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Grand Lodge of Scotland

FREEMASONS’ HALL
96 GEORGE STREET
EDINBURGH, EH2 3DH

January 2018

Dear Sir and Brother,

I have to request your attendance at a Regular Communication of the Grand Lodge


of Scotland, to be held here on Thursday 1st February 2018 at 2.00 p.m. Brethren are
requested to be seated by 1.50 p.m.

Before entering the Hall, Members must present their tickets of membership which are
not transferable under pain of forfeiture. They must be properly clothed and should
appear in their own regalia.

I enclose herewith Proceedings of Grand Lodge, No. 3, 2017-2018.

Yours faithfully and fraternally

David M Begg
Grand Secretary

Grand Office-bearers, Members of Grand Committee and Grand Stewards are requested to wear Morning Dress.
BUSINESS
1. Presents – Reports of Proceedings of Sister Grand Lodges.

2. Minute of Grand Lodge. Pages 119 to 128 of the Proceedings.

3. Minute of Annual Communication. Pages 129 to 133 of the Proceedings.

4. Minute of Grand Committee held on 1st February 2018.

5. Minute of the Board of Benevolence and Masonic Homes. Pages 134 to 139 of the
Proceedings.

6. Transactions of Grand Committee Pages 140 to 162 embracing the following


recommendations:-

a) That Brother Thomas Wood be appointed as Provincial Grand Master of Kilwinning


with effect from 14 June 2018. Page 160 of the Proceedings.

b) That Brother Douglas Trevor Philand being appointed Provincial Grand Master of
Argyll and The Isles effect from 14 June 2018. Page 160 of the Proceedings.

c) That Brother Dr. Olanrewanju Olumide be appointed District Grand Master of


Nigeria with effect from 14 June 2018. Page 161 of the Proceedings.

d) That there should be placed on record a cordial vote of thanks to the following
Brethren for their service to the Scottish Craft during their term of their
Commissions: Brother T. Wilson Aitken, Provincial Grand Master of Kilwinning,
Brother Kenneth R. Johnson, Provincial Grand Master of Argyll and The Isles and
Brother Joseph A.O. Ogunfuwa, District Grand Master of Nigeria. Page 161 of the
Proceedings.

e) That Most Worshipful Brother Andrey Bogdanov be appointed our Grand


Representative of the Grand Lodge of Russia.

7. That a Petition be granted to issue a Charter for a new Lodge in the District of Lebanon,
under the name of Lodge Al Nour, No. 1847 (Page 151 of the Proceedings)

8. That a Petition be granted to issue a Charter for a new Lodge in the Province of East
Lothian and Berwickshire, under the name of Lodge Kajaki, No. 1848.
9. Realignment of Provinces, effective from 31st March 2018.

i) That the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires be renamed the Provincial
Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders.

ii) That the Province of East Lothian and Berwickshire be renamed The Provincial
Grand Lodge of East Lothian.

iii) That Lodges Dunse No. 23, St Ebbe, No. 70, St Luke, No. 132, Lodge St John, No.
280, The Lodge of Ercildoune, No. 1119 and Lodge Whiteadder, No. 1245 currently
within the Province of East Lothian, be incorporated under the Province of The
Scottish Borders.

10. Collection for the benefit of Scottish Masonic Benevolent Fund and the Scottish
Masonic Homes Fund.

11. Any other competent business


PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND 119


26th October 2017

AT THE REGULAR COMMUNICATION

Held in Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday, the 26th day of October 2017.

Present - Brothers Charles I. R. Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Most Worshipful Grand


Master Mason, on the Throne; Sir Archibald D. Orr Ewing, Immediate Past Grand Master;
Joseph J. Morrow, Past Grand Master, W. Ramsay McGhee, Depute Grand Master,
Douglas W. Duncan, Kenneth D. Kennedy, C. Martin McGibbon, Past Depute Grand
Masters; Hugh Clelland, Substitute Grand Master, George R. Kelly, Alexander Galbraith,
Maurice E. Wilson, Robert S. Tait, David Wishart, Thomas Jessop, Past Substitute Grand
Masters; Rev. Andrew E. Paterson, Senior Grand Warden, John F. Herrick, Junior Grand
Warden; David M. Begg, Grand Secretary; James Bell, Grand Treasurer; Thomas C.
Smith, Grand Almoner; William H. Gauld, Grand Director of Ceremonies; Alexander
B.M. McLachlan, Senior Grand Deacon; George M. Preston, Junior Grand Deacon; W.
Scott Sneddon, Grand Librarian; John McKenzie, Grand Architect; Samuel Peden, Grand
Jeweller; Thomas Wood, Grand Bible-bearer; Derek Elms, Assistant Grand Treasurer;
Andrew Mushet, Grand Bard, David A. Reid, Grand Sword-bearer, James L. Jack, Grand
Director of Music; Simon J. Nieminski, Grand Organist; Douglas R. Murray, Acting Grand
Piper; Archibald Chalmers, Grand Marshal; Ronald W. Forbes, Senior Grand Standard-
bearer, Thomas Davidson, Grand Inner Guard; James C. Hutchinson, President of Grand
Stewards; Clark Wilson, Grand Tyler; and others as per Attendance Book and Sheets.

Grand Lodge was opened in full form and with solemn prayer.

In Memoriam
BROTHER LOVERAIN JAMES WATT BEATT
Past Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire
Died on 14th July 2017

BROTHER JAMES PENDER THOMSON


Past Provincial Grand Master of Linlithgowshire
Died on 15th July 2017

BROTHER ASPI KHURSHEDJI BYRAMJI


District Grand Master of India
Died on 28th July 2017

BROTHER PETER IRVING STUART


Past Provincial Grand Master of Dumfriesshire
Died on 4th September 2017

Brethren, it is with great sadness that I have to report the death of a highly respected and
well-loved Brethren of our Craft namely:
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Brother LOVERAIN JAMES WATT BEATT, Past Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire,
who died on 14th July 2017.
Brother Loverain, was born on the 1st September 1927 at the fit o'the Toon in Arbroath.
One of 4 children he attended Ladyloan Primary School, then Arbroath High School. On
leaving school he served his apprenticeship as a butcher, a trade that would serve him
all his working life.
He was called up for National Service in 1946 and was stationed in an Army Camp near
Dover, promoted to Sergeant and always maintained they got the wrong man. He met
Jean at a local dance and married her in 1947, after completing his National Service they
returned to Arbroath.
Lovie as he was known returned to working as a butcher, and worked for various butchers
in Arbroath and Carnoustie finishing his working life at the age of 70.
A family man, Lovie and Jean were married for 64 years, and were Great, Great
Grandparents. Illness' took its toll in 1985 when he almost lost his life, but fought back
to good health.
When his wife Jean became ill, he nursed her for many years until she passed away in
2012.
A great passion for Golf, and as a keen golfer he was Captain of both Arbroath Golf Club,
and Arbroath Artisan Golf Club, having won the Provincial Golf competition on many
occasions.
Loverain James Watt Beatt was initiated into Lodge St Thomas of Aberbrothock, No. 40
on the 27th December 1945. He served as Master of Lodge St Thomas of Aberbrothock,
No. 40 from 1963-65, and was a Master who had his own way of doing things. He would
never stick for a word, he would just use another. He was the only Master who could start
at the 1st degree final charge go into the Fellow Craft charge, then the Master Masons,
and finish in the 1st and not many new he had done it. He received his Distinguished
Members Certificate from the Lodge in 1998 for his untiring efforts and received a 70
years diploma in January 2016. Loverain Beatt Past Master was a regular attender of his
Mother Lodge up until last Christmas.
In 1973 he was Commissioned as Substitute Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire, and
served the Province of Forfarshire faithfully and well as Provincial Grand Master from
1987-92. Lovie change the way Provincial approached Freemasonry in Forfarshire when
he walked in to a Lodge if he didn't know you he soon did by introducing himself as "I'm
Lovie, what's your name".
Loverain Beatt was much loved and admired by all who knew him, work colleagues,
and Freemasons alike. He will be sadly missed by the Brethren of Lodge St Thomas of
Aberbrothock, No. 40, and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Forfarshire.

Brother JAMES PENDER THOMSON, Past Provincial Grand Master of Linlithgowshire,


who died on 15th July 2017.
Brother James was a Past Master of Lodge Torphichen Kilwinning, No. 13 and Past
Provincial Grand Master of Linlithgowshire, or Jim, as he was known to everybody, was
born on 30th August 1921 in Bathgate and died in Bathgate on 15th July 2017, six weeks
prior to his 96th Birthday.
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He was educated at Bathgate Public School and at Bathgate Academy. Following service
in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War he joined Bathgate Cooperative
Society as a Van Salesman for many years. He then became an Insurance Agent with the
Cooperative Insurance Society until he retired in 1986.
He was married to Mary in 1947 and they were blessed with two daughters, Margaret
and Wilma, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
There were two major influences in 1949 that were to play an important part in his and
Mary’s life. He was Initiated in Lodge Torphichen Kilwinning, No. 13 on 19th April 1949
and thereafter Passed and Raised on 3rd May 1949 and 17th May 1949 respectively. In the
same year he was ordained as an Elder within Bathgate High Church and served in this
capacity for 61 years, until he had his first stroke.
Brother Thomson served as Master in his Mother Lodge from 1961 to 1962 and thereafter
he served the Lodge as Assistant Secretary from 1963 to 1964, as Secretary from 1964 to
1972 and in the Office of Chaplain for 50 plus years.
He was commissioned as Depute Provincial Grand Master of Linlithgowshire by Brother
Alexander Fraser, Provincial Grand Master, in 1982 and thereafter he was appointed
as Provincial Grand Master of Linlithgowshire in 1987, an office he served with great
dedication and commitment until 1992.
His service to Freemasonry within Lodge Torphichen Kilwinning, No. 13, within the
Province of Linlithgowshire and within many other related Orders was exemplary, was
greatly appreciated and applauded by everyone who worked with him during these
years.
In addition to his service as an Elder, Jim and his wife Mary were the Leaders within the
Church Youth Club for many years and there is no doubt that their service to the Youth
Club was greatly appreciated by many from within the Community of Bathgate.
Unfortunately, Mary fell and broke both arms. So, Jim became “Head Cook and Bottle
Washer”. This was the start of his culinary skills, cooking meals and baking pancakes,
scones and cakes and, if that was not enough, he tried his hand at making marmalade.
Clearly, he and Mary could only eat so many pancakes, scones and cakes and, this being
the case, he was soon selling his produce at the close of Lodge meetings for Lodge Funds.
This developed very quickly and as a major Fund- Raising Venture, prior to leaving
home for Lodge Meetings, he would fill the boot of his car with his produce and sell it to
Brethren at the conclusion of the meetings, the profit from which was donated to Lodge
Funds and many Charities including Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.
His health deteriorated to such an extent that he was moved into Meadowvale Nursing
Home where he was cared for until his death on 15th July 2017.
His funeral within Bathgate High Church and his burial at Boghead Cemetery in Bathgate
were well attended by many who had the privilege of sharing part of their life with him.
He will be sadly missed by his many friends. However, we can all remember Jim Thomson
as a very special person, a highly committed and devoted Freemason and a loyal friend
to many.
But above all, he will be missed by his wife Mary, his daughters Margaret and Wilma,
his grandchildren and his great grandchildren and to them we do extend our sincere
condolences and blessing
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Brother James Pender Thomson was highly respected in all walks of life and we mourn
his passing to the Grand Lodge above.

Brother ASPI KHURSHEDJI BYRAMJI, District Grand Master of India, who died on 28th
July 2017.
Brother Aspi started his working career with the New India Assurance Co. Ltd. in 1962
when he was employed as a Claims Inspector for Automobiles. He obtained a Surveyor’s
license in the same year and in a career spanning 35 years, he retired in 1997 as a
Divisional Manager who was in charge of the Regional Office in Mumbai and two branch
offices in Pune and Jamshedpur.
Having a heart leaning towards service to others, he was an Active Member of the Lions
Club of East Bombay District and a Past President of the Club.
Aspi K. Byramji, was initiated in Lodge Forman No. 1066 on 5th February, 1970. After
having served in various capacities in the Lodge, he was elected to serve as Master in
December 1974.
Lodge Forman honored him for his services to the Lodge and to Masonry by awarding
him a Distinguished Service Membership in April 2007. During his Masonic career, he
has held almost all the Active Offices in the District and was ultimately Commissioned as
Depute District Grand Master in 2001, and then Commissioned as District Grand Master
2007 and re-commissioned in 2012 for a further five years.
The Grand Lodge of Scotland conferred on him the rank of Hon. Senior Grand Warden
in 2012.
During his term of office as District Grand Master, he led the District with great distinction.
He was due to demit office as District Grand Master at this October communication.

