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Member Sotires Georgiades Master Mason and became the 16th RWM in 1855-1856 8th March 1850




Sotires Georgiades was Born in Argos in 1810 , he died in Portobello in 1890. Sotires and his wife Elizabeth Davidson Gravestone are in the Calton New Burial Ground.


Brother Sotires Georgiades was an important figure in the history of photography in Greece, He was one of the earliest Greek photographers and, in circumstances that are not clear, became one of the earliest photographers in Edinburgh.


Brother Sotires had a studio on The Mound as early as 1849 just a few years after Daguerre invented the Daguerreotype process. Georgiades acquired a knowledge of this process in Paris, possibly from Daguerre himself.


He subsequently had studios in Princes Street, Queen Street and elsewhere.

Brother Georgiades was married in St Cuthbert’s Church Edinburgh to Elizabeth Davidson from Anstruther in Fife and within a few years of settling in Scotland, and appears to have become a pillar of Edinburgh society.


One indication of which was his becoming Master of the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith No 291. 

Sotires must have been one of the very few Greeks then living in Scotland.


This is part of a report from Professor Richard Clogg of London who said, I was interested to learn from the Lodge’s website that one of its bye-laws was that ‘all members should be clothed at their own expense in the Royal Tartan in honour of their Celtic forefathers, who wore their tartan at Church and on the battlefield.’


I don’t know whether Masters of the Lodge had their portraits painted (or photographs taken) but I would dearly like to see Georgiades in his Highland finery. This would match the famous portrait of Byron dressed in Greek national dress.

Judging by the names on the list of Masters on the website he was one of the very few non-Scots to be made Master.


Professor Clogg and the Celtic Lodge would like to ask for help, In that if you have any Information on Brother Georgiades, to contact the Celtic Lodge or leave a message on our Web Page.


Brother Sotires was Initiated into the Celtic Lodge 11th March 1850 DOB Age 38yrs


Address 120 George Street Edinburgh


Proposed By Brother Slater Blanc

Seconded By Brother George Popowitz


First or Entered 11th March 1850

Second or Fellow 3rd April 1850

Third or Sublime Degree 3rd April 1850

RWM of the Celtic Brother Robert Murray in 1850.


Brother Sotries Office Bearers for 1855-1856 as Follows:-

RWM Brother Sotries Georgiades

PM     Brother James Dobie

LIPM   Brother Andrew Murray

DM     Brother Charles Jockel

SM     Brother George Edgr

SW    Stranger

JW    William Hay

SD    Watkins

JD Walker

Sec McRobert

Tre William Ireland

Chaplain James McKie

Phy Miller

Arch R Mitchell

P.L. Telfer

Jeweller Fairfax

Steward Cumming

IG Gildownie

SB Clayton

Tyler William Poole