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Tuesday 15th November The 289th Annual Installation

The Annual Installation meeting was a great success with almost 140 in attendance and 70 waiting for the dinner after the meeting. The purvey, supplied by I.C.E. Scotland (our President of Stewards Bro Tony Buckley’s company) was absolutely first class and Polly Beck gave affirmation to the quality of the evening by her wonderful songs and thoroughly professional delivery. Bro Jonathan Buchan of Lodge The Prince’s No 607 provided suitable accompaniment on the Town Hall Grand Piano. This article and photograph of the RWM, his Installing Masters, Bro David Wilson HM Deputy Provost and Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart, were submitted to the Greenock Telegraph.

From left: Bro David Wilson HM Deputy Provost; Sir Ludovic Houston Shaw Stewart 12t Bart.;  Bro Iain White PM Principal Installing Master; Bro Allan T Glen RWM;  Bro Kenneth C MacDougall PM Installing Master; Bro Alan D Beck PM Installing Master

Instituted on 27th December 1728, Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII is the oldest and longest surviving organisation in Inverclyde.  Recently,No XII held its 289th Installation Ceremony.Bro Allan T. Glen was installed 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 packed Town Hall Saloon. The RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 led the deputation of visiting brethren, as always. In this case the man at the head was Bro William Lawson.

A 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. He is also the Musical Director of the Edinburgh College Big Band. He also teaches saxophone at Newcastle University and previously taught at the University of Strathclyde.

A keen golfer, Bro Glen is a member of East Kilbride Golf Club and hopes to one day get his handicap down to scratch.

At the Harmony in the main Town Hall a large number of brethren enjoyed supper and 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 replied to by Bro James P. Livingstone Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master.  Past Master Bro Robert J. Bain, himself a former regular soldier, delivered a heartfelt toast to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The Right Worshipful Master, Bro Glen toasted the Installing Masters and the Immediate Past Master.  The replies to these came from Principal Installing Master Bro. Iain White PM and Bro Allan I. MacFeate IPM, respectively.  Bro J. Robert Crossan WSW toasted the Visiting Brethren and, as is traditional in No XII, the reply was given by Bro William Lawson RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68.  The artistes were toasted by Bro Brian McFadyen WJW.

As is the custom in No XII, Inverclyde Council was represented at the Installation Dinner and Harmony. On this occasion, Depute Provost Bro David Wilson, a member of Lodge Sir Michael 989 and Honorary Member of No XII, represented the Provost.  Depute Provost Bro Wilson 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 Saloon 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.

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

Bro Alan D. Beck PM proposed the Toast to the House of Ardgowan.  Sir Ludovic Houston Shaw Stewart, 12th Baronet of Greenock and Blackhall replied and thanked Bro Beck for his kind words.  Sir Ludovic particularly appreciated the way in which the long connection, stretching back to the 1840s, between the Shaw Stewart family and No XII was highlighted.  His forebear, Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart 7th Baronet was Grand Master Mason of Scotland between 1873 and 1882.

Bro Allan T Glen spoke of his pleasure at taking the chair and of the plans that he had for the Lodge in the year ahead.  A major charity drive is again under way.

Musical contributions from Polly Beck were much enjoyed by the company. The extremely happy evening finished with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and three hearty cheers!

Front Row from left: Worshipful Senior Warden Bro. J Robert Crossan; Bro Alan D Beck PM; Bro David Wilson HM;  Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart 12th Bart; Director of Ceremonies Bro. Iain White PM; Right Worshipful Master  Bro. Allan T Glen; Immediate Past Master Bro. Allan I MacFeate; Secretary Bro. Kenneth C MacDougall PM ; Depute Master Bro James P Livingstone RWPGM;  Substitute Master Bro. Alexander Galbraith PRWPGM;  Worshipful Junior Warden Bro. Brian McFadyen

Back Row from left: Architect  Bro. Bro. James McGregor;  Almoner Bro. Alistair Glenny PM; Senior Deacon Bro. Paul Stevenson; Junior Deacon Bro. A. Campbell Snoddy; Sword Bearer Bro James McGregor Jr; 2nd Assistant Steward Bro. Fraser N. Cameron; Chaplain Bro. Robert J. Bain PM; Bible Bearer Bro. Kenneth K Morrison PM; Treasurer  Bro. David D. Stevenson; President of Stewards Bro. Anthony Buckley; Inner Guard Bro. David G. Martin; Director of Music Bro Robert Marshall


The Installation of Lodge Renfrew County Kilwinning No 370

This large deputation from No XII, led by RWM Bro Allan T Glen, and supported by his two Wardens, attended the Annual Installation at 370 on Thursday 2nd December.  Also in the Deputation was Bro Tony Stewart, RWM of The Prince’s Lodge No 607 and Honorary Member of No XII.  Our Depute Master, Bro James P Livingstone was also in attendance, but in his role as RWPGM. Bro Tony was out at the car and missed the photo shoot. Bro Jim was probably involved in Provincial matters! 

