THE MASONIC Lodge in Coutties Wynd witnessed an historical event on Saturday when the brethren of the Ancient Lodge of Forfar Kilwinning commemorated the 250th anniversary of the granting of its charter.
The brethren welcomed the Depute Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland along with two past substitute Grand Masters, the Grand Lodge Wardens, the Grand Chaplain and six other Grand Lodge office-bearers including local man James Farquhar, Grand Steward, to re-dedicate the lodge. Also in attendance were the Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire together with Freemasons from all over Scotland and England.
The celebrations continue this weekend with a special service in St John’s Church on East High Street, which is open to all. The venue is quite fitting as members of the lodge helped lay the church’s foundation stone.
The service will be conducted by the Rev. Andy McCafferty.
Commenting on the weekend’s events, Doug Nicol, Past Master, Lodge Secretary and Honorary Senior Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, said it was “absolutely super”.
He told the Dispatch and Herald: “We had 28 lodges visiting us, from Aberdeenshire, Ross and Cromarty, Glasgow, Perth, Fife, Edinburgh – even someone who belongs to a lodge in Nigeria! There were around 100 there. The re-dedication service of the lodge was in the old style, with corn, wine and oil. There was a wonderful atmosphere.”
Doug was one of only two who had attended the previous bicentenary service, along with Angus Ogg, a Forfarian who now lives in Arbroath. Saturday’s re-dedication service was led by Douglas W. Duncan, Depute Grand Master Mason, the Rev. Robert Craig, the Grand Chaplain and the Grand Director of Ceremonies, Ramsay McGhee. The service was followed by a meal at The Plough.
A warm invitation is extended to everyone to attend this Sunday’s service in St John’s at 2.30 p.m. The Masons will assemble at 2 p.m. and will march to the church in full regalia for the Charter Divine Service.