The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland The 'Head Office' for Scottish Freemasonry. Contains adminstrative offices, Museum and Library as well as a number of function/meeting rooms.
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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland administers the Scottish Craft across the world. Freemasons' Hall houses, as one would expect, all the departments necessary to operate an international organisation. These include: Finance, Homes for the older person, a shop, administration and a Museum and Library. It is in this building that Grand Lodge meets to take all major decisions relating to the Scottish Craft.

Mission: At the time of writing this page remains an experiment on behalf of the GLoS. Not every single post has been authorised by the GLoS as that would be impossible. Therefore, the views expressed here are not necessarily always the views of GLoS.

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A special token has been commissioned (please see pictures)  in aid of Prostate Scotland, the Grand Lodge nominated Char...
05/11/2020
Prostate Scotland

A special token has been commissioned (please see pictures) in aid of Prostate Scotland, the Grand Lodge nominated Charity - enough tokens have now been sold to cover expenses, and every further token sold means a £6.00 donation to Prostate Scotland. 1st Class postage is £1.50. If you would like to purchase a token please contact John Muir at [email protected] Thank you for your support, it is appreciated.

https://www.grandlodgescotland.com/2020/11/05/prostate-scotland/

Prostate Scotland

Due to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, there was no official ceremony in Edinburgh this year.  However, our Grand Ma...
28/10/2020
Grand Master Mason lays the Grand Lodge wreath

Due to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, there was no official ceremony in Edinburgh this year. However, our Grand Master Mason, W Ramsay McGhee, was able to represent Grand Lodge at a socially distanced event in Princes Street Gardens on Monday, 26th October – to commemorate and honour so many brothers who lost their lives in service.

https://www.grandlodgescotland.com/2020/10/28/grand-master-mason-lays-the-grand-lodge-wreath/

Grand Master Mason lays the Grand Lodge wreath

This is one of the most successful masonic publications in recent times due to the immense knowledge of the late Harry C...
21/10/2020
The Freemason at Work (The Definitive Guide to Freemasonry)

This is one of the most successful masonic publications in recent times due to the immense knowledge of the late Harry Carr and his entertaining writing style. If you enjoy masonry then this book will bring a new delight to all that you see and hear in the lodge.

https://www.grandlodgescotland.com/product/the-freemason-at-work-the-definitive-guide-to-freemasonry/

This is one of the most successful masonic publications in recent times due to the immense knowledge of the late Harry Carr and his entertaining writing style. If you enjoy masonry then this book will bring a new delight to all that you see and hear in the lodge.

Brethren                  25.09.2020As we move into the last week in September, may I address a few words to our many Je...
25/09/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance - gov.scot

Brethren 25.09.2020
As we move into the last week in September, may I address a few words to our many Jewish Brethren at home and abroad. The New Year (5781) has arrived. This is a Holy Festival when families usually gather together to celebrate. In the current circumstances, this has not been possible, due to travel and other restrictions brought about by Covid-19 and I extend my sympathy to you all as it must be very frustrating not being able to celebrate in the traditional manner. The days between the start of the New Year and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), are a time of solemn reflection, very different from the New Year celebrations with which many of us are familiar. Yom Kippur, on Monday September 28th, is a day of fasting and praying. As it approaches, I extend my best wishes and hope these Holy Days will bring solace, and a happy and peaceful New year.

