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Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Scotland

 

 

 

 

The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland was founded in 1736 – although only a third of all lodges were represented at the foundation meeting of the Grand Lodge.

Scottish Freemasonry has a distinct and unique character. The connection between the craft of stone masonry and modern Freemasonry can be readily established in Scotland. This direct connection can be traced from the oldest Masonic written records in the world and which are the property of the Grand Lodge.

Lodges under the Scottish Constitution are thus sovereign bodies in their own right, with a considerable degree of control of their own affairs. Many Lodges pre-existed Grand Lodge, all jealously guarding their traditions, and were permitted to retain their own procedures, regalia, and distinctive rituals.

Having established the principle of independence to the old Lodges, it was impossible to deny Lodges founded after 1736 the same level of privilege. Of course the rituals contain the principal points of each degree, but the scope for elaboration is considerable, with numerous interesting additions. Since Scottish Lodges have the right to choose the colours of the Lodge regalia, meetings are very colourful – especially if visitors from other Lodges are present.

The Grand Lodge of Scotland has 32 Provincial Grand Lodges in Scotland itself, and 25 District Grand Lodges overseas.

 

The following were Grand Masters:

 

  • 1739–1740: James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton KT FRS (1702 – 12 October 1768)


  • 1755–1757: Sholto Charles Douglas, 15th Earl of Morton (G.M. of England; 1757-61) (c. 1732–25 September 1774)

 

  • 1786–1788: Francis Douglas, Lord Elcho (after, Lord Elcho (afterwards 8th Earl of Wemyss) 25 April 1870–14 November 1929

 

  • 1790–1792: George Douglas, 16th Earl of Morton, KT (3 April 1761 – 17 July 1827)

 

  • 1833–1835: William Douglas, Marquess of Douglas, Marquess of Douglas (afterwards 11th Duke of Hamilton) 19 February 1811 – Paris, 8 July 1863

 

  • 1926–1929: Archibald Douglas, 4th Baron Blythswood, 4th Baron Blythswood (25 April 1870–14 November 1929)

 

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