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Member John Alexander Yule a Medical Professor a Master Mason 20th October 1857

Candidate’s Name Mr John Alexander Yule Medical Professor

DOB 1837 20 Years Old

Address 11 St John Street Edinburgh

Proposed By Brother J Cunning

Seconded By Brother Andrew Murray PM

First or Entered 20th October 1857

Second or Fellow 30th October 1857

Third or Sublime Degree 9th November 1857

RWM of the Celtic Brother Alexander Hay



20th October 1857

Celtic Lodge Room Turf Hotel 22 Princes Street Edinburgh.


A Lodge having been constituted in due form by the RWM Bro Alex Hay.

A Petition was presented from:-

Mr John Alexander Yule of the Medical Profession, 11 St John Street Edinburgh. 20 Years Old craving to be Initiated into the Mysteries of the Craft and being well recommended, his Petition was granted and he was Initiated accordingly into the First of Entered Apprentice Degree.

At the conclusion of the ceremony Bro Andrew Murray moved that:-


Brother David Stewart Erskine Bain Staff Sergeon Edinburgh of the Lodge Holding of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, be Affiliated an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Which was unanimously agree to and having taken the usual Obligation he was Affiliated accordingly.

The Lodge was thereafter closed in due form at High Twelve by Bro Alex Hay.


An enquiry from Yvonne Roberts about her Great Grandfather led to Bro Bill Boland PM Lodge Historian, relaying Information to each other as Follow's:-


Hello Bill


Thank you so much for your speedy reply and for the information you attached. It was very interesting to read it. I was intrigued to know who John Alexander Yule was so spent a little time last night looking him up. I think some how he was maybe related to my G Grandfather.


John A Yule was born in 1837 and in 1861 he was an assistant surgeon on board a Royal Navy ship. He died at sea in 1866 returning from China. His father, John Yule, was a writer to the signet.


David S E Bain was born in Thurso in 1823, he was an apprentice apothecary in his father's business. He took 3 months out to attend the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. On completing his apprenticeship he joined the army as a surgeon. He spent time in St Kitts (where he married his 1st wife) India, Canada and the Crimea. He was at Scutari at the same time as Florence Nightingale. Through researching on the Internet we discovered that his surgeons case is held by the Florence Nightingale museum in London.


Bro Bill and Yvonne 31st 12 2012. This information is also placed on Bro Bain's and Bro Yule's Listed Members File