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Granite Union No. 480

 

History of the Lodge


We are indebted to the Thistle Lodge No.62 Dumfries, for the following extracts out of the Minute Books of that Lodge.


WHITE HART HOTEL, DUMFRIES. 3rd February 1868

"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".

 


THISTLE LODGE ROOM, WHITE HART HOTEL, DUMFRIES. 2nd March 1868

"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 unanimously agreed that a Deputation be sent on that occasion. Bro Riddick moved, seconded by Bro Rorrison, that every free member on the books of the Thistle Lodge who went to Dalbeattie on the 10th would be allowed 2/6 each. Bro Murdoch moved an amendment, seconded by Bro Broadman, that only those Brethren of the Thistle who directly represent their Lodge, being clothed in her colours, receive the 2/6. After a very animated discussion a vote was taken, when Bro Riddick's motion was carried by an overwhelming majority, the amendment being only supported by the mover and seconder.
The Secretary was instructed to get the aprons washed, and the Regalia put in order for the 10th".


THISTLE LODGE ROOM, WHITE HART HOTEL, DUMFRIES. 6th April 1868

"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.

The first Office-Bearers of Lodge Granite Union were:- Right Worshipful Master, Bro Robert McKinnell; Depute Master, Bro J. Meldrum; Senior Warden, Bro J McKay; Junior Warden, Bro John Innes; Secretary, Bro David Cowan; Treasurer Bro George Grant; Senior Deacon, Bro Thomas Dykes; Inner Guard, Bro Nathen Newall.