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Grampa Bain PM

Congratulations to Grampa Bob Bain PM and his lovely wife Margaret, their daughter Jennifer has just given them an early Christmas present of a new baby boy, their first grandson.
Best wishes from all at No XII and beyond.


Honorary Grand Architect Bro Kenneth K Morrison

Congratulations to Bro Kenneth K Morrison PM who received the rank of Honorary Grand Architect from the Grand Master Mason Bro Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont at the Grand Lodge Communication on 30th November 2017.

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Happy 98th Birthday Bro Henry Tibbles PM

Recently a few of our Brethren went down to visit Bro Henry Tibbles PM on the occassion of his 98th birthday. Bro Henry was delighted to see the Brethren and wished everyone at the lodge good wishes.





290th Annual Installation

Tuesday 21st November 2017coa5 blue Bro Allan Thomas Glen was reinstalled into the Chair as Right Worshipful Master in front of a large number of brethren from within and outwith the province of Renfrewshire West in a busy Town Hall Saloon. The deputation of visiting brethren was led, as always, by the RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68. In this case the man at the head was Bro Alexander Bloomfield Wilson RWM.

D71 3269A native of Lanarkshire, Bro Glen moved to Boston to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music after graduating from the University of Strathclyde. An accomplished and highly sought-after saxophonist, Bro Glen has toured extensively in Europe and America working with many different ensembles and artists.

Bro Glen is currently a member of the music faculty at Edinburgh College, teaching composition, orchestration and film scoring.

At the Harmony in the main Town Hall, our top table guests were piped in by our newly installed Lodge Piper Bro Andrew Muir, thereafter a large number of brethren enjoyed a delicious supper, expertly prepared and served by our President of Stewards Bro Tony Buckley and his staff from ICE Scotland.

The usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts were observed. Bro Allan T. Glen RWM toasted Her Majesty the Queen. His Toasts to The Grand Lodge of Scotland and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West were D71 3318replied to by Bro Robin McIntyre Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Elect.

Past Master Bro Robert J. Bain, himself a former regular soldier, delivered a heartfelt toast to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

As is the custom in No XII, Inverclyde Council was represented at the Installation Dinner and Harmony. On this occasion, Provost Martin Brennan addressed the assembled brethren and spoke of the long and close connection between No XII and the town of Greenock and the Lodge’s historic right to meet in the D71 3329Saloon of the Town Hall. This dates back to April 1765, when an agreement was made with the magistrates and council of the Burgh of Greenock that by contributing financial assistance to the project (equivalent to over £2 million today) the Lodge would hold a share in the property, and would thereafter secure the right in perpetuity to conduct its meetings and business in the new Town House and its replacement, the current Town Hall. The first meeting in the new venue was on 10th September 1766, and but for a short space between 1858 and 1865 while the current Town Hall was being built, all meetings were, and still are, held in the Municipal Buildings.

Provost Brennan concluded as he extended his good wishes to the new RWM and Lodge for the forthcoming session.

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The Right Worshipful Master, Bro Glen toasted the Installing Masters and the reply given Principal Installing Master Bro. Iain White PM.

Bro J. Robert Crossan WSW toasted the Visiting Brethren and, as is traditional in No XII, the reply was given by Bro Alexander Bloomfield Wilson RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68.

The artistes were toasted by Bro Brian McFadyen WJW.

Musical contributions from Cheryl Forbes and her accompanist husband Gordon Cree were very much enjoyed by the company.

The extremely happy evening finished with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and three hearty cheers!

The Way We Were (2) No XII and The Scots Lodge No 2319 (EC)

The Scots Lodge No 2319 meets in London and there have been links between it and No XII for many years. It all started with Bro Henry Sebbon Tibbles. Born on 4th November 1919 in Minster, by Sheerness (Kent), henry took his first degree in No XII during the Second World War on 10th November 1942. At that time he was in the Royal Navy and stationed locally. He spent all of the war years in the Navy, marrying Gourock girl Muriel along the way. When Henry returned to civvy street, the printing trade beckoned and he rose to the position of Company Director. Unfortunately for No XII, promotion took Henry to London, but XII’s loss was The Scots’ Lodge’s gain and he joined No 2319 (English Constitution) on 24th April 1969. Henry’s enthusiasm led him to be installed as Worshipful Master of The Scots’ Lodge in 1980. At this time, he brought a deputation up to the Town Hall when Bro Kenneth K Morrison was Master of No XII and very strong links between the two Lodges began to develop. These have been further cemented over the years by visitations to Greenock and London by The Scots Lodge and No  XII.

Photographs of some of the Scots’ visits North are featured below. In the first of these we see that very first visitation. From the left are Bros William W Irving PM, Alistair Glenny WJW, Henry S Tibbles WM No 2319 (EC) and Kenneth K Morrison RWM.


