Secretary.

The Lodge was raised: -

Brother Angus Murray No 121 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due form by RWM Stanley Smith.

 

7th October 1969.

The RWM called upon Bro W A Greig PM to constitute a Mark Lodge.

The following Brethren were conferred with the Mark Degree: Bro Ernest Hanratty No 115 Bro Clive Sidney James Quick No 117 Bro Andrew Logan White No 120 Angus Murrary No 121 the Mark Degree was thereafter closed.

 

24th October 1969.

The Bro Secretary Read a communication from the Bro Secretary of the Eldon Lodge No 3187 inviting the RWM to lead a Deputation to Newcastle on Friday 14th November 1969. The RWM aske for as many of the Brethren as possible to accompany him on this Occasion.

Mr Ian Easton Murray No 122 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Signed the Roll of Membership  and were welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Fred Little reminded the Brethren of the Dance on Friday 24th October and appealed for assistance and Donations for the Christmas Fair on 22nd November 1969.

 

4th November 1969.

The Bro Secretary read a communication from Mrs A I Swanson enclosing Bank Statement for the amount of £50. being the Proceeds of various efforts undertaken by the Ladies evenings.

The RWM thanked the Ladies with a warm appreciation for their help and without them the Lodge would find it hard to continue.

Bro Ian Easton Murray No 122 was assed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Iain MacMillan intimated that the Tickets were available for the Christmas Dance on the 12th December 1969 and he hoped there would be a large attendance.

 

18th November 1969.

The RWM reported on his Deputation and thanked the 12 Brethren who supported him on this occasion.

A Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by Bro Robert Burnett Acting Chairman of the Metropolitan District Committee accompanied by Bro Wigham and Bro Nesbet Members of the Grand Lodge Committee.

Bro Ian Easton Murray No 122 was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

The evenings work being over the Deputation from the Grand Lodge Committee retired to the harmony hall were the Brethren would soon meet up for the Festive Board.

 

2nd December 1969.

The RWM made a fitting reference to the Death of the Late Bro George Spittal PM a much respected and well liked Brother of the Celtic Lodge.

The Brethren were upstanding in a silent tribute.

The RWM announced that the Christmas Fair held on the 22nd November 1969 realised a Sum of £85. and this was due to the Bro Fred Little and the Social Committee and our Ladies who always help  in every way possible.

The RWM proposed Bro George Whittle as Master Elect for the Year 1969-1970 and seconded by Bro T K Francis IPM.

The Other Office Brethren as per recommendation.

Bro Fred Little reminded the Brethren of the Children's Party on the 17th January 1970. 

 

16th December 1969. 

Installation and festival of St John held within the Celtic Chapel in the Lawnmarket Brodies Close Edinburgh.

RWM Brother Stanley Smith Presiding and other Office Bearers and Brethren as per Attendance Book.

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form The RWM extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren and Brother Smith RWM of Staw Lodge No 216 was invited to the East as the representative of the many distinguished visitors present this being the evening of the Installation.

The usual charges and regulations were read and ascended to by Brother Stanley Smith who thereupon took the Oath.

Thereafter Brother George Whittle was Installed as the Right Worshipful Master. 

The Board of Installed Masters being closed the Lodge was resumed The Charter was entrusted to the RWM for safe keeping and copies of the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Lodge Special Bye Laws were Presented to the RWM.

The RWM Presented Brother Stanley Smith PM with the Jewel of IPM.

The RWM nominated Brother Joseph R Archbold as his Depute.

Brother F Calder Sibbald PM RWIM proceeded to install the following Office Bearers.

Brother George Whittle

Brother Stanley Smith

Brother Joseph R Archbold

R-Worshipful Master 

I- Past Master

Depute Master

Brother Charles Fisher

Substitute Master

Brother Fred Little

Senior Warden

Brother J A Batchin

Junior Warden

Brother Clive S J Quick

Secretary

Brother John H L Anderson

Treasurer

Brother James Hiddleston PM

Almoner

Brother James Swanson PM

Chaplain

Brother Alistair Easson 

Senior Deacon

Brother David Ferrell

Junior Deacon

Brother George Hunter

Architect

Brother Iain C Macmillan

Jeweller

Brother John Gedrim

Bible Bearer

Brother Sidney Yeoman PM

Director of Ceremonies

Brother Thomas King Francis PM

Poet Laureate

Brother Andrew Black

Standard Bearer

Brother A O Wight

Standard Bearer

Brother Angus McKay

Sword Bearer

Brother Colin B Archbold

Director of Music

Brother Andrew M Ross

Organist

Brother Ernest Hanratty

Piper

Brother W A Greig PM

Brother W D White PM

Marshal

Physician

Brother W O Smith

Inner Guard

Brother Alexander F Preacher

Tyler

Brother James Swanson PM

President of Stewards

The RWIM then Address the RWM Wardens and Brethren and Presented the Mallet to the RWM.

The RWM Presented the Mallet to Brother H V De Laney who addressed the brethren saying how delighted he was to be with us on this special occasion with the Celtic Lodge during the past year.

The Secretary read a letter from Grand Secretary in support of Grand Almoners Appeal to Daughter Lodges with regard to the Special Collection in Aid of the Benevolent Funds of Grand Lodge in terms of Law No 171.

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

 

20th January 1970.

The RWM reported that the Children's Party had been such a great success.

The RWM intimated to all who were involved especially the Ladies of the Lodge who made the Party a most enjoyable evening.

Mr James Graham Shaw No 124 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Fred Little reminded the Brethren of the Burns Supper on Friday 13rd January 1970.

Bro W Smith reported that he received a communication from Bro Adrian B Hommell our American from New York that he hoped to see us all in March of this year. 

17th February 1970.

The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 20th January 1970 were read and approved.

Bro James Graham Shaw No 124 was Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

3rd March 1970.

The RWM opened the Lodge in due and solemn form.