Brother PETER IRVING STUART, Past Provincial Grand Master of Dumfriesshire, who
died on 4th September 2017.

Brother Irving was born on the 21st July 1925 and died peacefully in The Thomas Hope
Hospital, Langholm, on 4th September 2017 aged 92 years.
He attended school at Langholm Academy, leaving at 15. His first job was an apprenticeship
with a local grocer. When the Second World War started, he signed up for the Royal Navy
and saw service in the Arctic Convoys and later in Far East. On leaving the Royal Navy,
he took up employment at the Local Foundry and was casting various objects including
drain covers. He then moved to C.A.D. Longtown as a bomb disposal expert.
By this time Irving was married and our own War Office at home was a little apprehensive
about his work with bombs, so he left and started work in the textile industry where he
remained until his retirement.
Irving married Martha in 1952, and they had one son Michael. He was father-in-law to
Sharon, the grandfather of Mhairi and Callum and great grandfather of Ellie.
The Langholm Parish Church was very important to Irving, and he was an Elder of the
Church and was Beadle for approximately 40 years before retiring.
He had many interest and hobbies. In his youth he played Rugby, mainly on the wing.
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After that, he took up bowling, and also gardening where he won many trophies at the
local shows.
However his main joy outwith Masonry was singing. He sang in the local Church Choir,
for the local Operatic Society, at Burns Suppers and of course the Master’s Song at
Installations.
For many years he sang a solo at the annual Divine Service held by Lodge Eskdale
Kilwinning No. 107. In the local Operatic Society he played the lead tenor in many of the
productions. His email address was “kokolangholm”, which shows his affection for the
many lead comic roles he played in the G&S productions.
Irving joined Masonry in 1966 in Lodge Eskdale Kilwinning No. 107, being initiated on 6th
October 1966. He became RWM of Lodge Eskdale Kilwinning No. 107 in 1974.
He joined the Provincial Grand Lodge of Dumfriesshire in 1976 and never looked back.
Starting as a Provincial Grand Steward 1976 he rose to Provincial Grand Architect in 1989,
and then became Substitute Provincial Grand Master in 1990-95 and Deputy Provincial
Grand Master 1995-2000. Following this he was appointed Provincial Grand Master for
the period 2000-2005, being installed by the Grand Master Mason Brother Lord Burton.
Tragedy struck fourteen days after the Installation when his wife Martha died, but he
carried on and completed his Commission. He continued to support his successors until
he became too ill.
He also held high office in other orders, including being Depute Grand Superintendent
for the Provincial Grand Chapter of Dumfriesshire for 1998 to 2003.
He will be greatly missed, not only by the members of his Mother Lodge, but by the
whole of the Province of Dumfriesshire.

VISITORS TO GRAND LODGE


“To all of our visitors I extend a very warm welcome and would ask them on return to
their respective Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges and Lodges to convey the warmest
fraternal greetings of the Grand Lodge of Scotland”.

We also have present the Grand Master of South Carolina, Brother Michael Smith, the
Grand Master of Kansas Brother Brandon Cole Presley, and the Past Grand Master of
Massachusetts, Brother Donald Laliberte. I would also like to welcome Brother the Rev.
David Taylor who today is celebrating his 60th Wedding Anniversary”.

PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTERS


At this meeting we normally recognise all the Provincial Grand Masters we have installed
in the past year, and I would ask the PGMs to stand whilst I read out their names:

Brother Norman Macleod PGM Edinburgh


Brother Neil Fraser PGM Renfrewshire East
Brother James Forrest PGM Dunbartonshire
Brother Ian Michael Williamson PGM Aberdeen City
Brother Dennis Warren PGM Galloway
Brother Stuart James Quigley PGM Fife and Kinross
Brother John James Russell Logan PGM Perthshire East
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I also Installed Brother Errol Charles Alberga as District Grand Master of Jamaica; Brother
Rajendra Rabindranth Bagwat as District Grand Master in Trinidad and Tobago and
Grenada; Brother Brigadier Edwards Orin Collins as District Grand Master of Guyana.

MINUTES OF GRAND LODGE


The Minutes of the Regular Meeting held on 8th June 2017 were as printed and circulated
amongst members of Grand Lodge were held as read and approved. (Pages 1 to 11 of
the Proceedings)

MINUTE OF GRAND COMMITTEE


At a meeting of Grand Committee held on 26th October 2017 Present – Brother Charles
Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason,
presiding, and 47 members as per Attendance Book.

The Minute of the meeting of Grand Committee held on 7th September 2016 was
approved.

The Grand Secretary intimated that following the death of the Depute Grand Master
of Renfrewshire West, the late Brother John Keith, a further ballot of Lodges had been
taken and all Lodges and the Provinces had recommended Brother Robert McIntyre,
Provincial Grand Secretary, be appointed as Provincial Grand Master. Accordingly,
Brother McIntyre was recommended for appointment, as from 1st February 2018. Grand
Secretary intimated that this proposal be put to Grand Lodge this afternoon.

The “2000 Club” Draw was made by the Grand Master Mason, the winners being:-

Number Name Prize


3118 WILLIAM REANEY, HELENSBURGH £600
956 IAN DOUGLAS £500
5209 THE LODGE OF DUNKELD, No. 14 £400
1885 MRS ELIZABETH LAMOND, LIVINGSTONE £300
2754 THE OPERATIVE LODGE OF AIRDRIE, No. 203 £200

Grand Secretary intimated that the BBC were intending to produce a documentary
about the Grand Lodge of Scotland and how they hold an important place in the national
Psyche of Scotland. The program would cover from the history of the Craft in Scotland,
to the present day. Some filming work would be done at the Installation and Festival of
St. Andrew, although not in a tyled temple, and Brethren who do not wish to be filmed
may stand aside.

MINUTE OF THE BOARD OF BENEVOLENCE AND OF THE MASONIC HOMES


The Minute of the Board of Benevolence and Masonic Homes (Pages 46 to 53 of the
Proceedings). were approved.

TRANSACTIONS OF GRAND COMMITTEE


(a) That the Grand Lodge Accounts and Balance Sheets in respect of the Grand
Lodge General Fund, Benevolent and Charity Funds, and the Scottish Masonic
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Homes Limited be approved. (Page 61 of the proceedings).


(b) That the amount to be fixed for the year 2018, in terms of Law 119 and the First
Schedule, Part 1, Item 10, i.e.”Capitation Fee”, be £33.00 per Qualified Member
(except non-attending Life Members). (Page 61 of the Proceedings)
(c) That the following appointments of Provincial Grand Masters be approved with
effect from 1st February 2018: (Page 81 of the Proceedings)
Brother William C. Steel as Provincial Grand Master of Ayrshire
Brother Robert McIntyre as Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire West
That the following appointments as District Grand Master be approved with
effect from 1st February 2018 (Page 81 of the Proceedings)
Brother Rabih N. Jarmakani as District Grand Master of Lebanon
Brother David F. Gallacher as District Grand Master of the Western Province of
the Cape of Good Hope.
Brother Wayne G. Corney as District Grand Master of the Eastern Province of the
Cape of Good Hope.
Brother Frank McCully re-appointed as District Grand Master of Zambia.
(d) That there should be placed on record a cordial vote of thanks to the following
Brethren for their service to the Scottish Craft during their term of Commissions:
Brother Robert Little, Provincial Grand Master of Ayrshire
Brother James P. Livingstone, Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire West
Brother Andrew E. Paterson, Acting District Grand Master of Lebanon
Brother Charles J. Smith, District Grand Master of the Western Province of The
Cape of Good Hope.
Brother William H. Basson, District Grand Master of the Eastern Province of The
Cape of Good Hope.

NOMINATION OF OFFICE BEARERS AND ELECTION OF BOARD OF GRAND STEWARDS


FOR THE YEAR 2016/17 (Page 82 and 83 of the Proceedings.)
Brother Sir Archibald Donald Orr Ewing, Immediate Past Grand Master, proposed that
Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont be appointed as Grand Master
Mason, commenting that this would be a record for a Grand Master Mason, surpassing
his previous record of nine years over two terms. The proposal was seconded by Brother
Rev. Joseph Morrow, Past Grand Master

There being no other recommendations the motion was carried.

The Grand Master Mason thanked the Brethren for their confidence in him and said how
proud he was to represent Scottish Freemasonry all over the world.

The Grand Master Mason enquired whether the list of Office-bearers listed on pages 82
and 83 of the Proceedings were approved, and there after declared that the list of Office-
bearers and Stewards as listed on pages and of the Proceedings were elected to serve for
the Year 2017/18.
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VOTE FOR GRAND COMMITTEE


Grand Secretary indicated that Brethren were now required to vote for nominations for
Grand Committee for the Year 2017/18. Subsequently, it was confirmed that all Brethren
had received a list of nominees and that all ballots had been cast. The Grand Master
Mason declared the voting closed.
The votes cast in the election to Grand Committee are shown below.
The returning Officer thereafter announced the result of the voting as follows:-
Andrew Mushet - 135
Alexander Galbraith - 134
Maurice E. Wilson - 111
Ronald W. A. Forbes - 99
John S. Miller - 95
Dr. Douglas R.H. Nicol - 87
Kenneth K. Kennedy - 85
W. Scott Sneddon - 77
Gordon W. Michie - 67
Michael Kinnaird - 61
Rev. Robert Craig - 60
John Muirhead - 59
Angus McKinnon - 54
Alan Maitland - 48
Michael McAdams - 42
Robert R. Law - 41
John J. F. Coats - 35
James M. Harp - 25
Graeme M. Johnstone - 22
In addition, Brother Ewan Rutherford also stood for election and received 113 votes,
however as Brother Rutherford has been appointed Depute Grand Master he will remain
on Grand Committee and in accordance with accepted convention the first ten Brethren
above will be elected on to the Committee.

REPORT FROM GRAND MASTER MASON


Brethren, it has been the custom over the last few years to receive a report from the
Grand Master Mason regarding the activities of the Lodge over the last year and what
plans we may have for the future. This has normally been given at the June meeting
however, you may recall last June, Grand Secretary and I were scheduled to leave for a
European Grand Masters meeting in Bucharest immediately after the June meeting, so I
promised we would have the report today.
By necessity, I will endeavour to cover briefly most of the points, as many will no doubt
be included in my response to the Toast to the Grand Lodge of Scotland at the Festival
of St. Andrew.
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FREEMASONS’ HALL
Over the years we have made continued improvements to the building and regrettably
for a building this size, and enjoying the protected status imposed upon us by Historic
Scotland we have a duty to keep the building in a first-class condition.

Recently we have been having some trouble with our sound system here in the Main
Hall and it has been for repair. The principle reason has been a case of too many sound
technicians, (or those who think they are sound technicians), fiddling with the pre-set
controls.

The fire door exits onto Rose Street Lane at the rear of the building, will soon be replaced,
which will improve security and comply with Fire, Health and Building Control regulations.
We will also be installing new bag racks on either side of the side doors of Grand Hall to
better enable the Brethren to store their coats and bags prior to the meetings, although
this will not be done until after the Installation Meeting.

This year we again rented out the building for during the Edinburgh Festival. There was
a new company renting the building with a slightly different programme and judging by
the queues along George Street, it seems to have been a great success. The additional
rental income we receive is most welcome but importantly the building is open to the
public which helps to reduce the mystery and suspicion that still surrounds our work. An
integral part of the success of the Festival Lets is Brother Clark Wilson, our Grand Tyler
and Hall-keeper, who is greatly respected by the production companies, and an ever-
present attendance during the shows to supervise our facility.

This year we have, and are, experiencing a significant increase number of visitors to
the museum and the building in general, from visiting Overseas Masons. We are very
fortunate to have a well-versed band of volunteer guides to assist in showing visitors the
building. The enthusiasm for their task is greatly appreciated, by all of us at Grand Lodge.

GRAND LODGE BENEVOLENCE AND MASONIC HOMES


The Grand Lodge Benevolence and Homes Committee continues to manage the
Benevolence efforts of Grand Lodge in a most effective manner. Under the guidance
of Mrs Dawn Ollif and with the willing support the Brethren we continue to supply an
effective and first rate residential accommodation facility for our elderly residents, in
a safe and friendly environment. Unfortunately, we had to discontinue our Day Care
Service at Bridge of Weir, as considering the reluctance of local authorities to properly
finance this service we have reluctantly had no option but to withdraw our services. This
was done with the minimum disruption to those who had come to rely on this service.

Our staff are trained to the highest possible standards and supplement this with online
courses, to bring themselves to exceed the requirements of the Care Commission. There
is little doubt that the Care Sector is becoming overburdened with rules and regulations
and whilst we will never detract from our self-imposed standards, we must recognise
that the residential care sector will always be difficult.

