Welcome Brethren To the Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No.76 Newsletter
Brethren, welcome once again to the November edition of the Stirling Royal Arch No.76 newsletter. Welcome to all our new subscribers from all around the World, if this keeps up we will be numbering 100 shortly! As we say in Scotland, the nights are fair drawing in, it’s getting darker earlier now although it’s not too cold yet, plenty of time for that. Anyway on to this month’s newsletter,
November’s contents…. In the main lectures and articles web site, the article for this month is ‘The Boswells and the Craft,’ by Dudley Wright. This is a nice little article tracing the family of Boswell’s who were members of the Craft, including James Boswell who was Samuel Johnson’s biographer and a member of the famous Cannongate Kilwinning No.2., in Edinburgh. Dudley Wright was a noted Masonic scholar and wrote many books about Freemasonry, this is
an interesting little article about the lives of the Boswells’ and quite an interesting wee read! [link] Page 2, Brother Joseph Brant, Native American. A short article about this Mohawk Indian Chief and how he came to be a freemason and received his third degree in London Page 3, The Scottish Rite, The Scottish Rite organization, confers the 4th through 32nd degrees in degreeconferring meetings. In this article we look at the 4th to the 7th degree, the regalia and their teachings. Page 5, the Masonic Encyclopaedia, this month we look at the letter, ‘I’. Page 6, the Cover Story, the Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh, a short article describing the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Scotland at 96 George Street. Page 7, the ever popular ‘Odds and Sods’, once again we show another strange ‘Masonic’ handshake,
page 283 of his Histoire Pittoresque de la Franc-Maçonnerie. Joseph Brant, or Thayendanegea, to use his native name, was born on the banks of the Ohio River in 1742 and was educated at Lebanon, Connecticut. He was a member of Lodge No. 11 at the Mohawk village, about a mile and a half from Brantford, and was also affiliated with Barton Lodge No. 10 at Hamilton, Canada. Brother Robertson, History of Freemasonry in Canada, records that Brother Brant translated the Gospel of St. Mark into the Mohawk language and this was published in 1787.
A Mohawk Indian Chief, made a Freemason "and admitted to the Third Degree" at London, England, on April 26, 1776. This was in a Lodge of the Moderns, the Falcon, in Princess Street, Leicester Fields. Brother Hawkins records that during the War of American Independence Brant was in command of some Indian troops on the British side, by whom Captain McKinsty, of the United States Army, had been captured. The Indians had tied their prisoner to a tree and were preparing to torture him, when he made the mystic appeal of a Freemason in the hour of danger. Brant interposed and rescued his American brother from his impending fate, took him to Quebec, and placed him in the hands of some English Freemasons, who returned him, uninjured, to the American outposts. Clavel has illustrated the occurrence on
Brant died on November 24, 1807, at the age of nearly sixty-five years, at his own house on Grand River, Ontario, and was buried by the side of the Episcopal church he had built there. In 1850 Freemasons restored his tomb and placed an inscription on it, and a bronze statue of him was unveiled at Brantford in 1886. His last words, uttered to his adopted nephew, were: "Have pity on the poor Indians; if you can get any influence with the great, endeavor to do them all the good you can."
Initiated: 1776 Hiram’s Cliftonian Lodge No. 47 Raised: April 26, 1776 Lodge No 417 at the Falcons, Leicester Fields, London Founding Master: 1798 Brantford Lodge No. 31 - Affiliated: Barton Lodge, now No. 6, Hamilton, Ontario
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The Scottish Rite….
The Scottish Rite organization, confers the 4th through 32nd degrees in degreeconferring meetings. The Scottish Rite is sometimes called the "University of Freemasonry" because it uses extensive allegory and drama in its Degrees to explore the philosophy, history, religions, ethics and ultimate truths that guide Freemasons' lives. The Scottish Rite shares the belief of all Masonic organizations that there is no higher degree than that of Master Mason. The degrees are in addition to, and in no way "higher" than, those of Blue or Craft Lodge Masonry. Scottish Rite Degrees simply amplify and elaborate on the lessons of the craft, providing further knowledge of Masonry, the building of the Temple and ancient religions with memorable lessons ranging from the days of chivalry to modern times. The degrees of the Scottish Rite are one-act plays, often staged with costume, scenery, special effects and the full rigging of any production. Their purpose is to examine different philosophies, ancient religions and systems of ethics. Through all of these, people have tried to answer certain universal questions. The degrees of the Rite do not tell a person what he should think about these questions. Instead, they tell him about what great thinkers and civilizations of the past have thought and they try to create a situation in which the candidate or Brother can gain insight. Agreeing with Socrates
that the unexamined life is not worth living, the Rite helps with this selfexamination by providing reference points. Lodge of Perfection - 4° through to 14° The degrees of the Lodge of Perfection are better known as the "Ineffable Degrees" of Scottish Rite Masonry because their principal purpose is the investigation and contemplation of the ineffable (unspeakable) name of Deity. Here is a brief statement of the moral teachings found within each degree.
4° - Secret Master Duty, reflection and study are the gateway to opportunity. As such, one honors those relationships to God, family, country and Masonry. The apron of the 4th Degree is white and black, with a letter "Z" and all-seeing eye. The jewel of this degree is an ivory key with the letter "Z" on the wards. The duties are secrecy, obedience and fidelity.
5째 - Perfect Master The degree teaches Masonic honor; that honesty and trustworthiness is the cornerstone of the foundation of such. This virtue should be in all of our undertakings with mankind. The apron of the 5th Degree is white and green, with a cubic stone and a Hebrew YOD. The jewel is represented by a compass open on a segment of a circle, to an angle of sixty degrees. The duties are honesty, sincerity, good faith and industry.
