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A message from the Master

It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the website of the The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1 to which I hope you find interesting and informative.

Our Antient Lodge has a long and distinguished history which is reputed to be one of the oldest Masonic Lodges in Scotland if not "The Oldest" with connections to the building of Melrose Abbey in 1136.

Being the RWM of the Lodge I can assure any Brother who wishes to visit the Lodge a very warm welcome.  Thank you for visiting the website and please visit again soon.

Bro. James Thom  -  RWM.

History Book Relaunched

Many years ago, the late Bro. Drummond took to his typewriter , used his knowledge and research to write a book about the history of our Lodge.  This was done in his own spare time at his own expense and proved to be very popular.  A limited number of copies were produced and eventually stocks became depleted.  

Our Lodge is reputed to be one of the Oldest Masonic Lodges in Scotland, if not "The" Oldest.  The Brethren thought it was important that this history was able to be shared again and set to work to update and reproduce Bro. Drummond's book.

We are pleased to announce that a professionally produced update of the book is now available giving an insight to the history of our Antient Lodge as well as some of the characters that were members.   It is an essential read for anyone who has a special interest in Masonic History.

Copies of the book are available from the Lodge at a cost of 10

History Book
What's Next ... and then

Monday 2nd October 2017 at 7.30pm

Annual Meeting :: Nomination & Election of Office-bearers

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Monday 6th November 2017 at 7pm

Regular Meeting

Passing ::  PGL Visitation

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Latest News


On the 10th June 2017 the Ancient Lodges of Scotland Mustered at Lodge Scoon & Perth, No 3 and fifteen reigning Masters worked on the floor to initiate 2 new members into the lodge The charity to benefit from the proceeds of the day is to be the Master Mason's charity Prostate Scotland. We welcome Brothers Garry and Josh into our ancient lodge. Pictured the heads of the Ancient lodges, with our own RWM and the RWPGM and our two new members. (In photo Front Row R to left, Bro Garry E.A., Bro J J R Logan (RWPGM), RWM No 3 (Bro Alexander Moncrieff) and Bro Josh EA. Second Row RWM Mother Kilwinning No 0, RWM The Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary Chapel) No 1, RWM Lodge of Melrose, St John No 1 bis, RWM Lodge of Aberdeen No 1 ter, RWM Lodge Edin Kilwinning No 2, RWM Lodge of Glasgow, St John No 3 Bis, On the stairs ascending PM Glasgow Kilwinning No 4, RWM Cannongate and Leith, L& No 5, RWM Old Inverness Kilwinning St John No 6, RWM L. Hamilton Kilwinning, No 7, RWM Lodge of Journeymen No 8, RWM L. Dunblane No 9, RWM Ancient Stirling No 30, RWM St David University Lodge No 36, PM Lodge St Cuthbert Kilwinning No 41, RWM St John Kilwinning No 57, WM The Scots Lodge 2319 (EC). and RWM The Lodge of Kirkaldie No 72.

Bro. James gets Installed as RWM for Second Time

On the 27th of December 2016 Bro. James Thom
was installed as RWM of our Antient Lodge.

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Bro. James Thom - RWM

The Masons Welcome Struan, The 2016 Melrosian

On the morning of Saturday 25 June 2016 members of the Lodge along with visitors and the RWPGM met Struan Huchison, the 2016 Melrosian at the site of the Original Lodge at St. Johns Wynd, Newstead as part of the Traditional Tour of Ceremonies to mark the end of the week long Melrose Festival. A brief ceremony took place and thereafter, the RWM, Bro James Thom, presented the Melrosian with a print of the Old Lodge.


Bro. James Thom Retires as PG Senior Warden

At the Installation of Provincial Grand Lodge Office Bearers on 20th February 2016 in the premises of Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856 our Right Worshipful Master, Bro. James Thom, who was the retiring Provincial Grand Senior Warden was presented with his Certificate of Service by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie.

Bro. James now becomes the Provincial Grand Assistant Director of Ceremonies for one year.

Bro. James is pictured right proudly displaying his certificate.
Bro. James Thom

Master Elect Announced

At the Annual Meeting of the Lodge on Monday 5 October 2015 where the Nomination and Election of Office Bearers for 2015 - 2016 took place, Bro. James Thom was elected as
Right Worhipful Master of our Antient Lodge.

Bro. James, who is currently our Worshipful Senior Warden,
 was Initiated on  2nd October 2006, Passed  on 4th December 2006, Raised on 5th March 2007 and Advanced
on 4th February 2008.

Bro. James is also a member of the Provincial Grand
Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires
and currently holds the Office of
Worshipful Provincial Grand Senior Warden.

James, who lives in Kelso, is married with two daugters
and works in sales.

At the Nomination & Election Meeting James said "I am very proud to have been nominated as Right Worhsipful Master and I will certainly do my best to follow in footsteps of those Masters who have set high standards in the past".

As the 27th of December is on a Sunday this year our Installation Meeting will be on Monday 28th December at 4pm in the Corn Exchange, just opposite the Lodge, to
which all Brethren in good standing are welcome.

Bro. Alistair gets a Commission

The Lodge's Secretary, Bro. Alistair W. Little was installed as Worshipful Provincial Grand Secretary of the
Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles & Selkirk Shires
on 1st August 2015 during the Installation Ceremony of the
Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie,
which was carried out by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason,  Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont.

Well Done & Congratulations Bro. Alistair.

Honorary Membership Certificate Presented

At the regular meeting of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1 on Monday 29th June 2015 the The Right Worshipful Master, Brother Kevin McLeish, presented a Honorary Members Certificate for the Late Bro. John Ferguson Lamb (Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master who sadly died while in office) to the Province's New Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie.

60 Year Diploma Presented

At the Regular Meeting of the Lodge on Monday 29th June 2015 the Rigt Worhsipful Master, Bro. Kevin K. McLeish,
gave a very special presentation of a 60 Year Diploma to
Bro. James Bell.  

To mark this milestone Bro. Jim donated a sum of money to the
Lodge which was used to purchase a clock,
which can be seen in the picture, with with a
plaque to celebrate this memorable occcasion.
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