We have continued to support Prostate Scotland and to date have collected almost
£380,000 for this most deserving of Charities, - of note was the fantastic zip - wire across
the Clyde that collected a total of £120,000 in one afternoon, a magnificent effort. We
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have agreed to continue to support this charity until 2020. The Charity continually
advertises and gives credit to Grand Lodge for our assistance.

Over the last few years we have seen a significant drop in Brethren and their families
requesting benevolent assistance. We introduced a few years ago an Almoners Guide to
Benevolence, and this has been a very useful tool in defining when benevolent assistance
may be required. However, Society has to a large extent changed, and given the amount
of grants and levels of assistance now available externally, it may be necessary to
question whether our definition of Masonic Benevolence is still appropriate. The Charity
Commissioner has recently questioned our definition of Masonic Benevolence in that
if Masonic Benevolence means that the funds are only for the relief of Freemasons and
their families then this would be at odds with the definition of charitable purposes in
the 2005 Act. We have received legal advice that if Masonic Benevolence was meant
to cover general charitable relief then there would be no need to amend our bye-laws.
Essentially, the charity Commission will not allow us to build up substantial funds in our
Benevolent Funds, if they are not being used for charitable purposes. This is a complicated
area, which may require some basic changes to the manner in which we manage all our
benevolent activities.

RELATIONS WITH OTHER CONSTITUTIONS AND ORDERS


Relations with other Grand Lodges and Masonic bodies are good, although there can be
from time to time a few local difficulties. In December 2016 the Grand Lodge of New York
withdrew recognition of the Grand Lodge of Scotland regarding three members of our
Lodges in Lebanon, who the Grand Lodge of New York had expelled. The Grand Lodge
of Scotland strictly followed our own Constitution and Laws and the Brethren concerned
were firstly suspended by our Disciplinary Committee and reinstated on appeal to the
Disciplinary Review Committee. Prior to the Disciplinary Review Committee meeting, I
received a very unprofessional letter from the Grand Master of New York withdrawing
recognition of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, to which I replied. However, there seems
little prospect of a reconciliation with New York, in the near future. The relationship
with Other Orders and Masonic bodies operating in Scotland is good. I chair an annual
meeting with the Head of all the other Orders, to discuss common issues. Relationships
with these Orders are excellent and all require their members to maintain their
memberships with all Craft Lodges they may be members of. These other Orders will not
recognise corresponding Orders in other countries if the Grand Lodge of Scotland does
not recognise a Craft Lodge in that Country.

OTHER MATTERS
The Administration Committee are presently reviewing the basic structure of Grand
Committee, as it is recognised that there are too many on that Committee to effectively
manage the Craft. Proposals have been received to effectively reduce the numbers on
that Committee. Proposals to change the Constitution and Laws will be required to be
drafted; however, as the decision has been made to incorporate all the necessary changes
in one ‘hit’ the necessary Notices of Motion will take some time to implement. One of the
principle reasons for changing the number in Grand Committee will be to assist in setting
up various working groups that can be drawn from ALL the membership, not just from the
present Grand Committee. In this connection I would request any Brother who has specific
skills, tasks or expertise - to register them with Grand Secretary who will be able to compile
a list of Brethren that we can call on to assist when forming specific working parties.
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COLLECTION FOR SCOTTISH MASONIC BENEVOLENT FUND, AND THE SCOTTISH HOMES
FUND
The collection raised £265.88

ANY OTHER BUSINESS


(i) 
That Brother Robin McIntyre be appointed Provincial Grand Master of
Renfrewshire West.

(ii) The Grand Secretary on behalf of the Brethren thanked the Grand Master
Mason for his chairmanship of the Communication. The Brethren responded
with acclamation.

Grand Lodge was closed in due form with solemn prayer.


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PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

131 GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND


30 November 2017
th

AT THE ANNUAL COMMUNICATION

Held in Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday, the 30th day of November 2017.

Present - Brothers Charles I. R. Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Most Worshipful Grand


Master Mason, on the Throne; Archibald D. Orr Ewing, Immediate Past Grand Master;
Rev. Canon Joseph J. Morrow, O.St.J., Past Grand Master Mason, W. Ramsay McGhee,
Depute Grand Master; Hugh Clelland, Substitute Grand Master, Douglas Duncan, Hugh
Bryson, Martin McGibbon, Kenneth D. Kennedy, Past Depute Grand Masters; George
Kelly, Maurice E. Wilson, Alexander Galbraith, David Wishart, Rev. John Jenkinson,
Thomas Jessop, Robert S. Tait, Past Substitute Grand Masters; Rev. Andrew E. Paterson,
Senior Grand Warden; John F. Herrick, Junior Grand Warden; David M. Begg, Grand
Secretary; James Bell, Grand Treasurer; Thomas C. Smith, Grand Almoner; William H.
Gauld, Grand Director of Ceremonies; Rev. William Paterson, Senior Grand Chaplain;
Rev. Iain R. Ramsden, Junior Grand Chaplain; Alexander B.M. McLachlan Senior Grand
Deacon; George M. Preston, Junior Grand Deacon; W. Scott Sneddon, Grand Librarian;
John McKenzie, Grand Architect; John McKenzie, Samuel Peden, Grand Jeweller; Derek
Elms, Assistant Grand Treasurer; Andrew Mushet, Grand Bard; David A. Reid Grand
Sword-bearer; James L. Jack Grand Director of Music; Alistair Henderson, Assistant Grand
Director of Ceremonies; Simon J. Nieminski, Grand Organist; David S. Ogilvie, Grand
Piper; Archibald Chalmers, Grand Marshal; Ronald W.A. Forbes, Senior Grand Standard-
bearer; Michael Kinnaird, Junior Grand Standard-bearer; Thomas Davidson, Grand Inner
Guard; Clark Wilson, Grand Tyler.

Grand Lodge was opened in full form and with solemn prayer.

VISITORS TO GRAND LODGE


Brother Sir Archibald D. Orr Ewing, Bart., Installing Grand Master, in welcoming the
visitors, said :-.

“I would like to welcome this afternoon Most Worshipful Brother Zahnd, Grand Master
of Switzerland heading a deputation from the Grand Lodge of Switzerland. We also have
considerable number of deputations from our overseas districts, which include the Far
East, Ghana, Gibraltar, India, Lebanon, a large deputation from the Middle East, and from
Sierra Leone and the Gambia, The Bahamas, Nigeria, Zambia, and Panama.

There are many other distinguished guests from around the world with us and I extend
to all present the sincere greetings of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and I very much hope
that we are all going to have a most enjoyable day.”

The Senior Grand Warden, Junior Grand Warden, Grand Director of Ceremonies, Senior
Grand Deacon, Junior Grand Deacon and Grand Sword-bearer retired to escort into Grand
Lodge, Most Worshipful Brother Tor Evenson, Sovereign Grand Master of the Norwegian
Order of Freemasons who was presented to and welcomed by Brother Archibald D Orr
Ewing, Bart., Installing Grand Master.
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Brother Archibald D Orr Ewing, Bart., Right Worshipful Installing Grand Master, said;-

"Brethren, at the Regular Communication held on 27th October 2016, Brother Charles
lain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont unanimously was elected Grand Master Mason
for the ensuing twelve months. I would now call on the Grand Master Mason's Escort
to retire from Grand Hall in order to escort the Grand Master Mason-elect into Grand
Lodge."

The Escort, consisting of the Grand Director of Ceremonies, Grand Chaplains, Grand
Deacons, Grand Jeweller, Grand Sword-bearer, Grand Standard-bearers, President and
Vice President of Grand Stewards and two Grand Stewards, retired accordingly.

During the Processional Entry of the Grand Master Mason-elect and his Escort into Grand
Lodge, the Brethren sang Psalm, 121, the Consecration Vessels being deposited. The
Grand Master Mason-elect was presented to the Installing Grand Master, who addressed
him according to ancient custom.

Having signified his assent to the Charges and Regulations, the Grand Master Mason­
elect took the oath de ideli administraione officii, after which the Brethren sang the
Choral Blessing, "The Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee". On being invested with the Chain
and Jewel of his Office, the Grand Master Mason was conducted to the Throne of Grand
Lodge by the Installing Grand Master, and thereafter the Grand Director of Ceremonies
proclaimed Brother Charles lain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Most Worshipful
Grand Master Mason in due form.

The Grand Master Mason then appointed Brother Ewan Rutherford, as Depute Grand
Master and Brother Hugh Clelland as Substitute Grand Master.

These Brethren thereafter were obligated, invested, installed and proclaimed.

The Grand Office-bearers for the coming year were then installed by Brother Ewan
Rutherford, Depute Grand Master and Brother Hugh Clelland, Substitute Grand Master:-

John F. Herrick, B.D.S., M.P.H. Senior Grand Warden


Alexander B.M. McLachlan Junior Grand Warden
James Bell, C.A. Grand Treasurer
Thomas C. Smith, I. Eng., A.M.I. Struct. E. Grand Almoner
William H. Gauld Grand Director of Ceremonies
Rev. William Paterson, B.D. Senior Grand Chaplain
Rev. Iain Ramsden, B.TH. M.St.J. Junior Grand Chaplain
George M. Preston Senior Grand Deacon
Alexander Moncrieff Junior Grand Deacon
W. Scott Sneddon, B.A.,LL.B.Dip.L.P.,N.P.,S.S.C. Grand Librarian
John McKenzie Grand Architect
Samuel Peden Grand Jeweller
Thomas Wood Grand Bible-bearer
Andrew Mushet, O.St. J. Grand Bard
David A. Reid Grand Sword-bearer
James L. Jack Grand Director of Music
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Alistair Henderson Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies


David S. Ogilvie Grand Piper
Archibald Chalmers Grand Marshall
Ronald W.A. Forbes Senior Grand Standard-bearer
Michael Kinnaird Junior Grand Standard-bearer
Thomas Davidson, F.R.I.C.S. Grand Inner Guard
Michael W.L. Dennis President of Grand Stewards
Clark Wilson Grand Tyler

After the singing of Psalm 24, verses 7 to 10, the Senior Grand Chaplain offered the
Prayer of Dedication.

Brother Archibald D Orr Ewing, Bart., Installing Grand Master said:-

“I now present to you the Emblem of Authority and I extend to you and to the Grand
Office-bearers every good wish for the forthcoming year."

Brother Charles lain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Most Worshipful Grand Master
Mason, replied as follows:-

"Right Worshipful Installing Grand Master, Brother Archibald D Orr Ewing, Bart., I would
like to thank you for again installing myself, and Brother Ewan Rutherford and Brother
Hugh Clelland for installing the Grand Lodge Office-bearers this afternoon”.

COLLECTION
The collection amounting to £1,027.50 was uplifted.

HONORARY GRAND RANK


Grand Secretary read the list of names of those Brethren upon whom the Grand Master
Mason has conferred Honorary Grand Rank as follows:-

GRAND TREASURER – Brothers Douglas Blue, Lodge St Vigean, No. 101; David Russell,
Lodge Otago Kilwinning, No. 417; Norman David Millar, Lodge Granite Union, No. 480;
William Charles Waite, Lodge Kenmuir, No. 570; Thomas Forgan Menzies Trotter, Lodge
Firth of Clyde, No. 626; Hamish Keir, Lodge Seaforth, No. 854; Said Selim Hobeika, Lodge
Peace, No. 908; Bomi Shavak Billimoria, Lodge Forman, No. 1066;

GRAND ALMONER – Brothers Keith Aikenhead, Lodge St Mark, No. 1313; Christopher
Robert George Parcells, Lodge Clarendon Kilwinning, No. 1427; James Glancy MacLean,
Lodge Friendship, No. 1712;

GRAND DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES – Brothers Alan David Rudland, Lodge St David


(University Lodge) No. 36, James Colin Sykes, Lodge St John Kilwinning, No. 57; William
Miller, Lodge St Thomas, No. 306; Dennis Alexander Gill Walker, Lodge St Ninian, No. 575;
Andrew Kemp Wilkinson Laven, Lodge Liberton, No. 1201; Charles Rogerson, Lodge Lord
Bruce, No. 1601;

SENIOR GRAND CHAPLAIN – Brothers Phillip Davies, Lodge Biggar Free Operative,
No. 167; Ian James Bain, Lodge Ugie, No. 939;
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SENIOR GRAND DEACON – Brothers William McIntyre Shields Semple, United Lodge
of Dunkeld, No. 14; Neil Johnston Stephen, Lodge St John Operative, No. 92; Stephen
Robert McConnachie, Lodge Royal Blue, No. 399; Stuart McCall, Lodge Burns St Mary,
No. 505; Brian William Hunter, Lodge Hilton St Andrew, No. 1220; David John Collings,
Lodge St Andrew, No. 1318; Yip Wing Kong, Lodge St Andrew, No. 1432; William Bell,
Lodge Cadder Freestone, No. 1584;

