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History of Scottish Freemasonry in the Bahamas

Worshipful Master Bro. Kenneth Palmer, Right Worshipful District Grand Master, Bro. Peter Cole, Worshipful Wardens, Officers, Worshipful Brethren, Brethren of Royal Victoria Lodge No. 443 E.C., Worshipful Brethren of both Districts, The District Grand Lodge of The Bahamas and Turks E.C. and The District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas S.C. and Brethren all. I have been given the enormous task by the Worshipful Master of this Lodge to present to you this evening a paper on the history of Scottish Freemasonry in the Bahamas. My knowledge on this subject is very limited, as few books have been produced on the matter. The records of previous Scottish Lodges that preceded our oldest Daughter Lodge, Lodge St. Michael No. 1634 S.C. are virtually non-existent.

Hence my immediate dilemma. In the absence of written material, I endeavored to seek the assistance of the Grand Lodge of Scotland on this matter. The information provided to me by Grand Lodge arrived today and now confirms some of the facts in this paper. Until today, I wondered whether or not any of the information was factual. In order to help me in my research I was able to obtain a copy of a booklet entitled Freemasonry in The Bahamas written by Brother Arthur S. Sutton PM, a former Secretary of Royal Victoria No. 443 S.C. and a book complied by Worshipful Bro. T. A. Thompson on the history of Royal Victoria Lodge No. 443 which takes into account the first one hundred years of this Lodge which commenced its activities 23rd June 1837 when the first warrant was issued under the Mastership of Worship Brother George Campbell Anderson and was numbered 649 E.C. and then re-numbered 443 in the first half century of its existence.

THE GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND CONFIRMED THE FOLLOWING:

1. Turks Island Lodge No. 275 is recorded as receiving its Charter on 5th May 1806, that being a day of a Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge. This Lodge was declare Dormant in 1848 suggesting that no communication had been received by Grand Lodge for in excess of seven years.

2. Union Lodge, No 298 officially received its Charter on 6th November 1809, that date also being a day of a Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge. The Lodge became Dormant in 1892; reopened in 1917 and again declared Dormant in 1923.

3. Lodge St. John which met in Matthew Town, Inagua, West Indies officially received its chapter on 3rd March 1856. It became Dormant in approximately 1881.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of the Bahamas was officially founded in 1842 and whilst it has a number 39 on a Lodge Minute here at Freemasons’ Hall this is not a number used in the same way as that for Daughter Lodges. It is merely an administrative function.

The Minutes of Grand Lodge showed on 7th November 1842 the following entry:-
“John Francis Cooke, Esq., was appointed Provincial Grand Master of the Lodges in the Bahamas Islands”. The subsequent proceedings give his name as John Ferguson Cook. Brother Sutton suggested and it appears evident that in the early 1800’s a Provincial Grand Master could be appointed to such a post either with no Lodge under his control or one lodge. You will readily see from the date of Worshipful Brother J. F. Cooke’s appointment in 1842 only two Lodges existed. Brother Sutton makes reference in his booklet to the fact that the Governor of The Bahamas, John Tinker, was appointed “Provincial Grand Master of the Bahamas and places adjacent” in 1752 and that in 1759 “Worshipful Brother James Bradford was appointed to the same office” but no Lodge, English or Scottish existed at that time. It would appear that Brother George Anderson
also had a legitimate appointment.

The records of Royal Victoria Lodge No. 443 indicates that when this Lodge was established, no Book of Constitution was obtainable in Nassau, consequently the first Bye-Laws were framed on “the Laws and Practices” of the Union Lodge No. 231 in the Register of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. You will note very quickly that Brother Sutton refers to Union Lodge with a number of 298, as does the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
However, Brother Thompson gives it a number of 231. This Lodge may have been re-numbered as Brother James A. Minns P.M., P.G.J.W. delivered a lecture on Freemasonry before Lodge Union No. 231, Bahamas on Wednesday, 1st February A. L. 5861 AD 1875.

Brother Sutton in his booklet also refers to Bahamas No. 228 receiving a warrant issued by Atholl Grand Lodge of England in 1782 but that this Lodge died out before the Union. He said a second Lodge No. 242, under the same jurisdiction was established in 1787 in Nassau. This Lodge survived the closing up in numbers in 1814 but died out before the repetition of that process in 1832. However, no name was given for this Lodge. It is apparently clear from his writing that this Lodge was not Royal Victoria, which as I said was established on 23rd June 1837.

