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
Thursday 27 December 2018 at 4pm
Regular Meeting :: Annual Installation
In the Corn Exchange - Melrose
Followed by the Annual Torchlight Procession (Masons' Walk)
to Melrose Abbey.
Monday 4 February 2019 at 7.30pm
Honorary Grand Rank Presented
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, along with a small deputation of Commissioned Office-bearers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders paid a surprise visit to The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis at their Regular Meeting on Monday 3 December 2018. On this occasion the RWPGM had the personal pleasure and privilege in presenting Past Master and Lodge Secretary and also the Provincial Grand Secretary, Bro. Alistair W. Little with Honorary Grand Rank as Honorary Assistant Grand Secretary. A well respected Man and Mason, Bro. Alistair has dedicated many years of expertise to the craft and was Master of the Lodge in 1988-1990. In his capacity of Provincial Grand Secretary he was instrumental in the success of the formation of the new Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders. Congratulations and Well Done Bro. Alistair – Very much deserved!
Celebrating 50 Years in the Craft
At the Regular Meeting of The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis on Monday 3 December 2018 Past Master Bro. Jim Thornton was presented with a diploma to celebrate Membership of the Craft for 50 years. Bro. Jim was Master of the Lodge 1976 – 1977. Pictured giving their congratulations is Bro. John W. Blackie, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Jim Thornton PM and Bro. Ken H. Ross, Master of the Lodge.
Lawson Girls Fundraising for Great Causes
On Monday 5 November 2018 The Lodge had a visit from the daughters of our Worshipful Junior Warden, Bro. Brian Lawson. Bro. Brian’s daughters have been fundraising for two charities close to their hearts, Cancer Research and the Macmillan Centre at the Borders General Hospital to which the Lodge contributed. The girls came to have a look around and to thank the Lodge for our support.
Congratulations and well done!!
Pictured is (left) WJW, Bro. Brian Lawson and his daughters along with Bro. Ken Ross, RWM.
The Masons meet the Melrosian
A print of The Old Lodge was presented to Harry J. Fletcher, the 2018 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 23 June 2018 by Bro. Kenneth H. Ross, Right Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No.1 bis.
On this occasion the Brethren were accompanied by members of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 and Lodge St. John Stow No. 216.
Photo Credit: © Douglas Hardie / Melrose Festival Executive
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!!
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.