JUNIOR GRAND DEACON – Brothers James Slider Dorricott, Lodge Hamilton, No. 233;
Lindell Elon Nurse, Lodge Scotia, No. 340; Noshir Godrej Paghdiwalla, Lodge Rising Sun,
506; Christopher Hartley Moore, Lodge St John, No. 1072; John McIndoe, Lodge Bothwell
Brig, No. 1229; Stewart William Pollock, Lodge Far East Caledonian, No. 1274; John
Stuart Macleod, Tarbert, Tarbert Loch Fyne, No. 1306; Floyd Pemberton Taylor, Lodge
St Andrew, No. 1509; Jayraman Ramesh, Lodge Notwani, No. 1633; Anthony Ulysees
Bostwick, Lodge St Michael, No. 1634; Nicholas Colin Browne-Marke, Lodge The Earl of
Eglington and Winton; No. 1650;

GRAND LIBRARIAN – Brothers William Lawson McLeod, Lodge St Michael’s Kilwinning,


No. 63; Eric MacPherson Pearson, Lodge St Matthew Kilwinning, No. 549;

GRAND ARCHITECT – Brothers Kenneth Kennedy Morrison, Greenock Kilwinning, No. 12;
James Barbour, St Mark’s Lodge at Glasgow, No. 102; John Syme, Lodge Paisley St Mirrins,
No. 129; Robert Victor Woodstock, Lodge Glenlyon, No. 346; Martin Gale Smillie, Burns
St Mary, No. 505; Lloyd George Barnett, Lodge St John, No. 623; George Edward Wilson,
Lodge Randolph, No. 776; George Bell, Lodge Paisley St James, No. 1116; Errol Lloyd
Wright, Lodge Clarendon Kilwinning, No. 1427;

GRAND JEWELLER – Brother George Findlay McGhee, The Union and Crown Lodge
Glasgow, No. 103;

GRAND BIBLE-BEARER – Brothers John Robb Paterson Shirran, Lodge St Machar, No.
319; Martin Selmar Willweber, Lodge Hiogo and Osaka, No.498; Dennis Allan, Lodge St
Mary’s, No. 1287; Foo Boon Fong, Lodge Pahang, No. 1589; Hubert George Bartholomew,
Lodge St Andrew, No. 1684;

GRAND BARD – Brother John Porter, Lodge Clydesdale, No. 556;

GRAND SWORD-BEARER – Brothers Douglas Joseph Balloqui, Lodge Coronation, No.


934; Ralph Harold Nelsen, Lodge Harry S. Trueman, No. 1727;

ASSISTANT GRAND SECRETARY – Brothers Robert Easton, Lodge St John, No. 46;
John Hunter, The St Johns Operative Lodge, No. 347; Robert McIntyre, Lodge Firth of
Clyde, No. 626; Douglas Hamilton Buck, Lodge St Servanus, No. 771; William Gilmour,
Lodge St Clair of Balbeggie, No. 867; Donaldo Alejandro Branch W. Lodge Thistle, No.
1013; Heshan Peiris, Lodge Angoni, No. 1404; Leslie Swanson Mair, Lodge Loch Lomond,
No. 1483;

ASSISTANT GRAND TREASURER – Brothers John William Craigie, Lodge Kirkwall


Kilwinning, No. 382; Tennyson St George Manford Bruce, Lodge Civil and Military, No.
726; Derek Anthony Rudolph Dean, Lodge Fort Nassau, No. 1819;
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ASSISTANT GRAND DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES – Brother Sean Ronald Noel, Lodge


Alpha, No. 1594; Yeow Ewe Hor, Lodge Kilwinning, No. 1606; Arthur Michael Doherty,
Lodge Sapiens, No. 1620;

GRAND ORGANIST –Brother Gordon Thomas Kinniburgh, Lodge Bonhill and Alexandria
St Andrew’s Royal Arch, No. 321;

GRAND PIPER – Brother Colin Sidley, The Lodge of Fort William, No. 43; Devan Pillai,
Lodge Tullibardine in the East, No. 1118;

GRAND MARSHAL – Brothers Daniel Gordon Cuthbert, Lodge King Robert de Bruce, No.
304; Kersi Noshir Wadia, Lodge Rising Star of Western India, No. 342; Anil Christopher
Nair, Lodge St Andrew’s in the East, No. 343; William Sinclair, Lodge St Fergus, No. 466;
David Charles Horne Davidson, Lodge Golden Feather, No. 855; Ronald Miller, Lodge Kyle,
No. 1117; Chesley Jordon Saunders, Lodge St Andrew, No. 1139; William Boyd Vivian,
Lodge Hearts Content, No. 1275; Hughie Butt, Lodge Humber, No. 1475; James William
Smith, Lodge Tullibardine, No. 1484; Arne Luring, Lodge Unity, No. 1510; Pradip Kari,
Lodge Ruwenzori, No. 1652; Terence Fitzgerald, Lodge Herodom, No. 1768;

SENIOR GRAND STANDARD-BEARER – Brother John Peter Dilmitis, Lodge Lomagundi,


No. 1075;

JUNIOR GRAND STANDARD-BEARER – Brothers Gary Hepburn, Lodge Union of Athole,


No. 591; Xavier Jacques Greyling, Lodge Roodepoort Caledonian, No. 865; Anton
Waldemar Wilson, Lodge Krugersdorp, No. 994;

GRAND TYLER – Brother William Johnstone Beattie, The Hawick Lodge, No. 111;

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

The Grand Secretary reminded the Brethren who were attending the Festival of St
Andrew that buses were available, immediately outside Grand Lodge, for transportation
to and from the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

Grand Lodge thereafter was closed in due form and with solemn prayer after which the
Brethren joined in singing the National Anthem.

The Brethren then proceeded to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh for the
celebration of the Festival of Saint Andrew.
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AT MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF BENEVOLENCE AND MASONIC HOMES AND OF


GRAND COMMITTEE HELD ON 14TH DECEMBER 2017.

BOARD OF BENEVOLENCE AND MASONIC HOMES

REPORT BY
BENEVOLENCE AND CARE COMMITTEE

8th November 2017

Present - Brothers J.M. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, Chairman; George M Preston,


David A. Reid, Rev. lain R. Ramsden, Alistair Henderson, Thomas C. Smith, James Bell and
Grand Secretary.
An apology for absence was intimated from Brother Dr Douglas R. H. Nicol.
Brothers Charles lain R. Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Grand Master Mason; John
F. Herrick and Rev Andrew E. Paterson were present in their capacity as Grand Lodge
Trustees.
Prior to commencing the business of the day, the Committee wished to record its thanks
to Brother Rev Robert Craig for his contribution to the work of the Committee during his
period of membership.
The Minute of the meeting of 9th August 2017 was approved and signed.
An updated report was given on the position regarding the project which is ongoing, in
partnership with the Tzu Chi Buddhist Charity Foundation, to build a clinic on land which
it owns in the Philippines. The Committee was delighted to note that excellent progress
had been made and was grateful to the District Grand Lodge of the Far East for their
assistance and for providing photographs which highlighted each stage of the building
work.
A report was given in relation to progress with the implementation of an electronic system
to replace the manual system in regard to the completion of care related documentation
at the Masonic Homes. As had been previously reported, the Company which provides
our online training suite is presently developing an electronic care planning package
and it was hoped that this would prove to meet our needs. Presently both Homes are
participating in the pilot scheme to modify and test the new system, which is called 'Care
Manager', however, progress has been very slow and, if this continues, it is the case that,
with regret, we will require, in the new year, to explore other options.
Grand Secretary gave an updated report on the production of the publicity film and
advised that the Grand Master Mason and the Homes and Charities Manager would
shortly be making contributions with a view to broadening the detail which is presently
included. It was further reported that the launch of the film will now take place in the
new year.
It was noted that there had been one instance of water ingress at the Marcus Humphrey
House as a result of storm damage due to high winds. As the cost of repair had proved to
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be minimal, when the excess of the insurance policy had been taken into account, it had
not been worthwhile making a claim.
The Committee viewed a number of photographs and was pleased to note that the work
to repair a local secondary school in Fiji, which had been organized by Lodge Polynesia, No
562, was now nearing completion. The School had been damaged as a result of Cyclone
Winston and the Committee agreed that its repair was an excellent use of the grant of
£5,700 which had been awarded by Grand Lodge. A report and additional photographs
will be provided by the Lodge once the repair project has been completed.
After discussion, it was agreed that, for the health and safety of all, wall mounted
defibrillators would be installed in Freemasons' Hall. Brother Dr. Nicol had carried out
extensive investigation and the Committee was pleased to note that, after consultation
with the Chairman and Grand Almoner, suitable equipment had been purchased to
enable a wall mounted machine to be installed outside the Hallkeeper's office on the
ground floor and in the corridor outside the lower hall. It was considered that these may
also be beneficial in the Masonic Homes and the Homes and Charities Manager, whilst
noting the requirement to be mindful of the DNR instructions which are in place for
Residents, will seek guidance from the Care Inspectorate in this regard when the annual
inspections at the Homes are being carried out. The Homes and Charities Manager
confirmed that she will arrange for the supplier to provide training in the use of the
equipment in the New Year - presently there are a total of 11 persons who have agreed to
be trained comprising of Grand Lodge Staff, Supreme Council for Scotland Staff, Brother
Dr Nicol and individuals who are regularly in attendance at meetings etc. in the building.
Advice is awaited from the Royal Order of Scotland and the Supreme Grand Royal Arch
Chapter of Scotland, with whom Brother Dr Nicol has been in contact, as to whether they
would like to be represented at the training.
It was noted that repairs have commenced to 94A George Street (which is owned by the
Benevolent Fund of Grand Lodge) and will be completed by the end of November. These
will be paid for by the lessee of this part of the building in accordance with the terms of
the lease.
The Homes and Charities Manager gave an updated report on the former Day Centre
building at Bridge of Weir. It was confirmed that a protocol has been put in place
regarding the maintenance and upkeep of the building which is being followed by Staff
on site - this includes a detailed check being carried out by the handyman once per week
and a visual check of each room daily. The building remains part of the premises check
which is carried out monthly by the designated Health and Safety member of Staff on
site at the Home and cleaning Staff ensure that it is regularly cleaned. An appropriate
level of heating is being maintained in order to avoid damage to pipes etc. during the
winter months. In terms of the future use of the building, it was agreed that certain
activities, such as the provision of a lunch club or drop in centre for older people, could
be ruled out as a result of the rural location. Any care related facility, such as a respite
provision or an interim care provision, would require to be registered in accordance with
the current National Care Standards, which would result in modifications to the building
being required, however, advice will be sought from the Care Inspectorate in this regard -
the annual inspection is due shortly and guidance will be requested at that time. The sale
of the building and its grounds may be an option as is its rental. There is also a possibility
that it could be used to provide a holiday facility (without care) for Brethren and/or their
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dependents. A suggestion was also made in relation to using the building to provide a
creche - after investigation it can be confirmed that there are a number of local children's
nurseries which are registered with the care Inspectorate, many of which do not appear
to be at full capacity, so it is difficult to exactly establish what the likely demand would be.
In terms of the standards which are required to operate a children's nursery, it appears
that the building may be suitable but detailed advice would be needed should this be
considered to be a viable option.
It was noted that the mini bus has now been sold.
Two enquiries were made by the owners of properties bordering the land owned by
Grand Lodge at Dunblane regarding tree management. After consultation with, and
permission from, the Tree Officer at Stirling Council, appropriate tree pruning and
maintenance has been completed.
The Committee was delighted to note that a sum of approximately £389,000 had
now been donated to Prostate Scotland, by Scottish Freemasonry, since it became
Grand Lodge's nominated Charity in 2012. Further, it was reported that the decision to
recognise the positive and productive nature of Grand Lodge's partnership with Prostate
Scotland, and the joint benefits which have arisen therefrom, by extending the Charity's
status as Grand Lodge's nominated Charity until 2020, had received excellent feedback.
In considering the annual award it was agreed that a minimum of £10,000 be granted,
however, that there was scope to increase this amount in order to ensure that the total
donations reached £400,000. It was agreed that the Homes and Charities Manager
would liaise with the Chairman, Grand Almoner and Grand Secretary in this regard. It
was confirmed that the sum awarded would be presented to Prostate Scotland at the
Festival of Saint Andrew. The Autumn 2017 Prostate Scotland newsletter was tabled and
the Committee noted the article relating to the Charity's partnership with Grand Lodge.
The Homes and Charities Manager gave an updated report in relation to the discussions
between COSLA, the Scottish Government and Scottish Care (the umbrella body for
private and voluntary care providers in Scotland) regarding future commissioning
arrangements and the development of the 'Real Cost of Care Calculator' which have
been ongoing for some time. Whilst discussions are continuing and some progress has
been made, such progress is slower than anticipated. Presently, the situation remains
that those who require to have the cost of their care home fees subsidized by the state
continue to be under funded for the service being provided.

