Home

Lodge Pollok, Pollokshields was chartered on the 1st of May, 1890 and celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2015.

We are a thriving Lodge with Brothers of all ages. We participate actively in visitations to other Lodges as well as finding time for a wide range of sporting activities covering golf, fishing and curling.

Lodge Pollok is currently observing the lockdown required as we fight the COVID-19 virus.

On 11 August 2020, the Grand Master Mason instructed that no Lodge Meetings are to be held in Scotland for the remainder of this year. This situation will be reviewed in early January 2021.

Meantime, you can continue to follow our Master on the Lodge’s FaceBook page.

Recent Events

Lodge Pollok Annual Golf Outing – Lochgreen, Troon – Sunday 20th Sept. 2020

Our annual outing saw 11 players take part on a sunny afternoon at Troon. Congratulations to winners Hector Munro in the 18 and under section and Andrew Jeffrey in the “less skilful” section. Special mention to Hector for his eagle on the 17th – an astonishing 7 iron from 150 yards into the hole – and to Robert Garrity for organising the day out.

Golf v Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No.1 – 6th September, 2020

An excellent day’s golf was had by all at Rowallan Castle GC. Delighted to announce that this was a win for Lodge Pollok by 2.5 to 1.5. Well done to all of our participants.

Rowallan Castle Golf Club

Charity Walk in Aid of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice – 13th June 2020

Congratulations to our RWM Jim Garside who (along with Frances!) completed a 12 mile walk to raise funds for the Prince & Princes of Wales hospice. The weather could have been kinder judging by the photographs!

Support for Simon Community Scotland – 8th May 2020

The Master is delighted to announce that Lodge Pollok has donated £1,000 to support the work of Simon Community Scotland. This will help people currently experiencing homelessness, particularly in these challenging times, to stay safe and warm.

If any Brother wishes to find out more about the work done by Simon Community Scotland or provide further support, their details can be found at: https://www.simonscotland.org

130th Anniversary of Lodge Pollok – 1st May 2020

Today is the 130th Anniversary of the granting of the Lodge’s charter. Our Master has asked everyone to raise a toast to the Lodge at 10pm this evening.

Visit to Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1 – 10th March 2020

A sizeable deputation from Lodge Pollok supported the Master on his visit to the meeting at Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1 on Tuesday evening. The Master expressed his thanks to both the Brethren of Lodge Pollok and their Edinburgh hosts whose hospitality and friendship were, as always, welcomed by all.

Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1 (Picture courtesy Leslie Hossak).

Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow Charity Burns Supper – 22nd February 2020

Our Master and Brethren joined 300 guests at the Charity Burns Supper organised by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow in the Marriott Hotel on Saturday 22nd February.

300 people pack the Marriott Hotel for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow’s Charity Burns Supper

Installation – Tuesday 26th November 2019

Our Master, James Garside was installed for a second term this evening. The Master pictured here with IPM John Waddell.

Master James Garside with Immediate Past Master John Waddell.

Trophy Night – 6th September 2019

Our Trophy Night was held at Pollokshield Burgh Halls and featured well-known entertainer Andy Cameron.

Well-known comedian Andy Cameron was our main guest at the 2019 Trophy Dinner.

Golf v Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No.1 – 16th June 2019

Our Annual Golf Match against The Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1 was hosted by No.1 at the prestigious Archerfield Golf Club. A good win for Lodge Pollok!

The first tee at Archerfield Links.

About

The Office Bearers for 2019 – 2020

RWM – Bro. James Garside

IPM -Bro. John Waddell PM

DM – Bro. William Grossart PM

Substitute Master  – Bro. Derek Rankin PM

Senior Warden – Bro. Howard Crooks

Junior Warden – Bro. Stuart King

Secretary – Bro. Robert Garrity PM

Treasurer – Bro. Iain Smith PM

Almoner – Bro. Kitson Carey PM

Chaplain – Bro. John Gray

Senior Deacon – Bro. Frank Jolly

Junior Deacon – Bro. Craig Waddell

DOC – Bro. James Gray PM

Architect – Bro. Creighton Halliday PM

Jeweller – Bro. David Slicer

Sword Bearer – Bro. Robert Jenkins

Bible Bearer – Bro. Allan Slicer

Marshall – Bro. Iain Strachan

Inner Guard – Bro. Colin King

Organist – Bro. Neil Walker PM

Steward – Bro. David Mackenzie

Tyler – PM Rota

Our History

The Charter of the Lodge was granted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland on 1st May 1890.

The Lodge was originally within the Province of Renfrewshire East but was transferred to the Province of Glasgow in February 1898. Since then Past Masters of the Lodge have become members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow. The first regular meeting of the Lodge was held in the Burgh Chambers, Woodrow Circus, Pollokshields on the 14th May 1890.

The Office Bearers at this meeting were as follows:

RWM
DM
SM
WSW
WJW
Secretary
Treasurer
Chaplain
SD
JD
DofM
IG
Tyler
Bro. Morris Carswell
Bro. David R Clarke
Bro. Peter Pringle
Bro. William Stewart
Bro. John W Ruddock
Bro. John N Paton
Bro. John Craig
Bro. W W Tulloch
Bro. John R Donald
Bro. John Walker
Bro. R Donaldson
Bro. Wm S Hunter
Bro. Neil McKinlay

With the exception of the D of M and IG, the above Office-bearers were Founder Members of the lodge, along with the following:

Bro. John Ure Primrose
Bro. Robert Guy
Bro. Peter Pringle
Bro. John Campbell
Bro. Charles O Hytten*
Bro. John Lamont*
Bro. William  M Hutchison*
Bro. Adam Aitken*

(The Brethren marked * were not present at the first Meeting)

The first meeting in the Burgh Halls, Maxwell Park was held on 25 October 1890. On that occasion the Foundation Stone was laid in the vestibule by Bro. Sir John Stirling Maxwell of Pollok, Bart., who with others were made Honorary Affiliates.

The first official deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East, headed by Bro. James Caldwell, PGMD, visited the Lodge on 13 October 1891. Six further visits were paid by commissioned office-bearers of that Province until 1898 when the Lodge transferred to the Province of Glasgow.

Regular annual visitations have been made by the Office-bearers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow since then, with the exception of the years 1913,1918 and 1941.

Since 1911 the Installation Ceremonies have been conducted by Past Masters of the Lodge. Previously, this was the duty of prominent Brethren holding office in Grand Lodge or the Provincial Grand Lodges of Renfrewshire East or Glasgow.

The first ‘At Home’, introduced in 1907 consisting of Whist, Supper and Dancing was held in December of that year

The first Masonic Devine Service of the Lodge was held in Pollokshields Parish Church on 14 February 1892 when Bro the Rev T B W Niven, Chaplain, officiated.

The Regular Meetings of the Lodge were held on the second Tuesday of the month until April 1892, when sanction was obtained to hold them on the last Tuesday of the Month. In December 1892 the present manner of the Office-bearers entry into the Lodge with musical accompaniment was adopted.

On the outbreak of War in 1914, Harmony and the annual ‘At Home’ were discontinued, and on account of the War the Semi-Jubilee of the Lodge, which fell on 1st May 1915, was not celebrated.

A Past Masters’ Evening was inaugurated at the Regular meeting of the Lodge held in October 1929, when eighteen Past Masters took part either in the ceremonial work of the Mark or as Office-bearers, while Bro. James Gallie Mus.Bac acted as organist. The ‘Loving Cup’ presented by the late Bro. David R Clark PM was used for the purpose of the Toast of ‘Past Masters’.

A stained glass window ‘To the Memory of Departed Brethren’ was placed in the South Wall of the Burgh Halls and was unveiled by Bro. Sir John Stirling Maxwell, KT, of Pollok, Baronet at the Regular Meeting on 26th November 1935.

During the War years 1939 till 1945, meetings of the Lodge were not held regularly on account of the Service of the Brethren in the work of national importance, the requisitioning of the Halls and the difficulties of travel caused by the lighting restrictions. All the social activities of the Lodge were discontinued until 1944, when the competition for the Aird Bowling Trophy was resumed.

The Master and other Office-bearers in 1939-1940 remained in office for four years until the Installation in November 1942. Preparations for the celebration of the Jubilee of the Lodge in 1940 were commenced but were abandoned because of war conditions.

In 1940 Bro. Dr R T Halliday, PM published a history covering the first fifty years of the Lodge – 1890 till 1939. In the year 1944-45 a full programme of Regular Meetings was resumed.

An Emergency Meeting of the Lodge was held within the Burgh Halls on Tuesday 9th May 1950 at 5.30pm to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the Lodge. Present were the Depute Grand Master Bro. Dr Douglas L C Radford, Bro. Leonard Melrose, Grand Treasurer and Bro. Robert Battison, Grand Director of Ceremonies; The Provincial Grand Secretary Bro. D Belford Stephen and accompanying Provincial Office-bearers and Masters of neighbouring Lodges.

After the Lodge was closed the remainder of the evening was spent in harmony. This took the form of a Dinner at which 127 were present, the Brethren from Grand Lodge, Provincial Grand Lodge and the Masters of neighbouring Lodges were our Guests of Honour.

There were also present as guests of the Lodge the senior member Bro. John Wylie who was initiated in 1895 and the Senior Past Master Bro. Arthur J Murray who occupied the chair in the year 1909/10.

Toasts, interspersed with songs, entertained the company to a late hour. The function was an enjoyable and fitting celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the Lodge.

In 2015, the Lodge celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a special meeting and dinner. Commemorative tumblers were created and distributed amongst the Brethren.

Diary

Social

2020 7th June – Annual Golf Match v Lodge No. 1, Pollok Golf Club 25th June to 29th June – Visit to Lodge Albrecht Dürer, Nurnberg. 4th September – Trophy Dinner at Haggs Castle Golf Club. 24th October – Ladies Night at Holiday Inn, East Kilbride.

Deputations

The Master will be pleased to have the company of any Brother wishing to join his Deputation to the following Lodges. 2019 2nd November – 4.30pm – Lodge St. David Tarbolton (Mauchline) No. 133 – Installation 3rd November – 2.30/3.00pm – Springfield Cambridge Parish Church, 49 Springfield Road, Bishopbriggs G64 1PN – PGL Annual Divine …

Lodge Meetings – all start at 7pm

2019 Tuesday 29th October Tuesday 26th November 2020 Tuesday January 7th – Mark Tuesday January 28th – EA Tuesday February 25th – FC Tuesday March 31st – MM Tuesday April 28th – EA Tuesday September 29th – FC Tuesday October 27th – MM Tuesday November 24th – Installation

Contact

Please contact the Lodge using the email link below.