The decision making processes of the Grand Lodge of Scotland is very democratic. Every Daughter Lodge has the right to send three representatives to meetings of Grand Lodge (known as Communications) which take place in February, June and October. In the interim, day to day administration is in the care of Grand Secretary (Brother David M. Begg, C.A.) with the assistance of a number of Committees.
The deliberations of these Committees are debated by Grand Committee (a body comprised of elected members from which members of other Committees are drawn) and are then referred to a Communication of Grand Lodge for approval. A ‘Communication’ is a meeting of Grand Lodge where all who are entitled to do so may vote on any matter laid before it in accordance with the Constitution and Laws. This is ‘Grand Lodge assembled’ and is the ultimate authority on all matters pertaining to the Scottish Craft.
Below are further details of each of the Committees and their members for 2018.
James Bell, Grand Treasurer, ex officio, Chairman: Rev’d Canon Joseph J. Morrow, Thomas C. Smith, William H. Gauld, Kenneth D. Kennedy, Douglas W. Duncan, Alexander Galbraith, Michael Kinnaird and Ewan Rutherford.
Information and Communications
Thomas F. Jessop, Chairman; Samuel Peden, Andrew Mushet, John S. Miller, David C. Bloomfield, Alistair D. McIntosh, James P. Livingstone, James Ellis and William B. Rocks.
David Wishart, Chairman; Hugh Clelland, Robert Little, Alexander B. M. McLachlan, Ronald W. A. Forbes, Thomas Davidson, George M. Preston, James C. Peddie and John W. Blackie.
John F. Herrick, Chairman; Maurice E. Wilson, W. Scott Sneddon, Kenneth R. Johnson, Alan Dickson, Douglas Fergie, Michael Mulholland, Norman MacLeod and John S. Brockie.
Benevolence and Care
J. M Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, Chairman; George M. Preston, David A. Reid, Dr Douglas R. H. Nicol, Rev. Iain R. Ramsden, Alistair Henderson, Gordon W. Michie and Grand Almoner, the Chairman of the Administration Committee and Grand Secretary, ex officio.
Overseas, External Affairs and Special Purposes
W. Ramsay McGhee, Chairman; Charles I. R. Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Sir Archibald D. Orr Ewing, Rev. Andrew E. Paterson, Hugh Bryson, James L. Jack, Alistair T. Marshall, Thomas Davidson, James Forrest and Grand Secretary, ex officio.