Brother David A. Reid gave an updated report in relation to the joint charitable venture
which is being arranged in conjunction with Poppy Scotland and the Widows Sons
Masonic Motorbikers in August 2018. An updated schedule for the event was tabled and
noted. Brother Reid confirmed that he had attended the meeting of provincial Grand
Masters and that the venture had been well received. It was reiterated that publicity, and
liaison with Police Scotland and Local Authorities, would be managed by Poppy Scotland
but that the content of any press releases would be jointly agreed. It was also reconfirmed
that the proposal to purchase and lay wreaths at the locations visited would be a matter
for the individual Provinces and Lodges concerned. The Committee agreed in principle to
a commemorative pin being commissioned for sale as a memento of the event and it was
noted that this would be produced by Poppy Scotland as the Charity had a designated
supplier for these items. It was further agreed that Brother Reid should continue to liaise
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with Provincial Grand Lodges, Poppy Scotland and the Homes and Charities Manager as
required and he confirmed that it was hoped to meet with Poppy Scotland shortly.
The Committee was pleased to note that 180 new members had joined the 2000 Club
and thanked all those who participated in this fund -raising venture for their involvement.
It was agreed to recommend to the Board that the following grant be awarded from the
General Relief Fund:
The sum of £2,000 to the Teapot Trust, towards the operation of the Charity, which
provides a national programme of art therapy and creative interventions in hospitals and
hospices, in order to enhance the wellbeing of chronically ill children, young people and
their families.
After discussion, it was agreed that it may be beneficial to adopt a more pro-active
stance in terms of awards to external Charities. It was agreed that each member of the
Committee would give consideration to this issue and would put forward the name of
a Charity, with an overview of the work which it does, which they felt to be worthy of
consideration for a grant at the next meeting. It was confirmed that any suggestions
would require to meet the criteria in relation to providing a service which is Scotland-
wide and being registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
The Committee carried out its annual review of the Eligibility Scales for the calculation of
First-time and Annual Grants and agreed that no changes be made to the present figures.
The Homes and Charities Manager reported on issues relating to Standards, legislation
etc in relation to Grand Lodge benevolence and the operation of the Masonic Homes.
The Co-ordinators of the Friends of the Home Volunteer Groups reported as follows­-
Sir James McKay House –
• The Summer outings have been greatly enjoyed and we are grateful once again
to the Brethren and ladies of the following Lodges - St John, No. 187, Peebles
Kilwinning, No. 24, St Baldred, No. 313, Torrie, No. 1141, and Blackridge, No. 1145.
• The Residents will make their annual visit to Lodge Liberton, No. 1201 shortly and
are very much looking forward to this.
• The Garden Fete next year will be held on Sunday, 5th August and will be organized
by the Province of Linlithgowshire.
• It was noted that the Provincial Grand Lodge of Linlithgowshire Almoners concert
will be held on 17th October 2018 and the Residents and Staff of the Home will
again be invited to attend what has become a traditional and much enjoyed event
in their calendar.
• The Christmas lunch will be held on Monday, 18th December. It is pleasing that
the usual entertainers will be present and there will also be pipers from Stewart's
Melville College to entertain the Residents and guests prior to the lunch.
• Brother Rev lain Ramsden reported that he is continuing to try and maintain the
provision of regular divine services at the Home although this is proving challenging.
• The Widows Sons are again visiting the Home for their very popular 'Santa Run'
which will take place on 2nd December.
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• The Committee was pleased to note that meetings of the Friends of the Home
Volunteer Group continue to be held involving representatives from the Provinces
of East Lothian and Berwickshire, Edinburgh, Fife and Kinross, Linlithgowshire and
Midlothian. Excellent suggestions have been made in regard to ways in which to
support the Residents and Staff going forward.

The Marcus Humphrey House –


• It was noted that a further 50 Marcus Humphrey House tokens have been
purchased by the Mercure Hotel.
• The annual Burns Supper will be organized by the Provincial Grand Lodge of
Lanarkshire Middle Ward and will take place in the Home on 21st January 2018.
• There will be a Marcus Humphrey House Degree, which will be organized by the
Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire, and take place in April 2018.
• The Widows Sons are visiting the Home for the first 'Santa Run' at the Marcus
Humphrey House which will take place on 10th December.
• The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward is in the process of
arranging a golf day which will take place in Spring 2018, with any funds raised
being donated for the benefit of the Home.
• It was noted that a full review of the Garden Fete programme has taken place with
some added suggestions/ revisions which are expected to be included for 2018,
including highland dancers, a plant stall, a bric-a-brac stall, a baked potato stall, a
putting green, an ice cream van and 'chase the joker'. It is intended that each of
the Provinces which participate in the Volunteer Group will take responsibility for a
stall. The Province of Glasgow has kindly agreed to sponsor the purvey. The Homes
and Charities Manager confirmed that new gazebos have been purchased as the
existing gazebos had been damaged beyond repair during this year's Garden Fete.
• It was confirmed that Rev Robert Craig has been conducting regular divine services
within the Home.
The Committee wished to reiterate its grateful thanks to all of those who give their time
to participate in the Friends of the Homes Volunteer Groups and to the Widows Sons for
their continued involvement with the Homes.
Management Accounts for the cumulative five months period from 1st June 2017 to 31st
October 2017 were circulated and the content noted. General discussion took place and
the Committee was pleased to note that the Homes had operated within the budget
which had been set.
Discussion took place regarding the funding of Scottish Masonic Homes Limited, which
had been brought on stream in November 2012. It was noted that Grand Lodge has
previously approved the method of funding for the new Company and Charity. In
accordance with that approval, and after consideration of a schedule of anticipated
income and expenditure, a transfer of £100,000 had been agreed at the last meeting to
bring the approved funds which are available for transfer, should these be required, to
£200,000. During this financial year, none of the £200,000 which had been allocated had
so far been required.
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The Chairman reported, as follows, to the Committee relating to the review of the
Constitution and Laws -

Background -
It was agreed that a review of the Constitution and Laws would be carried out to identify
any alterations which required to be made to ensure that they remain fit for purpose.
Small groups of Brethren had been appointed to cover various sections of the Constitution
and Laws. In respect of the review of Laws relating to the Scottish Masonic Benevolent
Fund, the Scottish Masonic General Relief Fund and the Scottish Masonic Homes Fund,
those appointed were J.M. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, Thomas C. Smith and George
M. Preston.

Review Process -
An initial review meeting had taken place on 7th August at which J.M. Marcus Humphrey
of Dinnet and Thomas C. Smith were present together with Grand Secretary and the
Homes and Charities Manager. George M. Preston had been unable to attend on that
occasion.
Those present considered each of the following Laws on an individual basis -
• THE SCOTTISH MASONIC BENEVOLENT FUND LAWS 251-264
• THE SCOTTISH MASONIC GENERAL RELIEF FUND LAWS 265-271
• THE SCOTTISH MASONIC HOMES FUND LAWS 272-280
After discussion, certain alterations were made to certain of the abovementioned Laws
to reflect, for example -
• The criteria which is in place as per the Guidance for Almoners publication
• Current policy and practice
• Legislative considerations
• Requirements of external regulatory bodies such as the Office of the Scottish
Charity Regulator and the Care Inspectorate.
A further meeting took place on 4th October at which J.M. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet,
Thomas C. Smith and George M. Preston were present were present together with
Grand Secretary and the Homes and Charities Manager. Representatives of Grand Lodge
Lawyers were also in attendance. Discussions at this meeting centered, in the main,
around the requirements of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005
with specific reference to the small minority of Lodges (in particular) and Provinces which
are registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, many of which have
historical registration by virtue of their listing with the Inland Revenue and would not
meet current registration criteria as defined under the Charity Test within the 2005 Act.
This had potentially created issues including governance and the way in which Masonic
benevolence is defined.
The Committee discussed the report and expressed itself content with the general
changes which had been made to certain Laws.
In regard to the issues which had been discussed at the second meeting, the Committee
agreed that it did not consider that it would be appropriate to alter the definition of
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Masonic benevolence, particularly as registration with the Office of the Scottish Charity
Regulator applied to only a small number of Lodges and Provinces, with some already
having dealt with the issue by creating a separate Charity Fund. In terms of governance,
it was felt that a small adjustment could be made to Law 193 if required. The Committee
also was of the view that, although guidance had been issued by Grand Lodge, the
question of registration and deregistration with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regular
ought to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting of Provincial Grand Masters so
that this could be clarified.
In terms of Grand Lodge, it was agreed that there is compliance with all of the requirements
of the legislation and therefore there is no need to alter the present definition of Masonic
benevolence or make any other changes.
The Committee appreciated the letter of thanks which had been received in regard to
the donation from Grand Lodge to the recent fundraising event which had been held
in aid of the First Responders. The evening had included a Guest Lecture by Brother
Moises I. Gomez entitled 'Remembrance, My 9/11 Experience'. It was agreed that it
would perhaps be appropriate to arrange such a Guest Lecture at Grand Lodge and it
was requested that this be investigated.
It was noted that an intimation of interest in purchasing a portion of the land at Dunblane
had been received from the owner of Ault Wharrie, which has now been converted into
a large family house. Advice had been received that the reason for the purchase would
be to make the driveway to the property into a private access. Whilst no formal offer had
been received, the Committee, after discussion, was of the view that no further portions
of the land should be disposed of at this time. It was agreed, however, that should an
offer be received this ought appropriately to be placed before the Committee.
The membership of the Committee for the ensuing year was discussed and it was
confirmed that Grand Secretary would review this with the Chairman in due course.

It was reconfirmed that the next meeting would take place on Wednesday, 14th March
2018 and that the meeting thereafter would take place on Wednesday, 8th August 2018.
It was agreed that the November 2018 meeting would be held on Wednesday, 7th of
that month.

The Chairman was thanked for presiding.


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GRAND COMMITTEE

REPORTS BY STANDING COMMITTEES


ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
16th November 2017
Present - Brothers James Bell, Chairman; Thomas C. Smith, William H. Gauld, Kenneth
D. Kennedy, Douglas W. Duncan, Alexander Galbraith, and Grand Secretary. Brothers
Charles I.R. Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Rev. Andrew E. Paterson and John F. Herrick
were in attendance in their capacity as Grand Lodge Trustees.
An apology for absence was intimated from Brother Ewan Rutherford. The Chairman
invited Brother Michael Kinnaird to attend the meeting.
The Chairman, on behalf of the Committee wished to place on record his vote of thanks
to Brother Robert Law for his services to the Administration Committee over the last
three years. The Chairman, again on behalf of the Committee, expressed his thanks to
Brother Rev. Andrew E. Paterson for his contribution to the Committee over the last two
years as this would be his last attendance at the Administration Committee as a Grand
Lodge Trustee.
The minute of meeting of 17th August 2017 was held as read, approved and signed.
Financial Statements in respect of the Grand Lodge General Fund for the period 1st June
2017 to 31st October 2017 were submitted and approved.
The following investment transactions within the various funds of Grand Lodge were
reported, indicating total purchases of £305,585 and gross sales of £108,0967 and
incorporating an overall gain of £18,017:-

RATHBONES INVESTMENTS

SCOTTISH MASONIC BENEVOLENT FUND


Purchases Cost
04/08/17 4,000 HSBC Holdings Plc £30,470
08/08/17 10,727 Strix Group 10,727
09/10/17 2,516 Equiniti Plc- paid call 4,780
£45,977

Sales Date Gain/


Purchased Cost Proceeds ( Loss )
No sales this period
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SCOTTISH MASONIC HOMES FUND



Purchases Cost
04/08/17 900 HSBC Holdings Plc £6,856
17/08/17 15,000 Pacific Industrial Logistics 17,250
£24,006

Sales Date Gain/


Purchased Cost Proceeds ( Loss )
13/10/17 4,000 BCS Marketplace Plc 02/04/15 £6,000 £8,944 £2,944

SCOTTISH MASONIC GENERAL RELIEF FUND

Purchases Cost
04/08/17 2,500 HSBC Holdings Plc £19,044
08/08/17 7,662 Strix Group Plc 7,662
17/08/17 30,000 Pacific Industrial Logistics 34,500
07/09/17 1,000 Bunzl Plc 22,795
£84,001

Sales Date Gain/


Purchased Cost Proceeds ( Loss )
13/10/17 4,000 BCS Marketplace Plc 02/04/15 £6,000 £8,944 £2,944

GRAND LODGE GENERAL FUND

Purchases Cost
04/08/17 500 HSBC Holdings Plc £3,828
07/08/17 5,000 Fidelity China Special Sits. 10,914
08/08/17 4,598 Strix Group Plc 4,598
11/08/17 30,000 Xpediator Plc 7,200
17/08/17 14,000 Pacific Industrial Logistics 16,100
07/09/17 600 Bunzl Plc 13,745
08/09/17 1,200 Templeton Emerg. Markets 9,069
06/10/17 3,125 Barclays Plc 6,050
£71,504


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Sales Date Gain/


Purchased Cost Proceeds ( Loss )
01/08/17 14,300 Tritax Big Box Reit Plc 18/10/16 £18,876 £21,164 £2,288
07/08/17 16,000 Lloyds Banking Group Plc 18/09/99 9,304 10,594 1,290
15/09/17 600 Micro Foods - Redemption 12/09/16 1,022 1,027 5
09/10/17 3,333 BCA Marketplace Plc 02/04/15 4,999 7,444 2,445
£34,201 £40,229 £6,028

MARKET VALUATIONS ETC.

