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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Issue 1

Welcome to the Lodge mailing list. As most of you will know, in the past when the website was updated, I had been sending out an e-mail informing those on the mailing list about anything new happening. I have updated that mailing list now to look like this and I hope to send it out once a month from now on with any new web updates that appear on the site. New Lecture

Brethren might like to read, get in touch with me. Overseas members For those Brethren who live overseas and receive this bulletin, if you click on ‘today’s news’ on the welcome page, you will see the headlines of the Scotsman.

If you go into the website and click into the lectures page, you will find a new lecture entitled, “The Mystery of the Green Dragon Tavern and the Boston Tea Party”. I came across this a wee while ago and it is an excellent read. It tells the story of the Brethren of St. Andrew’s Lodge in Boston and the Boston Tea Party. If you know of any other lectures you think the

Whisky tasting You will notice in the Lodge newssheet that there is to be a “whisky tasting” on Friday 22nd April. Once Paul the editor lets me know more about it, I’ll let you know. If you know any other Brethren who might like to be included in the mailing list, get in touch via the mailing list page on the website.

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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Issue 2

Welcome once again to the Lodge mailing list, Issue 2. New Lecture

Scottish Lodges web sites You may not be aware, but the website has a page of links to all the Lodges in Scotland that have web sites. However, it may be that I have missed some, if you know of any to include, let me know. Click here to see page.

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ you may have seen the film, but have you read the book? Written by Brother Rudyard Kipling, this fascinating short story of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carenehan has been added to the lectures page. Written in 1888 it recalls when the ailing Carnahan visits Kipling (the author/narrator-cumcharacter), a former acquaintance and fellow Mason, to recount the terrible fate of the doomed enterprise into Kafiristan. [Link] I’m always on the lookout for Masonic lectures/stories; if any Brother knows one that I can use, get in touch.

Cleopatra’s Needle Did you know that there is a connection between Cleopatra’s Needle in London and Lodge Stirling Royal Arch? All will be revealed in my new book about, ‘Illustrious Members of Lodge 76 in the 19th Century’, which I hope to give as a lecture sometime in the future, and include it on the website. Watch this space! If you know any other Brethren who might like to be included in the mailing list, get in touch via the mailing list page on the website.

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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Issue 3

Welcome once again to the Lodge mailing list, Issue 3. A Masonic Poem

The Lodge News sheet The Lodge publishes a newssheet for each meeting giving a brief description of what the degree is, what’s happening and who’s who etc., This is available on the night of the meetings and is now on the 80th issue, well done Brother Paul Miller pm the editor. The sheet is also on the web site. Click here to see page.

‘The Deil Among The Masons’ by Brother William Harvey J.P. is a poem written in the scots dialect about a meeting between the Tyler of Lodge Royal Bracken and the Devil, and the conversation between them. In Scotland there’s a strong belief, That Masons wi’ the deil are chief, An’ that their Points an’ Circles spell Some awfu’ mystery o’ Hell;

This is an excellent poem and a very funny one, which I know you will all enjoy. To the best of my knowledge, the poem has never before been published on the Web. [Link] The picture above is an Original chapbook of the poem. Notice the cost! I’m always on the lookout for Masonic lectures/stories/poems; if any Brother knows one that I can use, get in touch.

The puzzle page Do you like puzzles? In the website there is a picture puzzle that has stumped many Brethren, it’s called the Trick Donkeys and looks like this. Give it a try, click the picture to go to the page, by the way, it’s not as easy as you might think it is.

If you know any other Brethren who might like to be included in the mailing list, get in touch via the mailing list page on the website.

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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Issue 4

This is the last mailing list until September, have a nice summer. Lodges numbered 76

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America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland, these are some of the countries throughout the world that have Lodges numbered 76 and are on the World Wide Web. Our lodge website has a page which links to all these lodges. Click here to see page.

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Sudoku, the Japanese game that’s sweeping the nation. You can’t seem to pick up a paper today without coming across this puzzle. Using logic and reasoning, this numbers puzzle is very addictive. The puzzle is now on the website, you can create a new game, type in one from a newspaper or make your own. This puzzle is very sophisticated and you should have fun trying to get the solution, enjoy! [Link] I’m always on the lookout for Masonic lectures/stories/poems; if any Brother knows one that I can use, get in touch.

Did you know? The building at the top of King Street in the town centre is called ‘The Athenaeum’. Designed by William Stirling of Dunblane and built by Allan Johnstone. The foundation stone was laid on 21st June 1815, before which, both these gentlemen were affiliated into Lodge 76 gratis! If you know any other Brethren who might like to be included in the mailing list, get in touch via the mailing list page on the website.

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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Issue 5

September 2005. A New Lecture

Sir Walter Scott as a Freemason. By Bro A.M. MacKay PM Lodge No. 36. Sir Walter Scott the author of the Waverly novels, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe etc., was initiated into Freemasonry in Lodge St. David’s Edinburgh on March 2nd 1801. This lecture traces his connection with the Craft from the founding of Lodge 36 through to Sir Walter Scott’s entry into the Lodge, his death, and to the inauguration of the Scott Monument in 1846. Brother MacKay presents a factual account of his Masonic career from start to finish, which might make the reader think his involvement in freemasonry was somewhat weak. [Link] I’m always on the lookout for Masonic lectures/stories/poems; if any Brother knows one that I can use, get in touch.

