1868 Charter from The Grand Lodge of Scotland

Charter granted by Grand Lodge in 1868

 

The CharterTo all and sundry to whose knowledge these presents shall come, Greetings in God Everlasting. Whereas upon the second day of November, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Eight years, a Petition was presented to the Grand Lodge of Scotland, in name of Robert Kidd, David Mitchell, George Lowson, John Taylor, Thomas Easton, James K. Mann, William Kerr, John Guthrie, David Miln, A MacDonald and others, Praying the said Grand Lodge to grant a Charter of Constitution and Erection, in the usual form, for holding a Lodge under the name and title of Broughty Castle, Broughty Ferry, and Proposing the persons aftermentioned to be the first Office Bearers thereof, Viz. Robert Kidd, Right Worshipful Master; George Lowson, Senior Warden; John Taylor, Junior Warden; Thomas Easton, Treasurer; James K. Mann, Secretary; William Kerr, Senior Deacon; John Guthrie, Junior Deacon; David Miln, Inner Guard; John McIntosh, Tyler; &c. 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 have constituted, erected and appointed, likeas they hereby Constitute, erect and appoint the Master, Wardens and Brethren above named to be now and in all time coming a true and regular Lodge of free and accepted Mason under the name style and title of Broughty Castle, Broughty Ferry and appoint and ordain all regular Lodges to hold and respect them as such giving, granting and committing to them and 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 Six Pence Sterling; And with power also annually to elect and choose Masters, Wardens, and other office bearers, recommending to the said 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; independently of the Master and Wardens, for the time; Nor to introduce any other orders of Masonry than those sanctioned by the 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 LODGE, 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 the 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 eight shillings Sterling, beside the usual fee of…… to the Grand Clerk, for each member initiated in their Lodge from and after the date hereof; 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 review 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 hereof; 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 Second day of November in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Eight. And of Light Five Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Eight. By The Right Honourable Fox, Earl of Dalhousie, Knight of the Most Ancient and Honourable Order of the Thistle, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland, etcetera; The Right Honourable George, Earl of Haddington, Right Worshipful Depute Grand Master; Henry Inglis Esquire of Iorsence, Right Worshipful Substitute Grand Master; The Right Honourable Charles Adolphus, Earl of Dunmore, Right Worshipful Senior Grand Warden; William Mann Esquire, Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden; William Alexander Laurie Esquire, Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet, Right Worshipful Grand Secretary; and Alexander James Stewart, Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet, Right Worshipful Grand Clerk. 

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