Lodge Murdostoun Castle No.1096

Charter granted 2nd November 1911

REGULAR MEETINGS - 2nd & 4th Tuesday from September to April, Except December 2nd Tues only

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Next Regular meeting Tuesday 28th February. Visitation by The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No.203 to confer MARK Master Mason degree on one candidate. Keep checking the Lodge calendar for upcoming meetings and visitations.

Next visitation out is on Monday 20th February to Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No.1228 - EA exemplification.

Welcome Ceud Mille Failte . . . Welcome . . . Bienvenue . . . Willkommen . . . Bienvenido . . . Witamy . . . Welkom . . . Velkommen . . . Benvenuto . . .

RWM Derek Douglas

 

 

On behalf of every Brother of Lodge Murdostoun Castle, I welcome everyone to our website.
I am honoured to have been chosen by the Lodge, for the fourth time, to serve as Master for the coming year and I hope that your visit will be both interesting and informative.

If you have visited us before, then welcome back. If this is your first visit, and if you are interested in Freemasonry, you are doubly welcome.
Browse around our site and see what is happening today in our Lodge. If you want to search further, follow the links in our "Related Links" section. Enjoy your visit.

RWM Bro Derek Douglas

 

 

Our Mission

The mission of Lodge No 1096 and its members is to help good men become better men, thereby enabling them to better serve their God, their country, their community, their neighbour and themselves.

We hope that you will find the information that you seek in these pages. If you do not, and you have any questions, please e-mail them to the address at the foot of this page.  Enjoy your visit. If you wish to explore further, then please follow the related links to other Lodge sites. From any page, just click on the Lodge Crest and you will be returned to this Home page

Latest News

February 2017

Wednesday 15th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed a large deputation to Lodge Robert King Stewart No.919, accompanied by 12 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro David MacDonald and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM Treasurer, Bro Willie Jackson PM WSW, IPM Bro Barry McCulloch, SM Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, and Secy Bro Jim Finlay PM, proceeded to deliver an excellent exemplification of the EA degree on volunteer candidate Bro Graham Hill. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas thanked Bro Graham for volunterering and thanked his degree team and all who had accompanied him. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro David MacDonald congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called on Bro Andrew Affleck PM to comment on the degree. Bro Affleck was most generous in his praise for the high quality of the degree. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro David MacDonald invited all to harmony, where all were well provided for in 919s customary manner. The links between the two Lodges go back a long way and tonight they were further strengthened.

It is with great sadness that the Lodge intimates the sudden passing on Tuesday 14th to the Grand Lodge on High of Bro Jimmy Onion. As a celebration of his life, his funeral will be held on Wednesday 22nd February at 1:30pm at Holytown Crematorium. If you can, please come and show support for the family. At the regular meeting yesterday, our Almoner Bro David Craig PM had the sad task of giving a eulogy for both Jimmy Onion and George Smith. He delivered an informative and graceful eulogy for both of our Brothers to the hushed assembly. The eulogy itself being a poignant reminder to us all of our own frail mortality. May these two well loved and popular Brethren be at peace and eternal refreshment. They are sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

Tuesday 14th: Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the first meeting of February. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Livingstone St.Andrew No.573, headed by their own RWM Bro Hunter Maxwell, who was accompanied by PGM Bro Bill Perry. RWM Bro Hunter Maxwell assisted by an excellent degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable exemplification of the EA degree on volunteer candidate Bro Scott Murdoch JD. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro Hunter Maxwell, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Hunter Maxwell on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a blether, and the links joining the two lodges were further strengthened.

Monday 6th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed a large deputation to Lodge Mauldslie Castle No.1630.He was accompanied by 18 other Brethren and the deputation was enhanced by RWM Bro Alan Graham of Lodge Dura 1513. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Mark Rhind and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of SD Bro Scott McKittrick PM, IPM Bro Barry McCulloch, SM Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, and Secy Bro Jim Finlay PM, proceeded to deliver an excellent exemplification of the EA degree on volunteer candidate JD Bro Gerald McWilliams. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas thanked Bro Gerry for volunterering and thanked his degree team and all who had accompanied him. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Mark Rhind congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and his team for the quality of the degree, and invited all to harmony. A serious amount of blethering took place as the link between the two lodges was further strengthened

Friday 3rd: It is with great sadness that the Lodge intimates the sudden passing to the Grand Lodge on High of Bro George C Smith. As a celebration of his life, his funeral was held today at Holytown crematorium. A great many of his friends gathered to bid adieu to a unique, very pleasant and delightful Brother. Bro George was an upstanding Mason in so many ways. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Ellen and the family.

January 2017

Saturday 28th: Cauld Winter was howling, o'er moor and o'er mountain, And wild was the surge on the dark rolling sea.... hang on, that's the Road tae Dundee, no tae Cleland! Anyway, it was a shade on the cool side as a grand gathering of oor ain folks began to arrive for the Lodge Burns Supper.

As Chairman for the evening, RWM Bro Derek Douglas warmly welcomed everyone and hoped they would all enjoy the dinner and entertainment of the evening.

