So, the observant amongst us will know that the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders was created in 2018, however, on Saturday 20 August 2022, a ceremony took place in Kelso to celebrate 275 years of a Provincial Grand Lodge presence in the area.
The celebration took place in the Tait Hall, Kelso, where a deputation from the our Sister Provinces was headed by Bro, Dougie Fergie, The Provincial Grand Master of East Lothian, was received in to the Lodge.
The ceremony of rededication was ably performed by a deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, headed on this occasion, by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Bro. William Ramsay McGhee.
The ceremony was followed by a celebratory dinner with toasts and speeches.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master presented a cheque to the Grand Master Mason for £500 for Grand Lodge Benevolence along with another for £2, 750 in support of the Prostate Scotland "Make it a Million" scheme, which the achievement of is now in sight.
On 15 August 1747 the Province of Roxburgh and Peebles was formed headed by the first Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John Murray of Cringletie, Peebles. The title of our Province has changed several times over the intervening years, however, It does not detract from the respect in which our Province is held throughout Scottish Freemasonry.
We have reached another fantastic milestone in our history and we celebrate this anniversary with a great deal of pride in our heritage. From the foundation which has been laid we look forward to the future with confidence and optimism that our successors will continue to embrace the fundamental principles that has served our Province for the past two hundred and seventy-five years.
PHOTO CREDIT: Bro. Mick Todd - Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58