It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the website of the The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1² which I hope you find both interesting and informative.
Our Antient Lodge has a long and distinguished history and is reputed to be one of the oldest Masonic Lodges in Scotland if not "The Oldest". We believe that our Lodge Forebears were the Operative Masons involved in the building of Melrose Abbey founded in 1136, as well as numerous rebuildings of the Abbey in the subsequent turbulent centuries.
As the RWM of the Lodge, I can assure that any Brother who visits our Lodge will receive a very warm and fraternal welcome.
Thank you for visiting the website and please visit again soon.
Kenneth H. Ross.
Right Worshipful Master
Monday 25 June 2018 at 7pm (please note earlier time)
Regular Meeting :: Second Degree
In The Corn Exchange - Melrose.
Monday 1 October 2018 at 7.30pm
Annual Business Meeting, Nomination & Election of Office-bearers
No Degree Being Worked.
1bis supports the BYSS Annual Sponsored Walk
The Annual Borders Youth Support Scheme Sponsored Walk was hosted by The Haughfoot Lodge No. 1824 on Saturday 21 April 2018 and our Lodge was well represented. The weather was kind and we were treated to a leisurely stroll overlooking the railway line and passing what is thought to have been the location of the original Haughfoot Lodge. After the walk there was refreshments laid on by the Ladies of the Stow Bowling Club after which The Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master gave a vote of thanks. Early indications show that just under £2, 000 had been raised with some further sponsorship to come with the supporters from Melrose raising over £300.
Pictured is Team 1bis - Hector the Dog, Bro. Ken Ross (RWM), Mrs Janis Ross, Bro. James Thom (IPM) and Bro. Alistair Little PM (Secretary). The Sponsored walk next year will be hosted by 1bis. More information can be found about the BYSS on the PGL Website.
Thanks to every one for their Kind Sponsorship!!
Bro Ken Installed as Master
On St. John's Day, 27th December 2017 Bro. Ken Ross was installed as Right Worshipful Master of our Antient Lodge by Bro. Alistair Little PM and Bro. Billy Field PM who were ably assisted by Bro. Alan Sutherland PM, Lodge of Edinburgh Mary's Chapel No. 1 as Installing WSW, Bro. Kevin McLeish PM, No. 1² as Installing WJW and Bro. Bruce Robertson No. 1² as Installing Inner Guard. The VSL was presented by Bro. Norman Donald PM, Worshipful Provincial Grand Chaplain.
Seventy-Two Brethren signed the book, 46 participated in the Annual Torchlight Procession (Masons' Walk) to Melrose Abbey where a short oration was delivered by Bro. A. E. Forsyth, Worshipful Depute Provincial Grand Master which was observed by a number of members of the public.
The Installation Dinner and Festival of Holy St. John was held, thereafter, in the George and Abbotsford Hotel and afterwards toasts were given.
Congratulations and well done Bro. Ken.
The Masons meet the Melrosian
A print of The Old Lodge was presented to Russell Mackay, the 2017 Melrosian, during the Traditional Tour of Ceremonies of the Melrose Festival at the site of the Original Masonic Lodge at St. John’s Wynd in Newstead on 24 June 2017 by Bro. James Thom, Right Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No.1 bis.
Photo Credit: © Douglas Hardie/ Melrose Festival Executive
Muster of the Antient Lodges
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. Brothers Garry and Josh were welcomed into their ancient lodge. Pictured are the heads of the Ancient lodges, with the RWM of No. 3 and their RWPGM and the two new members. (In photo Front Row Right 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.