The Haggis was piped in by Ryan Douglas (oor bonny wee piper!), carried aloft by Denise McCulloch and addressed and toasted by Hunter Maxwell (though some wid say the address was guid, but he murdered the Haggis!). Ian Douglas gave the Selkirk grace and all sat down to the dinner provided by Gibbs Catering (courtesy of Jennifer Gibb)

After dinner and the Loyal Toast, the entertainment began with Lisa Dutch and Carissa Swan once more enchanting the company in song. They certainly are twa Bonnie Lassies and sich braw singers!. Angus Ross gave a great and most informative Immortal Memory. David Walker, in his ain style gave the toast tae The Lassies, and later gave us a raucous rendition of Tam O'Shanter, and slightly quieter gave us Tae a Moose. Between each speaker, Lisa and Carissa weaved their magic on the audience with excellent entertainment in music and song. Aye Lads, ye hivna heard Angels sing till ye hear Lisa and Carissa!

The formal part of the evening passed all too quickly and drew to a close with the entire company singing The Star O' Rabbie Burns. Afterwards, much relaxed blethering and consumption of our national drink (Irn Bru!) ensued and all retired homeward, weel fed, weel watered and weel entertained. A great night and already looking forward to Burns Night 2018.

A wee photo from the evening showing our speakers. From left to right :-

Hunter Maxwell, David Walker, Angus Ross, RWM Derek Douglas, Lisa Dutch, Carissa Swan.

Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay

Tuesday 24th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the second meeting of 2017. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Union, Stonehouse No.244 headed by their own RWM Bro Craig Carenduff. RWM Bro Craig Carenduff assisted by a superb Mark degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable and entertaining Mark degree to candidate Bro Blair Mathewman. Each member of the degree team excelled themselves, and kept the assembled Brethren enthralled. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro Craig, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Craig Carenduff on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a blether. This being the first official visitation by Lodge Union, the links of friendship between the Lodges were strongly formed, and the Brethren of both Lodges look forward to further intervisits in the future.

Thursday 19th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas led his first deputation of the year to Lodge St.Mary, Coltness No.31. He was accompanied by 16 other Brethren and the deputation was enhanced by RWM Bro Alan Graham of Lodge Dura 1513. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Archie Sands and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of WSW Bro Willie Jackson PM, WJW Bro Ian Thompson PM, and Secy Bro Jim Finlay PM, proceeded to deliver an excellent exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate PM Bro Stan Sweeney (IPM). At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas thanked Bro Stan for volunterering and thanked his degree team and all who had accompanied him. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Archie Sands congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and his team for the quality of the degree, and invited all to harmony. A serious amount of blethering took place as the link between the two lodges was further strengthened.

Tuesday 10th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the first meeting of 2017. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Woodhall St.Johns No.305 headed by their own RWM Bro David Yule. RWM Bro David Yule assisted by his excellent degree team, proceeded to deliver a terrific exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate IPM Bro Barry McCulloch. The attention paid by all present throughout the degree bore testimony to the high quality of the degree team. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated Bro David, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro David Yule on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a bite to eat and a blether, and the links between 305 and 1096 were further strengthened.

Sunday 1st: To all of our readers, a wish for a Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year from all at 1096.

December 2016

Tuesday 13th: Our newly installed RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to his first meeting. As there was no degree being conferred, the business was conducted in short order. RWM Bro Derek handled the business with his usual aplomb and closed the meeting with thanks to all who had attended. After the meeting was closed, all retired and much blethering took place on the events of the Installation and the forthcoming Christmas draw night on Friday.

Saturday 3rd: The Annual Installation of our new RWM and Officebearers took place at 5:30pm. RWM Bro Barry McCulloch welcomed the many visitors and thanked them for coming to the Installation. His wee "greetin speech" (sorry - Retiring Masters Address!) paid tribute to all who had assisted him in his term as RWM. A Distinguished deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire (Middle Ward) headed by Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro Norman Carnegy was then received and welcomed, followed by the Installing Masters of the evening Bro Ian Thompson PM and Bro Ian Douglas PM. The Installing Masters delivered an excellent Installation Ceremony which was warmly received by the new RWM Bro Derek Douglas, his Officebearers and all Brethren present. Afterwards, all retired to an excellent dinner and spent a very pleasant evening listening to some well prepared speeches and having a right good blether with one another. This being the 4th time Derek has graced the chair of our Lodge, the high esteem in which we all hold him is abundantly clear to everyone. As our new RWM, Bro Derek hopes that the rest of his year will be as successful as the Installation, and he sends an early Christmas Greeting to all of our readers.

And just for a little fun, a wee photo of IPM Bro Barry McCulloch taking a photo.

November 2016

Tuesday 22nd: RWM Bro Barry McCulloch welcomed all to the second meeting in November and thanked everyone for coming to this his last regular meeting of his term of office as RWM. After the usual business, RWM Bro Barry McCulloch welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Airdrie St.John No.166 headed by their own RWM Bro Keith Mitchell. RWM Bro Keith Mitchell assisted by his excellent degree team, proceeded to deliver an superb rendering of the MM degree on candidate Bro Frazer Douglas. The attentive silence throughout the degree bore testimony to the excellence of the degree. RWM Bro Barry McCulloch, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated Bro Keith, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Keith Mitchell on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and the links between 166 and 1096 were further strengthened.

