BRETHREN OF LODGE BANNOCKBURN BRUCE & THISTLEHAVING HONORARY MEMBERSHIP OF A SISTER LODGE CONFERRED UPON THEM
The Brethren of '312' have long been recognised for the support given and friendships forged with their Sister Lodges, not only in Stirlingshire, but also in the wider Masonic Community.
On occasion this has been recognised by a brother having Honorary Membership bestowed upon him, thus reflecting honour not only on himself, but also his Mother Lodge.
Honorary Membership is a practice that has gone on for many years with '312' having first conferred such an honour on a visiting brother in 1860. Surprisingly, however, the first recorded minute within our own books referring to a brother from '312' receiving such an accolade appeared in 1958. It is probable that the minute books of other Lodges may record such an honour being conferred on a member of '312' prior to this time. If such information comes to light in the future, we shall be only too pleased to incorporate it into future history books.
1958 The first minute recording a brother from '312' being made an Honorary Member of another Lodge appears in 1958 when the I.P.M. Bro. George Bruce Maver, was made an Honorary Member of Lodge Dalhousie No. 720.
1984 Bro. Alex Buchanan R.W.M. had Honorary Membership conferred upon him by the brethren of The Thistle Lodge of Glasgow No. 87. This was in recognition not only of the personal support given by Bro. Alex to The Thistle Lodge but also to mark the 30 year association between our two Lodges.
1989 Bro. John Davidson P.M. was made an Honorary Member of Lodge Ben Ledi No. 614 in Callendar in appreciation of his support and service to that Lodge over a period of years.
1991 Bro. John Kinross was made an Honorary Member of Lodge Ben Cleuch No. 782 in appreciation of the assistance and support he had given to the brethren of that Lodge.
Bro. James Dawson was made an Honorary Member of Lodge St. James Doune No. 171 in recognition of his services to Lodge 171.
1994 Past Masters Bro. Dugald G. Bridgeman and Bro. John Wallace were made Honorary Members of The Lodge of Alloa No. 69 in appreciation of their various works on behalf of Lodge No. 69.
The R.W.M. Bro. James G. White, Bro. Richard G. Buchanan P.M. and Chaplain Bro. Gary Williams had Honorary Membership of Lodge St. Servanus No. 771 bestowed upon them by the R.W.M. Bro. William Hall and the Brethren of 771 in appreciation of their support to Lodge St. Servanus.
1995 Bro. John Rankin P.M. was made an Honorary Member of The Thistle Lodge of Glasgow No. 87 in appreciation of the assistance and support he had given to the brethren of that Lodge.
1996 Bro. John Davidson P.M. was made an Honorary Member of Lodge St. James Doune No. 171 in recognition of his services to that Lodge. This is unique in the Lodges History in that it is the first time a brother of '312' has received Honorary Membership of two Lodges, both of these Lodges being in the Province of Perthshire West.
1997 Bro. James Collington P.M. was made an Honorary Member of Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Although well into his 80s, Bro. Collington rarely missed a meeting at either No. 76 or his own Mother Lodge. In conferring this honour upon Bro. Collington, the R.W.M. of Lodge Stirling Royal Arch described him as a "shining example and inspiration to all brethren".
HONORARY GRAND RANK BESTOWED UPON MEMBERS OF LODGE BANNOCKBURN BRUCE & THISTLE No. 312
There are no minuted instances of brethren of '312' having Honorary Provincial Grand Rank bestowed upon them.
There are however two minutes referring to Brethren of '312' having Honorary Grand Rank bestowed upon them.
1954 In November 1954 Bro. Andrew Millar P.M. had the Honorary Rank of Bible Bearer of the Grand Lodge of Scotland conferred upon him by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland Bro. Alexander, The 7th Lord Macdonald of Sleat. As well as being a great personal honour for Bro. Miller, this award reflected on Lodge Bannockburn Bruce & Thistle No. 312.
1994 Forty years later in November 1994 the rank of Honorary Grand Jeweller was bestowed upon Bro. James Collington P.M. by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Bro. The Lord Burton in recognition of his services to the Craft. This was a tremendous accolade which reflected great honour on Bro. Collington, Lodge Bannockburn Bruce and Thistle and the Province of Stirlingshire.
