Provincial Grand Lodge of East Anglia, Royal Order of Scotland

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On Friday 8 April 2022, the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Anglia, Royal Order of Scotland celebrated the Installation of their new Provincial Grand Master. The ceremony took place at the St. Giles Masonic Centre in Colchester where the Province welcomed a Grand Lodge Deputation from Edinburgh. Following the formal opening, the Brethren were called to order by the Grand Marischal, Bro. Ray King to receive the Deputy Grand Master and Governor, Bro. Ewan Rutherford, accompanied by the Grand Secretary, Bro. Alan Dickson. It is interesting to note that the first Grand Lodge of the Order was formed in Edinburgh in 1768 when the King of Scots was made the Hereditary Grand Master.

At the conclusion of all competent business of the Lodge, the Grand Marischal presented the Provincial Grand Master Designate, Bro. Ralph Robertson to the Deputy Grand Master and Governor. After ensuring that the Patent of appointment was in order, Bro. Robertson was obligated and Installed as the 12th Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Anglia. The Deputy Grand Master and Governor then addressed the meeting, informing the Brethren that this was his third visit to the Province, the first as the Head of the Order with the previous two being in the Office of Grand Marischal, accompanying the then Deputy Grand Master and Governor, the Rt. Hon Earl of Elgin. He also paid tribute to the Past Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John Robertson and thanked him for his chairmanship of the Province during the difficult period of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Grand Lodge Deputation then retired from the Lodge which was then closed and the Brethren resorted to the festive board for dinner. The day concluded on a happy and high note, with everyone agreeing it had been a successful and enjoyable meeting.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Anglia meets on three occasions in the year; Colchester in April, Newmarket in May, and Lowestoft for the Installation Meeting in September. The Province encompasses Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and North Essex as far as Chelmsford.

Qualification for membership requires that a potential candidate must have been a Master Mason for five years and upwards. In practice each Province lays down its own requirements, for example some demand that a candidate has attained 30˚ in the Ancient and Accepted Rite. In East Anglia candidates are usually limited to brethren who have been Master Masons for at least five years and have shown a keen interest in Freemasonry beyond their craft lodge.

The Province of East Anglia usually “Advances & Promotes” two candidates per meeting and entry may be protracted as there are about two hundred Lodges from which to draw candidates.

The photograph shows from L-R. The Grand Secretary Bro. Alan Dickson, The Deputy Grand Master & Governor Bro. Ewan Rutherford, The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Ralph Robertson. The Past Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John Robertson, The Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Nick Franklin and the Grand Marischal, Bro. Ray King.

Enquiries regarding membership of the Royal Order of Scotland should be directed to the Provincial Grand Secretary whose details can be found in the various Provincial Year Book’s.