Bro Alexander Thallon Angus was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

17th March 1970

The RWM Brother George Whittle announced that he had received an invitation from the Midlothian County Council to be the representative of the Lodge at the opening of their New Building by HRH the Queen Mother.

Which the RWM did on the 21st April 1970 when our Gracious: -

HRH Queen Mother opened the New Midlothian County Council Building at 1 Melbourne Place Edinburgh.

 

7th April 1970.

Bro D o C presented a Deputation from St Leonards Lodge No 1283 Newington headed by their RWM Bro Kelly supported Bro GDPM Bro White and PMs Selkirk Bell Fraser Withers DM.

Mr Alexander Kenneth Caruthers No 126 and Mr Stanley Bean No 125 were made Entered Apprentice Freemasons Signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren.

The RWM asked those Brethren wishing to join the Newcastle Brethren for lunch at the Orwell Lodge Hotel on Saturday 2nd May 1970 to give their names to Bro Secretary.

Bro Batchin reminded the Brethren of the Jumble Sale on Saturday 11th April 1970.

 

27th April 1970.

Bro Stanley Bean No 125 and Bro Alexander Kenneth Caruthers No 126 were passed to the Fallow Craft Degree and were welcomed by the Brethren.

The Following Social Functions were intimated A Car Rally on Sunday 7th June 1970 5/- per Car.

Skittles Night at the Corstorphine Inn High Street on May 1970.

Golf Match against Lodge No 2 on the 1st June 1970. At Kilspindie.

The Jumble Sale made the Sum of £20:7:1d.

The RWM thanked Bro Sibbald and Bro Archbold for standing in at very short notice in the Offices of D o C and Senior Warden.

 

1st May 1970.

The Lodge was Opened in due and solemn form.

The D o C introduced a Deputation from the Eldon Lodge No 3187 on their annual visitation headed by Bro Harding W M and supported by Bro Huddart GPM Bro Turnbull PP B Deacon Chaplain & Honorary Member of Altie Lodge Bro Manh D o C.

And various other Brethren who the RWM gave the same warm welcome and asked the Distinguish Brethren to the East and other to find a convenient seat in the body of the Lodge.

Bro Stanley Bean No 125 and Bro Alexander Kenneth Caruthers No 126 were raised to the Sublime Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Fred Little intimated that the Burns Supper made a profit of £18:6:3d which the RWM thanked Bro Little for all his hard work. 

 

6th October 1970.

The RWM then intimated the Death in July of Bro D J Fraser Stoddart and also with very deep regret the Death of Bro Architect George Hunter.

The RWM gave thanks from himself and all the Brethren to the Widow and all those who attended the Crematorium. The Brethren were upstanding in silence as a Mark of respect to both our late Brothers. Bro Secretary read a communication from Grand Lodge of Scotland regarding the Festival of St Andrew to be held on Monday 30th November 1970.

 

The RWM then put forward the proposal from the General Committee that Bro George Watt PM Queens Edinburgh Rifles The Royal Scots No 1258 be made an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291.

This was seconded by Bro Bro Joseph R Archbold DM. It was agreed to confer this honour on Bro Watt on the 1st December 1970. 

The RWM announced that Members of the Police Pipe Band would work the second Degree on the 3rd December 1970.

 

20th October 1970.

The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 6th October were read and approved.

Bro Almoner reported that Bro Preacher the Lodge Tyler was making progress and hoped to be able to be allowed home soon.

The RWM announced that the annual visit to the Eldon Lodge No 3187 Newcastle and that antone wishing to go to give their names to the Bro Secretary.

 

3rd November 1970.

The Bro D o C presented a Deputation from the Edinburgh City Police Band headed by Bro G McArthur PM of Liberton Lodge No 1201 supported by Bro Ridgway PM Roman Eagle Lodge CLX and Bro Scott PM of St David's Lodge No 36.

The RWM gave the gavel to Bro McArthur and thereafter the Deputation worked a Fellow Craft Degree. The RWM thanked Bro McArthur thanked the Deputation for the very well worked Second Degree.

All retired to the refectory for the Harmony.

 

17th November 1970.

Bro William Lyle Butler No 128 Bro John W Kay No 127 were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren. Bro Iain McMillian reminded the Brethren of the Christmas Draw and Dance on Friday 11th December 1970 and that Tickets were now available.

 

1st December 1970.

The RWM proposed Bro Joseph Archbold Master Elect for the ensuing year 1970-1971 seconded by Bro W Greig PM.

Bro William Lyle Butler No 128 and Bro John Kay No 127 were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons and welcomed by the Brethren. 

 

15th December 1970. 

Installation and festival of St John held within the Celtic Chapel in the Lawnmarket Brodies Close Edinburgh.

RWM Brother George Whittle Presiding and other Office Bearers and Brethren as per Attendance Book.

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form The RWM extended a warm welcome to all visiting Brethren and Brother M Jackson RWM of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 was invited to the East as the representative of the many distinguished visitors present this being the evening of the Installation.

The usual charges and regulations were read and ascended to by Brother Walter B Dickson and Bro Joseph Archbold thereupon took the Oath.

Thereafter Brother Joseph Archbold was Installed as the Right Worshipful Master. 

The Board of Installed Masters being closed the Lodge was resumed The Charter was entrusted to the RWM for safe keeping and copies of the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Lodge Special Bye Laws were Presented to the RWM.

The RWM Presented Brother George Whittle PM with the Jewel of IPM.

The RWM nominated Brother Charles Fisher as his Depute.

Brother Arthur Owen Hazel PM RWIM proceeded to install the following Office Bearers.

