History of Lodge 312

History of Lodge Bannockburn Bruce & Thistle No.312


Brother James G. White P.M.


Therefore when we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for the present delight, nor for the present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think as we lay stone on stone, that the time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labour and wrought substance of them, "See what our fathers did for us."

John Ruskin


This Historical Record of Lodge Bannockburn Bruce & Thistle No.312 has been compiled from all available sources of information, principally the Lodge Minute Books and Attendance Books.

Regrettably the Lodge does not possess the minute books covering the first 40 years of its existence (1824 - 1864) and also the period 1930 - 1939.

The latter period is probably due the Lodge premises being requisitioned by the Military Authorities in 1939 for the accommodation of evacuees upon commencement of The Second World War. No previous mention exists anywhere with regards to this Minute Book and the likelihood is that it has been lost for all time.

This is not necessarily the case regarding the first minutes as Bro. William Little quoted from that book in his short Historical Sketch written in 1974. We live in hope that this book will at some point in time be rediscovered. Perhaps it is lying in someone's attic!

Thanks are due to all who assisted in any way with the compilation of this book, particularly the historians of the Lodge represented by a long line of excellent Masters, Secretaries and Treasurers.

This appreciation is especially extended to the late Bro. William Little who, having written the short Historical Sketch in our 150th year in 1974, provided a sure and solid foundation from which to build.

Final thanks go to Bro. Philip Maley P.M. of Lodge St. Servanus No.771 for his advice and assistance in the layout of this book and to Bro. David Robertson (Photographer) of Alloa for his excellent photographic contribution.

Should anyone feel that pertinent facts or events have been omitted, I apologise, as there was no deliberate intention to offend or favour others.