General Scottish Masonic Scottish Masonic Scottish Masonic Total


Fund Benevolent Fund Homes Fund General Relief Fd
Market Value as
at 31/10/17 £1,130,450 £2,965 ,149 £1,045,707 £2,1 28,614 £7,185,106
Book Cost as
at 31/10/17 855,004 2,112,883 751,110 1,491,134 5,204,317
Net unrealised
Gains/(Losses) £275,446 £852,266 £294,597 £637,480 £1,980,789
Income received
to 31/10/17 £13,687 £50,390 £17,916 £36,245 £118,238

BREWIN DOLPHIN - Scottish Masonic Homes Fund

Purchases Cost
18/08/17 730 Baillie Gifford & Co £10,014
21/08/17 16,650 Scottish Mortgage Inv. Trust £70,083
£80,097

Sales Date Gain/


Purchased Cost Proceeds ( Loss )
18/09/17 50,200 Artemis Fund Managers 21/05/2015 £43,879 £49,980 £6,101

Market Valuations Scottish Masonic Homes Fund

Market Value as at 31/10/17 £2,867,681


Book Cost as at 31/10/17 1,995,724
Net unrealised Gains/(Losses) £871,957

Income received during Period £42,009


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SCOTTISH FREEMASONRY FILM PROJECT


Brother John Miller, member of the Information and Communication Committee was
invited to join the meeting and gave an update regarding the current film project. He
advised the Committee that the Grand Master Mason and Mrs. Dawn Oliff, Homes
and Charities Manager, were due to be interviewed that afternoon and each of their
recordings would be inserted into the film within the next two to three weeks.

GRAND LODGE AUDITOR


It unanimously was agreed to recommend Grand Committee to move Grand Lodge to
re- appoint the firm of KPMG LLP, Chartered Accountants, Registered Auditors, as Grand
Lodge Auditor for the ensuing year.

HALL AND BUILDINGS REPORT


The Committee received an up dated report from Brother Thomas C. Smith in respect of
the following projects:-

HIGH LEVEL WORKS - ANNUAL INSPECTION OF ROOF AND STONEWORK,


MAINTENANCE/PHASED REPAIRS TO ROOF AND STONEWORK
At the last meeting it was reported that repairs and maintenance works, as specified
within the Saville's condition survey report, had been costed and that the works, totaling
£15,855.75 plus VAT, would be carried out in September at the conclusion of the Festival
hall let. However, due to the availability of the steeplejacks, there was a delay in this
timeframe and the works will not now be completed until the third week in November.
The steeplejacks have provided a mid-contract report and have supplied photographs
which illustrate some additional minor works which will be carried out whilst they are
on site. Savills will conduct a post works inspection within the next three weeks and will
thereafter submit a condition report which will inform the future maintenance schedule.

REPAIRS REQUIRED TO THE AREA COVERED BY THE LEASING AGREEMENT WITH


CRUISE, CENTRAL COURTYARD DOWNPIPE AND GUTTERS
As previously reported, repair works were identified which relate to areas of the building
which are leased by Cruise and therefore, under the terms of the lease, payment for
any necessary repairs are its responsibility. The works are being carried out presently by
the steeplejacks who have highlighted some additional items which will be attended to
whilst they are on site. The cost involved in completing all of these works will be around
£5,500 and will be met by Sports Direct, the parent company of Cruise, with whom we
are liaising.

INSTALLATION OF SHELVING
In order to facilitate the storage of Masonic cases during meetings, it has been agreed
to consider the provision of shelving in one or both of the cloakrooms. Following two
site meetings with the contractor and sub-contractor, a specification is being prepared
to provide a shelving system which will be designed specifically with the storage of cases
in mind. Separate quotations are awaited for each of the cloakroom areas in order that
the Committee can make an informed decision as to how to proceed. The shelving
will require to be secured to the tiled walls, however, as there is evidence of previous
fixings in both cloakrooms, it is not felt to be necessary to seek approval from the City of
Edinburgh Council building control department.
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Brother Thomas C. Smith confirmed to the Committee he had just received a quotation
this morning in the sum of £17,131 plus VAT and after some discussion the Committee
agreed to the quotation presented.

INSTALLATION OF WALL MOUNTED DEFIBRILLATORS


At the August meeting of the Benevolence and Care Committee it was suggested that,
for the health and safety of all, it would be advantageous to install a wall mounted
defibrillator both at basement and at ground floor levels, with the cost involved being
met from the Benevolent Fund and this suggestion was supported by the Administration
Committee. A quotation was accepted, with suitable defibrillators having been
purchased and locations for their installation identified in the foyer and in the corridor
outside the lower hall. In progressing this suggestion, the importance of recognising and
managing aspects such as the provision of training to ensure competency when using
the equipment and any other maintenance and health and safety guidelines was noted.
In relation to training, a course will take place prior to the use of the equipment at which
4 members of Staff from Freemasons' Hall, 3 members of Staff from Supreme Council,
a member of the Benevolence and Care Committee and representatives from the other
Masonic Orders who use the building will be present. The equipment will require to be
secured to the tiled walls, however, as there is evidence of previous fixings in both of the
location sites, it is not felt to be necessary to seek approval from the City of Edinburgh
Council building control department.

FIRE SAFETY
Following the approval given at the previous meeting, the replacement fire escape doors
are presently being manufactured and will be installed during December.

SOUND SYSTEM
Due to recent failures in relation to the operation of the sound system, a meeting was
arranged with the supplier/maintenance provider to establish the nature of the faults
in order that an operational protocol could be put in place to avoid similar issues in the
future. Discussions with the supplier confirmed that the operation of the system by
multiple users, and by users who had not been trained appropriately, can lead to system
failure. A report has been provided (please see below) relating to the reason for the
system failures and outlining what options are available to secure the system and limit
access to certain aspects of its operation by using specialist settings and altering the
present 'access all areas' arrangement. Costs will be provided for the supply of additional
ancillary equipment such as the head sets so that spares are available in the event of a
failure in these pieces of equipment - the cost of an additional two head microphones
would be £929.11. In addition, the supplier suggested that approved operators receive
appropriate training in the use of the system. Discussion also took place relating to the
existing system which is analogue and the merits of upgrading to a digital system in the
future - upgrading to a digital system primarily means changing the mixing console which
would be at a cost of £1,499 for the equipment, which would fit in the existing rack. It
was agreed that the content of the report will enable a course of action to be determined
and a suitable operational protocol to be put in place.

The Committee agreed to upgrade to a digital system at a cost £1,499 plus VAT and to
purchase two additional headsets at a cost of £929.11 plus VAT.
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DAMAGE TO THE REAR OF THE BUILDING, ROSE STREET LANE


Following the incident which occurred on 1st June when a lorry in Rose Street Lane hit
the wall of the building causing damage to the stonework, a quotation for the necessary
repairs, which is based on the input given by the structural engineer who attended site,
has been accepted and agreed with the liable party's insurance company. As the building
is Grade 'A' listed and lies within the New Town Conservation Area in Edinburgh city
centre, advice was received that the matter be referred to the City of Edinburgh Council
planning department prior to the commencement of the works. This was done six
weeks ago and the Council is now liaising directly with the contractor and the structural
engineer-the works will go ahead as soon as these discussions have been completed and
agreement has been reached.

TINTED TREATMENT TO THE WINDOWS IN THE LIBRARY, MUSEUM AND FOUR OFFICE/
STAFF AREAS
Following agreement at the previous meeting that a costing be obtained for window
tinting in the library and museum in order to protect items which are on display from
damage from sunlight and that the costing be extended to include south facing areas
which would benefit from a reduction in the excess heat which is generated during the
summer months, a site survey has been completed and a quotation obtained. For the
areas specified the cost of applying the treatment would be £2,848 plus VAT. A cost of
£275 plus VAT each has also been obtained for the Grand Committee room and the
Grand Master Mason's room as the treatment would assist in preserving/protecting the
paintings and the period wallpaper in those areas should the Committee consider that
this would be worthwhile. There are numerous treatment shades available and these
would be selected based on individual locations. The Committee agreed to the quotation
presented of £2,848 plus VAT.

REPAIR TO MAIN ENTRANCE DOORWAY


Presently the main entrance doorway is out of commission. The wear and tear on this
door is such that it requires to be taken down and repairs made to strengthen the wood
in certain areas, particularly the top section - such repairs were successfully carried out
on the side doors previously. The main cause of the issues being experienced is the force
with which some visitors pull the door prior to the lock being released by the door entry
system.

SAFETY REVIEW OF BALCONY GUARDRAILS


A query was raised at the previous meeting regarding the guard rail in the balcony area
of the main hall. A site meeting was held to discuss this and the following advice was
received.
I would say that the situation shown in the photographs is compliant however, if the
client is in doubt it would be best to speak with building control and get some formal
advice.

FIRE SAFETY REPORT FROM CRUISE


A recent fire safety risk assessment which was carried out in relation to the Cruise
premises has highlighted a number of issues which require attention. These matters
have been referred to the contractor who deals with the maintenance of the fire alarm
system in Freemasons' Hall who will provide a report and costings, with the cost of any
works which are required being met by Sports Direct, the parent company of Cruise. In
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future, the external Risk Assessor who deals with Grand Lodge premises will visit the
Cruise shop annually.

MODIFICATION OF GRAND SECRETARY'S PA'S OFFICE IN THE FIRST FLOOR CORRIDOR


Presently the abovementioned office is only partially enclosed, and, as a result, there
is an issue with noise disturbance from other areas as it is not sound proof. Permission
is sought to explore options and obtain costings to fully enclose this office space with a
view to resolving this issue. Brother Thomas C. Smith advised the Committee that he had
just received a quotation of £1,567 plus VAT and the Committee agreed to accept the
quotation.

BROTHER ALEXANDER GALBRAITH


The Committee received correspondence from Brother Galbraith relating to an item of
business that was dealt with at the last meeting of the Administration Committee held
on 18th August 2017. Brother Galbraith's concern was that the item of business was
brought up under Any Other Competent Business (AOCB) and not as an item on the
Agenda. Brother Galbraith felt that by doing so this did not give the Committee Members
time to look out the relevant papers and come to the meeting properly prepared. Brother
Galbraith felt that this particular item should have been an item listed on the Agenda.
After a lengthy discussion, the Chairman agreed that when possible all relevant items of
business will be listed as an item on the Agenda.

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF THE FAR EAST


The Committee received a copy of correspondence from the District Grand Lodge
of the Far East concerning the review of the Constitution and Laws currently being
carried out. The District Grand Lodge wished to draw to the Committee's attention the
current difficulties they are experiencing in relation to Law 188 and asked that special
consideration be given to the District Grand Lodge of the Far East and also to any other
overseas District Grand Lodge's which maybe experiencing the same difficulties. After
some discussion the Chairman agreed to take on board the concerns expressed, by the
District Grand Lodge, when the Committee does review Law 188 in due course.

MARK WRIGHT MEMORIAL LODGE


The Committee was informed that this proposed new Lodge, entitled the Mark Wright
Memorial Lodge, would be located within the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian
and Berwickshire. As all the paperwork was in order and the application had been
approved by the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire it was agreed
the proposed new Lodge would be forwarded to the next meeting of Grand Committee.
Brother Ewan Rutherford, Depute Grand Master, stated that he was absent from the last
Administration Committee Meeting but suggested that the matter be referred back to
the Administration Committee for further consideration of the rationale for setting up
this Lodge, and the reasons why the petition should be approved. A substantial number
of Brethren supported this motion.

