Following the Annual Provincial Meeting in May this year two newly appointed Provincial Grand Stewards wasted no time in visiting ancient and interesting Lodges around the UK.
W Bro Martin Parrack visited two Scottish Lodges during his first week in office, the first being the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1.
Martin reports, “This was a Special Meeting to commemorate the 375th Anniversary of the Initiation of Sir Robert Moray – the meeting having been moved to Freemasons’ Hall Edinburgh. The main business was to Initiate into Freemasonry of The Hon. Adam Robert Bruce second son of Lord Elgin – 11th Earl of Elgin, Grand Master Mason 1961-1965, Bro Adam’s father.
“Also in attendance were Charles Iain Woolridge Gordon of Esselmont – Grand Master Mason, Sir Ronald Archibald Orr-Ewing 6th Baronet, Grand Master Mason of the The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland until 27 November 2008, a post he held since 2005. He previously held the post between 1999 and 2004 being the only person to hold that office twice. He was installed as Deputy Grand Master & Governor (the administrator) of the Royal Order of Scotland at Edinburgh on 3 July 2009. He is the current Lieutenant Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Scotland of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, having succeeded to the Council in 1998.
Whilst W Bro Martin was in the North, W Bro Ian Slesser travelled to the South of the country and visited the Royal Kent Lodge of Anquity, No 20. This wonderful old Lodge, meets in the magnificent building pictured here. The evening consisted of a lecture about the origin of some of our traditions and included a description of the initiates chain, a lost part of the celebration of an initiation. The Lodge were surprised to hear that this lost practice is still very much part of the proceedings in some Warwickshire Lodges and this may well lead to a re-introduction in the South East.