Brother Joseph R Archbold

Brother George Whittle

Brother Charles Fisher

R-Worshipful Master 

I- Past Master

Depute Master

Brother Fred Little

Substitute Master

Brother J A Batchin

Senior Warden

Brother Alistair Easson

Junior Warden

Brother Clive S J Quick

Secretary

Brother John H L Anderson

Treasurer

Brother James Hiddleston PM

Almoner

Brother James Swanson PM

Chaplain

Brother David Farrell

Senior Deacon

Brother A O Wight

Junior Deacon

Brother Duncan McDougall

Architect

Brother Iain C Macmillan

Jeweller

Brother John Gedrim

Bible Bearer

Brother Stanley Smith PM

Director of Ceremonies

Brother Thomas King Francis PM

Poet Laureate

Brother Andrew Black

Standard Bearer

Brother Andrew L White

Standard Bearer

Brother Ian Easton Murray

Sword Bearer

Brother Angus Murray

Director of Music

Brother Andrew M Ross

Organist

Brother Ernest Hanratty

Piper

Brother W A Greig PM

Brother W D White PM

Marshal

Physician

Brother W O Smith

Inner Guard

Brother Alexander F Preacher

Tyler

Brother James Swanson PM

President of Stewards

The RWIM then Address the RWM Wardens and Brethren and Presented the Mallet to the RWM.

The RWM Presented the Mallet to Brother H V De Laney who addressed the brethren saying how delighted he was to be with us on this special occasion with the Celtic Lodge during the past year.

The Secretary read a letter from Grand Secretary in support of Grand Almoners Appeal to Daughter Lodges with regard to the Special Collection in Aid of the Benevolent Funds of Grand Lodge in terms of Law No 171.

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

 

19th January 1971.

Bro Joseph R Archbold Presiding together with Office Bearers  and Brethren as per attendance Book. 

The RWM intimated the Death of our Bro John Broom and asked the Brethren to be upstanding in a silent tribute. 

Mrs Swanson Treasurer of the Ladies Coffee Evening reported that they raised £18. and donated the same to the Celtic Lodge Building Fund.

The RWM congratulated the Ladies for their sterling work.

Bro Iain McMillian reported that the Christmas Draw and Dance made a profit of £124:4:10d.

The RWM advised those Brethren who had not yet obtained their Burns Supper Tickets to do so after the Meeting.

 

2nd February 1971.

The RWM announced the Death of Bro Tyler Bro Alexander F Preacher who was buried at Warriston Crematorium on 23rd January 1971.

The Brethren were upstanding in a minutes silence in Memory of our late Brother.

Bro James Taylor was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren. Bro James Taylor was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason and welcomed by the Brethren on 15th February 1971. 2nd March  1971 was a Regular Meeting as was the 16th March 1971 Bro James Wilson No130 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcomed by the Brethren.

 

30th April 1971.

Mr Philip Boland No 131 was made an Entered Apprentice Freemason Signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the Brethren. T

he Bro Secretary reminded the Brethren there was still a few Tickets left for the 150th Anniversary Diner on the 6th May 1971.

6th May 1971

This was the Re Dedication Ceremonial Anniversary meeting.

Brother Joseph Archbold RWM presiding together with other Office Bearers and Brethren as per attendance Book The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form Apologies and Reports where taken by the Brother Secretary.

The RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting brethren and Brother Donald Cattanach RWM Edinburgh Mary’s Chapel No 1 as representing of all visiting Masters and Past Masters were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

Brother Director of Ceremonies then introduced a deputation from Grand Lodge of Luxembourg headed by the: -

Grand Master Mason Brother Bernard Thomess supported by: -

Brother Tony Wehenkel IPGM also a deputation from: -

Grand Lodge of Belgium headed by Brother Clement Ceuppers The Grand Master Mason and supported by Brother Charles Wageman IPGM.

The RWM welcomed the distinguished Brethren to the East.

A Deputation from Grand Lodge of Scotland Led by: -

The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland Brother David Liddell-Grainger of Ayton C.ST.J.,DL., F.S.A. Scotland was admitted to the Lodge and the Grand Director of Ceremonies Brother Henry V De Lorey Introduced the Members of Grand Lodge Deputation to the RWM.

 

The RWM Brother Joseph Archbold welcomed the Deputation with the following words Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Brother David Liddell-Granger on behalf of myself and the brethren of the Celtic Lodge it gives me great pleasure this evening to welcome you and your fine deputation to our Lodge on this the Celebration of our 150th Anniversary and the rededication of this fine temple Over the past 150 years many Masters have offered the gavel of authority to various Members of Grand Lodge and the Metropolitan District Committee as a token of the fealty and loyalty which we in the Celtic Lodge have always felt towards the Grand Lodge of Scotland and in the coming years this fealty and loyalty will continue by our successors.

The most Worshipful Grand Master Mason gave the following address RWM I thank you for your most warm welcome to the Celtic Lodge had an original beginning in that one of the objects was to promote the manufacture of the tartans and the wearing of the Highland Dress Sir Walter Scott was in the forefront of this movement the Celtic Lodge has become known throughout the world for some 27 years it did not meet but it has a history of character the Lodge is highly spoken of and the Lodge has always promoted Freemasonry as in the Mystic tradition.

 

The Service of Rededication. Psalm 23. Opening Praise.

The Lord's my Shepherd I'll not want. Followed by Scripture Reading The Act of Rededication and the Threefold Blessing.

Psalm 122. Pray that Jerusalem may have peace and felicity. Blessing from the South. Blessing from the West Now for my friends' and brethren's sake. Blessing from the East. Address by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason. #

Paraphrase 2. O God of Bethel. Prayer of Thanksgiving. Benediction. The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason returned the Emblem of Authority to the RWM. The RWM thanked the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason.

The Lodge was closed in due and solemn from by Brother Joseph Archbold.

All the brethren present retired to the Thistle Room where an excellent meal was enjoyed by and the toasts as per Re Dedication Brochure were honoured.

 

The Menu. Hors D'oeuvres. Grapefruit Cocktail, Fruit Juice. Melon Trapp'e. 

