Lodge History

This brief history of our lodge is adapted from:
"Lodge Scotia Glasgow No. 178:
The First 200 Years"
Bro. Willaim 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 & Tyler.

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 of 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 time.

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 Kilwinning, Lodge Fortrose and Lodge Trafalgar's 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. 


Lodge Chartered

RWM: Patrick Nugent

Monarch: King George III

Prime Minister: William Pitt "The Younger"

US President: George Washington

Robert Burns is 32 years old

Brandenburg Gate is completed in Berlin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies

French Royal family captured during the French Revolution

'The Observer',  Britain's first sunday newspaper published

Charles Babbage.  Brotosh mathematcian and inventor born

Our Centenary Year

RWM: William T. Paterson

Monarch: Queen Victoria

Prime Minister: Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne - Cecil, 3rd  Marquess of Salisbury

US President: Benjamin Harrison

Thomas Edison patents the radio

Carnegie Hall in New York opens

Swiss Army knife developed

Composer/songwriter Cole Porter born

First ever Scottish League Cgampionship shared by Rngers & Dumbarton

Our 178th Anniversary

RWM: Harry Baxter

Monarch: Queen Elizabeth ll

Prime Minister: Harold Wilson

US President: Richard Nixon

Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the Moon

The "Ha'penny" ceases to be legal tender in the UK

First Concorde test flight

The Boeing 747's maiden commercial flight

Celtic win Scottish League Championship

Celtic win Scottish Cup

Leeds United win English League Championship

Manchester City win the FA Cup

Our Bicentennial Year

RWM: Alan McCreadie

Monarch: Queen Elizabeth ll

Prime Minister: John Major

US President: George H.W. Bush

First Gulf War

Collapse of the Soviet Union

Body of media tycoon Robert Maxwell found overboard in the Atlantic Ocean

Terry Waite freed in Lebanon

Freddie Mercury dies

Rangers win Scottish League Championship

Motherwell win Scottish Cup

Arsenal win the English League Championship

Tottenham Hotspur win the FA Cup

Our 225th Anniversary

RWM: Stuart Campbell

Monarch: Queen Elizabeth ll

UK votes to leave the European Union 

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