Lodge Charter

“To all and sundry to whose knowledge these presents shall come, Greeting in God Everlasting.

“Whereas, upon application to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the Kingdom of Scotland by David Colquhoun, David Reid, Robert Harvie, John Watson, William Black, James Patrick, John Walker, and James Risk, all Master Masons, in name of themselves and sundry other Brethren thereto subscribing, all Residing in and about the village of Calder, near Glasgow, setting forth that they had, for some time, formed themselves into a body of Free and Accepted Masons, but were sensible they were acting in that respect contrary to the Laws of the Grand Lodge, and every other Regular Lodge, and as they detested all clandestine Mason Meetings, they would be very happy to subject themselves to the Grand Lodge of Scotland, they therefore humbly Craved a Charter of Constitution in their favour for Erecting them into a Regular Lodge, under the title of “CALDER ARGYLE,” in the usual form, and they proposed the said David Colquhoun for Master, David Reid for Depute Master, Robert Harvie and John Watson for Wardens, John Walker for Treasurer, James Black for Secretary, William Black and James Patrick for Stewards, and , for Tyler, which Petition having been considered by the Grand Lodge, together with ample Certificates in favour of the said Petitioning Brethren by the Lodge “Union and Crown” and “Argyle” Lodge, both in the City of Glasgow, the same was ordered accordingly. Know ye, therefore, that the Most Worshipful the Grand Master Mason of Scotland, and the Grand Lodge thereof, have constituted, erected, and appointed, and hereby constitute, erect, and appoint the Master, Wardens, and other Brethren Office-Bearers above named, together with the other constituent Members of the said Lodge and their successors, to be now and in all time coming, a True and Regular Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, under the title and designation of “Calder Argyle,” and appoint and ordain all Regular Lodges to hold, own, and respect them as such; giving, granting, and committing to them and their successors full power and authority to meet, assemble, and convene as a Regular Lodge, and to admit and receive Apprentices, pass Fellow Crafts, and raise Master Masons, upon payment of such composition, for the support of their Lodge, as they shall see convenient, and to elect and chair Masters, Wardens, and other Officers annually, or otherwise, as they shall have occasion; recommending to the Brethren aforesaid to reverence and obey their superiors in all things lawful and honest, as becomes the honour and harmony of Masonry. The said Brethren, by accepting of this present Charter, becoming faithfully bound not to desert their said Lodge so constitute; nor upon any pretext whatsoever to make any separate or schismatical meetings without the consent of their Master and Wardens, for the time; nor to collect money or other funds separate from the common stock of their Lodge, to the prejudice of the poor thereof. They and their successors, in all time coming, being also obliged to obey and pay due regard to all acts, statutes, and regulations of the Grand Lodge already made, or hereafter to be made, for the utility, welfare, and prosperity of Masonry in general, and to pay and perform whatever is stipulated or demanded of them for the support of the dignity of the Grand Lodge, and in particular that they do account and pay into the funds of the Grand Lodge Half-a-Crown for each Intrant and Member made in their Lodge from this date, and that the names of such Members, together with the dates of their admission, be transmitted to the Grand Secretary or Grand Clerk at Edinburgh, to be recorded in the Books of the Grand Lodge, with the usual Fee of Five Shillings to the Clerk; and that they do record in their Books (which they are hereby authorised to keep) this present Charter of Constitution and Erection with their own Regulations and Bye-laws, and their whole procedure from time to time, as that shall occur, to the end the same may be the more easily seen and observed by their Brethren, subject always to the review of the Grand Lodge. And also, the Brethren aforesaid and their successors are hereby required punctually to attend the whole General Meetings and Quarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge, by their representatives, being their Master and Wardens for the time, or by lawful proxies, in their name, providing that such proxies be Master Masons or Fellow Crafts of some established Lodge holding of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, to the end they may act and vote in the Grand Lodge, and be duly certified of the proceedings thereof, declaring always their precedency to be from the date hereof; and, also, the Brethren aforesaid bind and oblige themselves to one another that this present Lodge of “CALDER ARGYLE” shall never be removed out of Parish of Cadder, near Glasgow, under the penalty of the Fees of this Charter, and to the end these presents may be the more effectually kept and preserved, the same are hereby appointed to be recorded in the Books of the Grand Lodge.

“Given at the GRAND LODGE, held in the City of Edinburgh, upon the Second day of February, and Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-Eight, and of Light Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Two, by the Most Worshipful Sir William Forbes, Baronet, Grand Master Mason of Scotland; The Right Worshipful James Boswell, Esquire, Depute Grand Master; The Right Worshipful Nathaniel Spens, Esquire, Substitute Grand Master; The Right Worshipful Simon Fraser and David Maxwell, Esquires, Grand Wardens; The Right Worshipful James Hunter Blair, Esquire, Grand Treasurer. And the Seal of the Grand Lodge is hereto appended in presence of William Mason, Esquire, Grand Secretary, and David Bolt, Grand Clerk."

 
Signed
Wm. FORBES, Grand Master.
JAMES BOSWELL, D.G.M.
NATHL. SPENS, S.G.M.
SIMON FRASER, S.G.W.
JOHN PEAT, J.G.W. (P.T.)
Composition of Four Guineas received by J. Hunter Blair, Grand Treasurer.
 
Witness
WILLIAM MASON, G. Sec.

 

 

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