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Charter

CHARTER GRANTED ON FIRST NOVEMBER 1824

GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND

To all and Sundry to whose knowledge these presents shall come, Greeting in God Everlasting. Whereas, upon the First day of November, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Four, a Petition was presented to the Grand Lodge of Scotland, in name of Thomas Crawford, John Ferguson, William McAllister, John Wilson, James Dobbie, William Denovan, John Franks and others, Praying the said Grand Lodge to grant a Charter of Constitution and Erection, in the usual form, for holding a Lodge under the name and title of The Bannockburn Bruce and Thistle Lodge and Proposing the persons aftermentioned to be the first Office Bearers thereof; Viz., Thomas Crawford Master, John Ferguson Past Master, William McAllister Senior Warden, John Wilson Junior Warden, James Dobbie Treasurer,William Denovan Secretary, John Banks Steward, John McCulloch Auditor and David McQew Tyler. Which Petition, with the requisite Certificates therewith produced, having been duly considered in Grand Lodge assembled, they were pleased to ordain a Charter to be issued in the terms underwritten: Know ye therefore, that the Most Worshipful the GRAND MASTER MASON of SCOTLAND, and The Grand Lodge thereof have constituted, erected and appointed, likeas they hereby Constitute, erect and appoint the Master, Wardens and Brethren above named to be now, and in all time coming a true and regular Lodge of free and accepted Masons, under the name, stile and title of The Bannockburn Bruce and Thistle Lodge and Appoint and Ordain all regular Lodges to hold and respect them as such, Giving, granting, and committing to them, and those to be afterwards admitted members of the said Lodge, full power and authority to meet, assemble and convene as a regular Lodge; And to enter Apprentices, pass Fellow Crafts, and raise Master Masons, upon payment of such compositions, for the support of their Lodge, as they shall see convenient, but which compositions at their initiation shall not be under the sum of One Pound One Shilling sterling. And with power also annually to elect and choose Masters, Wardens, and other Office Bearers, recommending to the Brethren of the said Lodge to reverence and obey their Superiors in all things lawful, and honest, as becometh the honor and harmony of Masonry. And the said Brethren becoming bound, on no account to desert their own Lodge; Nor upon any pretext whatever to make any separate or Schismatical meetings, independent of the Master and Wardens for the time, Nor to introduce any other orders of Masonry than those sanctioned by the Grand Lodge; Nor to collect funds separate from the common stock of their Lodge to the prejudice of the Poor thereof; And declaring that the said Lodge and whole constituent members thereof, now and in all time coming, shall by accepting this present CHARTER, be bound in faithful allegiance to the said Grand Lodge as HEAD of the Masonic Body in SCOTLAND, and shall be obliged to obey and pay due regard to all Acts, Statutes, and Regulations of the said GRAND LODGE already made and enacted or hereafter to be made and enacted, for the utility, welfare, and prosperity of Masonry. And generally to pay and perform whatever is required from them for the support and dignity of the Grand Lodge; And particularly to account and pay into the funds of the Grand Lodge at least the sum of Five Shillings Sterling, besides the usual fee of sixpence to the Grand Clerk for each Member initiated in their Lodge from and after the date hereof; which sums they shall cause to be annually remitted to the Grand Secretary at Edinburgh, and at the same time transmit to him a list of the names of the Members initiated, in order that the same may be recorded in the Books of the Grand Lodge; And The Brethren of said Lodge shall be bound to record in the Books of their Lodge (which Books they are hereby authorised and enjoined to keep), this present CHARTER, their own Regulations and bye-laws, and minutes of their whole procedure from time to time, so that the same may be better known and more easily observed by the Brethren, Subject always, nevertheless, to the review and control of the Grand Lodge. And the said Brethren are hereby required 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 names (provided such proxies be Master Masons of some established Lodge holding of the Grand Lodge), so that they, by their said representatives, may act and vote in the Grand Lodge, and be duly certiorated of the proceedings thereof. Declaring the said Lodge's precedency in the Grand Lodge to be from the date hereof; And for the more effectual preservation of these presents the same are hereby appointed to be recorded in the Books of the Grand Lodge. Given at the GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND, held in Free Masons Hall, in the CITY of EDINBURGH, the First day of November, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Four. And of Light, Five Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Four; By the Grace of God and by His Majesty King George the Fourth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King and Patron of the Ancient Order of St.Johns Masonry for Scotland; His Grace George William Duke of Argyle, Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland; The Right Hon John Lord Viscount Glenorchy Grand Master Elect; William Inglis of Middleton Esq Substitute Grand Master; The Duke of Hamilton Past Grand Master; W.T.Campbell of Shawfield Esq Senior Grand Warden; William Gibson Craig Esq of Riccarton Junior Grand Warden; Sir.John Hay Bart Grand Treasurer; And the Seal of the Grand Lodge is hereto appended by and in presence of, Alexander Lawrie Esquire R.W.Grand Secretary and James Bartram R.W.Grand Clerk.

Signed

Argyle Grand Master

Glenorchy Depute Grand Master

William Inglis Substitute Grand Master

Wlliam Craig Junior Grand Warden

John Hay Grand Treasurer

Alex Laurie   Secretary Grand Lodge of Scotland

James Bartram Clerk Grand Lodge of Scotland