The latest news from the Grand Lodge
Dennis Townhill Memorial Concert
On Friday, 9 June 2017 (7.00 pm for 7.30 pm) the annual Dennis Townhill Memorial Concert will once again be held in Freemasons' Hall.
Admission is free although there is a small charge for the programme. There is be a retiring collection in aid of Poppy Scotland
BROTHER DENNIS TOWNHILL:
Brethren, three years ago at the Regular Communication of the Grand Lodge of Scotland I intimated that Brother Dr. Dennis Townhill was retiring as Grand Organist after having served in this capacity for a number of years.
I am sure, like me, you were particularly saddened to learn that Brother Townhill died on 18th July 2008.
Brother Dennis Townhill was a member and Organist in my own Mother Lodge, Lodge Canongate Kilwinning, No. 2 and there is no doubt he will be sadly missed. He was a wonderful musician and his music brought great joy to all whom it touched not only within Freemasonry but also within Edinburgh, within Europe and throughout the world. He was head of music at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh for 30 years and his contribution to music and the development of St Mary's Music School in addition to the many other contributions that he made to music was recognised by the Queen when he was awarded the OBE in 1991.
Such was his commitment to St Mary's Cathedral and Music School I can advise you that there will be a service for the celebration of Dennis' s life within the Cathedral on Sunday, 2nd November 2008 at 3.30 pm.
Brother Townhill was a loving husband, father and grandfather and we do offer to his widow, Mabel, and all her family our deepest sympathy.
Brethren we have today paid tribute to three faithful and dedicated Freemasons and as a mark of respect to the memory of Brother Robert Muir Somerville, Brother John Ledingham and Brother Dr. Dennis William Townhill, OBE, and to those other Brethren, perhaps known only to a few of us, who recently have passed away, I would now ask you, please, to be upstanding and observe a few moments silence.
While the Brethren were upstanding, Grand Piper played a lament. Thereafter the Grand Chaplain offered up prayer. The service concluded with the singing of Psalm 24, verses 7 to 10, to the tune "St George's Edinburgh".
Grand Lodge Proceedings
30th October 2008
Freemasons' Hall will be open on Saturday, 13 May from 12.00 noon to 16.00 (last admissions 3.30 pm).
It is hoped that new members will take the opportunity to visit the building from which the Grand Lodge of Scotland administers Scottish Freemasonry in Scotland and many countries overseas.
The Open Day is not restrict to new members however. Other members, and members of the public and equally welcome to visit the building on that afternoon.
Tours will be provided of not only the Grand Hall and Museum but also some other rooms that are normally in use during the working week.
The event is also advertised on out Facebook Page where you can register your interest if you so wish. See: https://www.facebook.com/GrandLodgeScotland/
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday afternoon, 13 May 2017.
Edinburgh Autumn Holiday 2016
Visitors are to please note Monday, 19th of September 2016 is one of several holidays on which Freemason's Hall is closed. Therefor there will be no access to the building on this date.
For a full list of dates as to when Freemasons Hall will be closed Click Here
Donations to Prostate Scotland
The Grand Lodge of Scotland is pleased to announce that the total donated to Prostate Scotland by Scottish Freemasons have now exceeded £288,000.00.
For more information regarding the work of this worthy charity click here.
Raising Money for the Benevolent Funds of Grand Lodge
The easy fundraising initiative - an excellent and simple was of raising money for the Benevolent Funds of Grand Lodge.
Unsolicited contact with Scottish Lodges
Grand Secretary, David M. Begg, has been made aware that Scottish Lodges are being contacted by individuals who are not Scottish Freemasons.
Garden of Remembrance
Each year Scottish Freemasons remember their fellow Freemasons who served their country and do so in a rather unique way.
The Essence of Scottish Freemasonry
Grand Lodge regularly receives numerous requests for information regarding various aspects of Scottish Freemasonry.
Lodge Hope No.337
Lodge Hope, No.337 (now The Lodge, Hope of Kurrachee) was founded in 1847.
Freemasons' Hall re-opens
Freemasons' Hall has now re-opened following its' use as a Festival Fringe Venue.
Response to the 'Berlin Declaration'
On Wednesday, 23 July 2014 a document was issued by several Continental Grand Lodges known as the 'Berlin Declaration'.
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