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Bro Joseph Robert Archbold Aff Mem 21st February 1961

  Candidate’s Name Brother Joseph Robert Archbold Civil  Servant

 DOB ** ** 29 Years Old

 Address ** ** ** **

 Proposed By Brother J A Batchin

 Seconded By Thomas K Francis

 Other Offices MM Boohal Lodge No 4116 England  12th November 1958

 Affiliated Member 21st February 1961

 RWM of the Celtic Brother William Douglas White

The RWM Brother John Hunter Sinclair and The Brethren of the Celtic Lodge will sadly miss Brother Joe.

 In Remembrance of Bro-Joseph Robert Archbold PM

26th September 1930-19th July 2011

Brother Joseph Robert Archbold started his Masonic Career on 12th November 1958 in Lodge Boothal No 4166 English Constitution Newcastle and became a Master Mason of the same Lodge. Bro Joe and his wife Betty moved to Scotland Joe was a Civil Servant.

Bro Joe was Affiliated into the Celtic Lodge 291 on 21st February 1961Proposed by Bro J A Batching and Seconded by Bro Thomas K Francis.

1947 was an exciting time in the History of the Celtic Lodge we had purchased many Properties in the Lawnmarket and surrounding area.

Various Meetings with Edinburgh City Council-Town Council Architects and Planning-The Celtic Lodge Building Committee.These meetings were a worrying time in that, plans did not seem to be coming together Then a proposal was accepted by both the Edinburgh City Council and The Celtic Lodge.

Brother Joe worked alongside passed distinguished Members of the Celtic Brethren who helped give us our Lodge today.

At the opening of our new Lodge premises on 15th January 1963 in the Celtic Chapel at 304 Brodies Close in the Lawnmarket. The Ceremony of Consecration of the Celtic Chapel was conducted by Lord Bruce Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

29th April 1964 A Grand Ball was held not only in celebration of our new Premises, But to dress up and celebrate a Ball held at the same premises 134 years ago when on the 12th April 1830 in the then St Andrews Lodge No 48.

The Brethren of the Celtic Lodge and their good Lady wife’s and friends attended a Grand Ball. Tickets of Admission was 7/- Shillings an 6d.

Brother Joe worked his way around the Masonic Floor ,then in 1970-71 season the Celtic Brethren bestowed its highest Honour by making him the RWM for the forth coming year.

This was a special year that on the 6th May 1971 Brother Joseph Robert Archbold RWM took part in the Celtic Lodge's 150 years Re Dedication Ceremony along with the Celtic Brethren and Distinguished Grand Lodge Members.

Brother David Liddell-Granger of Ayton Grand Master Mason of Scotland and Grand Master Mason Conducted the Ceremory in true Masonic style.

Brother Bernard Thomess and Brother Donald Cattanach RWM Edinburgh Mary’s Chapel No 1 were representing all Visiting Masters and Past Masters and were presented to the RWM and invited to the East.

20th May 1980 Members of the Celtic Lodge had the Pleasure of Entertaining the Right Honourable the Earl of Elgin Past Grand Master Mason of Scotland, on his Tour of the Royal Mile Prior to his attending the General Assembly.

12th December 1995 Bro Joe R Archbold reported on a Meeting at 10.30am with the New Cafe Tennant.

Present were Mr Brian Findlay Bro’s T Gleeson-G Cunningham and Joe R Archbold. After their meeting they reported to the General Committee. The First 5 Year Lease was granted and is still in place to Date with a further 12 Year Lease to continue after the Year 2012.

On 24th May 1996 the 175th Anniversary Ball was held in Edinburgh. The RWM Bro David Liddle Welcomed his Masonic Brethren and their Guests, the RWM Bro David cut the anniversary Cake and the Ball began. The Anniversary Ball was a Great success and could not have been so without our good Lady wife’s and Friends. The Mystic evening being over, the RWM wished all a Safe Journey Home.

7th April 2000 Bro Alistair Easson RWM Presiding, Bro DOC Presented Brother Joseph Robert Archbold PM and Brother Sidney Yeoman PM to the RWM, both were invited to the East. Bro R Tait was invited to Bestow the following Brethren:-

Brother Joseph Robert Archbold PM was Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and Diploma.

Brother Sidney Yeoman PM was Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and Diploma.

Brother R Tait called upon all present to show their appreciation for all their hard work on behalf of the Celtic Lodge.

Brother Joe also served on the Grand Lodge of Scotland Committee, and was also a Member of Various Masonic Orders.

Last Year Bro Joe Received his 50th Year Diploma from Grand Lodge of England.

This Year was the 50th Year Bro Joe had been in Scottish Freemasonry.

Brother Joe will be sadly missed by the Celtic Brethren and visitors. We know Bro Joe will be watching over us from the Grand Lodge above. 1.2.3.- Ra-Ra-RA.

By Bro Bill Boland