Past Master Brother James Stirrat Adams

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Tributes have been paid from within and out with the Province to Past Master Brother James Stirrat Adams who died suddenly at home on Friday 26th April, aged 58 years.

Bro. Jim was a Past Master and stalwart of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII, and had recently been Installed as an Office-Bearer in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West.

Over the years, Jim contributed greatly to the Inverclyde community; not only as a Freemason, but as an elder of The Church of Scotland, officer in The Boy’s Brigade and Junior Football Player.

Jim was a popular member and elder in The Mount Kirk, and was always willing to do his best to assist in any task asked of him.

As well as a keen golfer, in his early days Jim was an officer in the 6th Company of the Boys Brigade, and was a much sought after goalkeeper in many junior football teams in the district including: Greenock Morton Supporter’s, Bellaire and High School F.P.

Jim was also a devoted husband and father and leaves behind his wife Rona, daughter Jennifer and son Craig, along with a great many friends as well as his work colleagues in Ferguson’s Shipyard.

Bro John C Glenny PM - 50 Years and counting

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50 years to the day since being initiated into No XII, Past Master Bro John Clark Glenny, or Jack as we all know him, received his Golden Jubilee Diploma from RWM Bro Alan Beck at the meeting on 2nd April.  Bro Jack spoke about his pleasure at being a member of No XII for all these years and of his term as RWM between 1981 and 1983. He also remarked on how delighted he was that the Lodge was doing so well and on the good attendances, the enthusiasm of the members and the extremely high quality of the floor work.  On a more personal level, he indicated that he was very proud to see one of his candidates – Bro Alan Beck – in the Chair and doing such a terrific job.

We were all delighted to see Jack’s brother Alistair, who followed him into the Chair, present.  This was a great surprise to Jack as he didn’t know that he was coming along.  Another couple of No XII stalwarts were along to ‘cheer Jack on’ – former office bearers Jimmy Burns and Robert Paterick.

All in all it was a very happy occasion.  Both Jack and Alistair brought along some archive materials which will be shared with readers of XII Talk in due course.  Some of the photos led us to be asking questions like ‘Are you sure that’s me?’

Jack Glenny Golden Jubilee
Bros Alan Beck RWM  Jack Glenny PM  Alistair Glenny PM

on Jack’s Golden Jubilee evening

Jack Glenny Golden Jubilee

RWM and the Past Masters who were in the Lodge on Jack’s Golden Jubilee evening

Bros Iain White Alan Beck (RWM) Alistair Glenny Jack Glenny Kenny Morrison Ken MacDougall Bob Bain Jim Adams

Charity Burns Supper 2013

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The 2013 Charity Burns Supper

Over £5000 raised at Gala Occasion

Over 150 guests packed into the Greenock Town Hall for the Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII Burns Supper on Saturday 23rd February.  This made it the largest Burns Supper in Inverclyde this year. The evening was greatly enjoyed by those who attended and over £5000 was raised for the 2013 charities, Erskine Home, Youth Theatre at the Beacon and Glenburn School.  The first two charities were nominated by RWM Bro Alan Beck, whilst the third was the choice of Provost Robert Moran.  The Provost was represented at the Burns Supper by Bro Cllr David Wilson, Deputy Provost of Inverclyde

 Back Row: Bros Bob Bain Jim Livingstone Fraser Gray Alasdair Beaton

Front Row: Bros David Wilson Drew McKenzie Alan Beck (RWM) Iain White Ian Macpherson MBE

 It was an evening filled with fun and laughter an there was a great community spirit in the magnificent old hall.  After the haggis had been piped in by Bro Alasdair Beaton, RWM of Lodge The Gael No 609, and addressed by RWM Bro Alan Beck, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire West,

Bro James P Livingstone, led the brethren in grace.  The Loyal Toast by RWM Bro Alan Beck was followed by two verses of the God Save the Queen heartily sung by those in attendance as Ian McCrorie’s accompaniment on the Town Hall organ resounded through the air.

Three ‘heavies’ at the top table

Bros Drew McKenzie (Immortal Memory) Alan Beck (RWM) Iain White PM (Chair)

Bro Drew McKenzie PM of Lodge Crawfurdsburn Greenock No 1121 delivered an amusing and thought - provoking Immortal Memory and Bro Ian Macpherson MBE, RWM of The Prince’s Lodge No 607 in Glasgow gave a funny and clever Toastto the Lassies.  Holy Willie’s Prayer was recited by Bro Sandy Reddy (HM XII).


The accompanist for the evening was Bro Dr Fraser Gray (Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175) and RWM Bro Alan Beck sang.  A haunting saxophone interlude - My luve’s like a red, red rose – was played by Bro Allan Glen SD of No XII accompanied by Scott Hannah on guitar.  Bro Iain White PM (No XII) was chairman for the night. Bro Bob Bain IPM (No XII) proposed a hearty Vote of Thanks. .

The success of the fund-raising was undoubtedly due to the persuasive powers of No XII’s auctioneer, Bro Paul Galbraith and croupiers Bros James McGregor Sr. and Jr.

Two of Bro Billy Blackett’s (Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217) guests at the Burns Supper were Colin Stein and Willie Johnstone who were members of the Rangers team that won the European Cup Winners Cup in Barcelona in 1972.  Billy donated a replica 1972 shirt.  It was signed by Colin and Willie.  They are pictured with Bro Ross Nugent of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217 who purchased it at auction

The Lodge was delighted with support given by other local organisations that had numbers of guests present, particularly the Greenock Golf Club, the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, the Beacon, the Rotary Club of Gourock, Greenock Wanderers RFC, Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175 and Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626.  Of course, numerous other Lodges within and outwith the area were represented and many friends of No XII attended

The evening was rounded off by the company singing the Star of Rabbie Burns and Auld Lang Syne.  Inverclyde’s oldest organisation (instituted in 1728) will continue the charity drive with further activities throughout the year.

RWM Bro Alasdair Beaton Lodge The Gael No 609 and

RWM Bro Ian Macpherson MBE the Prince’s Lodge No 607

- both from the Province of Glasgow

Next year’s Burns Supper is already organised for Saturday 1st March 2014 when an even bigger event is planned.  The speakers are already signed up:  Bro Jack Glenny, PM of No XII, will deliver the Immortal Memory and Bro Bobby Shaw RWM of the Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275 will Toast the Lassies.  Put it in your diary …

Bro Iain White PM


Some additional images from the very successful evening.


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Visitation to Confer Fellowcraft Degree at Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175

No XII’s close relationship with Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175 was cemented further on Friday 23rd November when our new RWM, Bro Alan Beck took a large deputation to  confer the Fellowcraft Degree at the invitation of Bro Alex Johnstone RWM.

No XII 175 Degree

The 17 No XII members are shown in the photo above: (from left) Bros Allan Glen, Jim Adams PM, Gordon Thompson, Jim Strachan; Kenny Morrison PM, Neil Forbes, Dugald Rankin, Eddie McGill, Alan Beck RWM, Ken MacDougall PM, Bob Bain IPM, Jim McGregor, Allan MacFeate DM, Brian McFadyen, Crawford Kirkpatrick, Paul Galbraith WJW and Iain White PM.

This was our debut under Alan’s leadership and the Degree team was:

Obligation Bro Alan Beck RWM; Secrets Bro Kenny Morrison PM; Apron Bro Ken MacDougall PM; Working Tools Bro Brian McFadyen; Tracing Board Bro Iain White PM; Charge Bro Bob Bain IPM.

After some excellent fellowship in 175’s magnificent Temple, we adjourned to the Middle Chamber for soup, sandwiches, a wee refreshment, to further bond existing friendships and make new ones.

Special Meeting to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

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Special Meeting on 7th June 2012

to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

When Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII met for the first time on 27th December 1728, King George II was on the throne and No XII has seen another 9 monarchs reign, including Queen Elizabeth II.  The Lodge held a special meeting to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and its home, The Saloon of the Town Hall, was packed with members and visiting dignitaries including the Provincial Grand Masters of Renfrewshire West, Bro James W Miller, Glasgow, Bro Alasdair Henderson and Ayrshire Bro Archie Chalmers and the Substitute Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire East, Bro Iain McPhee. Many other commissioned and non-commissioned Provincial office bearers were in attendance.    Bro Ken MacDougall Past Master was in the Chair because our RWM, Bro Bob Bain, was in Florida on a well deserved holiday after the rigours of a busy session.  Unfortunately, the date for the meeting was arranged after Bob’s holiday was booked.  However, he sent a most appropriate message of apology which Bro Ken read out.  The brethren were delighted to be joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Cllr Robert Moran, Provost of Inverclyde, and Deputy Provost Bro David Wilson who is Treasurer of Lodge Sir Michael No 989 in Kilmacolm.

The Lord Lieutenant, Guy Clark delivered a most interesting an amusing talk about his role as Her Majesty’s representative in the county.  This was greatly appreciated by all those in attendance.  Guy is a member of the Shaw-Stewart family, his mother having been the daughter of Sir Walter Guy Shaw-Stewart.  The Shaw-Stewart family has had a long association with No XII and this was reflected in a paper presented by Past Master Bro Iain White.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire West, Bro James W Miller, also spoke, providing some interesting information about the Shaw-Stewarts and their involvement in Freemasonry in the Province, in particular their lengthy periods of service as Provincial Grand Masters.  The last Shaw-Stewart to be Provincial Grand Master was Guy’s grandfather who passed to the Grand Lodge Above in 1967.

No XII had sent a message of congratulations to Her Majesty and the following reply from Christopher Sandamas, the Chief Clerk to The Queen, was read out by the Lord Lieutenant

Dear Mr MacDougall

The Queen has asked me to thank you, the Right Worshipful Master and brethren of the Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII for your kind letter containing a message of loyal greetings to Her Majesty, sent on the occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary of The Queen’s Accession to the Throne.

Her Majesty was interested to learn that you will be holding a special meeting on 7th June to mark the Diamond Jubilee and sends her best wishes to all concerned for a most memorable and enjoyable event.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Sandamas

During the course of the evening, Bro Alan D Beck WSW sang patriotic songs - I Vow to Thee my Country, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory - accompanied by Ian McCrorie on piano.  The evening concluded with two verses of the National Anthem and three hearty cheers for Her Majesty.

After the meeting, most of the brethren waited behind for a blether, fuelled by a cup of Jim Adams’s world-famous tea and a nibble on Alan Beck’s gourmet meat pies – a supper fit for a Queen!

From Left: Ian McCrorie Alan Beck WSW  Alistair Henderson (RWPGM Glasgow) Iain White PM  Guy Clark (Lord Lieutenant)  James W Miller (RWPGM Renfrewshire West)  Kenneth C MacDougall PM   Provost Robert Moran  Depute Provost Bro David Wilson Archie Chalmers (PGM Ayrshire)


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