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The Grand Lodge of New York

01 Grand Lodge Front
The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York was established in 1781/1782.

Reverend William Walter was elected the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York.

The Bible used when George Washington was the first President sworn into office is now used in the ceremony swearing in the Grand Master in New York and the President of the country in Washington DC.

The Masonic Hall was built in 1913 by architect Harry P. Knowles, a Master Mason himself, but the current lodge meeting rooms were restored by the interior restaurateur Felix Chavez from 1986 to 1996. We were shocked to learn that each strikingly ornate room is actually all painted plaster: from imitation stone to reliefs to frescoes, we were certainly tricked by Chavez’s manipulation of plaster to resemble high quality materials

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24 GL Renaissance Room 1

The Renaissance Room is the pride of the Masonic Hall of New York. Here, the detailed ornament in the Renaissance style is so striking that it’s easy to forget that it is all plaster and paint posing as stone and gold.

11 GL Corinthian Room

Fun Fact about the Corinthian Room is that they used up their budget and had to leave each panel a plain colour forgoing the decorative plans Chavez had devised.

12 GL Doric Room

The Doric Room, where the meeting was held, has imitation marble engaged columns that are strikingly realistic.

14 GL French Doric Room

Not to be confused with the Doric Room, the French Doric Room has some additional “French” touches…

13 GL Empire Room

The Empire Room.

16 GL Gothic Room 1

In the Gothic Room, the ceiling is painted with the stars of the night sky symbolizing the unity and equality of all men in the universe.

08 GL Chapter Room 1

The motif of the Chapter Room is quite obviously reminiscent of Ancient Egyptian architecture and ornament.

The Masonic Hall is actually two connected buildings, one on 23rd St. with commercial tenants to help fund the organization and the other on 24th St. with rooms for lodge meetings.

To view all photographs that were taken on our trip click here.

Greenock Wanderers RFC Trophy Presentation 2016

The recent Juniors/Minors Rugby Festival at Greenock Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Fort Matilda, Greenock. Our RWM presented the Greenock Kilwinning No XII trophy to the P6's coach Murray Hendry.

He also presented the club President, Steve Anderson, with a cheque from the lodge charity drive for Player/Coach sponsorship for season 2016/2017.

Included below are a few photographs from the above events.

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Marcus Humphrey Home

To complete a weekend of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Marcus Humphrey Home, the annual BBQ was held on Sunday 12th June. Two cheques were presented on behalf of the Province, firstly a cheque for £1,000 being the proceeds of the annual Homes Degree and which was presented by RWM Brother Paul Docherty of Lodge Sir Michael No. 989 and RWM Brother Nicky Stetz of Lodge Firth of Clyde, Gourock No. 626 on behalf of all the Lodges in the Province and secondly a cheque for £1000 was presented on behalf of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII from the
proceeds of their annual charity Burns Supper.



Sad News


Sad News....

Brother Bob Bain PM has advised me that Brother Hugh Paton passed to the Grand Lodge Above last night at 22.30

Please note that Bro Hugh Paton's funeral will be held at the Greenock Crematorium on Monday 9th of May at 1pm.

It would be nice to see as many No XII brethren and any other brethren from sister lodges to come along.



Twelve Talk Special Edition No 13 - Burns Supper 2016

Our recent Burns Supper report is no available for your perusal.. Enjoy...
BS 2016

Lodge Eaglesham No 1265 Burns Supper


I had the pleasure of proposing the Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns at the 94th Annual Burns Supper of Lodge Eaglesham No 1265.  I was invited to join some well-known brethren in No XII and we are pictured above.  Bro Bobby Shaw (PM of the Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275 and also of Lodge The Prince’s No 607) Toasted the Lassies, Bro Iain Gordon (Junior Deacon of the Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275) replied and Bro John Hutcheson (Senior Deacon of the Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275) sang and delivered the readings.  We had a most enjoyable evening in very comfortable Lodge premises in the village just outside Glasgow

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No XII Charity Burns Supper 2016


The 6th No XII Burns Supper was the biggest yet!  Just over 170 sat down in the Greenock Town Hall on Saturday 27th February to a sumptuous meal prepared and served by our President of Stewards, Tony Buckley’s staff from I.C.E Catering. Having demanded admission, the Haggis was piped in by Lodge Piper Bro Alasdair Beaton PM and addressed in lusty fashion by Bro Alan D Beck IPM.  In charge of proceedings from the Chair was Bro Ian M Ross PM and he kept things moving along in his usual efficient and good humoured way.  Bro James P Livingstone RWPGM said Grace and Tam O’ Shanter was given a lively run out by Bro Sandy Reddy.  Main speaker Alasdair Hendry, local solicitor and member of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217, gave us a thought provoking Immortal Memory where he highlighted the universal appeal of Robert Burns, contrasting occasions when he has spoken in very different places, to very different audiences and yet found that the material was equally well received, thanks to the wide appeal of the Bard.  The Lassies were toasted in amusing fashion by Bro Duncan McFadyen (PM of The Glasgow Kilwinning No 4) and Andy Goram replied.  It was good to hear Deputy Provost Bro David Wilson in fine form and offering words of reassurance to the brethren of 217 regarding the repair of their temple.  Bro Ken MacDougall PM gave a hearty Vote of Thanks and this was followed by everyone joining enthusiastically in The Star o’ Rabbie Burns and Auld Lang Syne.  IPM Bro Alan D Beck’s singing was of the highest professional quality as were his accompanists, Jamie Stables on trumpet and Craig Dunsmore on keyboards.

We were grateful to professional auctioneer Brian Clements who stepped in from the body of the haul to conduct our charity auction.  This and the raffles so effectively conducted by the Bros McGregor brought an eventual profit from the evening to go to our charities of around £5,300.  The major beneficiaries will be the Erskine Home for veterans, Children in Poverty Inverclyde and REACH for Autism Inverclyde.

The 2017 Burns Supper will be on Saturday 25th February!

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