With deep sadness, the Lodge intimates the death of PM Bro Phil Mowitt. Phil has been ill for some time, particularly since 2009, but never complained. He passed peacefully to the Grand Lodge on High on Tuesday 8th November. As a celebration of his life, his funeral was held on Wednesday 16th November at Blackridge Parish Church where Phil was an Elder and Session Clerk. His untimely passing leaves his wife Jean, his family, his Church, his community and the Lodge bereft of a good man.

Thursday 17th: RWM Bro Barry McCulloch led the last deputation of his year to Lodge St.Thomas, Larkhall No 306, and was accompanied by RWM Bro Robert McMillan and several Brethren from Lodge Easterhouse No.1591. The deputation was warmly welcomed into the Lodge by RWM Bro William Dick and the assembled Brethren. RWM Bro Barry McCulloch proceeded to carry out an excellent EA degree on candidate Ian Grant. RWM Bro Barry was assisted by SD Bro Scott McKittrick PM, JD Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, and IPM Bro Jim Finlay. At the conclusion of the degree RWM Bro William Dick congratulated RWM Bro Barry on the high standard of the degree work by the degree team, and asked his WSW to comment on the degree. WSW Bro Robert Cook was most generous in his praise and called on the assembled Brethren to afford a warm vote of thanks to RWM Bro Barry McCulloch and his degree team. RWM Bro Barry McCulloch thanked RWM and WSW for their kind compliments and thanked the members of 1096 who had accompanied him. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and were well fed and watered by the Brethren of 306. Afterwards, the deputation left for home in the snow, but warmed through by the warmth and cordiality of the Brethren of St.Thomas.

Wednesday 9th: RWM Bro Barry McCulloch led a deputation to Lodge Hope Bridge Castle No.827 in Armadale. The first official visit for a very long time. The deputation was warmly welcomed into the Lodge by RWM Bro Jamie Ellis and the assembled Brethren. RWM Bro Barry McCulloch proceeded to carry out an excellent exemplification of the FC degree on a volunteer brother of 827 Bro Jim Caldwell. RWM Bro Barry was assisted by WSW Bro Willie Jackson PM, WJW Bro Ian Thompson PM, and IPM Bro Jim Finlay. At the conclusion of the degree RWM Bro Jamie Ellis congratulated RWM Bro Barry on the high standard of the degree work by the degree team, and assured RWM Bro Barry that he should be very proud of his team. RWM Bro Barry McCulloch thanked RWM Bro David for his compliments and thanked the members of 1096 who had accompanied him. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and were well fed and watered by the Brethren of 827. The deputation (eventually) left for home, despite the tardy Brother who was holding back the bus - no names - it's a secret!

Tuesday 8th: RWM Bro Barry McCulloch welcomed all to the Annual General Meeting. The customary business was conducted and following the Report on Lodge Finances by Bro Treasurer, the Statement of Accounts was passed. The election of Office Bearers for the coming twelve months took place, sadly (again) leaving two offices vacant. At the conclusion of the meeting, RWM congratulated all of the newly elected Office bearers and wished them well in the year ahead. The Office Bearers Elect are:- RWM Bro Derek Douglas, WSW Bro Willie Jackson PM, WJW Bro Ian Thompson PM, Secretary Bro Jim Finlay PM, Treasurer Bro Ian Douglas PM, Almoner Bro David Craig PM, SD Bro Scott McKittrick PM, JD Bro Scott Murdoch, IG Bro Robert Gray, Chaplain Bro John Strachan PM, DOC Bro Jim Cathcart PM, BB Bro Ryan Douglas, ORG Bro Ronnie Fleming PM, Tyler Bro Bert Alcorn PM.

Tuesday 1st: RWM Bro Barry McCulloch led a deputation to Lodge Clydesdale, Larkhall No.551. The deputation was warmly welcomed into the Lodge by RWM Bro David Logan and the assembled Brethren. RWM Bro Barry McCulloch proceeded to carry out an excellent exemplification of the FC degree on a volunteer brother of 551 Bro Jack Turnbull PM (who insisted that he did not draw the short straw, as no straws were available!). RWM Bro Barry was assisted by WJW Bro Ian Thompson PM, SD Bro Scott McKittrick PM, and IPM Bro Jim Finlay. At the conclusion of the degree RWM Bro David Logan commented on the high standard of the degree work by the degree team, and assured RWM Bro Barry that he should be very proud of his team. RWM Bro Barry McCulloch thanked RWM Bro David for his compliments and thanked the members of 1096 who had accompanied him. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and a delightful meal was served by the Brethren of 551, after which the 1096 deputation retired homeward well fed, well watered and pleased to have strengthened the long-established link between the two lodges.

 

News items for prior months can now be found in the section titled (believe it or not) "Previous News Items".

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