Entrée. Hot Roast Chicken Garnished, Grilled Gammon and Pineapple, Fresh Salmon Salad, Roast and Boiled Patatoes, Carrots and Brussels Sprouts.

Sweets. Peach Melba, Fresh Fruit Salad and Cream, Meringue Glace' Tea or Coffee.

 

Toast List. The Queen and The Craft RWM Bro Joseph Roberts Archbold.

The Grand Lodge of Scotland. Bro Ro William McKenzie Reid PM.

Reply. Bro David Liddell-Granger of Ayton, C. St. J., D.L,.F.S.A. (Scot) Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason.

The Celtic Lodge. Bro Robert Burnett V. W. Grand Jeweller Chairman Metropolitan District Committee.

Reply. Bro Thomas King Francis P.M. The Celtic Lodge E & L 291. Poet Laureate.

Visiting Brethren. Bro Alistair Easson, W.J.W. The Celtic Lodge E & L 291.

Reply. Bro J Martin Jackson, R.W.M. Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.

Absent Brethren RWM Bro Joseph Roberts Archbold.

Artistes and Stewards. Bro Charles Fisher. D.M.

Reply. Bro Andrew Ross, Organist.

The Right Worshipful Master. Bro George Whittle I.P.M.

Reply. Bro Joseph R Archbold R.W.M.

 

The Celtic Lodge Edinburgh & Leith No 291. 150th Anniversary. Short Historical Sketch By Bro Thomas King Francis PM.

The First Meeting of the Lodge was held on 22nd May 1821 in the Old Freemason's Hall in the Cowgate, and was solemnly Constituted By Bro Sir Patrick Walker, Knight Usher of the White Rod for His Majesty in Scotland.

Bro Alexander Deuchars, His Majesty's Seal Engraver, and Bro Bertram.

Thereafter Bro John Ferney was installed as the First RWM of the Celtic Lodge and, with his Senior and Junior Wardens and other Office Bearers.

Entered Passed and Raised.

Mr Alexander Stewart, a Spirit merchant 188 Cowgate, a respectable Highlander of the Stewart Clan.

Alexander Stewart was the first Canidate that Petitioned for the honour of Initiation of the Celtic Lodge.

The Lodge was closed for refreshments of Sandwiches, Glenlovat Whisky and some bottles of wine generously supplied by the newly made Bro Alexander Stewart in whose house on the 20th April 1821. The petitioners of the Celtic Lodge held a meeting being actuated by a strong desire to promote the interests of Masonry in Scotland and from what they trust is a powerful motion stirred in the breast of every Scotsman to promote the manufacture of the Tartan of their native land and encourage the wearing of the Ancient Costume of their Country. It was written into the Bye-Laws of the Celtic Lodge that all Members be clothed at their own expense in the Royal Tartan in honour of their Celtic forefathers which in those day's according to the minutes, cost each Brother from £40. - £50. as appears from their clothiers' accounts and for the first 20 years the Celtic Lodge was a colourful and prominent object of admiration by their visitors and at public Masonic Ceremonies.

 

Indeed in 1851 at the laying of the foundation stone of the Glasgow Victoria Bridge, Bro Donaldson DM having been equipped in the highland grab with costly jewels of the various orders of high Masonry and being attended with a highland Swordsman the multitude mistook him for the Grand Master Mason of Scotland (The Duke of Atholl) and some cried out Hurrah while not a few hissed him for stopping the public path through Glentilt but all went off in peace and harmony.

Although the original Bye-law regarding being attired in the Highland dress appears to have ceased when the innovation of the black dress white tie and gloves was sanctioned for the founding of the Victoria Hall on 3rd September 1842, there must have been always a strong attachment to wearing the tartan as evinced in the above excerpt of 1851 and again in 1860 at the laying of the Watt Institution Founding Stone when a lady correspondent of the Scotsman described their dress as demonstratively National.

It is encouraging to note that this year when we are celebrating our 150th Anniversary that the wearing of the Kilt is strongly maintained among the Office-bearers.

 

Indeed for the past 7 years every RWM has worn the Kilt. Also one of the features of our new Lodge Rooms is the Tartan curtains woven by one of our own Members. Bro Mark Stewart in his Mill at Galashiels and presented by him to the Lodge in 1963.

The Celtic Lodge Sponsors were Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 and Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 which probably accounts for our Lodge full title. The Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith 291.

 

The Celtic Lodge was formally consecrated on the 21st April 1822 by the RWM Bro Muir of Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1. Bro Sanders RWM of Canongate and Leith Leith  and Canongate Lodge No 5 assisted as Senior Warden and Bro Russel RWM of Journeyman Masons Lodge No 8 as Junior Warden. After the Consecration Bro Sir Patrick Walker under whose auspices the Celtic Lodge was constituted in May 1821 who was presented with a Thistle the Badge of the Lodge and was made a full and free Member of the Celtic Lodge.

 

A similar presentation was made to Bro Alexander Henderson the Lord Provost on the 21st February 1825 when a Deputation went to his mansion and made him an Affiliate Member and when he said he hoped to visit the Celtic Lodge soon. He did so on the 11th July and treated the Celtic Brethren hospitably.

 

The Minute Books of the Celtic Lodge have always been admirably kept especially by Bro Strathern Secretary from 1847 - 1851 whose copper plate writing and coloured illustrations are a joy to behold in this day of ball point pen.

He was also responsible for the marginal notes in our early Minute Books even going to the extent of adding three foolscap pages in which he summaries the Volume and censures his predecessors for leaving some blanks.

These various unrecorded proceedings are defunct like vanished drops of water evaporated form the sweet flowers of the field.

 

The Minutes of the 11th January 1850 of a special Lodge Meeting held in honour of PM Bro Captain Jocelyn's visit, relates the remarkable anecdote with King George lV, Lord Byron an African Prince a London Magistrate and a Scotch RWM were all connected "-Bro Dr Muir who became the RWM of Canongate and Leith Leith and Canongate Lodge No 5 was a Surgeon on board a Ship which was wrecked on the African Coast.