I have received detailed information from Brother Gordon Michie of Poppy Scotland regarding the procedure for Poppy crosses. An updated letter will be sent out today along with this update.
We have received many requests as to how financial support can be sent to the Lebanon in the wake of the explosion. Due to banking issues in Lebanon we have been unable to give definitive advice but Grand Secretary will hopefully be in a position early next week to circulate details of a new account in Grand Lodge which will be used exclusively for emergency aid to Lebanon. I thank you for your patience in this matter but it is important that we have a conduit that will allow monies collected to go safely to the right place.
Back in May I gave answers to a number of frequently asked questions in the weekly update but of late, Grand Treasurer has been asked again about annual fees – please find below the response I gave in May which is still the case today.
Will Grand Lodge give all Lodges a year without paying annual fees?
The answer is no. First, that would require a motion to be placed in front of Grand Lodge and there will be no meeting of Grand Lodge this year. We would ask that the Brethren continue to pay their Test Fees as normal. Each Lodge pays an annual Capitation Fee of £33 per member to Grand Lodge. In the majority of Lodges but not all, that amount is included in the annual Test Fee. It is important therefore that Brethren continue to pay their Test Fee in order that the Lodge receives its portion and that Provincial or District Lodges receive their portion. We do acknowledge and appreciate that there may be individual Brethren who, as a result of Covid-19 are experiencing extreme hardship. It is expected that the Lodge, the Province or District and Grand Lodge would all pull together to assist Brethren and their families who experience such hardship but for the vast majority we would ask that they support their Lodge in particular, Freemasonry in general by paying their annual dues.
Latest news from the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports page is as follows –
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Scottish.Constitution.Freemasonry.Supports/

Last week This week
Members 3534 3625
Posts 420 430
No of Members posting 196 199
Lodges mentioned 225 231
Provinces mentioned 30 30
Districts & Lodges abroad 14 15
Monetary Value £310,568 £324,864

SCFS Overseas Report
• We welcomed 61 Overseas Brethren this week, bringing our Overseas Membership of the SCFS Group to 999. The amazing milestone of an Overseas Membership of 1,000 will be reached this coming week. The SCFS Team looks forward to congratulating our 1,000th. member in next week’s Report.
• It is heartening to note that, once again, we had an expansive geographical spread of new members this week, Brethren joining from ... The Bahamas, Central South Africa, East Africa, Eastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope, Far East, Fiji, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Newfoundland and Labrador, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada, Zambia.
• The largest increase in membership was from the District of Lebanon, followed by the District of Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada and the District of Central South Africa.
• Lodge Mount Lebanon, No. 1312, Lebanon, had the largest number of Brethren joining from an individual Lodge ... closely followed by Lodge Jordan, No. 1339, Jordan.
• A number of new Members proved to be extremely proactive in encouraging members of their Lodges to join the SCFS group. many thanks to them.
• We received extremely interesting posts from our Overseas Lodges and Districts, sharing the support which they are providing, and thanks is also extended for this.

Just a wee gentle reminder that if your Masonic Club is operating, as and from today you will require to adhere to the 10.00pm curfew. Full details can be found at
-https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-guidance/pages/overview/ and at The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020

Contacting Grand Lodge
The Grand Lodge telephone switchboard is now open on a part time basis - the days/hours will be: - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10am and 2.30pm
Ramsay McGhee
Grand Master Mason

Scottish Government guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, including procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.

07/09/2020

JOHN'S JOURNEY FROM TROON TO BRIDGE OF WEIR /… continued

We have been asked to clarify that Brother John Muir, who is undertaking the walk from Troon to Marcus Humphrey House on Wednesday, is the WSW of Lodge Burns Dundonald, No. 1759 and also to confirm that the Account to which donations can be made is ‘Grand Lodge of Scotland Entertainment Account’ as per the details previously provided. Many thanks.

04/09/2020

JOHN’S JOURNEY FROM TROON TO BRIDGE OF WEIR………….

After hearing about the destruction of all of the garden pots and ornaments which was caused when vandals entered the grounds of the Marcus Humphrey House earlier this week, John Muir decided to walk from his house in Troon to the Home in Bridge of Weir and invite those who wish to support him to make a donation to the Grand Lodge of Scotland account listed below. All donations will be used towards replacing the items which were damaged.
The journey is 28 miles and will take approximately 9 hours – John plans to leave home at 7.30am and his expected time of arrival at Marcus Humphrey House is between 3.30 and 4pm. We will make sure there is a warm welcome waiting for John at the Home (whilst of course observing social distancing and all other appropriate lockdown safety measures!)
This act of vandalism caused the destruction of treasured items which had been collected over a number of years and many of them had been gifted so held sentimental value – the fact that it was so needless makes it all the more upsetting.
We are so grateful to John for undertaking his journey in support of the Marcus Humphrey House and we will all be rooting for him! The weather forecast looks good for Wednesday 9th September so John has decided to ‘hit the road’ on that day.
If you would like to support John, the Bank account details to which donations can be made are as follows –
The Bank of Scotland (The Mound, Edinburgh)
Account number – 00398820
Sort Code – 80-31-20
Please identify donations by using the reference JJ
Thank you so much to John and to all those who make a donation in support of his journey for the benefit of the Marcus Humphrey House.

