Provincial Grand Lodge and Consecration of 107.

In November 1892 Peebles Lodge No.24 was placed under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire. At a Provincial Grand Lodge meeting the Junior Warden of Peebles 24 moved that the Lodge be again transferred to the Edinburgh district, but the PGM moved that the motion was incompetent.

The members of 424 joined together with 111 in a torchlight procession accompanied by two bands they proceeded by way of the Howegate, High Street, Bridge Street, Wilton and Sandbed where the members of 111 branched of to Buccleuch Street and Beaconsfield to Myreslawgreen.

On October 6th 1893 an invitation was received from Lodge St James BURA 424 to assist in the consecration of the new Lodge rooms.

In 1894 the RWM announced that a desirable property, the E.U. Chapel (now a Doctor's surgery in O'Connell Street) was for sale and suggested that 111 buy it, Br. Swinton thought it a" foolish idea to sell our own hall on account the new railway was most likely to come through this way and make our own property more valuable".

At that time there were 301 members on the roll with 170 in good standing. An invitation was received from Hawick Town Council to the opening of Wilton Lodge Park and the Lodge received a visit from Langholm, Eskdale Kilwinning 107, and in October of that year an invitation was received from 107 to the laying of the foundation stone of the new Lodge room. About 20 brethren from 111 attended. In September of 1895 a number of brethren attended the consecration of 107, representatives from 13 different Lodges took part in a procession through the streets of Langholm, and afterwards attended a bazaar in aid of Lodge funds.

A widow of a brother with a family of three was granted £5 from the Benevolent Fund.

A number of requests were made to the Lodge from other Lodges, as far away as Wick, for assistance for building Lodge premises. A letter was received from Dalkeith requesting subscriptions to erect a Burns Memorial.

Visitors were received from all over the world, America, Australia etc, and a number of brethren were given all their degrees in one night as they were emigrating.

Four brothers (Ballantyne) were initiated in November 1895 and the Treasurer reported the abstract of accounts showed a balance of £596-4/- with 171 members in good standing. Chairs were purchased for the RWM and Wardens.



Provincial Grand Lodge.

In June 1802 Scotland was divided into 16 districts for Masonic purposes under that agreement, the Border Lodges were placed under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Grand Master of Peebles, Selkirk, Roxburgh & Berwickshires.

The PGL consisted of eleven Lodges, namely Duns 25, Peebles 26, Cumberland Kilwinning Peebles 55, Kelso 69, St Abbs 84, Selkirk 35, Dunbar 89, Jedburgh 130, Hawick 141, St Luke Lauder 173, and Jedburgh St Andrew 243.

In 1829 there was a rearrangement of the Province, Peebles and Selkirk were given six of the then existing Lodges, and Hawick were placed in the Province of Berwick and Roxburghshire.

In 1836 the Province of East Lothian was erected PGL of Peebles and Selkirk were given jurisdiction of seven Lodges, viz; Peebles Kilwinning 24, St John Selkirk 32, St John Jedburgh 104, St John Hawick 111, St John Stow 216, St John Galashiels 262 and St James Hawick 424.

It was proposed to form three Provinces into two, viz; Haddington and Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirkshire, 58, 32, 104, 111, 424, 262, 216, Peebles being left out, it was suggested it be placed in the Metropolitan District.



The Lodge at the turn of the 19th Century.

Between May 1898 and 1913 a number of interesting items were recorded in the minutes. A wedding present was given to Br. Frank Scott junior. A deputation from Galashiels visited the Lodge and they left to catch the 10.06 train back home. A celebration in honour of the centenary of Henry Scott Riddell was held at a cost of £12-11/8. A joint service with 424 and 111 attending was held and a deputation was present at the laying of a foundation stone at the Tweed Bridge, Peebles. A procession was held to celebrate the surrender of Pretoria. Br. Rogers RWM was congratulated on his promotion to captain of the Border Rifle Volunteers (his photograph appears in the Lodge room in uniform). Scottish Masonry went into mourning for three months following the death of Queen Victoria.

In January 1901, three volumes of the History of Freemasonry by PM Br. Davidson were acquired. Electricity was introduced to the town and an estimate of installation was given to the Lodge of £3 5-8/6. A banner was purchased and unfurled. 424 joined together with 111 to lay the foundation stone of the new library. A number of visitors were received into the Lodge from as far away as Tasmania, America, Chile, Valparaiso, and a number of brethren left to emigrate to countries all over the world.

Eleven members of 111 visited Jedburgh in August 1903 for the laying of the memorial stone of the new Lodge room, consecrated on July 10th 1904.

More letters were received requesting assistance to raise new Lodges in Scotland. The number of members in full standing was 195.

In August 1904 Br. Oliver was passed the second degree, the Lodge was then reduced to first degree when, through a misunderstanding over the time a brother who should have received the second degree arrived late. The Lodge was reopened in the second degree and another second degree worked on the same evening.

A brother reported the laying of a foundation stone at the new North Bridge, Edinburgh, which according to him was "a complete failure and arrangements were a jumble from beginning to end".

In September 1898 a memorial tablet was erected at Teviothead Cottage in memory of Br.Henry Scott Riddell, and in May 1905 a bust was unveiled.

A discussion was held whether or not to hold a drink licence, PM. Tumbull said, It would place a temptation in the way of younger members”.

Grand Lodge sent a directive stating that Masters should not receive the installed Masters degree until having spent a year in office.

Two visitors were refused admission for not wearing a dark suit and white tie.

In April 1905 nine initiations were reported in the past year, compared to 34 in 1903.

In November 1907 a visitation to St David's 36 was made together with Brethren of 424,and a suggestion was made that St David accompany 111 on their next visit to the Cairn at Teviothead.

Photographs of Pastmasters were presented to the Lodge in 1909, and an apron of the now defunct Beaumont Yetholm was also presented

A man was proposed and passed the ballot At his initiation, while "Riding the Goat" and asked his age, he wrote nineteen, and when asked if his father was a Mason he replied "no". A letter was written to PGL for advice. PGL replied that "Under the circumstances the man should be allowed to proceed through the degrees". After this incident the procedure for admitting persons to Masonry was tightened up.

In March 1910 the Secretary and Tyler reported that they had found in an old cupboard, the Bible dated 1766, which had been used at the erection of the Lodge in 1768, also the old seal of the Lodge and other relics. (Where are they now?) It was recommended that a bookcase be purchased to exhibit them.

A new edition of the 1514 etching was presented to the Lodge.

A dinner was held in the Masonic Hall, Myreslawgreen to celebrate the resuscitation of the Lodge, attended by 170 brethren including members from Grand Lodge. Brethren from 424 and 111 joined together in a funeral service for King Edward VII and marched in procession to St John's Parish Church wearing white tie and gloves.

John McNairn was passed to the second degree, thereafter the Lodge was reduced and Thomas Chisholm initiated on the same night A request from Grand Lodge was received for £30 from each daughter Lodge to complete Grand Lodge premises and a deputation to lay the memorial stone travelled to Edinburgh on April 28th, 1911.

Dr Middleton retired as PGM after 25 years continuous service, at the installation of the new PGM the Grand Master Mason was introduced to Br. William Waddell, Tyler of Stow Lodge, who had been a Mason for 54 years and over 40 years continuously as Lodge Tyler.

It was announced that some life members of the Lodge were living abroad in Hawaii, Switzerland, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Toronto, South Africa, Rhodesia, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, California, Chicago, Kimberley, New Zealand, and Germany etc. In December 1912 there were 183 members in full standing. An invitation was received to attend the consecration of Lodge Ercildoune 1119 on January 20th, 1913.

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