News & Events
Joint Province of Perthshire West & East Sponsorship
The Perthshire Highland Games Association welcomed another 2 new sponsors for the 2022 season.
The Provincial Grand Lodges of West & East Perthshire have both donated £500 towards the PHGA leagues.
Pictured here is PHGA Chairman Ian Stewart receiving one of the cheques for £500 from the PGM of Perthshire West Brother William Semple
The PHGA have 13 Highland Games throughout Perthshire. They start off their season at Blackford Highland Games on Saturday 28th May followed straight after by the Atholl Gathering at Blair Atholl on Sunday 29th May. Look out for our banner if you visit any of their Highland Games this year.
Presentation to Bro. Kenneth Jack PM
“It was delayed due to the pandemic, but on Saturday, 16 April 2022, a day before his 61st birthday, Bro. Kenneth Jack PM and a Master Mason, Lodge St. Michael 38, Crieff, was finally presented with his diploma and medal as Fellow of the Philalethes Society (FPS). Established in 1928, the Philalethes Society is the oldest independent Masonic research body in the United States of America, and one of the most prestigious. Fellowship is regularly conferred on brethren throughout the world who are deemed to have made a significant contribution to Masonic research and/or Freemasonry in general. Fellowship is confined to 40 brethren at any time.
The presentation was made within the picturesque grounds of Blair Castle, Perthshire, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl, who provided the Craft with a number of Grand Masters.Bro. John Belton carried out the presentation on behalf of the Society. John was elected a Fellow of the Philalethes Society in 2010. He is a Past Master of Mellor Lodge 3844, in the Province of Derbyshire, England, and Internet Lodge 9569 (E.C.) He is also a full member of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge of Research No. 2076, London, widely considered the premier lodge of Masonic research, and currently serves as Charity Steward.
He is a highly-regarded researcher and author on the history of Freemasonry, and has published a number of papers and books on the subject, including: ‘The English Masonic Union of 1813: A Tale Antient and Modern’, ‘Dudley Wright: Writer, Truthseeker & Freemason’, and ‘A Questioning Eye on Freemasonry’.
John now resides in Scotland, and affiliated to Lodge Hope of Kurrachee 337 the previous evening.
Also present, were Brothers Alan Turton and Claudiu Ionesco, well-known figures within the world of Masonic research.
The brethren enjoyed a pleasant pre-presentation lunch—and later, a tour of the grounds and castle. “
Charity Golf - Texas Scramble
Prostate Scotland have been a nominated charity for The Grand Lodge of Scotland for many years. Members of the Scottish Craft to date have donated over £850k to this worthy cause and Grand Lodge aspire to raise £1m for Prostate Scotland by November.
In pursuance of the above appeal, The Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire West held a Texas Scramble Golf Competition at Alyth Golf Club on Sunday 20th March 2022.
The format was teams of four consisting of Freemasons and their guests. after an enjoyable day's golfing a sum of £2,000 was raised for this worthwhile cause.
Perthshire West goes East!
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire West Walking Team set out from Oban, heading to St Andrews, West to East, on Saturday 29th May for the first section of the walk and should arrive in St Andrews on Sunday 6th June.
If you wish to support this fundraiser you can donate to it at https://gofund.me/751b0e86
Click to see all the Photos from the Walk
Honorary Grand Rank
PGM William Semple had the great pleasure of presenting the diploma and Jewel of Honorary Grand Piper to Brother John Muir, Past Master of Lodge Baillie Nicol Jarvie No. 1036 at the start of the West to East Charity Walk today. John is Piping off every section of the Walk this week.
PG Piper John Muir also surprised PGM by presenting him with the sheet music of the tune he composed for his Installation titled "William Semple Provincial Grand Master of Perthshire West"
Rare Accolade For Perthshire Freemason
Bro. Kenny Jack, M.M. Lodge St. Michael, No. 38, Crieff, and P.M. of Lodge St. Andrew, No. 814, Pitlochry, has been elected a Fellow of the Philalethes Society.
The Philalethes Society is a prestigious independent American Masonic Research body, formed in 1928, which occasionally confers the honour of Fellowship on those brethren the Society consider have distinguished themselves by their prodigious contribution to Masonic research and literature. Fellowship is restricted to 40 brethren throughout the world, and there is currently 35.
Past Fellows include: George S. Draffen, A.E. Waite, J.S.M. Ward, Carl H. Claudy, & Rudyard Kipling.
Current Fellows include: Robert L. D. Cooper, Ric Berman, Shawn E. Eyer, Arturo de Hoyos, S. Brent Morris, and Robert G. Davis. Bro. Kenny is one of only three Scottish recipients of this high honour, the others being aforesaid George S. Draffen, and Robert L. D. Cooper. Bob Cooper received his honour in 2018.
Of the honour, Kenny said:
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded Fellowship of the Philalethes Society, which I see as a form of validation and acknowledgment, for many years of researching and writing on various aspects of Freemasonry; alongside being an active Freemason and ritualist. I’m really ‘chuffed to bits,’ and sincerely thank the board of the society for their support.”
Writing personally to Kenny, Bro. Shawn Eyer, editor of the Society’s eponymous publication ‘Philalethes Journal,’ said “Congratulations! You have earned this title with hard work and there is no one more deserving.”