The natives rushed down for the plunder but the Crew was humanely protected by an African Chief who discovered that the Doctor was a Freemason.

This noble African Prince informed Dr Muir he was indeed a Brother Mason and in consequence became friendly with Dr Muir and as a parting gift he placed a large collection of jewellery before Dr Muir and asked him to accept any one of them as a memento of their mutual fraternal regard, As there was several watches the Doctor selected one which the philanthropic follower of Mohamet in the handsomest manner presented him with.

 

In due time Dr Muir reached London and sent the watch to be Cleaned by a Watchmaker.

Early next morning Dr Muir was greatly surprised to be taken into custody by Two Bow Street Officers Dr Muir was brought before the Magistrate and ordered to account for his possession of the watch.

The Doctor did so as above stated and was informed that the African Chief had been in England and introduced at the Royal Court.

The Prince Regent had formed a friendship for him after he had become a Freemason and the Prince Regent had given him the watch as a mark of his fraternal regard.

The watchmaker was also a Freemason and recognised the Royal gift and imagined that the Doctor had obtained the watch by unfair means.

Dr Muir on proving his innocence was liberated from custody.

 

Our historic Minutes abound with many such stories another is that a Brother Colonel McIver was in Cuba and condemned to be shot but was saved by a Brother Mason a Spanish officer who allowed him to escape during the night. This has also been entered on our Web Pages which you can find entered By Bro William JR Boland PM Lodge Historian. There is also a Book about Bro McIver called Under Forty Flags.

 

The success of social events of the Celtic Lodge is evinced in its minutes and records, and gives a vivid picture of Masonic harmonies and dances.

This tradition has been carried on to the present time even to the extent of commemorating a Ball which was held in the 1830 in what is now our Thistle Room. So on the 29th April 1964 a number of Brethren and their wives dressed n the costumes of the 1830 and drove up the Royal Mile Edinburgh to the Celtic Lodge in three horse-drawn landaus. 

 

In the first coach Bro William Mitchell PM and Bro Thomas King Francis Secretary with their wives. Mrs Mitchell wore a gown of gleaming gold and red brocade. Mrs Francis was in white with her full skirted gown trimmed with silver and lace sleeves. both wore their hair in the style of the period, piled high on the crown with long ringlets to the shoulder.

In the other carriages Bros John and Graham Lilly, Stanley Smith and Robert Milne with their good ladies in striking gowns of blue, green heliotrope and floral brocade. 

The men more sombrely dressed in black drain-pipe trousers, brocade waistcoats, frilled jabots side boards and moustaches (which are now very fashionable seventy years later).

The Brethren also wore the original Masonic sashes which had been preserved in excellent condition. For the last 100 yards they were escorted by one of the Celtic Lodge Piper's Bro Andrew J Ross and his deputation from the past. were welcomed at Brodie's Close by the RWM Bro Alexander R Bade, Mrs Bade and the rest of the assembly; afterwards the evening was spent in dancing and feasting.

 

A buffet with such delicacies as caviar, frog's legs, squid, salmon, octopus, roast beef, boiled ham, tongue, chicken ice cream to mention only a few of the various dishes tastefully arranged with such novelties as cucumber in the shape of a Viking ships and crccodiles as a centrepiece a decorated boar's head.

 

The buffet was prepared by the Secretary's Wife Mrs Francis and the Wife's of many of the Brethren, who after spending the previous evening and that day they then dashed home to get dressed for the Ball.

Such was the dedication and enthusiasm of the ladies of the Celtic Lodge or as known affectionately the Celtic Masonettes by the Brethren.

The RWM Wardens and the Brethren could not write the Celtic Lodge History without paying such a great tribute to our Masonettes.

 

At business meeting of the Celtic Lodge on 24th March 1960 it was agreed to accept a grant of £3,000. later increased to £4,000. from the Historic Building Council, along with the money making efforts and to enlist the ladies of the Lodge.

The Ladies formed a group of the RWM's Wife and the following Ladies Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Francis, Mrs Bade, Mrs Swanson, Mrs McMillan, Mrs M Paton, Mrs B Paton, Mrs Veitch, Mrs Whittle, Mrs Sankey, Miss Pilley, Mrs Smith Mrs Seaton, Mrs Toombs, Mrs Rankin, Mrs Oldroyd, Mrs Rowlands, Miss MacMillan, Mrs White, Mrs Sibbald, Mrs Wight, Mrs Strachan, and Mrs Greig. 

These Ladies not only held Coffee Morning's and Evening's in each other's houses every fortnight, also Sale of works Jumble Sales, Socials and Dances in the Lodge they have raised well over £5,000.

These efforts are still going on to-day wth Mrs Swanson and Mrs Wight still helping to prepare the suppers for our harmonies.

 

It is interesting to note that we met in Brodie's Close from April 1830 till November 1832 when these premises were owned by St Andrew's Lodge No 48.

In those day's what is now our Chapel upstairs was the Lodge keepers house. The Oldest part of the Building is the Sourt Hall, dating back to the 1300 and possibly the Hospice of the Cambuskenneth Monks.

It is probable that the Court Hall in the Royal Mile is the second only in age to St Margaret's Chapel in Edinburgh Castle.

 

The Thistle Room with its ornate plaster ceiling still retaining the gold gilt of 1645 and a wooden ceiling with figured design which authorities date about 1575.

Other interesting features are 24" inch stone turnpike stair with its handrail.

Open Stone Sixteenth-century fireplace and hand-carved wooden surround of the fireplace in the Master's Room.

 

When the idea of first procuring our own premises was mooted a Grand Ball was held in the Music Hall George Street Edinburg when a Morris Car was raffled and the proceeds from this was the beginning of our Building Fund.