Bro. Collington was presented with his Diploma by the R.W.P.G.M. Bro. Colin T. Wyse in December 1994 whilst the R.W.M. Bro. James G. White, on behalf of the brethren of '312', presented Bro. Collington with the jewel of his office.Stirlingshire.
MASTERS OF SISTER LODGES
The minute books of the Lodge only record a few occasions when brethren of Lodge Bannockburn Bruce & Thistle No. 312 have, through circumstance or career change, moved from the area, affiliated to other Lodges, and subsequently become Masters of their affiliate Lodge.
It is undoubtedly the case this number could be increased significantly due to these events either not being recorded or perhaps '312' not being informed. It is hoped that future historians will augment this section should additional information become available.
1884 Whilst not in our own minutes, the books of Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76 record that Bro. James Brown, a M.M. of '312' affiliated to and became Master of '76' in 1884. Bro. Brown was instrumental in reactivating '76' after a dormant period of 12 years and was Master of the Lodge for three years.
He was the first Life Member of '76' and the first Past Master to receive a Past Masters Jewel. The minutes of Lodge Stirling Royal Arch also record that Bro. Brown thereafter became Secretary of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire.
1950 The first such event recorded in our own minutes was in October 1950 when the Lodge received greetings from Bro. Rev. Norman Birnie, who had been installed as R.W.M. of a Lodge in Jamaica. Bro. Birnie expressed the hope that he may have the opportunity to visit his Mother Lodge in the near future. There is no recorded minute of Bro. Binnie achieving this aim.
1955 In October 1955 the minutes record the remarks of the R.W.M. Bro. Peter Harrower of Lodge Ladywell No. 1474 Tullibody when he said "it is 18 years since I was initiated into '312' and on this occasion I feel very proud and honoured in being invited to return to my Mother Lodge and confer a degree as Master of Lodge Ladywell 1474".
1971 Bro. John Greer was installed as R.W.M. of Lodge Buchlyvie No. 1268. Bro. Greer, who still attended his own Mother Lodge and played the organ during our meetings, was presented with a Masonic Bible by the Brethren of '312'. Bro Greer, in his reply, stated that he had never lost sight of the fact that Lodge Bannockburn Bruce and Thistle was his Mother Lodge and assured the brethren of his services in the coming years.
1986 Bro. John Hennessy was installed as R.W.M. of Lodge Stirling Royal Arch No. 76. Nine years earlier, in November 1977, Bro. Hennessy made and presented to the Lodge a ceremonial sword for use by the Bro. Sword Bearer. This is the sword carried by the Sword Bearer as he escorts the Master at the opening and closing of each meeting.
1995 Bro. Reginald J. Weston was installed as R.W.M. in Lodge Clackmannan No. 1303. Bro. Reginald, who has always retained his link with his Mother Lodge, ensured that Lodge Bannockburn Bruce & Thistle No. 312 was represented at his installation by inviting the R.W.M. of '312' to appear on his toast list.
1996 Bro. James B. Dawson was installed as R.W.M. in Lodge St. James Doune No. 171. Bro. James, who also retained close links with his Mother Lodge, was installed into the chair by P.M.s of Lodge Bannockburn Bruce & Thistle No. 312.
1998 Bro. John Bell was installed as Master of Lodge St. Andrew Denny & Loanhead No. 176. Bro. John has supported his Mother Lodge throughout the years and has been a regular artiste in our Annual Charity Cabaret evenings. It is particularly pleasing in our 175th year, that a Master Mason of '312' should be invited, in his capacity as R.W.M. of one of our sponsor Lodges, to write a foreword to our Lodge History.
1998 The latest brother in this section is Robert Smith Gorman, the present R.W.M. of Lodge St. Mark No. 1313 in Kincardineshire. Bro. Robert left Bannockburn some 20 years earlier and was installed as R.W.M. of St. Mark's in January 1999 by Past Masters from his own Mother Lodge.