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Grand Lodge Covid-19 Challenge Appeal
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Grand Lodge have launched their Covid Challenge Appeal, This meant the Province could claim £2000 which was matched by PGL Perthshire West and divided equally between all the Lodges in the Province. Each Lodge was asked to nominate a good cause or charity to receive a £300 donation. Pictures below are the presentation of the cheques to their nomminated charities. Click photos for more information
Provincial Grand Master Appointed as Grand Secretary
Friday 14th August
The Grand Master Mason, Bro W Ramsay McGhee, is delighted to announce that after a long, thorough and professionally conducted process by the Selection Panel, Brother William Semple, currently Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Perthshire West, has been appointed Grand Secretary and will take up the appointment in mid-September. The Grand Master Mason would like to place on record his sincere thanks to the selection panel and to the other candidates.
Our Congratulations go to Provincial Grand Master Bro. William M. S. Semple on being appointed Grand Secretary. Bro. Semple will take up his position in mid September and I'm sure he and Grand Master Mason Bro. W. Ramsay McGhee will make a great team and forward the interests of the Craft.
Alan S. Duff
Provincial Grand Secretary
PGM William M.S. Semple
PGL History Now Available
Provincial Grand Lodge has reprinted the excellent booklet
"A Short History of Provincial Grand Lodge and Daughter Lodges" compiled by PPGM John S.Brockie and first printed in 2008.
The booklet gives a brief history of the Province and includes a separate history of each Daughter Lodge.
The Short History costs £5 with all proceeds going to PGL benevolence and can be obtained by contacting
125th Anniversary of Lodge Breadalbane St.Fillans No.815
On Saturday 8th February The Provincial Grand lodge of Perthshire West carried out a rededication ceremony, in the McLaren hall Killin, to mark the 125th anniversary Lodge Breadalbane St.Fillans No.815. The Ceremony was ably performed by Past Depute Grand Master Rev Bro. Andrew E Paterson in his own inimitable style. Following the Ceremony RWM Bro. Gary Thompson conferred Honorary Membership upon Bro. Ken of Lodge Eardulph 6645 EC. After the ceremony the assembled brethren enjoyed a celebratory dinner, toasts and good craic amongst friends!
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On Monday 25th March Bro. Bill McLeod PM of Lodge Tullibardine No.148 was presented with his diploma for 50 Years service to the Craft. Bill is a seasoned ritualist and strong supporter of 1484 so this honour is well deserved.
Bill is pictured below with PGM Roger Bullard and RWM Harold Ingram, the members of Tullibardine No.1484 and his celebratory cake.
PGM Roger Bullard presents Provincial Grand Lodge Honours
After an excellent Installation Ceremony at Lodge St.Andrew No.814 Bro. Ian Condy PM was made an Honourary Provincial Senior Grand Warden by Provincial Grand Master Bro. Roger H. Bullard to show gratitude for his many years service to Provincial Grand Lodge. Bro. Bullard thanked Ian for his devotion to the craft over the years and although ill health had curtailed his Provincial duties Bro. Condy still remained an active member of Lodge St.Andrew. Bro Condy was presented to the assembled brethren who congratulated him on this well deserved honour.
Bro. George B. Reid PM
A REMARKABLE MASONIC LIFE
Brother George Buchanan Reid (8 October 1918 - ), P.M., P.P.G.S.C., H.G.S.D.
The regular meeting of the United Lodge of Dunkeld No.14, (founded 1737) on Thursday 25 October 2018 was dedicated to celebrate the 100th birthday of Brother George B. Reid, a Past Master of the Lodge and Past Provincial Grand Senior Chaplain of Perthshire West.
Brother Reid was born on 8 October 1918 and Initiated into the Craft over 71 years ago at Dunkeld on 29 March 1947. He was Passed, Raised and received his Mark later that same year. Brother Reid went through the various offices and served as Master from 1957 to 1959 and again from 1999 to 2001. During the intervening years between 1957 to 1999 he served as Lodge Secretary for a remarkable 36 years, with two breaks totalling 6 years when he filled other offices in the Lodge.
Brother Reid progressed through the offices of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire West and was Provincial Grand Senior Warden from 1968 to 1970, later being commissioned Junior then Senior Provincial Grand Chaplain. He also holds the rank of Honorary Grand Senior Deacon in the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
Brother Reid remains an active Freemason and stalwart of the United Lodge of Dunkeld No.14 where he is currently Depute Master and has served as such since 2002. He is an inspiration to all that know him, still delivering ritual on the floor, and has never been out of office since his Initiation over 71 years ago. During that time he has served under 15 Grand Master Masons of Scotland, 15 Provincial Grand Masters of Perthshire West and 36 Masters of his Mother Lodge.
As you would expect, Brother Reid is an active member of his local community in and around Dunkeld, where he has been an Elder at Dunkeld Cathedral for 57 years. He is also the oldest former member of the Black Watch, a milestone which was marked recently at the Regimental Headquarters, Balhousie Castle, Perth.
Brother Reid is the embodiment of all that is good and enjoyable about this great fraternity and a real example of living history connecting younger members to a different age. Bro George was delighted to see his many Masonic friends, both old and new, attend the Lodge to help celebrate a remarkable 100 years.