We move then to 1984, when Bro Alistair Glenny was RWM. Again, a deputation came from London and the brethren are in the two photos below. I am grateful to Bro Alistair Glenny PM for the coloured photo and to Bro Peter R Sinclair PM for the monochrome image. Past Worshipful Masters of The Scots’ Lodge, Bros Ian Rainford and Peter Niven were very helpful in assisting the identification of brethren from 2319



Finally comes the visit of 2012 when Bro Robert J Bain was in the Chair of No XII. The names in this photo were supplied, at the time of the visit by Bro Keith Ferries PM who, sadly, has since to the Grand Lodge Above. On this  occasion, the Brethren of The Scots’ Lodge were busy because the night before they had given an exemplification in Gourock at Lodge Firth of Clyde.


I am uncertain if more visitations North have taken place. If so, and you have a photo from back then, please either scan it and send it on to me or give me the original and I shall do the scanning. I am keen to document the  relationship between the two Lodges as fully as I can. To that end, in a subsequent issue I shall publish any photos I can gather together of visits by No XII to London. To that end, as above, I should be delighted to see any  photos that you have yourself from visits to the Metropolis.

Bro Iain White PM

The Way We Were

TT101-004In the last edition of Twelve Talk, mention was made of the inception of what became the annual Bowls Challenge Match between No XII and 1121. It was away back in 1990 that it all started. After a little digging around at  home, I found the press picture and story which marked the launch of the challenge.

Bro John Paton and I were the respective RW Masters at the time and, as you can clearly see, we have not changed a bit in the intervening  27 years. Sadly, Bro Ian Miller, the presenter of the trophy, and Bob Richardson, The Ardgowan Club President have passed to the Grand Lodge Above. The photo was taken in front of the Clubhouse at Ardgowan.

It is worthy  of note that in 3 years’ time we shall have the 30th Anniversary of the Challenge Match. This is no mean feat these days and says a lot for the commitment of the Brethren in both Lodges. We should try to make the match in 2020 a real special occasion.

Bro Iain White PM

Bro Alex McIsaac and RFA Fort Grange

Bro Alex McIsaac passed to the Grand Lodge above on 6th July and we had an obituary for him in Twelve Talk 98. He was remembered formally at our Regular Meeting as the gentleman and committed Freemason that he was.

I was doing some research into Bro RL Scott, arguably the most eminent Past Master of No XII. Amongst other things Bro Scott was a shipbuilder (Chairman of Scotts’ Shipbuilding and Engineering Company), a big game hunter, an adventurer, a swordsman of national prominence and a collector of arms and armoury. It was in the shipbuilding connection that I came upon a photograph taken in Scotts’ Engine Works around 1975. It depicted the team that had been principally involved in the construction of Engine No 833, built for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Grange. There, clearly visible in the back row was Bro Alex McIsaac who, at the time, was a draughtsman in the Engine Works Drawing Office. Bro Alex is 9th, from the left, easily identifiable by his characteristic dark hair.


Fort Grange was laid down in 1973, by Scotts’ in the Cartsburn Dockyard, launched in 1976 and commissioned the next year. The ship saw her first war service during the Falklands War, and also supported British forces in the  Balkans alongside at the port of Split from at least 1994 till 2000, being based at Cervena Luka (North Port) an area just outside Split, Croatia. The lead ship in her class of fleet replenishment ships, Fort Grange was renamed Fort  Rosalie in May 2000 to avoid confusion with the (now-decommissioned) RFA Fort George, a change which was not universally popular. In May 2008 the ship entered a £28 million refit at Northwestern Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders' Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead.

In August 2010, through the efforts of The Friends of Scotts’ Shipbuilders society she returned to Greenock to help commemorate the 300th anniversary, in 2011, of Scotts’. She was berthed at the container terminal and many people (myself included) visited her. In 2011 it was announced that her service life would be extended by two years to 2024; the Fort class will ultimately be replaced by the Fleet Solid Support element of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability programme. She spent early 2012 in the Caribbean and made a brief deployment to the Gulf of Oman in December 2012; she exercised in home waters and entered refit at Cammell Laird’s again in February 2014.

On a personal note, I recognise a number of the Scotts’ personnel in the photo because I worked with Scotts’ engineers at the Cartsburn Fitting Out Basin between 1971 and 1976 when on University breaks. At that time No XII  stalwarts Bro Jim Adams PM, Jock Irvine and Billy Davis also worked in the Cartsburn yard and would have been involved with the Fort Grange. Sadly, these 3 brethren are now in the Grand Lodge Above.


Bro Iain White PM

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