29th October 2002 Masonic Centre of Lodge Neptune 419
Troon Navigation 86
Gordon Cree R.W.M. (2002)
Bro. Thomas B. Heron R.W.M. (1952)
Stanley Melville R.W.M. (2002)
Bro. James W. McBeam R.W.M. (1952)
Alexander Dewar R.W.M. (2002)
Bro. James Smith R.W.M. (1952)
Kelvin Partick 1207
William S. Thomson R.W.M. (2002)
Bro. Thomas Brown R.W.M. (1952)
Lodge Neptune 419 was opened at 7.30pm on Tuesday the 29th of October
2002 and recieved deputation's from Lodge Kelvin Partick 1207, Lodge
Clyde 408 and Lodge
Troon Navigation 86 who
were respectively headed by Bro. William S. Thomson R.W.M.,
Bro. Stanley Melville R.W.M. and Bro. Gordon Cree R.W.M.
Provincial deputation's were then received from the Provincial Grand
Lodge of Glasgow and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire, respectively
headed by the Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow, Bro. Robert Best
and the depute Grand Master of Ayrshire Bro. John H. Ralston.
Once again 98 Brethren attended this anniversary meeting, which
illustrated that 50 years on the Water Lodges were still successfully
The respective masters from the four Water Lodges were presented
with a trophy "donated by Lodge Neptune" to mark the Anniversary.
The R.W.M. of each Lodge then made a short speech about the Anniversary,
as Bro. George Marshall, one of the founding members from Kelvin
Partick 1207 could not attend the celebration the R.W.M. Bro. William
S. Thomson introduced his Grandson to read a speech the Bro. Marshall
had prepared from home this read as follows,
As my Grandfather Bro. George Marshall unfortunately cannot attend
tonight's celebrations, he has, with my help written a few words
about the Water Lodges which I shall now read on his behalf.
I am proud to see the association The Water Lodges reach its 50th
Year and for a man of my 89 years it's a long time since February
1946 when Bro. Hugh C.Cunningham P.M. arranged for a visitation
from Kelvin Partick to visit his mother Lodge, Troon Navigation
No.86. This visitation was to be the first foundation stone in tonight's
celebration as it started numerous visits and deputation's by the
members of Lodge Kelvin Partick, Lodge Troon Navigation, Lodge Clyde
and Lodge Neptune.
Over the next 6 years these various meetings created many a friendship,
it was therefore finally decided in 1952 to recongised the associations
between these four lodges, who had associations with rivers or seas.
This association was eventually named "the water lodges" although
the "maritime lodges" was suggested by the Brethren who worked in
the ship yards. As the title the "water lodges" was more commonly
accepted, it was agreed it should be adopted as the title that we
now know today.
With the efforts of brothers George Howard PM of Lodge Troon Navigation
and Bro. Tommy Carson P.M. from Lodge Clyde the first official meeting
of the "water lodges" took place in early 1952 within the Masonic
temple of Troon Navigation.
A large deputation comprising members of three Glasgow Lodges, Lodge
Clyde No. 408, Lodge Neptune No. 419 and Lodge Kelvin Partick No
1207, were respectively headed by Brother. A.G Bannerman PM of Lodge
Clyde, Brother. Jim Smith R.W.M. Of Lodge Neptune and Brother. Thomas
Brown R.W.M. Of Lodge Kelvin Partick were received by Brother Thomas
Heron R.W.M. into Lodge Troon Navigation No 86.
Where a total of 98 Brethren witnessed a most excellent fellow craft
degree that was conferred by Brother Walter Pirrie, this was the
first time that Brother Pirrie had done any ceremonial work and
his performance on that night was so competent that, "he later became
known as the 2nd degree worker".
Since this meeting back in 1952, each lodge has acted as host the
Lodge once in every four years to the other three lodges. The format
of these Water Lodge meetings was varied over the years, with Lodge
Troon Navigation holding a Mark Ceremonial, Lodge Clyde, Lodge Neptune
and Lodge Kelvin Partick hosting various degrees and on occasions
the occasional Masonic film show or slide lecture.
To accommodate the "Water Lodge" meetings held by Lodge Kelvin and
Lodge Neptune who both had regular meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
in the month, a mutually agreed 5th Tuesday was dedicated to water
lodge meeting hosted by either of these two Glasgow Lodges . After
Kelvin moved to Ardrey Street, its regular meeting were moved to
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, this consequently made scheduling
a lot easier.
This allegiance between these Lodges with an association with water,
is a prime example of the Masonic hand of friendship bonding stronger
alliance's within Freemasonery. I sincerely hope that the lodges
that make up the water lodges can find the strength in these difficult
times to carry on this strong alliance for as long as they can.
I am as I'm sure Hepburn Gibb is, very proud to have witnessed the
formation and continuing success of this association fifty years
on, I only wish that I could have been present tonight, although
I am very happy that my Grandson has taken the time with me to construct
this speech on my behalf and I pass on my fraternal greeting to
each and every one of you present tonight.
The R.W.M. Of Lodge Neptune Bro.
Gordon Cree presented the R.W.M.'s of the other Water Lodges with
silver wakes to celebrate the occasion.
At harmony, Lodge Neptune had provide a superb banquet and throughout
the night a large donation was collected on behalf of the Royal
National Life Boat Assocation. The R.W.M.'s of the four Water Lodges
made speeches that
helped mark the nights celebrations. The speeches that were made
continued to impart more history about the Water Lodges association.
The harmony that Lodge Neptune laid on was first class and very
enjoyable and different as they had a mind reader and a magician
who liked to set fire to currency and then quote the serial numbers.
All in all the celebration hosted by Lodge Neptune was excellent
and will easily be remembered by all the attending Brethren for at
least another 50 years.
Bro George Marshall Hanlon
Lodge Kelvin Partick 1207