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Freemasons' Hall - interior
Grand Hall looking east. The present Freemasons' Hall was built during 1911 - 1912. It replaced an earlier building that had been on the site since 1858. The previous building was designed by the famous Scottish architect, David Bryce (who was a Freemason), but by the end of the century the building had become too small for the needs of Grand Lodge and it was decided to build a new larger home - the present building.
The Grand Hall is the main meeting place of Grand Lodge. Regular Communications are held in February, June and October (see the Kalander for exact details). The annual installation takes place on the Thursday before St Andrew's Day when that is not a Thursday.
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Typically known as the 'east' (it is in fact the south!) this is where the Grand Master Mason (presently Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont) and the Grand Lodge Office-bearers sit during communications of Grand Lodge.
Every Scottish Lodge is entitled to send three representatives to Communications of Grand Lodge and these are normally the Master, Senior and Junior Wardens although some Lodges nominate other Lodge members for this duty. These representatives vote on matters laid before Grand Lodge and the process is therefore very democratic. For more details see pages such as 'Committees' under 'Structure'. Scottish Lodges overseas are normally represented by Proxy Members appointed for that purpose.
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Show to right is the west side aisle of Grand Hall. The niches hold busts of some of the Past Grand Masters.
Freemasons' Hall is open to the public and tours of the building are provided on week days at 10.00am and 2.00pm. Please note that at certain times tours of the buliding may be unavailable or limited to the Museum only. Please call in advance (0131 225 5577) especially bfore undertaking a long journey.
Freemasons' Hall is open Monday to Friday, 09.00 am - 4.30 pm. Contact details for the Departments within Freemasons' Hall can be found on the 'Departments' page.