Granite Union No. 480
History of the Lodge
"The Right Worshipful master reported that he had been in correspondence with several Brethren in Dalbeattie regarding a new Lodge there and requested that Thistle Lodge would do all in their power to assist these Brethren who he expected had already received a Charter. It was agreed to lend the said Brethren a pair of spare Columns for a twelve month, and also do all in our power to give them a fair start, and that all the Regalia would be available on the night of their being constituted".
"A letter was read from the Acting Secretary of the Lodge Granite Union, Dalbeattie, requesting a deputation from this Lodge to assist at the erection and consecration of said Granite Union on 10th of the month, Brother L. Maitland, Esq., Provincial Grand Master of Dumfriesshire being the Installing Brother.
"It was reported that 26 Members of Thistle had put in an appearance at Dalbeattie on the 10th of last month for the opening of Lodge Granite Union".
At a meeting held on 10th March 1868, in the Town Hall, the Provincial Grand Master of Dumfriesshire was accompanied by 7 Brethren of the Provincial Grand Lodge, and also present were Brethren from the following lodges:- St Cuthbert Kilwinning No. 41, Kirkcudbright; The Thistle lodge No. 62, Dumfries; St John, Castle Douglas, No. 189; Operative Lodge, Dumfries, No. 140; St John, Thornhill, No. 252; Quhytewoollen, Lockerbie, No. 258; and St Clair, Glasgow, No. 362.