The Meeting places of these old Lodges in Nassau i.e. No. 298 and No. 242 were given as the Public Building and Webster’s Tavern. He makes this note concerning the meeting places. “prior to 1812 the Court House was situated at the Northeast corner of Bay Street and Prison Lane (now Market Street). This he said was a wooden building comprising Court House and jail and it is hard to understand how a Masonic Lodge could hold its meeting there. So far as Webster’s Tavern is concerned and exhaustive search of the papers of the latter from 1770 up only reveals the information that a firm of Wine Merchants – Evans and Webster – had their
establishment “on the Bay”. He concluded that the Tavern as some where along the waterfront.

It was Union Lodge 298 or 231 and English Lodge No. 242 that appeared to be actively Masonically for quite some time. These Lodges appear to have the expertise in the laying of corner stones as some well established buildings in the city of Nassau utilized their services for such events.
On the 16th August 1810 Lodges nos.242 and 298 laid the foundation stone of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. It was stated according to Brother Sutton that:-“Early in the afternoon the Master, Wardens and Brethren of Lodges 242 and 298 of the Ancient Craft of Masonry met at their respective Lodges clothed in the Badges and other Insignia of the different orders of
Masonry. The procession, headed by the Band of the British West Indies Regiment, set out in the usual order and halted at the Court House, where the Trustees of the Church, their Secretary and Minister, His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, members of the Council and many of the principal inhabitants of the Colony had previously assembled, and joined the procession and proceeded to the site of the intended structure, and there Lewis Kerr, Esq., representing the Provincial Grand Master, laid the stone with the formalities usual on these occasions.”

Brother Sutton indicates that the Provincial Grand Master at that time was Joseph Hunter, but could find no further information regarding Brother Hunter. Brother Sutton further writes that these Lodge were also responsible for the laying of the corner stone of the Hog Island Lighthouse. The following information was extracted from the Royal Gazette of 12th October 1816 of that event:- The two Lodges of Nassau having been requested to lay the Foundation Stone of this Building, with the usual ceremonies of Freemasonry, Wednesday, the 2nd day of October, 1816 was appointed for the purpose. Accordingly, between two and three o’clock of
that day, Lodge No. 242 marched from the Lodge Room in Shirley Street to the House occupied by the U. Lodge No. 298, on the water side, where both Lodges embarked in boats prepared for the occasion; and moved down the Harbour in procession, to the site of the intended Light House preceded by some other boats conveying the Band of H. M. 2nd W.I. Regiment, the Commissioners of Pilotage, the Contractor, etc., etc., and several distinguished visitors. Having arrived at the place of destination, at the West End of Hog Island, the procession
disembarked and went “in order” to a temporary enclosure, erected and fitted up at the spot.

The officiating Master, after a few preparatory arrangements, explained to the By-Standers the proposed business of the day; and received in form from the Designer (Brother Alexander M’Bride) a plan of the intended Building and a set of working Mason Tools that had been newly constructed for that particular work. The following prayer was then read: “Almighty God, Architect of the Universe, who by Thy mighty word didst speak into being the numberless Grand Lights of they high vaulted firmament, grant, we humbly beseech Thee, Thy blessing on the undertaking now before us; vouchsafe that the Beacon whose foundations are this day laid in
Thy Name, may fulfill the just hopes of its founders, that with Thy aid, it may prove an un-erring guide to the benighted Mariner, and a lasting and useful monument of public munificence; and as the flame to burn on this rising column will lead the storm beaten Vessel from the darkness, peril and alarm, into the port of security, so may the Light of Thy Word, Oh Lord, be a Beacon to us all, to guide us from the dark and troubled sea of this life, into the bright and peaceful harbour of Thine eternal Grace and Glory in the World to come. And this we humbly pray in the name of Thy only son, Jesus Christ the Redeemer’.

The three elements of consecration being produced in silver Chalices, were successively sanctified, and deposited in a large silver Ewer held by a Past Master. The Brethren advanced to the East Side of the Foundation: where a stone was prepared; and then with the usual solemnities raised, lowered and finally adjusted with care, according to the ancient usage’s of the craft; a small collection of the coins and medals, with a Legend recoding the date and other important incidents of commencement of the structure being previously in due form deposited in a cemented phial, in a cavity under the stone.