This Annual Ball was one of the social events of the City for a number of years. our premises were purchased in 1945 but it was not until July 1961 that work commenced on the restoration in the very capable hands of Bro Alexander Bade PM as Planning Engineer and Consultant, and whose been described as the architectural jewel of the Royal Mile.

When the Lodge Rooms were consecrated on the 10th January 1963 Lord Bruce Grand Master Mason of Scotland who performed the ceremony in the Chapel said, "You have made something people will come from the ends of the world to see".

 

The Lord Provost Sir John G Dunbar who was a guest of honour in replying to a toast to the City of Edinburgh by Bro W D White PM, congratulated the Lodge for having given new life to an ancient group of buildings and that the Corporation were particularly pleased that the Celtic Lodge had preserved this Old building which he hoped would be put to good use for many centuries.

In 1921 the Celtic Lodge was re-opened with about fifty brethren of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 an three surviving members of the old Lodge as a memorial to Sir Robert Kirk Inches who was an Initiate of the Celtic Lodge, a PM of Mary's Chapel Lodge No 1 and a Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

His son Lieutenant Colonel Edward J Inches was Installed into the Chair of Solomon by Bro Joseph Inglis, PM of Dramatic and Arts Lodge No 757.

 

From 1921 the Celtic Lodge until 1963 our Lodge had the great privilege of meeting in the historic and hallowed Chapel of St John and through the goodwill of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2 we were welcomed back to our old home in 1967 when there was a danger of part of the building collapsing because of excavations at the building of the new Midlothian County Council offices adjacent.

No history of the Celtic Lodge would be complete without reference to Bro Andrew Ross our Organist who  has been associated from the beginning with our new premises.

He is the self-appointed Custodian of our Lodge Rooms and when he is not across the road in his workshop making bagpipes Andrew is generally in the Lodge premises here attending to lets or upstairs in the Chapel playing to visitors on the wonderful piano and organ made in France about 1850 and which he presented to the Celtic Lodge. this Pied Piper of the Lawnmarket who appeared in a Walt Disney Film broadcast on the French piano organ and gives his service to the Celtic Lodge with unflagging and stimulating enthusiasm. In celebrating our 150th Anniversary we look forward to another new chapter in our history and to preserve for tomorrow's Masons the finest of our Celtic traditions, ancient glories, genial hospitality and fraternal Freemasonry. This History was printed in the programme of The Celtic Lodge E & L 291 150 Anniversary. by Bro Thomas King Francis PM. We still have all the Celtic Lodge Minutes all but the first 1821 - 1827 that has been lost in the annals of time but form other references we have been able to register part of the missing Minutes which has been entered on this Celtic Lodge Web Site.

The RWM Wardens and Members of the Celtic Lodge thank all our Brethren who have recorded these Minutes and to:

Bro William John Ross Boland Pass Master, Lodge Historian and at present Celtic Lodge Almoner. Who has taken the time to record all the information on our Web Page. 18 10 2017.

 

21st September 1971.

The RWM Bro Joseph R Archbold presiding. The RWM whished to thank all the Brethren who help to make the 150th Anniversary Celebrations such a great success.

Bro Philip Borland No 131 was passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and was welcomed by the Brethren.

Bro Alistair Easson reminded the Brethren to obtain their tickets to the Dinner Dance to be held on the 8th October 1971.

 

5th October 1971. 

 

20th March 1973

The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form by Brother Charles Fisher acting RWM the Brother Secretary took Apologies and Reports.

The acting RWM extended a warm welcome to the visiting brethren.

Brother Howard Edgar Case Master Mason of Lodge Samaritan No 98 of Grand Lodge of New Jersey USA was Introduced and Obligated an Affiliated Member of the Celtic Lodge by Brother Arthur Owen Hazel PM and Assistant Grand Secretary Brother H E Case signed the Roll of Members and was welcomed by the brethren The Lodge was passed to the second Degree when Brother Ian Alfred Ferguson No 151 and

Brother Kenneth McLennan No 146 were passed to the Fellow craft Freemasons Degree and were welcomed by the brethren.

Brother A B Hommell PGM of Grand Lodge New Jersey USA Expressed his pleasure at once more having the opportunity of visiting The Celtic Lodge he wished continued success to the Celtic Lodge and Freemasonry in Scotland in General.

Brother H E Case expressed his thanks to the members of the Celtic Lodge for the Honour they had bestowed on him by making him an Affiliate Member this evening.

Brother C Fisher acting RWM thanked Brother A B Hommell and Brother H E Case for their kind words There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

20th November 1973

Brother Fred Little Presiding together with other Office Bearers and Brethren as per the Attendance Book The Lodge was opened in due and solemn form.

The RWM extended a very warm welcome to both the Celtic and Visiting Brethren in spite of the lack of heat due to the Power Crisis.

Apologies and Reports were taken and Brother Secretary read the minute’s from Regular Meeting Held on Tuesday 6th November 1973 were read and approved.

Brother Director of Ceremonies introduced a deputation from Lodge Abbotsford No 937 headed by Brother W Rankine PM Acting RWM supported by Brother G Ritchie PM-Brother L Watt PM-Brother Robert PM-Brother A MacDonald ME plus Five other brethren.

Brother Director of Ceremonies then introduced a deputation from the Metropolitan District Committee of the Grand Lodge of Scotland consisting of Worshipful Brother Dr E Smith Chairman M.D.C. Grand Organist-Right Worshipful Brother R Smith Grand Almoner-Brother D Wigham.

The RWM handed the Gavel to Brother E Smith expressing the continued Loyalty of the Celtic Lodge to Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Worshipful Brother E Smith Accepted the Gavel and immediately returned it to the RWM saying he would accept it later after seeing our working when he might have the opportunity of speaking to the brethren.

