WELCOME to the website of the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders, I trust that you will find it both interesting and informative.
It fills me with great pride to have been appointed as Provincial Grand Master in June 2020,
I have been so proud of how all the Lodges have interacted with their members and also continued with their Fundraising and Charitable activities during the last three years.
To Freemasons who manage to visit our Province, you will be assured of a warm welcome.
Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth
Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master
UPDATE: The PGL List of Events and Pocket Planner have been updated Click Here to view.
17 February 24: PGL Regular Communication (Installation of PGL Office-bearers) in the Hawick Lodge No. 111 at 1pm (Please return Regalia by 12noon)
19 February 24: PGL Annual Visitation to Lodge Ercildoune No. 1119 *** CANCELLED ***
26 February 24: PGL Annual Visitation to Lodge St. John Stow No.216 in the premises of Lodge St. Ronan’s No.856 at 7.00pm. (PGL Deputation headed by DPGM at 7.30pm).
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"THAT'S AULD NEWS"
Use the link below to find some of our historical news stories and articles.
At the Installation of Elected Provincial Grand Lodge Office-bearers on 17 February 2024, in the premises of the Hawick Lodge No. 111, FIVE Young Masons, all members of The Borders Quarrymen, the Province's initiative for New and Young Masons, were installed in to their respective Offices, three of which being Installed for the first time.
Pictured Left to Right is Bro. Andrew McMenamin, Master Mason of Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32 and Secretary of The Borders Quarrymen, was installed into his first Provincial office as PG Inner Guard, Bro. Mark Forsyth, Master Mason of Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58 and Vice Chairman of The Borders Quarrymen (also the PGM's son) was installed into his first Provincial office as PG Sword-bearer, Bro. Dale Hall, Past Master of Lodge Dunse No. 23, was Installed as PG Junior Warden, Bro. Euan Heard, Master Mason of The Galashiels Lodge No. 262 and Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58, as well as being Chairman of The Borders Quarrymen, was installed as PG Bible-bearer and Bro. Stewart Wilson, Master Mason of Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856, was installed into his first Provincial Office as PG Marshall. At the back and looking over the young members of his team, is the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth.
On the day, a well supported deputation was received from representatives from nine Sister Provinces, headed on this occasion by Bro. Andrew Millar, The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.
Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. James Thom, had the pleasing duty of Installing the Office-bearers and the Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Stewart Clark, invested the appointed Provincial Stewards from each of the Lodges.
Bro. Keith Cleland, Past Master of Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32, was presented with his Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden's certificate by the Provincial Master.
On conclusion of the meeting, a fine meal was enjoyed by everyone and the usual toast list was observed.
At the Regular Meeting of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis on Monday 5 February 2024, Bro. Peter Farquhar was Raised to the High and Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.
Pictured with Peter (centre) is the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders, Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth (L) and Master of the Lodge, Bro. Brian Lawson who both congratulated him on becoming a Master Mason.
Following a positive Christmas period, Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856 were delighted to be able to make a donation of £250 to Innerleithen Civic Association.
Once again the Civic Association provided a superb display of Christmas lights in Innerleithen and it was the Lodge's pleasure to help with their costs.
The Lodge said "It’s great for us at 856 that we are back in a position to help out with local causes, as this is very close to our hearts".
Pictured is the Right Worshipful Master, Bro. Andrew Caldwell, presenting Civic Association Chair, Jean Wilson, with their donation.
A Deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders visited Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 on the occasion of their Annual Installation. As the Provincial Grand Master, Bro Andrew E. Forsyth, was one of the Installing masters, the deputation, on this occasion, was led by the Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. James Thom.
The deputation was welcomed into the packed Lodge and upon being presented with the Lodge Maul, the Depute Provincial Grand Master along the Senior Provincial Grand Chaplain, Bro. Michael Laidlaw, had the privilege and pleasure of Consecrating and Dedicating a new addition to the Lodge's regalia, a beautifully crafted chain of office to adorn the Master's shoulders.
The installation of the Master and Office-bearers was ably overseen by Bro. Cliff Worrell, Past Master, along with Past Master Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth, RWPGM.
On conclusion of the installation ceremony, the Brethren were invited to the Tait Hall, a short walk away from the Lodge, to enjoy a wonderful meal along with the usual Masonic toast, speeches and entertainment that "only Kelso can do".
Congratulations and well done to Bro. Tim and the Office-bearers.
At the Provincial Grand Lodge annual visitation to Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 on 10 January 2024, our Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew E, Forsyth, was presented with Honorary Membership of the Lodge.
The presentation came as a total surprise to the PGM who was very pleased to accept.
On 9 January 2024, Bro. Philip Titley, Past Master of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis, gave the Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association an illustrated lecture on "The History of Freemasonry in Melrose".
Bro. Phil delivered the well researched presentation to a full house which was followed by question and answer session.
Another great example of connecting with our communities.
On the 20 December 2023, at the regular meeting of Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth, had the pleasure and privilege of presenting not one, but two distinguished Brethren of the Province with Honorary Grand Rank.
Bro. Tim Slater PM, the Reigning Master of Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58, was presented with Honorary Assistant Grand Secretary and Bro. Jock Blackie, a Past Master of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 and the Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master was presented with Honorary Grand Secretary.
