This brief history of our lodge is adapted from
"Lodge Scotia Glasgow No. 178:
The First 200 Years"
Bro. William D. Morrison, P.M.
Lodge St. Patrick No.239 was originally chartered on 5th
March 1791,and our first regalia was black with red and
blue chequered edging, including similar coloured
sashes. There were nine Founder Office Bearers, vis:
Master; Depute Master; Secretary; Treasurer, Senior
Warden; Junior Warden; Senior Steward; Junior Steward &
Our number was changed to 178 during a general revision
of the lodges then on the roll of the Grand Lodge of
Scotland in 1816, while our name was changed to Scotia
on 3rd. August 1863. Our colours became those presently
in use during April 1865, and we discontinued the use of
sashes in 1912.
During the Nineteenth Century, it was not uncommon for
multiple degrees to be worked, and this practice was
particularly highlighted in March 1871 when four
separate degrees were conferred during one meeting.
From the outset, we met on second Wednesdays of each
month, and this continued until September 1894 when
we moved to Tuesdays, and finally, during 1945, changed
to the present format of meeting on second and fourth
Tuesdays, with a summer recess included for the first
Until 1912, the tenure of R.W.M. was entirely at the
whim of the brethren, but from that year onwards, it
was set at one year only.
Our present meeting place, erected in 1894, is the
oldest purpose-built Masonic Temple in use throughout
the West of Scotland, and is probably only headed in
seniority throughout Scotland by Lodge Dalkeith
respective premises...... although I look forward to
hearing otherwise from visitors to this site!
To commemorate our Bi-Centenary, Glasgow City Council
honoured us with a Civic Reception within the City
Chambers on 5th. March 1991, to which 400 people,
including guests and brethren, were invited.
© Bro. William D. Morrison, P.M.
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