GRAND LODGE DATABASE


The Committee received a report on the current situation with the Grand Lodge
Database system which gave a summary of the obstacles and solutions being addressed
with the system, by the staff within Freemasons' Hall. The Committee also agreed that
Grand Secretary should write to all home Lodge Secretaries advising them that as from
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1 January 2018, Grand Lodge will no longer process any green Quarterly Returns and all
Lodges should be encouraged to report and pay for all new Initiates, Affiliates and Marks
using the Database system.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

i. The Committee received an up dated report on the arrangements for the planned
Ladies Day to be held on the day of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Installation on
30 November 2017. Everything was either in place or just being finalised and the
cost of the tickets would be set at £30.

ii. Brother Kenneth D. Kennedy wished to draw to the attention of the Chairman
and member of Committee that on occasions the Minutes of the Administration
Committee were sometimes approved by Grand Committee before the Minute
has been circulated to the Members of the Administration Committee. The
Chairman was aware of the situation but he usually discussed the minutes with
Grand Secretary before they were submitted to Grand Committee, as time would
not allow a full draft to be submitted before the Grand Committee meeting.

iii. The Chairman confirmed that in relation to the present review of the Constitution
and Laws currently being carried out that there was no need or requirement to
change the definition of Masonic Benevolence, as defined in Law 192.

iv. Brother Bud Gauld enquired, with regard to the BBC filming at the Installation
meeting, whether the sign of Fidelity could be used when entering the Lodge, as
it was widely used during the televised Tercentenary celebrations by the UGLE.
It was agreed that sign could be used but no others whilst the cameras were
present.

Payments of accounts totaling £173,5 72.39 were approved.

The Chairman was thanked for presiding.


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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE


16 OCTOBER 2017
th

Present - Brothers Thomas F. Jessop, Chairman, Samuel Peden, Andrew Mushet, John S.
Miller, Alistair D. McIntosh, James P. Livingstone, James Ellis.
Apologies were recorded from Brother Robert Cooper.
The Chairman indicated that Brother Simon J. Nieminski was intended to be the first
item on the Agenda to discuss next years Memorial Concert for the late Dennis Townhill,
however he has indicated he would not be available today.

Minutes
The minutes of the meeting held on 15th August 2017 were approved.

Promotional Film on Scottish Freemasonry


Brother Miller advised that filming would take place to cover Mrs Dawn Oliff on Charity, a
brief introduction by the Grand Master Mason, and references to many lodges overseas
being controlled from Edinburgh.

Web Site Review


Grand Secretary intimated that he had met with the website designers and had agreed
the new website would be completed early in the New Year.

Commemoration to the Fallen


The working party had met on the 30th August and had concluded for various logistical
reasons that it would not be possible to march from the Castle Esplanade to St. Giles.
Various alternative suggestions were made but it was agreed that it was preferable to
commence the march from Castle Street, around Charlotte square and finishing with
a Memorial Service in Freemasons' Hall. It was agreed that there may have to be a
restriction on numbers attending. Brother Morrow would lead the service. Various
suggestions as to Official guests were made, including representatives from the Services
and Civic figures. Brother Morrow proposed a Commemorative Brochure could be
produced. It was agreed that permission from the Council regarding the route for the
march was necessary.
Working Party on Masonic Education
Brother John Miller updated the Committee on the progress of the working party and
submitted a Best Practice Guide for discussion, it was considered that further input from
the proposer and seconder may be required.
It was agreed that Brethren on the Committee would respond to Grand Secretary with
view to finalising the Best Practice Guide at the next meeting.
SMMG update on War Memorials
Brother Mushet reported that Brother Charles Winston had now prepared a summary
of his work to date. 173 lodges had completed the survey and 38 Lodges were yet to
respond, although he had been in contact with all remaining secretaries and relevant
Provincial Grand Secretaries, and was confident a full report would be completed early
in the New Year.
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Masonic Etiquette and Duties of Committee of Enquiry


Grand Secretary reported that there were several members who had not yet responded,
and he agreed to send a further copy for discussion at the next meeting.

Christmas Concert
The Christmas Concert sales were progressing, at £10 per person. Grand Lodge flyers
would be put on all seats at the October meeting, and Grand Secretary intimated he
would be emailing all Lodges shortly. It was agreed that Grand Secretary would arrange
luncheon for approximately 80 people, with flowers for the conductor and whisky for the
deputy conductor.

Any Other Business


It was agreed that there would be no open day this autumn due to lack of a suitable date.

Date of Next Meeting


Date of the next meeting was set for 23rd January 2018.

The Chairman was thanked for presiding.


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OVERSEAS, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE

14th December 2017

Present - Brothers W. Ramsay McGhee, (Chairman), Hugh Bryson, James Jack, Charles
Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont.

Brother Tom Davidson was welcomed as a visitor to the Committee.

Apologies were recorded from Brother Lord Elgin., Sir Archie Orr Ewing, and Alistair
Marshall.

MATTERS ARISING
Grand Secretary advised he had written to the Government regarding Water Rates and
received a non-committal response in return. The Chairman advised that there had been
strong representations about the Water Rates, and he believed the Government were
reviewing the scheme.

REPORT ON UNIVERSITY SCHEME


The Chairman welcomed Brother Ewan Rutherford to discuss the University Scheme
and congratulated him on his recent promotion to Depute. Brother Rutherford reported
that Scheme one was competed (the University Lodge) and it was now necessary to
turn to Scheme Two - The University Scheme status. He has requested the assistance
of Brothers Hugh Clelland and Alistair Henderson to assist in being more proactive with
other Provinces in promoting the University Scheme status. As this was a Grand Lodge
initiative the Lodges and Provinces would have to comply with certain criteria to gain
University Scheme Status.

(A handout regarding the revised status would accompany these minutes) *

PROXY MASTER AND WARDENS


The Chairman indicated the response from Masters was poor. However, he would be
working with the person in charge of proxies to resolve this matter January 17th and
18th. Brother Jack stated he was working with the District Grand Master of Central South
Africa to establish twining arrangements with Brethren of Lanarkshire Middle Ward

RECOGNITION OF OTHER GRAND LODGES


Grand Secretary advised that the following Brazilian Grand Lodges had requested
recognition:
Grande Loja Maconica de Estado de Espirito Santos
Grand Lodge of Federal District Brasilia
Grande Loja Maconica de Estado de Rio de Janerio
Grand Secretary advised that we recognise three Grand Lodges in Brazil. Grand Orient,
Mato Grosso, and Sao Paulo. All the above Lodges were Regular, and it was recognised
that Brasil was a huge country and was similar to the USA in that the structure of the
State Lodges were similar. This matter would be discussed at the forthcoming Tripartite
meeting in May and judgement was deferred until after that date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
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i) Grand Secretary advised he had received a communication to grant a petition


to a Lodge in Lebanon, Lodge Al Nour, No. 1847. Brother Paterson explained
the circumstances behind the application that this was in a different area in
Lebanon to other Lodges and would have its own premises. The new District
Grand Master of Lebanon was in support of this application and it was agreed
that Lodge Al Nour, No. 1847 be recommended to Grand Committee to support
this application.

ii) Grand Secretary advised he had been in contact with the Grand Lodge of Panama
regarding entering into a treaty of Cooperation with them and the matter was
now almost complete. The Grand Secretary advised he had discussed the
provisions with our newly established Lodge in Panama with the Brethren of
Lodge St. John No.1843 who were present at the Festival of St. Andrew. It was
agreed that the Chairman and Grand Master Mason would sign the agreement
on behalf of Grand Lodge.

iii) The Chairman reported that he and the Grand Master Mason had met with the
Grand Master of New York, in Washington. The meeting was cordial however
differences remained regarding Lebanon. The Chairman reported that they were
very well received in Washington and the Grand Master Mason was one four
Grand Masters chosen to lay a memorial wreath at the tomb of the unknown
soldier in Arlington.

*Scottish University Lodge Scheme: Routes to Membership


A Lodge seeking to join the Scottish University Lodge Scheme may choose one of two
routes, each with different expectations.

Route One: University Scheme Lodge


Lodge Profile: A Lodge with some standing in the craft but its membership requires
support to get back on a positive footing. Typically, the Lodge will be dependent on a
small core of members who feel the Lodge has no future. The lodge must accept the
need to adapt and change to enable to work well as a University Scheme Lodge and that
their local Provincial Grand Lodge will actively assist in this process.

Scheme Benefits: Grand Lodge and the local Provincial Grand Lodge will support each
University Scheme Lodge to build a team of enthusiastic freemasons who will apply
themselves to improving the working of the Lodge to ensure it can attract a group of new
members, with a focus (but not exclusively so) of full-time students and staff in higher/
further education.

University Scheme Lodges enjoy several standing dispensations, any or all of which may
be invoked when considering a full-time student applicant:

• Admit full-time students from the age of 18 without being a Lewis;


• Admit full-time students who have not been resident for three years within the
Lodge vicinity;
• Full-time student members will have a reduction of 50% of all Grand Lodge and
Lodge fees.
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• University Scheme Lodges will receive support from Grand Lodge and their own
Provincial Grand Lodge, as well as networking opportunities with other lodges
participating in the Scheme.

Requirements:
• A disciplined process for admitting those joining as full-time students (e.g.
inviting them to harmony a few times, asking for letters of reference on their
character).
• Formal mentoring programme to ensure candidates have an opportunity to
learn about freemasonry as they undertake their degrees
• Appoint an effective administrator who can communicate effectively using email,
social media etc.
• Maintain and submit to the Scheme, records of:
o Candidate essays submitted after their First Degree
o Mentoring reports
o Feedback forms when student members move away
• A suitable number of Regular Meetings to enable students to attend during term
time. Consideration should be given to ensure that Installation Meeting does not
clash with holiday or exam time.
• Affiliation of experienced masons to bolster Lodge Office-Bearers
• Streamline lodge meetings to improve the experience:
o Dispense with deputations in/ out
o Limit formal presentations
o Circulate minutes electronically prior to meetings
o Re-write ritual to avoid unnecessary repetition
• Formal Harmonies following meetings with toasts and replies
• Maintain ongoing contact with student members who move away once their
studies are complete
• Change the lodge name to include the '(University Lodge)' designation
Commitment:
• A target to admit a minimum of three full-time students and two others who are
admitted outwith the scheme dispensations.
• The core original members will support the changes to the bye-laws and methods
of working to ensure the lodge's success within the Scheme.
• A University Scheme Lodge is expected to keep a couple of progressive offices
(e.g. a Deacon and Warden role) available for enthusiastic student members
to be installed 'out of sequence'. Student members should be encouraged to
deliver floor ritual once they have become Master Masons.
• A typical student member will be expected to be initiated, passed and raised
within one year.

Route Two: University Scheme Status


Lodge Profile: A Lodge in reasonably good health but is looking to broaden its
membership intake; the lodge can support its membership of the Scheme with minimal
external support.

Scheme Benefits: A University Scheme Status Lodge will receive support from Grand
Lodge and their own Provincial Grand Lodge to assist in attracting full-time students, as
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well as networking opportunities with other Lodges participating in the Scheme.

University Scheme Status Lodges enjoy several standing dispensations, any or all of which
may be invoked when considering a full-time student applicant:
• Admit full-time students from the age of 18 without being a Lewis;
• Admit full-time students who have not been resident for three years within the
Lodge vicinity;
• Full-time student members will have a reduction of 50% of all Grand Lodge and
Lodge fees.

