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R E Fra Robert S M Stewart

District Grand Prior

I have the pleasure in submitting my second annual report as the District Grand Prior of the District Grand Priory of Strathclyde.

During the term 2014-2015, the District has had again a busy year. Commencing as is it did by the Annual Muster of the District on that occasion the district held the Raffle in aid of Children’s Charities, with the Preceptory of St. John Cambuslang and The Temple in Glasgow, nominating Greenburn School and Hazelwood School respectively, and it was my honour to present each of these nominated recipients with a cheque for £500.00p each.

Through out the year we conducted our Annual Visitations and attended the Annual Installations of all Sixteen Preceptories. On each occasion we were warmly welcomed and I am again pleased to report that at the Annual Visitations to each Preceptory the grade work was carried out to a high standard for which I congratulate the Preceptors and their Officers on their efforts. The District Grand Secretary and District Grand Treasurer examined the administrative books of each Preceptory.

It is pleasing to note that 14 out of the 16 Preceptories again carried out their own installations one of the Preceptory installations being the carried out by a Commissioned Officer of the District the another Preceptory due to illness of the original Installing Officer, which precluded the original installing officer from attending was again at short notice conducted by a member of the Commissioned Officers assisted by the Officers of the District and Past Preceptors of that Preceptory and I am gratified to report that all the installations were performed to a very high standard.

I was honoured to receive an invitation to represent the District, and the Annual Dinner of the Provincial Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Lanarkshire Middle Ward and would extend my appreciation to my commission and Fratres who accompanied me on that occasion.

On the 13th December 2015 the fifth “Christmas Carol Service”, was held by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward which was held within the Saint Andrews Parish Church. This has become an event to which all the branches of Masonry look forward too as all receive an invitation. I was honoured to receive an invitation to participate as the District Grand Prior in the celebrations.

The offering which was uplifted during the Carol Service was in aid of “Prostate Scotland” who through their Blue Horizons Robot Appeal, to provide two robot assisted surgical suits to assist surgeons carrying out prostrate surgery in East and West Scotland, the funds raised on this occasion was £1,500.00p.

I am please to announce that the imitative started by the Preceptory of Saint John Glasgow, of having a joint Muster where one Preceptory acts as host with three other Preceptories conducting the grade work, this proved such a success and which encourages inter-visitation between Preceptories will now be continued by the Preceptory of Saint George.

The Preceptory of Strathkelvin, also has been active with inter visitation having conducted an expedition to Hull, to conduct and exemplification of the K. T. Grade. It was my pleasure, to accompany them, together with several of the District Officers on that occasion.

Regretfully there has been several Fratres, who have passed the beyond the veil, all of whom will be sadly missed by their nearest and dearest, many of them much respected in other Orders and who will be especially missed within their respective Preceptory.

I thank all of the District Officers, for their support during the year having maintained an average attendance at Annual Visitations and Installations of 20; I would also extend my thanks to Em. Fra. Nigel T. Spike H. G. H. Dist; Grand Secretary for his assistance and work behind the scenes during the year.

As this was my Second year in this particular office, and would wish to place on record my continuing grateful thanks to Jessie, at the Great Priory offices for all her assistance and above all, her patience.

R. E. Robert S. M. Stewart

District Grand Prior


Rather than having a lot of news proliferate down this section of the “Welcome” page, I have added a news page immediately below it on the menu.

Until I work out how to automatically increase the box size for the menu, or do them all manually, the menu item for “Styles, Titles etc” may be missing from some pages for a period.


The 2017 District Muster will be held on Saturday 18 February 2017 at the Masonic Hall, Bowling Green Street, Bellshill. Put it in your diary now (that bit at the back for nrxt year’s bookings).


The 2017 Divine Service will take place within St Mary’s Parish Church, Cowgate, Kirkintilloch G66 1JT on Sunday 30 April at 2.30 for 3.00.