6째 - Intimate Secretary In this degree one should expand their knowledge of duty, charity and toleration. We are instructed to reshape ourselves and our thinking into charity, self-control and success, i.e. to be a peacemaker. The apron of the 6th Degree is white and red, with Hebrew letters YOD HEH in the center and a small triangle containing the Hebrew letters (clockwise from top) BETH, NUN and SHIN. The gold triangle with the same three letters inscribed is the jewel that represents this degree. The duties are zeal, faithfulness, benevolence and to act the peacemaker.
7째 - Provost & Judge We learn that impartial justice protects person, property, happiness and reputation. We are instructed to judge with patience and impartially. The apron of the 7th Degree is white edged with red, with a key and five rosettes. The jewel is a golden key. The duty is justice. Brethren, I hope you have enjoyed this wee article, in the next issue we will look at more of the degrees in the Scottish Rite, the 8th to the 14th.
Masonic life, making the same kind of beginning therein that a babe makes when born into the world.
Iconology The science which teaches the doctrine of images and symbolic representations. It is a science collateral with Freemasonry, and is of great importance to the Masonic student, because it is engaged in the consideration of the meaning and history of the symbols which constitute so material a part of the Masonic system.
Stallum was the Late Latin for place, or seat, or proper position, which meaning is preserved in our English “stall.” To “install” therefore means that one has been placed in his seat or station—the "in" meaning here the same as in English. A Masonic installation is a ceremony by which an elected officer is officially placed in the seat to which his brethren have elected him.
This is a Latin word, signifying the enlightened.
Industry A virtue inculcated amongst Freemasons, because by it they are enabled not only to support themselves and families, but to contribute to the relief of worthy distressed Brethren. "All Masons," say the Charges of 1722, "shall work honestly on working days that theft may live creditably on holy days" (Constitutions, 1723, page 52). The Masonic symbol of industry is the beehive, which is used in the Third Degree.
Initiation The Latin initium means beginning, as in our initial”; initiatus, the participle from the verb initiare, referred to any act incident to the beginning or introduction of a thing. The word came widely into use in mysteries and sacred rites, whence it has come into our Masonic nomenclature. Back of it, as used by us, is the picture of birth, so that the Masonic initiation means that a candidate has been born into the
The lectures teach us that at the building of King Solomon's Temple there was not heard the sound of ax, hammer, or other metallic tool. But all the stones were hewn, squared, and numbered in the quarries; and the timbers felled and prepared in the forest of Lebanon, whence they were brought on floats by sea to Joppa, and thence carried by land to Jerusalem, where, on being put up, each part was found to fit with such exact nicety that the whole, when completed, seemed rather the handiwork of the Grand Architect of the Universe than of mere human hands. This can hardly be called a legend, because the same facts are substantially related in the First Book of Kings; but the circumstance has been appropriated in Freemasonry to symbolize the entire peace and harmony which should prevail among Freemasons when laboring on that spiritual temple of which the Solomonic Temple was the archetype.
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The Cover Story…. Freemasons Hall, Edinburgh. On the 24th June 1858 His Grace The Duke of Atholl , The Grand Master Mason of Scotland laid the foundation stone of Freemasons Hall, 96 George Street, Edinburgh. The Scotsman newspaper reported as follows; “The spectacle was one which for grandeur has never been surpassed by any celebration in Scotland. The moment level and square were adjusted one loud ‘Hurrah!’ broke from the assembled Masons; a flag was immediately hoisted on the roof of the Hall, and in answer to this symbol the cannon in the Castle thundered forth their respected salvos, announcing the completion of the laying of the stone of the new Freemasons’ Hall of Scotland.” Only 50 years later it was realised that the hall was to small for the needs of the Grand Lodge, so it was resolved to erect a new building, and so the building was demolished and on the 28th Of April 1911, a memorial stone was laid in the North East corner of the new building, by the Grand Master Mason, the Marquis of Tullibardine whose grandfather had performed the 1858 ceremony.
place with it when it was laid, these can be seen in the Museum. The foundation stone was set into the floor in the basement of Freemasons’ Hall and can be viewed, and in May 1912 the Grand Secretary and his staff occupied their new offices, where they still remain to this day. Now for a wee bit of useless information! As everyone knows the Master sits in the East, the Grand Master Mason at present Sir Archibald D. Orr Ewing sits in fact in the South! Guided tours of Freemasons’ Hall are available between 10 am and 2 pm each week day, but if you are going to Edinburgh and would like to visit, its best if you call in advance by phoning 0131 225 5577 especially if your making a long journey The museum houses some of the oldest Masonic Artefacts in the world and is well worthy of a visit, you might if you look closely enough see a jewel of Lodge 76 displayed there, and one of our old sashes. So if your ever in Edinburgh, take a trip along to 96 George Street, you’ll be made more than welcome. The picture used on the front cover of the newsletter is of Freemason’s Hall, and taken by Jim Campbell of Lodge 1361, thanks Jim.
During the demolition work, a search was made for the foundation stone, but no trace of it could be found. It was thought that it had been removed before the commencement of the work, however a few weeks later the stone had been discovered along with some documents and coins which had been
Brethren, I’m always on the look-out for interesting articles such as this for the newsletter. If anyone has a story/article/lectures/photos or even an idea, please get in touch, I will be only too happy to include it. I’m especially looking for Masonic artefacts that you might think the Brethren of this newsletter might like to share.
Odds and Sods Lodge 76 reveals another top secret Masonic Handshake
This pictures was taken on the streets of London, it shows two of the Grand Officers of the Brotherhood of Sheepshaggers displaying the grip or token of the 100th degree in that order. Until next month, Keep the faith!