The officiating Master then raising the elements of Consecration with a short benediction, consecrated the stone laid in solemn form. And then striking the upper surface thrice with the mallet, returned with the Brethren
to their former places. The officiating Master then delivered a short address to the Brethren and By-Standers concerning the importance of the proposal building, on the score of Humanity, as well as of commercial advantage; and concluded by returning to the Designer the Plan of the work and his tools, with appropriate encouragement and instructions.

The ceremony was closed with Grand Honours of Masonry, accompanied by the Military Band in attendance
and a discharge of Artillery at Hog Island Point, consisting of “Three times three guns”, which were answered
from the ramparts of Fort Charlotte on the opposite side of the Harbour by an equal number.

The cornerstone of Christ Church now Cathedral, was also laid by the Freemasons. The cornerstone of the steeple of Christ Church, which was erected in 1830 was laid in due form by the Worshipful Master and Brethren of Union Lodge No. 298 who use to hold their annual services on St. John’s Day in Christ Church. You will note that St. John’s Day is presently the feast day of the diocese of the Anglican Church in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. Brother Sutton has this to say in respect of the Cathedral. “It having been found necessary to take down the steeple, in consequence of the dangerous state that it was considered to be in,
Thursday, 24th June 1830, was fixed as the day to lay the corner stone of the new and enlarge one. The hour appointed for the performance of the ceremony was four in the afternoon, but a very heavy rain having begun to fall before three, the Brethren of Union Lodge who had been requested to assist at the ceremonies could only move from their Lodge room at five o’clock, when preceded by band of the 2nd W.I. Regiment the Lodge proceeded in procession to the Church, where they were met by the Church Wardens and Vestry. The
members of the Lodge were conducted to a platform prepared for the occasion. And Worshipful Master (William V. Munnings, Esq., Jr.) and the several officers of the Lodge took their respective places, soon after which His Excellency the Governor arrived on the ground and was conducted to a station near the platform. The ceremony then commenced by Mr. Heild, one of the Church’s Wardens, reading a copy of an inscription written for the occasion, to be deposited in a glass bottle under the corner stone, and exhibited a drawing of the steeple as it is to be connected with the Church. The Secretary of the Lodge then read a Latin inscription and these inscriptions, together with various coins in the bottle having been deposited, the Chaplain of the Lodge
having read certain verses appropriate to the occasion, the Stone was laid in due form. The Worshipful Master delivered an animated address in the course of which he explained the various instruments used in architectural pursuits, compared them respectively with the Moral influences which if observed would have the effect of making every bright young Mason a good man and worthy Member of Society. The ceremony concluded with a very solemn appeal to the Throne of Grace delivered by the Rev. Mr. Strachan, Rector of St. Matthew’s Church an officiating Minister of this Church.”

He notes that the corner stone of the present church, the sixth on the same site, was also laid by the Worshipful Master and brethren of Union Lodge in 1837. The Royal Gazette of 27th September 1837 gives this account:- “Christ Church, in this town, having from decay and being considered unsafe, been taken down some time ago, and a sum of money having been granted from the Colonial Treasury for rebuilding it upon a more extensive and approved plan, yesterday (September 26th, 1837) was fixed by the Commissions directing the work for its commencement, and His Excellency the Lieut.-Governor having consented to lay the corner stone, with Military, Masonic and Civil Honours, according to general usage, His Excellency accordingly repaired to the
site of the edifice where a party of Military, with a Band of the 2nd W.I. Regiment, the Masonic Lodge, Civil Officers etc., were in attendance, and the ceremony of enclosing in the foundation a crystal bottle with coins of the present time and laying the corner stone with the oblation of Corn and Wine in the accustomed form was gone through.”

The English and Scottish Constitutions seem always ready and willing to assist each other. The Emergency Meeting Royal Victoria called on the 7th March, 1843 enabled Brother Past Master George Campbell Anderson to read an extract from a letter received by him from Worshipful Brother White, the Grand Secretary, advising him that the Deputy Grand Master was pleased to appoint him Provincial Grand Master and that his commission would be sent out by the first conveyance. An Emergency Meeting was called two days later for Brother Past Master Anderson to communicate his commission to the Lodge and on Friday, 11th March 1843 he was installed as Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Brother J. .F. Cooke of Union Lodge No. 231 under the Registry of Grand Lodge of Scotland.