The links between No XII and 370 go back into the mists of time.  Through our Minutes, I have managed to locate deputations inter-visiting as early as 1906.  Sad to say, this relationship between the Lodges had fallen into abeyance for some years  in the early part of this century until the sterling efforts of Past Masters Bro Alan D Beck and Bro Allan I MacFeate began the resurgence.  Since 2013, the Lodges have visited one another several times and conferred degrees.  We were so delighted to see a large number of Brethren from 370 at the No XII Installation last month and were pleased to reciprocate on Thursday.
It was also very pleasant to see RWM Bro Nicky Stetz and IPM Bro Andrew Pigott of Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626 there too.

Honour for Tony as he becomes RWM of The Prince’s Lodge


Our Honorary Member, and maker of exquisite shortbread, Bro Tony Stewart was placed in the Chair of King Solomon on Monday 7th November when he became RWM of Lodge The Prince’s No 607 in Glasgow.  In taking the Chair, he follows Bro Alan Beck (far left), our PM, who was one of his Installing Masters.  The others were weel kent faces in No XII, Bros Bobby Shaw (far right) and Ian A MacPherson MBE (second left) both Past Masters of The Prince’s.

The way we were - 1994

I am again indebted to Bro Alistair Glenny PM for supplying this edition’s photo.  It is again of a visit to No XII by brethren of The Scots Lodge No 2319 (EC).  The visit took place on Tuesday 20th March 1994 when Bro Alistair was RWM of No XII.  The deputation from Scots was led by WM Bro Ewan Macpherson.  On that occasion, the visit was marked by the presentation of a cheque for £100 by Bro Henry S Tibbles, Past Master of The Scots Lodge, for Sir Gabriel Wood’s Mariners’ Home.  Bro Henry’s Mother Lodge is, of course, No XII and he subsequently became our RWM in 2001.


RWM Bro Alistair may be seen in the centre of the photo with Bro Henry Tibbles on his right and Bro Jimmy Anderson of The Scots Lodge on his right.  Bro Jimmy became an Honorary Member of No XII some years later. The two Bro Pipers should be recognizable to you as (now) Past Masters Iain White and Hector Macphail who were, at that time, Senior and Junior Deacon respectively.  They have worn so well over the years that you would pick them out right away!  To show that some things do not change, PM White’s dram may be seen nestling on the window ledge just within reach and certainly within vision in the interests of security.  As Para Handy once said, ‘Aye, pipers is thirsty folk …’.

I am further indebted to Bro Bob Crossan WSW for his skills in using Photoshop.  Bro Alistair’s original photo was in a pretty sorry state but Bro Bob worked his technological magic on it to bring it back to life.

Bro Iain White PM

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The way we were - November 1991

The photo this time is of RWM Bro Hector Macphail, his Past Masters and Office bearers on the occasion of his Installation in November 1991. See how many faces you recognise and remember before looking at the legend below the photo!

Note also that Bro Hector is sitting on the old Master’s Chair that we lost in a theft from the Town Hall.  It was replaced by the big Ecclesiastical Chair that we now use.


Front from Left: Bros John Adamson PM Murray Thomson JD Ian M Ross WSW Hector Macphail RWM James S Adams WJW Robert J Bain JD RJ Drainer Jnr PM

Middle from Left:  Bros Iain White PM John C Glenny PM H Campbell Barr PM Wilson J McCulloch PM KK Morrison PM Philip Robertson Norman Gray Crawford Kirkpatrick

Rear from Left: Henry S Tibbles PM 2319 (EC) James McGregor Rodney Beal Allan M Goodall Alan Knox David R Miller

Honorary Membership for Neil - 1st November 2016

Bro Neil McLachlan Johnston, of Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626, was completely taken aback when he was called to the Centre of the floor and told that he had been proposed for Honorary Membership of No XII in recognition of his extremely regular attendance at our Lodge meetings.  Having overcome his surprise, he took the Obligation he was received enthusiastically and warmly and expressed his thanks to the Brethren. Bro Neil promised to continue to support No XII.  Bro Neil is seen below flanked on his right by RWM Bro Allan I MacFeate and his left by RWPGM Bro James P Livingstone who, of course, is of slightly more than passing acquaintance to him!


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