Requirements:
• A disciplined process for admitting those joining as full-time students (e.g.
inviting them to harmony a few times, asking for letters of reference on their
character).
• Formal mentoring programme to ensure candidates have an opportunity to
learn about freemasonry as they undertake their degrees
• Appoint an effective administrator who can communicate effectively using email,
social media etc.
• Maintain and submit to the Scheme, records of:
o Candidate essays submitted after their First Degree
o Mentoring reports
o Feedback forms when student members move away
• Ensure there are a suitable number of Regular Meetings that students will be
able to attend (i.e. at least 6 meetings are within student term time).
• Maintain ongoing contact with student members who move away once their
studies are complete

Commitment:
• A target to admit a minimum of two full-time students
• A University Scheme Status Lodge will appreciate that enthusiastic new student
members are to be encouraged, by considering them for a progressive office
which is 'out of sequence', but certainly encourage floor ritual once they become
Master Masons.
• A typical student member will be expected to be initiated, passed and raised
within one year.
• A University Scheme Status Lodge will appreciate that they need to develop
student members slightly differently as they will, typically, be active members
for only a short time.
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DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
5 September 2017
th

Present - Brothers David Wishart, Chairman; Hugh Clelland, Ronald W.A. Forbes, Robert
Little, Alexander B. M. McLachlan, Thomas Davidson, John Muirhead, George M. Preston,
James C. Peddie.
The Chairman welcomed the members of the Committee and thanked them for their
attendance.
Lodge St Michael’s Kilwinning, No. 63
The Committee reviewed correspondence relating to the case of Brother James Simons
Thomson of the above Lodge who had been sentenced to admonition by the Provincial
Grand Lodge of Dumfriesshire on the 10th July 2017. No appeal had been received.
After due deliberation the decision of the Committee was to confirm the sentence of
admonition.
Lodge Royal Arch, No. 198
The Committee reviewed correspondence relating to the case of Brother Dale Laurenson
Russell of the above Lodge who had been sentenced to suspension sine die with a
recommendation of expulsion from the Scottish Craft by the Provincial Grand Lodge of
Ayrshire on the 24th July 2017.
No appeal had been received. After due deliberation the decision of the Committee was
to confirm the sentence of suspension sine die with expulsion from the Scottish Craft.
Lodge Forfar and Kincardine No. 225
The Committee considered a report relating to Brother James David Reilly of the above
Lodge. Being satisfied that Brother Reilly had been convicted in a Court of Law and
sentenced to a term of imprisonment for a period of thirteen months, the Committee
found him guilty of conduct unbecoming a Freemason and imposed a sentence of
suspension sine die together with a recommendation of expulsion from the Scottish
Craft.
Lodge Panmure, No. 299
The Committee gave further consideration to the case of Brother David Maurice Murray
of the above Lodge who had been sentenced to suspension for a period of two years by
the Provincial Grand Lodge of Forfarshire on 24th April 2017.
Representations in terms of Law 243 had been received. After due deliberation the
decision of the Committee was to vary the sentence of suspension for a period of two
years to that of suspension sine die.
Lodge Ballingry, No. 1183
The Committee reviewed correspondence relating to the case of Brother Alexander
Robertson of the above Lodge who had been sentenced to admonition by the Provincial
Grand Lodge of Fife and Kinross on the 26th June 2017. No appeal had been received.
After due deliberation the decision of the Committee was to confirm the sentence of
admonition.
Lodge Balcarres, No. 1240
The Committee reviewed correspondence relating to the case of Brother Andrew Burns
of the above Lodge who had been sentenced to suspension for a period of three years
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by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Fife and Kinross on the 26th June 2017. No appeal had
been received.
After due deliberation the decision of the Committee was to confirm the sentence of
suspension for a period of three years.

Lodge Inchinnan, No. 1405


The Committee gave further consideration to the case of Brother David Mason of the
above Lodge who had been sentenced to admonition by the Provincial Grand Lodge of
Renfrewshire East on 23rd May 2017.
Representations in terms of Law 243 had been received. After due deliberation the
decision of the Committee was to confirm the sentence of admonition.

Lodge Buchanan Killearn, No. 1419


The Committee reviewed correspondence relating to the case of Brother Ryan Hugh
Elliott of the above Lodge who had been sentenced to suspension sine die with a
recommendation of expulsion from the Scottish Craft by the Provincial Grand Lodge of
Stirlingshire on 14th August 2017. No appeal had been received.
After due deliberation the decision of the Committee was to confirm the sentence of
sine die with expulsion from the Scottish Craft.

The Chairman was warmly thanked for his Chairmanship of the meeting.

DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
26 October 2017
th

Present - Brothers David Wishart, Chairman; Hugh Clelland, Ronald W.A. Forbes, Robert
Little, Alexander B. M. McLachlan, Thomas Davidson, George M. Preston, James C.
Peddie.

The Chairman welcomed the members of the Committee and thanked them for their
attendance.

Apologies: Brother John Muirhead.

Lodge Loch Shin, No. 1352


The Committee considered a report relating to Brother Donald Robert Morrison of the
above Lodge. After due deliberation the decision of the Committee was to find Brother
Morrison guilty of conduct unbecoming a Freemason and to impose a sentence of
admonition.

The Chairman was warmly thanked for his Chairmanship of the meeting.
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GRAND LODGE VISITATIONS


SCOTLAND
1. On 8th to 10th September 2017, representing the Grand Master Mason, the Depute
Grand Master, Brother W. Ramsay McGhee, accompanied by Grand Secretary,
attended a dinner hosted by the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter on Friday 8th
September, the 200th Anniversary Meeting of SGRAC and dinner on 9th September
and the Service of Remembrance on 10th September.
2. On the 30th September 2017, representing the Grand Master Mason, the Depute
Grand Master, Brother W. Ramsay McGhee, accompanied by a deputation of Grand
Lodge Office-bearers, attended the 250th Celebrations of Lodge Carron No. 1398, in
Stenhousemuir.
3. On 23rd October 2017 the Grand Master Mason, accompanied by Grand Secretary,
attended the Past Master's Dinner for Brethren of the Trades House Lodge of
Glasgow Lodge No. 1241, in Glasgow.
4. On the 4th November 2017 representing the Grand Master Mason, the Depute Grand
Master, Brother W. Ramsay McGhee, accompanied by Grand Secretary, attended a
dinner hosted by Lodge St. John No. 788, to celebrate their 125th Anniversary.
5. On 10th November the Grand Master Mason, accompanied by a deputation of
Grand Lodge Office-bearers attended the 250th Anniversary Celebrations of Lodge
Eskdale Kilwinning No. 107 in Langholm.
6. On 11th November the Grand Master Mason laid a wreath at the Memorial Stone at
the City Chambers, Edinburgh.
7. On 25th November the Grand Master Mason, accompanied by a deputation of
Grand Lodge Office-bearers, attended the 250th Anniversary Celebrations of Lodge
St. Marnock, No. 109, in Kilmarnock.

OVERSEAS

1. On 13th to 15th October Grand Secretary attended the European Grand Secretaries
Meeting in Lisbon.
2. On 29th October to 1st November the Grand Master Mason, accompanied by Brother
Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, and Sir Archibald Orr Ewing, Past Grand Masters,
Brother W. Ramsay McGhee, Depute Grand Master, Brother William H. Gauld,
Grand Director of Ceremonies, and Grand Secretary attended the Tercentenary
celebrations of the United Grand Lodge of England, in London.
3. On 1st to 3rd of December the Grand Master Mason, accompanied by Grand
Secretary attended the Grand Lodge de Nationale de Francais, in Paris.
4. On 7th to 10th December the Grand Master Mason and Past Depute Grand Master,
Brother W. Ramsay McGhee attended the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia,
in Washington.
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REPORTS FROM PROVINCIAL AND DISTRICT GRAND MASTERS


Grand Secretary reported that he had received Reports from the Provincial Grand Master
of Orkney and Zetland and the District Grand Lodge of The Bahamas.

BOARD OF GRAND STEWARDS


It was reported that the Board of Grand Stewards had elected Brother James Bingham as
Vice-president of Grand Stewards.

The following Brethren were elected as Grand Stewards for the following year:
MICHAEL W.L. DENNIS STUART M. MUIRHEAD
JAMES A. BINGHAM ROBERT W. STEWART
GEORGE T. STODDARD ANDREW G. G. MCFADDEN
WILLIAM S. RIDDICK THOMAS W. McCRONE
DONALD G. GRAHAM WILLIAM PETTIGREW
RONALD G. COOPER ALLAN T. LEISHAMAN
CAMERON A. GIBSON IAN STRACHAN
ROBERT B.B HENDERSON DAVID J. COLLINGS
ROBERT B. MATHEW JOHN E. LOTHIAN
IAIN D. McINTOSH BRUCE C. COATES
WILLIAM M. HUTCHISON JAMES McMILLAN
LENNARD A. HUGHSON JAMES M. MUIRHEAD
JAMES M. HARPER DEREK A.L. MACKAY
DOUGLAS R.H. NICOL MICHAEL MCADAMS
ROSS MENNIE MARTYN W. GREEN
LEWIS R. YOUNG WILLIAM C. CAMPBELL
ALEXANDER L. HAMILTON STEVEN G. HENRY
THOMAS I. BLACK DOUGLAS McGEE
ALEXANDER J. CRAIB RICHARD ANDERSON
ANDREW M. RAEBURN ANDREW REDDY
NORMAN COLBORNE ANDREW J. McIVOR
COLIN DAVIE WILLIAM INNES
CRAIG MACDONALD ROBERT CROWE

STANDING COMMITTEES
Grand Secretary reported that in accordance with accepted practice he had discussed
with the Grand Master Mason and the Chairmen of the Standing Committees, the
Committees for the following year and arising therefrom the Grand Master Mason made
the undernoted recommendations relating to the appointment of Standing Committees
which were approved by Grand Committee.

BENEVOLENCE AND CARE


J.M. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, (Chairman), George Preston, David Reid, Dr. Douglas
Nicol, Rev. Iain Ramsden, Alastair Henderson, Gordon Michie
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ADMINISTRATION
James Bell, Grand Treasurer, ex officio, (Chairman), Thomas C. Smith, William H. Gauld,
Ewan Rutherford, Kenneth D. Kennedy, Douglas W. Duncan, Michael Kinnaird, Alexander
Galbraith, Rev. Canon Joseph Morrow.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS


Thomas F. Jessop, (Chairman), Samuel Peden, Andrew Mushet, James Ellis, John S. Miller
David Bloomield, Alisdair D. McIntosh, James P. Livingstone, William Rocks

DISCIPLINARY
David Wishart, (Chairman), Hugh Clelland, Robert Little, Alexander B.M. McLachlan,
Ronald W.A. Forbes, Thomas Davidson, George M. Preston, James Peddie, John W.
Blackie.

DISCIPLINARY REVIEW
John F. Herrick, (Chairman), Maurice E. Wilson, W. Scott Sneddon, Alan Dickson, Douglas
Fergie, Michael Mulholland, Kenneth Johnson, John S. Brockie, Norman MacLeod.

OVERSEAS, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES


W. Ramsay McGhee, (Chairman), Charles I.R. Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Sir Archibald
D. Orr Ewing, Hugh Bryson, James L. Jack, Alistair Marshall, Rev. Andrew E. Paterson,
James Forrest.

APPOINTMENT OF PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTERS


On receipt of recommendations from Daughter Lodges, it was agreed to move that
Grand Lodge make the following appointments:-

i) 
That Brother Thomas Wood be appointed as Provincial Grand Master of
Kilwinning with effect from 14th June 2018.

ii) That Brother Douglas Trevor Philand being appointed Provincial Grand Master of
Argyll and the Isles with effect from 14th June 2018.

iii) That Brother Dr. Olanrewanju Olumide be appointed District Grand Master of
Nigeria with effect from 14th June 2018.

ANNUAL INSTALLATION - 29th NOVEMBER 2018


Grand Secretary confirmed that the 2018 Festival of St. Andrew would be held in the
Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Thursday 29th November 2018.

VOTE OF THANKS
Brother Charles I.R. Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Grand Master Mason, requested that
there should be placed on record a cordial vote of thanks to the following Brethren for
their service to the Scottish Craft during their term of their Commissions:

Brother T. Wilson Aitken, Provincial Grand Master of Kilwinning, Brother Kenneth


R. Johnson, Provincial Grand Master of Argyll and the Isles and Brother Joseph A.O.
Ogunfuwa, District Grand Master of Nigeria.
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ANY OTHER BUSINESS


i) Brother Charles I.R. Wolrige Gordon, of Esslemont, Grand Master Mason drew
the tickets for the Scottish Masonic Homes Grand Charity Draw, the winners
being:-

TICKET NAME/LODGE AMOUNT


NUMBER
55807 Ian Liddle, Edinburgh £1000.00
61638 Dugald McCaig, Glasgow £500.00
09244 John Lawson, Stonehaven £250.00
58057 Rory MacGregor, Methven £150.00
89232 Craig Scott, Sauchie £50.00
70586 Duncan MacKenzie, Glasgow £50.00
53233 Lodge Pollock, No. 772, Glasgow £50.00
70259 Thomas Harvey, Edinburgh £50.00
70505 Duncan MacKenzie, Glasgow £50.00

Grand Secretary advised that the total amount collected in 2017 for the Prize
Draw was £28,737.00 compared with £30,839.00 in 2016.

Grand Secretary noted that the following had returned all their allocated tickets
unsold or had reported a nil return:
Lodges 320
Provincial Grand Masters 8
Grand Office-bearers 2
Grand Committee Members 8

ii) On behalf of Grand Committee, Grand Secretary thanked the Grand Master
Mason for his Chairmanship of the meeting and wished him and his family a
relaxing and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.

The Grand Master Mason reciprocated the Season’s Greetings and the Brethren
responded with acclamation.
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