02/09/2020

Brethren

It is with sadness that I have to report that vandals broke into the grounds of Marcus Humphrey House last night and wreaked havoc smashing garden furniture and ornaments all of which give the residents much pleasure.

The report I have received from the Home would indicate that all the decorative pots (10) have been smashed and there were lots of stone and ceramic ornaments of woodland animals, toadstools, birds etc. (some of which were gifted) which the Residents liked to look at which have all been damaged.

Could I appeal to any of the Lodges that if you have or have access to such pots and ornaments and they are surplus to requirements, that you could maybe arrange to have them dropped off at the Home.

Many thanks

Ramsay McGhee

14/08/2020

The Grand Master Mason, Bro W Ramsay McGhee, is delighted to announce that after a long, thorough and professionally conducted process by the Selection Panel, Brother William Semple, currently Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Perthshire West, has been appointed Grand Secretary and will take up the appointment in mid-September. The Grand Master Mason would like to place on record his sincere thanks to the selection panel and to the other candidates.

11/08/2020

Reopening Lodge Buildings

On Monday morning, 10th August, a meeting of the Heads of Orders took place to discuss a united approach to reopening Lodge buildings and the commencement of meetings in all Orders.
It has been unanimously agreed that no meetings will take place in Scotland during the remainder of this year and that the position will be reviewed early in January 2021. The position of Lodges abroad remains as it was – Lodges can open in accordance with the Laws and Guidelines of their respective countries.
Should matters change significantly in the interim period all Lodges will be notified
I would be obliged if Lodge secretaries could assist in ensuring this Update is circulated as widely as possible among Brethren in all Orders.

W Ramsay McGhee
Grand Master Mason

24/07/2020

As I mentioned last week, I have written to the Scottish Government seeking clarity and guidance in respect of the opening of Lodges and the use of Lodge buildings. I have received acknowledgement from the Government that they have received my letter but, so far, no full response. I will update you all as soon as I receive a response.

That said, it is looking more and more unlikely that we will be able to carry out the Rededication of Lodges scheduled to take place between September and December. Accordingly, I am in the process of rescheduling all the meetings into 2021. Once this exercise is complete, I will be in touch with all the Lodges involved to discuss proposed new dates. It is extremely important that we celebrate our Lodge anniversaries and I am determined that, despite the problems posed by Covid-19, we will carry out all ceremonies as soon as it is safe to do so.

Latest news from the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports page is as follows –
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Scottish.Constitution.Freemasonry.Supports/

Last week This week
Members 2863 2934
Posts 299 322
No of Members posting 161 169
Lodges mentioned 176 177
Provinces mentioned 29 29
Districts & Lodges abroad 11 11
Monetary Value £214,170 £226,970

Brethren, this reflects the tremendous work being carried out by Brethren throughout the Scottish Constitution – over quarter of a million pounds in twelve weeks. On top of the monetary aspect, I am well aware of the diverse range of other contributions being made to communities ranging from delivery of food and medicine to the housebound to organising blood donor sessions and a plethora of other activities in between. My sincere thanks to you all.

Interest in the SCFS page remains at a very high level as more and more of our Overseas Brethren become aware of it and subscribe into its current raison d’être. We all look forward to receiving posts from our Lodges in the Districts and would strongly encourage our Overseas Members to maintain the excellent frequency and quality of their submissions to the group.

We had 31 Brethren added this week bringing our Overseas Membership of SCFS to 589. We are well on target to break the 600-barrier next week.

We had new members join from Bahamas, Bermuda, Central South Africa, Far East, Fiji, Jamaica, Mauritius, Middle East, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada. The largest increase was seen in the District of the Far East and, in addition, there was an encouraging number of new members from our only lodge in Fiji ... Lodge Polynesia, No. 562.