Worshipful Brother E Smith conveyed the warm Fraternal Greeting of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason to the Celtic Brethren Dr Smith informed the brethren that the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason had agreed to serve a Fifth Year and continue his hard work travelling around the world where he was warmly received as an Ambassador of Scottish Freemasonry.

Brother E Smith congratulated the RWM and his ~Office Bearers on the Excellent Manner in which the Degree had been worked That the Metropolitan District Committee had examined the Books and Accounts of the Lodge and they were found to be in First Class order which reflected great credit on the work of the Brother Secretary and Brother Treasurer Brother Smith congratulated the Brethren on their donation to the Grand Lodge Benevolent Fund Brother Smith extended to Brother A Ross the best wishes of Grand Lodge and a speedy return to full health he thanked the brethren for his warm welcome and returned the Gavel.

Brother Director of Ceremonies then introduced Brother Francis Alexander Sibbald to be Presented with his Fifty Years Jubilee Certificate The RWM Requested Brother E Smith of the Metropolitan District Committee to Present Brother Francis Alexander Sibbald with his Certificate Brother E Smith then said he had known Brother Francis for over 40 years and that it gave much pleasure to present the Fifty Year Certificate to Brother Francis Alexander Sibbald and congratulated him for completed Fifty Years in Freemasonry and the Excellent Service he had given to his Mother Lodge Over this period Brother Sibbald suitably replied.

The RWM then presented Brother M Easton with his Master Mason’s Diploma.

At this point the Deputation from the Metropolitan District Committee of the Grand Lodge of Scotland retired.

The Brother Secretary read the following Application for Initiation:-

Mr Ian Robertson Wood No 161 a Driver.

Date and Place of Birth 31st May 1940 Edinburgh Nationality British.

Residence 5 Valleyfeild Street Edinburgh 3.

Proposed by Brother W H C Morrison.

Seconded by Brother M McLean.

There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form by the RWM Brother Fred J Little.

19th March 1974

The Brother Secretary reported that he was present when Brother Eric Smith presented Brother A Ross Organist with his Honorary Grand Organist Diploma and told Brother Ross that last November The Grand Master Mason had been moved to confer Honorary Grand Rank on Brother Ross in Recognition of his assiduous Duty and Zeal to Freemasonry and what he had done for Freemasonry in Edinburgh and for the Celtic Lodge in Particular.

Brother A Ross Honorary Grand Organist thanked Brother Eric Smith and expressed his Great Pleasure on the Honour given to him and his Mother lodge and hoped he would live many years to enjoy it.

4th September 1974

Some reports that appeared in the Scotsman and Evening News Papers They’ve just blown in from Russia Perplexed or just out of puff These visiting Russian actresses try to unravel the great Bagpipe mystery at a reception in their honour at the Celtic Lodge Lawnmarket Edinburgh the answer of course is blowing in the wind as Alicia Freindlich from Leningrad and Ludmila Tselikowskaya from Moscow both finally discovered Listening to their progress is Nijole Gelginite from Lithunania A party of 30 theatre directors and actors are visiting Edinburgh as part of a tour of Britain Organised by the Great Britain USSR Association.

A report by Jean Smith of the Scotswoman 19 Catering facilities Cafes and restaurants along the Lawnmarket-High Street and Canongate the Tourists found that the price of food and drink were very expensive and that toilet facilities were very poor and that of the 19 premises offering food the Celtic Lodge in the Lawnmarket where Coffee and home baking with free jam on the table is being provided during the Festival by the Wives of the Masons with Coffee at 7d old money 2.5 new pence in 2009 The Brother Secretary intimated that gross takings for the Festival Teas was £1600.00 Pounds Expenses £615.00 Pounds Leaving Approximately £985.00 Pounds Profit The Ladies Continue to carry on with the many duties for the Celtic Lodge and in would be true to say even to this Date that without their help the Lodge would not be here today.

5th November 1974

Brother J Batchin Presided along with Office Bearers and Brethren as per attendance book.

The Brother Director of Ceremonies introduced a Deputation from Jamaica Headed by

Brother Clair Presidine RWM Lodge Caledonian Jamaica No 554
Brother T Dixon PM The Glenlyon Lodge Jamaica No 346
Brother W Green PM Lodge Seville Jamaica No 530
Brother R Barret IPM Lodge Middlesex Jamaica No 1628
Brother S Lewis RWM Lodge Middlesex No 1628
Brother W Black RWM Lodge Mico Jamaica No 1583
Brother I Potinger IPM Lodge Caledonian Jamaica No 554
Brother F PM Lodge John James Mills Jamaica No 1656
Brother A Bennet SW Lodge Imperial Service Jamaica No 978

The Minutes of the meeting on Tuesday 15th October 1974 were read and approved.

Correspondence-Reports-Applications-Ballot For

Mr Thomas Noble - Bathgate No 4 were taken by the Brother Secretary.

Mr Dennis William - Rose No1

Mr Robert Graham Robertson - No 162

Were made Entered Apprentices In the Lodge both signed the Roll of members and welcomed by the brethren as such.

The RWM proposed Honorary Membership should be conferred on Brother A Lister IPM of Lodge Fisherrow No 112.

Brother A Wight WSW reminded the brethren of the Christmas draw and Dance to be held on Friday 13th December 1974.

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

 

21st January 1975 

Brother Alistair Easson Presided along with the Office Bearers and brethren as per attendance book.

Apologies-Reports and minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Applications and Ballots were readout by the Brother Secretary

Mr Thomas Robertson MacDonald No 3

Mr Thomas Noble Bathgate No 4

Mr Walter Philip Lawrie No 5

Were Entered Apprentices in the Lodge signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the brethren.

Brother J Batchin IPM presented to the RWM a Goblet from Brother Jackson E Leary of Lodge Keystone No 455 Pennsylvania USA Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Lodge Brother Alistair Easson accepted the Goblet on behalf of the Lodge for placing in the museum.