The two Lodges, Union and Royal Victoria, also shared a common meeting premise. During the first few years of Royal Victoria’s existence, Royal Victoria rented a room in Charlotte Street for its meetings from it’s Sister Lodge, the Union Lodge No. 231 (S.C.) of which the latter Lodge had a majority of the Brethren in the Bahamas.
On 17th May 1844, at general meeting of both of the fraternities it was agreed to establish a Joint Fund to receive contributions from both Lodges towards a joint venture building scheme. Each of the Lodges appointed Trustees for that purpose. The first trustees were Brothers James Jarrett, Gilbert O Smith and Stephen Dillet.
The trustees purchased a site from the Estate of Harriett Young for this purpose. As the fraternity now had a suitable hall for their meetings, the Union Lodge sold its hall situated at Charlotte Street and the proceeds of sale were passed to joint trustees. This hall was used until 5th March 1872 when special meeting was held to consider the construction of a new hall. On 8th March 1881 a committee comprising members of both Lodges was formed and agreed to construct a new Masonic Hall.

The cornerstone for this new temple was laid on Monday afternoon 17th July 1882 after a special service was held at Christ Church Cathedral. The presiding Provincial Grand Masters at the time were Brothers Hon. J. H. Webb (English) and F. J. Aranha (Scottish). At meeting of 11th March, 1884 it was stated that the Temple was near completion and the contractor, Brother Joseph E. Dupuch was desirous of handing it over. The construction cost was approximately ٣,000. The first Masonic meeting was held in the New Masonic Temple on 13th May 1884. This venture between the two Lodges was seemingly their last together as the Union Lodge ceased to function in 1894 and declared dormant by Grand Lodge in 1923. It is to be noted from an entry dated 4th August 1881 it shows “that Brother Francis J. Aranha was appointed Provincial Grand Master of the Bahamas Islands.” Grand Lodge has no other information regarding Brother Aranha but there is quite a bit of information about him in the records of Royal Victoria Lodge. Unfortunately, I did not have access to the same at the time of writing.

Scottish Freemasonry lay dormant in the Bahamas for some seventy-three years until 1967. I have been privileged to have sight of the original correspondence between a giant of a man though small in stature, Dr. Claudius Roland Walker, the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the District Grand Lodge of Scotland in Jamaica (as it was commonly referred to then) on this matter of the re-institution of Scottish Freemasonry in the Bahamas.

The initial letter by Dr. Walker was dated 28th January, 1960 and addressed to Alexander F. Buchan, Esq., the then Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in which he stated that a number of other Masons himself included were present members in a Lodge under the Prince Hall Constitution but who desired membership ina Lodge numbered among the Regular Lodges of Freemasonry. He also wanted advice on reactivating Union
Lodge, Nassau, Bahamas No. 231 or organizing a new Lodge under the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Here is a reply
of 4th February, 1960, by Grand Secretary to Dr. Walker’s letter which read as follows:-

Dear Dr. Walker:

I acknowledge with thanks your letter of 28th January. The problem, which you have presented to me, is quite a difficult one, as the Grand Lodge of Scotland does not exchange recognition with the Grand Lodges within the Prince Hall Constitution. That being so, it would not be possible for a Brother to be at the same time a member
of Lodges in each of these Constitutions.

Regarding reactivating our Union Lodge, Nassau No. 231, this could only be done provided there was still in Nassau a Brother who was a member of that Lodge, and as it was only declared dormant in 1923, this might still be quite possible. It would, of course, also require to be sponsored by a number of Freemasons who belong to Constitutions recognized by the Grand Lodge of Scotland. If such a Lodge became active again, and a member of Prince Hall Lodge wished to be associated with it, it would be necessary for that Brother to renounce his allegiance to the Grand Lodge concerned, and present his allegiance to The Grand Lodge of
Scotland.

I do hope I have made this position clear to you.

Yours sincerely,
Grand Secretary



Dr. Walker replied to Grand Secretary’s letter on 8th February 1960 as follows:-

Dear Sir:

I thank you for your favour of the 4th. Inst. It appears, however, that I did not make clear the fact that we are not seeking an exchange of recognition but rather membership in a lodge under the constitution of the Grand Lodge Scotland. This we realize would necessitate the transfer of allegiance from the Prince Hall Constitution that of Scotland.

In addition there are a number of worthy persons not yet members of any lodge who are desirous of becoming masons in a regular lodge and are willing to become members of an association in preparation for lodge membership.

