The Lodge of Melrose St John no 1 bis

A Historical Sketch

Photo: Plaque from original Lodge
Plaque from the original Lodge
We do not know how old the Lodge is, but a wooden plaque bears the Mason's coat-of-arms with the date 1156. The earliest minute book extant covers a period from 1674 to 1792 and consists of 285 pages. The Lodge minutes are intact from 1674 to the present day.

In the early days, the meeting place of the Lodge was located in the nearby village of Newstead. The building, long since demolished, was the home of the Mein family and appears to have been built in 1613.
Painting: Original Lodge
Painting of the original lodge.
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In 1743, the meeting place of the Lodge was moved from Newstead to hired rooms in Melrose until 1791 when the Lodge's own premises were acquired.

An event peculiar to the Melrose Lodge which has taken place since 1745 is the Mason's Walk. The Brethren assemble after the annual general meeting and walk in procession carrying torches, through the town to the Abbey where a short ceremony includes an oration. This is held on St. John's Day, the 27th December.

The Melrose Lodge was the last independent Lodge to join the Grand Lodge of Scotland in 1891.

All Freemasons are welcome to visit the Lodge where there is much of interest.

A book of the history of the Lodge is also available at a price of £5.00 plus postage and package.
The Lodge of Melrose St John no. 1 bis
Masonic Hall
1 The Square

Meetings 1st and 3rd Monday, October to March at 7:30pm. Also last Monday in June at 7:00pm and 27th December at 4:00pm.

R.W.M. Kevin K McLeish
The Holt
Tweedside Road
Newtown St Boswells
Tel: 01835 822847

A/Sec. A.W. Little
35 Priorswalk
Tel: 01896 822419

May 9 1998

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