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

4th March 1975 

The RWM reported the death of Brother Francis Sibbald the Only Lodge Member to hold a 50 Year Membership Certificate the Brethren were upstanding for a minutes silence in respect for our departed Brother who has now passed to the Grand Lodge above.

19th March 1975

The Lodge was opened by Brother Alistair Easson the Following Distinguished Brethren were invited to the East: -

Brother J Butters RWM Edinburgh Defensive Band No 151.

Brother R Mc William RWM Lodge Scotia Regia No 1345.

Brother B Brimstone PM the Rifle Lodge No 405 representing all Past Masters.

Brother Helge Bore.

Brother Atro Karimaa.

Brother Ake Keinonen.

Brother Olavi Lounasmeri.

Brother Olani Marva.

Brother Mies Reenkolh.

Brother Kosti Sisto.

Brother Mikko Vanne.

Brother Jaakko Aykhs.

Brother Antti Kolehmainen.

All Mystic Past Masters under the Grand Lodge of Finland.

The Brother Director of Ceremonies introduced a deputation from the Metropolitan District of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Headed by Brother D M Lowe Ha Man assisted by Brother R Smith Grand Almoner Brother R Ferguson.

Brother A Easson welcomed the Deputation and handed Brother D Lowe the Gavel Brother Lowe returned the Gavel to the RWM.

Brothers

Thomas Veitch No 6.

Richard Dent No 7.

William Lothian Mc Donald No 8.

Were passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and welcome by the brethren.

The Metropolitan District Committee retired.

Brother C Sibbald PM presented the RWM with a Past Masters Jewel.

Lodge Celtic Centenary and Distinguished Service Membership Jewel.

Which belonged to his Late Father Brother James R Sibbald PM of the Celtic Lodge 1944-1945 and 1949-1950 the RWM thanked Brother C Sibbald on behalf of the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge

Brother Helge Borg thanked the RWM for the great Honour in visiting the Celtic Lodge and presented Brother A Easson with a Medal Commutating 50 Years of the re-establishment of Freemasonry of the Grand Lodge of Finland.

Brother Easson thanked Brother Helge Borg on behalf of the Celtic Brethren There being no further business the Lodge was closed in due and solemn form.

25th April 1975 

Brother Alistair Easson, Presided along with Office Bearers and Brethren as per attendance book.

Deputations the Brother Director of Ceremonies introduced deputations from:-

Lodge Hope Bridge Castle No 827 Headed by RWM Brother T Morris supported by 4 Past Masters and 15 Brethren.

The Eldon Lodge No 3187 English Constitution Headed by WM Brother R Pike

Supported by : -

Brother R Earl IPM
Brother A Knox PM
Brother N Huddard PM
Brother K Bramley PM
Brother L Crabb PM
Brother I Young PM Lodge Faraday No 4852 English Constitution
Brother W Strouther Lodge Collinewood No 3246 Plus Seven Other Brethren

The Candidates for the Second Degree were tested and Retired.

The Lodge was Passed and Brothers:-

Brother George Ian Smith No 9.

Brother David Goudie No 10.

Brother Harry Austin Curtis No 11.

Brother Steven John Grieve No 12

Were Passed Fellow of Craft and welcomed by the brethren.

The Following Deputations and Social events were intimated to the Members:-

Deputation to Lodge No151 29th April 1975.

Lodge No 112 15th May 1975.

Lodge No 2 28th May 1975.

Meeting Festival Café 29th May 1975.

Children’s Outing 15th June 1975

Doric Column This Column is Hollow and contains a scroll showing the Masters in the Celtic Lodge and the Eldon Lodge between 1947 to 1975 to show the friendship of the Lodges, and the continued visits to each other over the past 28 years at the Harmony after the meeting, Brother R Pyke WM Eldon Lodge presented to the Celtic Lodge this Wooden Pillar made by him from Mahogany and Oak obtained from The Lords Mayor’s Chamber in the Newcastle Town Hall before it’s Demolition.

The RWM Brother Alistair Easson thanked Brother Pyke and the Brethren of the Eldon Lodge for this Doric Column and that it would be used in our Temple and that we would be visiting the Eldon Lodge in November and also looked forward to our Lunch tomorrow the Harmony went on till High Twelve when the Brethren parted for the evening. 

16th November 1976 

The RWM Brother A Wight Presiding together with Office Bearers and Brethren as per attendance book.

Apologies and Brother Joe Archbold Secretary took Reports and the minutes of the meeting of 2nd November 1976 were read and approved.

The Brother Director of Ceremonies introduced a Deputation from the Metropolitan District Committee headed by: -

Worshipful Brother D M Lowe the Worshipful First Grand Standard Bearer PM Lodge No 1375, and Chairman of M D C.

Brother W Rankin PM Lodge No 937 Member M D C.

Brother D Beveridge PM Lodge No 1291.

The RWM Brother A Wight handed the Gavel the Emblem of Authority to Brother Lowe and expressed the continued Loyalty and Fealty of himself and the Members of the Celtic Lodge to the Grand Master Mason and the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

Brother Lowe thanked Brother Wight for his warm welcome and returned the Gavel so the business of the evening could proceed.

Mr Thomas Brown Millar No 27.

Mr Ronald Ballantyne Davidson No 29.

Were Entered Apprentices of the Celtic Lodge signed the Roll of Members and were welcomed by the Brethren.

Brother Lowe reported the deputation had witnessed a good Degree and thanked Brother Wight for the fine lead from the Chair and that: -

1 Captain R Wolridge Gordon of Esselmont was re-elected Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

2 Deputation from the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick had visited the Lodge Photographs in Lodge Book.

3, Annual Masonic Ball would be held early in 1977 to raise money for charities other than Masonic.

Brother Lowe returned the Gavel to Brother A Wight who thanked him on behalf of himself and the Brethren the Deputation from the Metropolitan District Committee retired.