The Lodge lectures page The Lodge lectures page has changed! Well not so much as you would notice, but it’s changed. It’s getting bigger and so I thought it was about time it had it’s own web site, so when you click into lectures, you will be redirected to that web site. You’ll find the new articles and lectures that will be appearing over the next few months all with a Scottish flavour. If you’re a golfer you might get a wee surprise next month! [link]

Interesting facts…… Did you know? The last person to be hung in Stirling was 84-year-old Allan Mair for the murder of his wife aged 85. This was in 1843 and NO, he wasn’t a member of Lodge 76. But…. the High Constable on duty that day at the execution was!!!! All will be revealed in the book, “Illustrious Members of Lodge 76 in the 19th century.” Coming soon, I hope!! If you know any other Brethren who might like to be included in the mailing list, get in touch via the mailing list page on the website.

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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Issue 6

October 2005. Freemasonry and Golf.

Interesting facts…… Still on the subject of golf!

The Website is lucky to have been granted permission to use an article entitled, “Scottish Golf History – The Role of Early Speculative Freemasons” by Neil Laird. This brilliant analysis about Scottish golf history and the role early speculative freemasons ‘played’ in its formation makes an excellent read. It gives a wonderful insight on when Scottish Freemasonry through the formation of the Grand Lodge of Scotland became organised in the early 18th Century, golf began to become more structured almost at the same time. In fact Scottish Freemasonry and the beginning of golf as we know it today are irretrievably linked through our first Grand Master Mason William St. Clair of Roslin. To read Neil’s article click here. [Link] The graphic used in this page was designed by SRA76 web design.

40 years ago the Annual Lodge 76 golf outing was held at Callandar Golf Course. The winner seen here being presented with the Hamilton Trophy is a young Archie Blair the Treasurer of the Lodge, by the then RWM, Robert Bryans, and just to show it was no fluke! Archie went on and won the afternoon tournament as well! Archie is still our treasurer 40 years later! I’m always on the lookout for Masonic lectures/stories/poems; if any Brother knows one that I can use, get in touch. If you know any other Brethren who might like to be included in the mailing list, get in touch via the mailing list page on the website.

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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Issue 7

November 2005. The Dundee Manuscript

Stirling Castle Esplanade The wide-open expanse at the front of Stirling Castle only came into being at the beginning of the 19th Century thanks to a Member of Lodge Stirling Royal Arch who joined the Lodge in 1807 Digby Jeremiah French who would later become the Master of the Lodge.

The Dundee Manuscript, also known as ‘A Mason’s Confession’ was published in March 1755 in the Scots Magazine. It is probably the first ‘expose´’ of Scottish Freemasonry printed and attributed to the year 1727. It gives a fascinating account of how Masonic Lodges in Scotland operated in the early 18th Century and describes the layout of the Lodge floor at the time. This article created a furore amongst masons in Scotland because it revealed Masonic secrets, although today’s brethren will enjoy this account on how our Scottish forefathers received their initiation into the Craft. [Link] I’m always on the lookout for Masonic lectures/stories/poems; if any Brother knows one that I can use, get in touch.

Interesting facts…… Did you know? The Lewis is a device that enables an operative freemason to raise large stones to the required heights and set them in place with safety and precision. The use of the word in Speculative craft freemasonry seems to have arisen as a result of the old friendship between France and Scotland, which came to be known as the ‘Auld Alliance’. If you know any other Brethren who might like to be included in the mailing list, get in touch via the mailing list page on the website.

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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Issue 8

December 2005. The Bruce Statue Perhaps one of the biggest public displays of Freemasons in Stirling since the laying of the foundation stone of the Wallace Monument in 1861 occurred on the 20th of May 1964, again for the laying of a foundation stone. The occasion this time was that of the giant granite plinth that the Statue of King Robert the Bruce sits upon in the field at Bannockburn, which commemorates the famous Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 650 years previous. This article taken from the local newspaper at the time has never before been reproduced on the World Wide Web and describes this unique Masonic ceremony in detail, along with three photographs of the occasion. [link] I’m always on the lookout for Masonic lectures/stories/poems; if any Brother knows one that I can use, get in touch.

Masonic Stamps Did you know that a Masonic stamp was issued in Britain? The stamp dates from 1946 and is called the victory issue. Some time in the next year I hope to publish an article on it in the lodge web site.

Interesting facts…… Did you know? December 27th is a very important date in Scottish Freemasonry. For this date is the anniversary of St. John, when all lodges would hold their election of office-bearers for the ensuing year, cumulating in the feast of St. John’s day. This date, the 27th of December for the celebration of St.John’s Festival was in practise in Lodge 76 from 1759 until the beginning of the 20th Century. If you know any other Brethren who might like to be included in the mailing list, get in touch via the mailing list page on the website.

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Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Website Mailing List Volume 1 Special Issue

August 2005. A Big Thank You

Thanks everyone for making this happen, the website has had 10,000 hits since we started out 4 years ago. From the humble beginnings of just 4 pages, to the monster it’s grown into today, 89 pages on the site! It’s became so big in fact that in the September mailing list I will be announcing some major changes to the lectures pages which everyone seems to be enjoying. The October Issue of the mailing list will be dedicated to all you golfers out there, I have a great article about freemasonry and golf which I know you will all enjoy, so thanks again. Keep the faith! The Webmaster

SRA76 JAN TO DEC 2005 MASONIC MAGAZINE  
SRA76 JAN TO DEC 2005 MASONIC MAGAZINE  

The monthly masonic magazine of Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No.76 Scotland.

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