Weekly Update 11th August 2023 GMM Bro William Ramsay McGhee



The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason


It has been a very enjoyable and rewarding week since my last update. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of heading a large Deputation to Lodge St John No 540 in Crossgates, Fife where we received a very warm welcome not only from the Lodge but also from the Province. The whole day went very well – great turnout at the meeting, great meal, and great company. I was back on the A9 in plenty of time for “Take the Floor” – even got home before it finished!

On Tuesday, it was a pleasure to hear Brother James Coghlan give an excellent presentation on Rosslyn Chapel in Lodge Allan Wilson No 851. He certainly knows his stuff and I think all the 55 brethren present learned something new.

Yesterday, we had a very productive meeting of the Overseas Committee and a full briefing meeting prior to Grand Secretary and I departing for Sierra Leone and, later in the week, Nigeria.

Today, I am looking forward to having lunch in Lossiemouth with Past Grand Master, Brother Charles Iain Wolrige Gordon.

Tomorrow, it is back to Fife, this time to Ladybank where we will celebrate 200 years of Freemasonry in Lodge King Robert de Bruce No 304. Again, I have a very healthy Deputation of 20 Brethren from Grand Lodge.


The Group saw its membership rise to 7274 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1781, submitted by 503 of its members.
These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 444 Lodges, from within 59 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provinces of Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Inverness-shire, Lanarkshire Upper Ward, Linlithgowshire, and Stirlingshire
The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £3,634,362.
SCFS Overseas Report 
• This week we welcomed Brethren from Lodge Kilwinning, No. 849andLodge Menzies Doric, No. 890 (both Western Australia), andLodge Trinity, No. 1846(Lebanon). 
• Brethren from other Masonic constitutions were similarly welcomed, such as Brethren from Lodges under the GL of Mississippi, UGLE, and the GL of Illinois. This now brings our total of theseICMs (International Constitution Members) to 1786, with members coming from an extremely wide range of countries. We look forward to welcoming our 1800th ICM in the near future

As I mentioned above, Grand Secretary and I will be leaving on the 06.00 flight on Tuesday morning to our District Grand Lodge of Sierra Leone. It has been over 30 years since a Grand Master Mason visited the District. We will only have one full day in Freetown, but it will be action packed before flying on to LagosNigeria where I will be installing the new District Grand Master, Brother Professor George EdaghoghoEriyamremu,and his Commissioned Office-Bearers.

We are already a third of the way through August. Many of our Lodges at home and overseas will be preparing to get underway once again for the new Masonic Season. As we return to our Lodges, it is a good time to ensure the following: insurance policies are up to date; all Lodges are fully compliant with national and local fire regulations;we are compliant with health and safety and health and hygiene regulationsand the buildings are thoroughly cleaned before we start again. Covid is still out thereso it will do no harm to give the premises a thorough clean with hand gel etc., available for any brethren who wish to avail themselves of it.

Likewise, please ensure the external aspects of our Lodges are looking good and the environs are kept in good order. There is nothing worse than the public at large viewing an untidy and unkempt building – it gives the wrong impression.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason