COPY OF CHARTER
Grand Lodge of Scotland
SIR MICHAEL ROBERT SHAW STEWART
of Greenock and Blackhall, Baronet
Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland
LODGE “BUCHAN ST.JOHN,” No.636, BROXBURN
To all and sundry to whose knowledge these presents shall come greeting in God everlasting, Whereas upon the Sixth day of February, One thousand Eight hundred and Seventy-Nine years a Petition was presented to the Grand Lodge of Scotland, in name of William Cowan, Robert Jeffrey, John Jenkins, P Maxwell, James McLean, E Cunningham, M Cowan, W Wilson, E White, W Nicol, Jas. Mitchell, Robert Alexander and others, Praying that said Grand Lodge to grand a Charter of Constitution and Erection, in the usual form, for holding a Lodge under the name and title of “ Buchan St. John,” Broxburn, and Proposing the persons aftermentioned to be the first Office-Bearers thereof, viz.:- Wm. Cowan, R.W. Master; Robt. Jeffrey, Substitute Master; A. Williamson, Depute Master; John Jenkins, Senior Warden; Peter Maxwell, Junior Warden; W. Wilson, Treasurer; Mathew Cowan, Secretary; Geo. Haddow, Senior Deacon; John Hunter, Junior Deacon; E. White, Senior Steward; Wm. Nicol, Junior Steward; James Hutton, Inner Guard; James McLean, Tyler; Thomas Hislop, Chaplain: 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 was constituted, erected and appointed, likeas they hereby Constitute, erect and appoint the Master, Wardens and Brethren above named to be know, and in all time coming a true and regular Lodge of free and accepted Masons,
Under the name, stile, and title of, “Buchan St. John,” Broxburn, and Appoint and Ordain all regular Lodges to hold and respect them as such: Giving, granting and committing to them, and to 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 Six Shillings and Sixpence 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 honour 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 Schismataical Meetings, independent of the Master and Wardens, for the time; Nor to introduce any other orders of Masonry than those sanctioned by 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 Lodges 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 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 Eleven Shillings and Sixpence Sterling. For each member initiated in their Lodge from and after the date thereof, 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 revien 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 thereof, 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 Sixth day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Nine and of Light Five Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy- Three by Sir Michael R Shaw Stewart of Greenock and Blackhall, Baronet, Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland; The Right Honourable Francis Robert, Earl of Rosslyn, Right Worshipful Past Grand Master, The Right Honourable, Walter Henry, Earl of Mar and Kellie, Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master; Colonel Archibald Campbell Campbell of Blytheswood, Right Worshipful Substitute Grand Master, The Right Honourable Lord Inverurie, Right Worshipful Senior Grand Warden; R.F.Shaw Stewart, Esquire, Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden; and D Murray Lyon, Esquire, Right Worshipful Grand Secretary.
Grand Master Mason of Scotland
MAR AND KELLIE
Depute Grand Master
Substitute Grand Master
Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden
D MURRAY LYON