This is one of the most pleasing duties the PGM has to perform. Well Done and Congratulations to you both.
Pictured (L to R): Bro. Tim Slater PM, Master of Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58, The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth, Bro. Jock Blackie PM, Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master and a great friend and Honorary Member of the Province, Bro. Dougie Fergie PM, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of East Lothian.
For many years the members of The Hawick Lodge No. 111 have ensured that every patient in the Hawick Community Hospital receive a gift and a card to open on Christmas morning.
Pictured is Bro. Ian Stewart PM, Right Worshipful Master of The Hawick Lodge No. 111, delivering these gifts to the hospital staff.
Congratulations and well done 111 for connecting with your community.
He has known him for a long time, in their younger days they were involved in Karting, but Bobby preferred to have his backside more than 4 inches off the ground and left the driving to Joe. From then on their friendship matured and that's why Bro. Bobby Stafford, Past Master of Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24, had the pleasure and privilege of presenting Bro. Joe Kirkpatrick with his 50 Year Jewel.
Joseph Allison Kirkpatrick was initiated in to Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 on 12 December 1973 and was installed as Master in 1981 for a period of 3 years.
Showing an interest in Provincial Grand Lodge at an early stage, Bro. Joe became Substitute Provincial Grand Master when Bro. Jim Brown was Provincial Grand Master from 1995 - 2000.
Joe was then installed as Right Worshipful Master of the Lodge for a second period in 2015 and was a proud Master, leading the Lodge during their Tercentenary celebrations in 2016.
Bro. Joe is a well known and well respected Freemason, not just within the province, but throughout Scotland and is a great friend to many.
Joe, who is currently Depute Master of the Lodge, has not been enjoying the best of health recently but still continues to fully support the lodge in every way.
Bro. Bobby proudly presented a 50 year Jewel on behalf of the Lodge to a very emotional Joe on Wednesday 13 December 2023.
Congratulations and well done Joe.
Pictured (L to R): Bro. Nick Stennet RWM, Bro. Bobby Stafford PM, Bro. Joe Kirkpatrick PM & Bro. Andrew Forsyth RWPGM.
The Immediate Past Master of Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32, Bro Mark Corbett (L), is pictured congratulating their brand new Master Bro. Brian Dodds at the annual installation of the Lodge on Saturday 9 December 2023.
Past Masters Bros. David Mitchell and George Alexander overseen the Installation in view of a full Lodge which was followed by a meal coupled with the usual toasts and speeches.
Congratulations and all the best of luck Bro. Brian.
On Thursday 7 December 2023, a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders, headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro Andrew E. Forsyth, were made most welcome on the occasion of the Annual Installation at Lodge St. Ebbe on the East coast.
On his own and in his own unique style, Bro. George Donnelly, a Past Master of the Lodge and a Past Provincial Grand Master, ably overseen the installation of Bro. Gordon Thorburn as RWM along with his team of dedicated Office-bearers.
Pictured L to R: Bro. George Donnelly PM, Bro. Gordon Thorburn PM, RWM & Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth, RWPGM.
Saturday 18 November 2023 saw the Annual Installation of Lodge St. James BURA No. 424 in the packed Lodge ,where Bro. David Jeffrey PM, was ably installed as Right Worshipful Master one more time by Bro. Ian Rutherford and Bro. Stan Swinton.
The well known and well respected Past Master is truly dedicated, not only to the Lodge, but to Freemasonry in General. Congratulations and all the best of luck David.
A Charity Dinner Dance promoted by the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders which was held on Friday 10 November 2023 at Kelso Rugby Club proved to be a great success raising over £1, 000 which is to be split between 6 deserving local charities. Many thanks to everyone who supported what was a great night and gave generously to help the well deserved organisations below. click on the links below to find out more about the fantastic work they do.
With November being the month of remembrance, last night at the regular meeting of Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24, the members performed the Empty Chair Ceremony.
The ceremony is thought to date back to 1875, a decade after the close of the American Civil War, when it was used in Masonic lodges throughout the United States to pay tribute to those who did not return from the war.
The Lodge members have a long history of serving our country throughout the ages and, to this day, have ex-servicemen in their ranks.
The fallen members of No. 24 gave themselves freely, not only to the service of Lodge Peebles Kilwinning but also to the obligations of service to their country in a time of great need. It is said that a man is made a Mason first in his heart. A Mason may have earned honours before or after becoming a member, but as the world sees it, those honours do not decorate his Masonry but rather highlight the spirit, which makes him both a Mason and a man of service. For our tomorrows, they gave their todays.
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
On Saturday 4 November 23, a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders, headed by the Right Worshipful Master, Bro Andrew E. Forsyth, headed to Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 to see Bro. Alexander Galbraith being ably reinstalled as right Worshipful Master of the Lodge By Bro. Jim Brown and Bro Jim Sykes, both Past Masters of the Hawick Lodge No. 111.
After the ceremony, the brethren were suitably watered and fed, followed by the traditional Masonic toasts and entertainment.
All the very best of luck to Bro. Sandy and his team of Office-bearers for the year ahead.
Pictured L to R: Bro. Jim Sykes PM, RWPGM, Bro. Sandy Galbraith RWM & Bro. Jim Brown PM.