At present I know of no surviving member of the old Union Lodge No. 231.
Will you please advise as to the procedure to be followed in applying to the Grand Lodge of Scotland for the
setting up of a lodge in these British Islands?
With thanks,

Yours sincerely,

C. R. Walker, M.D.

A reply to that letter was sent by Grand Lodge, who obviously now understood fully what Dr. Walker was attempting to achieve, which set out the procedure for a new Lodge under the Scottish Constitution. Dr. Walker promptly replied to this letter confirming renunciation of Prince Hall Freemasonry, soliciting membership to a lodge under Grand Lodge and requested a charter which letter was signed by eight petitioners including, Messrs Percy G. Rogers, Joseph M. Woodside, Walter Hudson, Rufus H. Ingraham, Claudius R. Walker, Charles Butler, Paul Halming and Harry Hannah. The Grand Secretary replied that the petition was not in order, as persons making application for it were not recognized by Grand Lodge. Dr. Walker had to confess that he was not aware of any lodge in amity with the Grand Lodge of Scotland and offered to pay the airfare and expenses of a Grand Lodge deputation to investigate the setting up of a Scottish Lodge in Nassau. Grand Secretary by letter dated 9th June 1960 put Dr. Walker in touch with the District Grand Secretary of the District Grand Lodge of Scotland in Jamaica, Brother Jackson McL. Wint as the nearest Scottish Lodge to the Bahamas was situated in Jamaica; hence our link with Jamaica.

The communication between Dr. Walker and Jamaica commenced on the 27th June 1960 regarding the establishment of a Scottish Lodge in the Bahamas. Eventually, Dr. Walker was told that since there was an English Lodge presently in existing in the Bahamas due to the concordant between the English, Irish and Scottish Grand Lodges an approach would have to be made to the English Lodge working in the Bahamas. Correspondence between Dr. Walker, Brother Jackson Wint and Grand Secretary lasted some four years. In the intervening period Dr. Walker also made a trip to Scotland to discuss this matter. The District Grand Lodge of Scotland in Jamaica made a visit to Nassau in December 1963 to interview candidates for initiation and reports given to the District Grand Committee. By notice dated 28th February 1964 the following gentlemen were elected for initiation in Lodge Semper Fidelis No. 1530 S.C. on 25th March, 1964:-

Mr. Sidney Kenneth Whitfield
Mr. Charles Leo Carey
Mr. Jerome Fitzgerald Greenridge
Mr. Luther Haldane McDonald
Mr. Lester James Mortimer

By notice dated 2nd March, 1964 the following gentlemen were elected for initiation into Wolmer’s Lodge No.
1506 S.C. on 24th March, 1964:-

Dr. Claudius Roland Walker
Mr. Ulric Jason Mortimer
Mr. Charles Edward Butler
Mr. Empson Johnson
Mr. Arthur Nathaniel Richardson

Of course, due to the shortness of the notice, all those elected were unable to journey to Jamaica for initiation. Dr. Walker along with Charles Butler, Empson Johnson and Arthur Richardson made the trip. Dr. Walker also wanted to receive all the degrees in one week as he said “this would make the trip worthwhile”. Of course this request was refused.  The other gentlemen with exception of Charles Carey, Jerome Greenridge and Luther McDonald became Masons and are among the Founding Members of Lodge St. Michael along with Brothers James Wildgoose and Rev. Fr. Howard Hanna.

These brethren, together with twenty-two other brethren, from lodges in Jamaica and the Royal Victoria Lodge English Constitution became the petitioners for the new Scottish Lodge, Lodge St. Michael No.1634 S.C., and the re-introduction of Scottish Freemasonry into the Bahamas. Grand Committee acceded to the petition for the new Scottish lodge in the Bahamas on 18th May 1964 and a Charter was granted on 31st May 1964. The lodge was erected and consecrated on 9th June 1967. The sponsors for the new lodge were Lodge Wolmers No. 1506 (SC) and Imperial Service No. 978 (SC). According to the records of the lodge, regular meetings of the
lodge were held bi-monthly until the end of December, 1974, when the lodge began to meet monthly on the first Wednesday. Meetings were held at the Elks Curfew Temple, Hospital Lane, Nassau, Bahamas. Installation meetings were held at the Masonic Temple, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

The first meeting of the Lodge in the new Scottish Temple, Stapledon Gardens was held on Wednesday, 7th January 1976.

