On Sunday, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Past Grand Master Brother Joseph J. Morrow, read the proclamation of the new king at Mercat Cross in Edinburgh at noon. He then declared “God save the King” and the crowd shouted the phrase back to him.The national anthem was sung, and the Lord Lyon led three cheers, saying “Hip hip”, to which the crowd replied with “Hooray!”.
The proclamation was followed by a 21-gun salute from the city’s castle.Brother Morrow was appointed in February 2014 by the Queen.His responsibilities include overseeing state ceremonial in Scotland, the granting of new arms to individuals or organisations, recognising clan chiefs and confirming claims to existing arms.
In addition, he registers and records new clan tartans.

The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland would like to express our great sorrow at the passing of Her Majesty the Queen and send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family.
Most of us were born and have grown up during her 70-year reign and during that time she has been a constant and wonderful inspiration to us all.

Scottish stonemasons from Edinburgh played an active role in building the white house and included their ‘mark’ as explained by the Chief Executive Officer of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, William Semple.

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As some Brethren may be aware, this is Mental Health Awareness Week.
The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, which this year is Loneliness.   Loneliness is affecting more and more people in the UK, and has a negative impact on the nation’s mental as well as physical wellbeing.

Our connection to other people and to our communities is fundamental in protecting our mental wellbeing.

On Friday 13th May, at 10.59 a.m., every radio station in the United Kingdom will unite to play the ‘2022 Mental Health Minute’ – an important one-minute message to mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week which is being supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The 2022 Minute is in support of ‘Better Health – Every Mind Matters’, which  offers advice to tackle loneliness and provides NHS-approved tips to help people look after their mental wellbeing.

If you would like a copy of the Grand Lodge of Scotland ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ publication which is pictured above please contact Dawn Oliff, the Homes and Charities Manager, at Freemasons’ Hall.

To commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 glorious years on the throne, we are delighted to offer prints of our very own portrait of the Queen’s late father, HM King George VI.  The original painting by Scottish artist Alan Beattie Herriot sits on the Grand Lodge staircase at Freemasons’ Hall as King George was a former Grand Master Mason of The Grand Lodge of Scotland in 1936.

Printed on quality card, presented in protective film and ready to frame … perfect for Lodge premises and homes alike – displayed here by Rebecca and Linda from the Grand Lodge Team J


Price £25 +p&p  Order yours in our online shop here Buy Print

We were delighted to welcome members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Clay Shooting Association to Freemasons’ Hall recently.     The sum of £2,500 was kindly presented to the Grand Master Mason, representing monies which had been raised by the Association towards the Make it a Million appeal for Prostate Scotland. Also presented was a gift to commemorate the 2nd International Masonic Clay Shooting Championship which was held in Scotland in October 2021.  

Many thanks to the Association and to all Lodges, Provinces, Districts and individual Brethren who have already supported,  and are continuing to support, the Make it a Million initiative.   The total sum raised has climbed to more than £873,000 and we greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts to reach the million pound target.