Lodge Ugie #939

Masonic Bazaar at Mintlaw

The following are newspaper cuttings from April 24th. 1911. Does anyone know which paper..?

As was aforementioned last week, the village of Mintlaw was on Wednesday afternoon a centre of considerable attraction and interest on the occasion of the Masonic Bazaar, which was held in the Public Hall.

The bazaar was held for the purpose of providing funds for the erection of a Masonic lodge-room or temple, the village hall having become inadequate for the requirements of the local members of the ancient craft.

The bazaar was under the patronage of the Marquis of Tullibardine (Grand Master Mason of Scotland), Lord Saltoun (Past Grand Master Mason of Scotland), Mr. Patrick Ross Innes of Blachrie (Provincial Grand Master of Aberdeenshire West), and Provost Leask, Peterhead, (Provincial Grand Master of Aberdeenshire East), who performed the opening ceremony.

For months past, a large and energetic committee, under the chairmanship of Rev. N. MacKay, Longside, (The Master of the local Lodge) have been making the necessary arrangements. Assisted by a willing band of ladies, they succeeded in getting a large collection of valuable and useful goods, displayed to excellent advantage on nicely arranged stalls.

Excellent weather prevailed on Wednesday, which helped greatly to bring together at the opening ceremony a large attendance from the Mintlaw and Longside district, many members of the Craft and their lady friends being present from Peterhead.

Masonic Bazaar

The Opening Ceremony

Rev. R.N. Mackay, Longside (Right Worshipful Master of Ugie Lodge, number 939) presided at the opening ceremony, and was accompanied to the platform by representatives from Peterhead, Strichen, and Mintlaw Lodges. The brethren wore their Masonic regalia, which added to the impressive and pleasing effect of the ceremony.

Mr. MacKay said that as Master of the Ugie Lodge of Freemasons he had the honour and pleasure of introducing to them a gentleman than whom there was no one more esteemed and respected. Not only in the town of which he adorned the civic chain, but also throughout the surrounding districts, where his kindly, generous impulses and good deeds were experienced in connection with every good work. It was not however as chief magistrate in Peterhead that he had the pleasure of introducing them to Provost Leask that day, but as Provincial Grand Master of Aberdeenshire East. Provost Leask had taken a great interest in Freemasonry, and since he had been called to fill the high and honourable position in the Craft which he at present occupied, he had given an impulse to the brethren which had been felt throughout the whole province of which he was head. In their own case, Provost Leask had been a great friend to them in many ways, and that day he was to crown his many gracious acts by coming to Mintlaw to open the bazaar.

Provost Leask's speech

Provost Leask, Peterhead (Provincial Grand Master of Aberdeenshire East) addressing the Right Worshipful Master, members of the Craft and a large audience of ladies and gentlemen, said it was with feelings of pride that he was there for the purpose, and if possible, of furthering the cause of Freemasonry in their midst. He had always a feeling of sympathy towards the endeavours of shy deserving objects and as Grand Master of that province, the efforts of the Craft especially appealed to him.

The movement deserved well of everyone, whether belonging to he Craft or having not yet seen their way to offer themselves as candidates to its mysteries.

One almost regretted that the ladies had not been admitted to the order, for he was sure that they would make the very best of sisters, but the day may come when the ladies may exchange the needle for the trowel. There was no doubt that they much wanted to be let into the "know" and he had heard some very funny stories of the inquisitiveness of the wives of some of the newly initiated Masons to get into the secret, though he had little record of the better half having succeeded in their endeavours.

In the ancient records of Freemasonry he had found that certain ladies were admitted to participate in the secrets of the Order, to the second degree, in order that they may complete the contracts to erect certain edifices which had been taken in hand by their deceased husbands.

Origins of Freemasonry

One must go very far back in history to find the origin of Freemasonry. In fact they were informed that Moses was possibly their first Grand Master.

Certainly in the days of King Solomon the craft was in existence, and they could believe that it was most necessary during the erection of King Solomon's temple that some mark of ability or distinction in the craft was established, so that each man's work could be distinguished from that of his brother, reward or punishment being given in accordance with the excellence or otherwise of the work being produced. Mark Master Masons were in charge of large squads of apprentices and fellow craft masons, and according to ancient traditions everything in connection with the building was carried out most methodically.

The Romans brought masonry to this country, and traces of wall building and road markings of an admirable quality were still to be seen in certain parts, and they had records of the craft dating back to the thirteenth century.

Kings in all ages had not thought it derogatory to their dignity to exchange the sceptre for the trowel and their example ought to be a good augury for the craft wherever a lodge was found.

The total amount of sales at the bazaar was about £190, including £20 donated by well-wishers to the building scheme. The Lodge had previously collected about £100, thus bringing the available building funds to around £300.