The present temple now used by Scottish Masons in Nassau was consecrated by the late Right Worshipful District Grand Master, Brother Lloyd G. Wong on Friday, 18th June 1976 and of Light 5980. The presiding Right Worshipful Master was Bro. Ivan Hanna.

During the initial years of existence, growth was moderate. On the 8th March 1974 the Lodge was visited by the then reigning Grand Master Mason, Brother David Liddell Granger of Ayton. The degree worked on this occasion was the Fellow Craft Degree. On the 9th March 1974 the foundation stone now situated in the North East part of this temple was laid by the Grand Master Mason at the proposed site of the new temple at Prince Charles Drive, Nassau, Bahamas. The building due to unforeseen circumstances was not proceeded with.

The first installation meeting held in the new temple was that of Brother Roscoe Darville on the 18th June 1976. Due the to rapid growth in membership during the period 1976 to 1980 it was felt that another Lodge was desirable. Lodge St. Michael No. 1634 and Lodge Imperial Service No. 978 then sponsored the petition for Lodge St. David No. 1741. The lodge was erected and consecrated on the 21st November, 1981.The first Right Worshipful Master, was Brother Roderick Inniss.

Growth continued and the need for two further lodges was deemed necessary. Lodge St. Michael and Lodge St. David became the sponsors to a petition for Lodge St. Anne’s No. 1751 which was erected and consecrated on 2nd March 1985. The first Right Worshipful Master being Brother Cyril J. Bullard. The second lodge to be erected and consecrated during 1985 was Lodge St. Andrew No. 1756 situated in Freeport, Grand Bahama. This lodge was erected and consecrated on the 2nd November 1985 and the first Right Worshipful Master being Brother Roderick Inniss.

The Second District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas was erected and consecrated on 11th March 1991 and the first Right Worshipful District Grand Master was Brother Roderick Inniss.

Lodge Claudius R. Walker No. 1808 S.C. was erected and consecrated on 5th May 1994 and its first Right Worshipful Master was Brother Idris Reid.

The District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas Scottish Constitution continues to expand in The Commonwealth of the Bahamas.


The erection and consecration of Lodge Eleutheran Adventures No. 1816 S.C., on the 13th
February, 1997 in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera by the Right Worshipful District Grand Master Brother Arthur R. Chase in presence of the Grand Master Mason of Scotland Brother The Right Honourable The Lord Burton and Grand Secretary, Brother Martin McGibbon. The First Worshipful Master being Brother L Edgar Moxey.


On the 5th August, 1999 the Right Worshipful District Grand Master Brother Arthur R. Chase erected and consecrated Lodge Fort Nassau No. 1819 S.C., in Nassau. The first Right Worshipful Master being Brother Bernard K. Bonamy.

Since the re-emergence of Scottish Freemasonry in The Bahamas, we have
had official visits from six reigning Grand Master Masons:-
• Brother Andrew Douglas Alexander Thomas Bruce K.T., C.D., LL.D, The Earl of
Elgin
• Brother Liddell-Grainger of Ayton (On two occasions)
• Brother Sir James McKay
• Brother J. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet
• Brother Brigadier Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor Bart.
• Brother The Right Honourable The Lord Burton.

Our District Grand Lodge now comprise of the following Lodges:-
• Lodge Saint Michael No1634
• Lodge Saint David No.1741
• Lodge Saint Anne’s No. 1751
• Lodge Saint Andrew No.1756
• Lodge Claudius R. Walker No.1808
Lodge Eleutheran Adventures No. 1816
• Lodge Fort Nassau No. 1819

Scottish Freemasonry in The Bahamas has grown beyond the Craft to include the following Orders:-
St. Michael Royal Arch Chapter No. 850
St. Andrew Royal Arch Chapter No. 877
St. Michael Lodge and Council No. 850
St. Michael Royal and Select Master (Cryptic Council) No. 850
St. Michael Rose Croix Chapter No. 239
St. Michael 30th Degree Council
St. Michael Knight Templar

Worshipful Master and Brethren I trust that I have given you a bird’s eye view of our historical past and that of our predecessor, the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Bahamas Scottish Constitution. Worshipful Master again, my profound thanks and that of my District Grand Lodge to you and the Brethren of this historic lodge, Royal Victoria No. 443 English Constitution for affording me the opportunity to present to you on this first Robert Burns Night a glimpse of our historical past.

Bro. Arthur R. Chase PM
Past District Grand Master
District Grand Lodge of The Bahamas 1996 - 2001

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