Last Saturday I was delighted, once again, to meet via zoom with our District Grand Masters. We had 31 on the call which included a few DG Deputes, Substitutes and Secretaries but this time round we had seven Districts not represented for various reasons. While we received some very positive reports, unfortunately, the Covid-19 situation was not so good with a number of countries in Africa and much of India reporting escalating cases of the virus. It served as a timely reminder to us all that this virus is still very much alive and kicking. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are facing escalating cases of the virus.

It is being planned that our next monthly District Grand Masters meeting will be a joint meeting with the Provincial Grand Masters.

On a much happier note, collectively, we were able to pass on our heartiest congratulations, through her husband, Brother Joe Currie, to Mrs Terez Currie who has received the prestigious Commonwealth Point of Light Award for her amazing work with the Red Cross in respect of both the Covid-19 pandemic and her work following Hurricane Dorian. I’m sure, through this update, you would all wish me to convey the sincerest congratulations of the Grand Lodge of Scotland to Mrs Currie.

Can I remind all Brethren who would like to participate in the Grand Lodge of Scotland Clay Shooting Championship to be held on the 16th August at the National Shooting Centre to contact the organising committee on either [email protected] or [email protected]. Alternatively, you can make contact through the Scottish Masonic Clay Championships page.

Brethren, as we enjoy the easing of restrictions, please stay alert, look after yourselves, your families and the Brethren who are in any of the vulnerable categories.

Kindest regards
Ramsay McGhee
Grand Master Mason

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Freemasons' Hall, 96 George Street,
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Based in Scotland's capital city it is located in the city centre in easy reach of the main railway station and is approximately 30 minutes from the airport. Nearly every bus operated by Lothian Regional Transport (LRT) passes by Freemasons' Hall.

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland administers the Scottish Craft across the world. Freemasons' Hall and houses, as one would expect, all the departments necessary to operate an international organisation. These include: Finance, Homes for the older person, a shop, administration and a Museum and Library. There are also a variety of meeting rooms. It is in this building that Grand Lodge meets to take all major decisions relating to the Scottish Craft.

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Was the damage caused by vandals successfully repaired? If so a photo would be appreciated
Was the collection in aid of the damaged masonic home garden a success. If the work has been completed a photo would be appreciated
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Brethren, Doing a bit of history and hopefully you can help. Does any brother know anyone in the craft with the 2nd name Honest. As this is a very unusual name I'd be interested in finding out. Thanks in advance. Andrew Honest PM RWM Alexandra 1282.
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But I had to remove the ring Queen’s evil plan non-right way of 5th degree lowest evil and highest righteousness bound meaning you can always see highest righteousness and lowest evil but in between the non-right of ways very small spirals making you blind to lowest evil and highest righteousness I destroyed the spirals using a spirit diamond dagger. I require all the honors of the masons to purify your club.
My papa’s goods where being handed out after his passing I was gifted his 5th degree perfect master ring its very protective which is why am happy to wear it I guess not all in the masons are evil only to me they were because protestant means separation attracts inclusion but my DNA was stolen before birth and I attracted the same separation. If you are followers of Jesus why are you not Jewish. Beware the red cross I added a white circle onto all red crosses then killed the black witch the Queen anything added onto a red was an infection of negativity until I bound the black magic with white circle the Queen was not pure. Torah Haftaros page 1398 When he makes the chalk stones of the altar crushed to pieces the idol-trees and sun images shall rise no more. I killed the Queen and her family next day I was making diamonds in my sister’s garden I made little diamonds and many chalk stones. The Queen would issue planting idol trees which absorb light opposites attract sending out false sun images not pure bloods.
Stirlingshire Strathcarron Challenge Presentation Brother Lenny McComb, Past Master of Lodge Slamannan No 484, PG Junior Chaplain, started an initiative to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice in Strilingshire. He has asked all 23 Lodges within the Province to run an event of their choice and add it to special fund which will accumulate all the monies. The total amount will then be donated as a lump sum to Strathcarron at a date yet to be set. Thanks to donations from all 23 Lodges and from individuals the final total reached was £20020. A short and restricted presentation took place on the 15th May 2020 where a cheque was handed over to Strathcarron. A massive vote of thanks must go to each & every Lodge/Brother that contributed to this fantastic sum of money.