Weekly Update 29th September 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


The Installation of Brother John Douglas Stewart, our new Provincial Grand Master in Argyll and the Isles proved to be a most enjoyable event. The Argyllshire Gathering Hall was packed to capacity with every Lodge in the Province well represented. From the outset, things took off with a quartet of pipers led by Pipe Major Stuart LiddellMBEPipe Major of the Grade 1 World Champions – Inverary Pipe Band –leading us into the Lodge.

The dinner after the Installation was equally enjoyable.One of the many highlights of the day was being presented with a new pipe tune composed by Pipe Major Liddell. He had been working hard as the PGM, Brother Stewart, also received a new Pipe tune.

The entire day was most enjoyable, and I thank the organisers for doing a really first-class job. I am now looking forward to a return to the Province in a few weeks’ time when Grand Lodge heads to Tobermory to carry out the Centenary rededication ceremony.


The Group saw its membership rise to 7323 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 1830, submitted by 514 of its members.
These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 448 Lodges, from within 59 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
Thanks are extended to the following Lodges who had posts submitted on their behalf this week.
PGL Lanarkshire Middle Ward, supporting Mwanga Village in Malawi.
PGL Edinburgh, supporting Dean & Cauvin Trust.
Melrose St. John, No. 1bis (The Scottish Borders), supporting Dementia Café in Hawick.
St. Conval, No. 1359 (Renfrewshire East), supporting East Renfrewshire Foodbank.
Montgomerie Kilwinning, No. 624 (Ayrshire), supporting Largs RNLI.
Caledonian, No. 392 (Edinburgh), supporting Who Dares Cares.
Fort William, No. 43 (Inverness-shire), supporting Care Lochaber.
Friendship Waverley, No. 597 (Edinburgh), supporting Dean & Cauvin Trust.
Greenock Kilwinning, No. 12 (Renfrewshire West), supporting Children in Poverty Inverclyde, Ardgowan Hospice & Kyla McKinlay.
Widows Sons West Chapter, supporting Diabetes UK.
St. John Crofthead, No. 374 (Linlithgowshire), supporting Eastfield Development Centre.
The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £3,804,573.
SCFS Overseas Report

The following interesting news from Malawi was shared by Brother Tony Osman who advised the group of a very sizeable donation which was made possible by The Freemasons of Malawi, the Freemasons of Lanarkshire Middle Ward, and the Grand Lodge of Scotland. This allowed for the installation of a brand-new water borehole for the Village nursery for Cyclone Freddy Victims, in Mwanga Village, Chiradzulo, Blantyre, Malawi. The Freemasons of Malawi will be providing substantial support for the nursery as the immediate charity for the near future.

• This week we welcomed new members from Lodges overseas. Particular mention must be made to Brethren joining from Lodge Lodge Fort Nassau, No. 1819(Bahamas)and Lodge Jwaneng, No. 1790 (Botswana)
• Brethren from other Masonic constitutions (ICMs) were similarly welcomed. These Brethren help spread news of the wonderful support featured in the post on SCFS to a worldwide audience. It was particularly pleasing to welcome our first member from a Lodge under the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario and Jurisdiction.
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I have now arrived in Panama for the Consecration of the new Superintendency and the Installation of the new Grand Superintendent. Full report will be included in next weeks edition

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

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason