Bro Alex McIsaac and RFA Fort Grange

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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

No XII Burns Supper – Entertainers Finalised Saturday 24th February 2018

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The Annual No XII Charity Burns Supper will be held in the Town Hall on Saturday 24th February 2018.
The Immortal Memory will be delivered by a good friend of No XII – Bro David Vennard PM
(left) of The Glasgow Kilwinning Lodge No 4. Bro David is an accomplished speaker and also delivers a mean poetic address. We have heard him before at the No XII Burns supper when he delivered Tam o’ Shanter in 2015. Bro David’s Immortal Memory will be interesting and informative.

The Toast to the Lassies will be by Bro Kenny Wilson of Lodge Ardgowan No 1425. Kenny is, of course, very well known locally be it for his work on the folk and entertainment scene with The Wherries, his involvement in the Scout Association as a former District Commissioner or his expertise on the Bass Drum many years ago in the Greenock and District Scout Pipe Band. I have spoken alongside Bro Kenny on many occasions and one thing that we all can be guaranteed of is a laugh!

By coincidence, we have another former Bass Drummer delivering Tam o’ Shanter and that is Bro David Docherty. David has affiliated to Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626 but his Mother Lodge is Lodge Rothesay St John No 292. Bro Davie comes from Rothesay and played the big drum in the Rothesay and District Pipe Band. I have also spoken with Bro Davie on several occasions and his Tam o’ Shanter is unique and incomparable.

A great night is in store and bookings will be taken very soon by either Bro Alan D Beck PM or myself (Bro Iain White PM).

Syllabus 2017 - 2018

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Just a short message to let you know that I have now published the syllabus for the rest of this session and it is available on the menu bar of the website or you can click here

Visit to Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 Monday 28th March 2017 Conferring The Raising

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The Lodge was honoured by an invitation to confer a First Degree from our very good friends at Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68.  RWM Allan T Glen was supported by a terrific deputation.  18 brethren from No XII entered the Lodge with Bro Iain D Macleod (HM) already inside.

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We were handsomely welcomed into a well-filled Lodge by Bro Alexander Bloomfield Wilson RWM and the Office Bearers of No 68 vacated their offices to allow the No XII team to confer the degree on 2 candidates. .The floor workers for the Entering was Prayer Bro Hector Macphail PM Obligation RWM Bro Allan T Glen Secrets Bro Alan D Beck PM Apron Bro J Robert Crossan WSW  Working Tools Bro David Martin IG Tracing Board  Bro Iain White PM Charge Bro Kenneth C MacDougall PM Chaplain.  Bro Mark Stewart was passed to the Second Degree.

After the meeting we were treated to handsome refreshments and purvey by the brethren of 68.  A good night was had and the strong bonds between the two old Lodges were cemented further as a consequence.

Visit to Lodge Shalom No 1600 Thursday 9th March 2017 Conferring The Raising

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RWM Bro Allan T Glen took a deputation from No XII to the Neptune Masonic Centre in Clifford Street in the shadow of Ibrox Stadium to confer the Raising at Lodge Shalom.  As ever, we were all made very welcome and the degree team did a fine job.  It was an exemplification, but important nonetheless as we gave support to RWM Bro Ronson Slater and the brethren of Lodge Shalom.

The degree team was Prayer Bro Alistair Glenny PM Obligation RWM Bro Allan T Glen Retrospect Bro Brian McFadyen WJW PM Raising Bro Alan D Beck PM  Reading Bro KK Morrison PM  Secrets Bro Iain White PM  Apron Bro J Robert Crossan WSW  Working Tools Bro J Robert Crossan WSW  Traditional History Bro Kenneth C MacDougall PM Charge Bro David Stevenson Treas. 

After the meeting, we enjoyed some hospitality at Harmony with the brethren of Lodge Shalom and participated in their fine raffle.  It was a pleasure to be with our friends at Lodge Shalom again.


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