The structure of Scottish Freemasonry is fairly straightforward. It exists in three tiers: Grand Lodge, Provincial and Disitrict Grand Lodges and local Lodges.
Grand Lodge is the 'Head Office' and performs all the functions of a head office although it is very important to bear in mind that Freemasonry cannot be satifactorily compared to other organisations. Grand Lodge therefore essentially administers, and has oversight over, Scottish Freemasonry in its totality. Provincial and Distirct Grand Lodges represent Grand Lodge at a more local level. In Scotland Provincial Grand Lodges have oversight of particular geographical areas which, in the main, are based on counties. Although geographical boundaries roughly coincide with those of Local Government this is not always the case.
District Grand Lodges fulfil the same function as Provincial Grand Lodges - that is they represent Grand Lodge at an intermediate level. Scottish Lodges outwith Scottish require a slightly different kind of supervision because District Grand Lodges generally supervise a much larger area than a PGL within Scotland.
To access links to Provincial and District Grand Lodges and their Lodges use the links on the left.
There are a number of Lodges which do not easily conform to the idea of a District and these Lodges which are small in number, are looked after locally by what are known as Grand Superintendents. Presently these Lodges are located in Bermuda, Lebanon and Malawi. For details click here or on the previous link.
Finally, there are one or two Lodges which do not fit any of the above categories and these Lodge are adminsitered directly from Freemasons' Hall. These Lodges are located in: Belgium; Chile; Fiji; Jordan; Malta; Mauritius; Peru; Panama; Sri Lanka; Togo and the West India Is.