The Operative Lodge Of Dumfries 140

Charter of The Lodge

The charter for the erection of this Lodge is in these terms; - “To all and Sundry to whose Knowledge these presents shall come greeting. In God Everlasting whereas upon application to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the Kingdom of Scotland by James Laurie, Thomas Dunbar, Philip Forsyth, William Givan, John Goodall, Charles Affleck and William Turnbull, all Operative and Master Masons, residing in and about the Town of Dumfries. In name of themselves and several other Operative Brethren in the said Town setting forth that they being all regular entered Masons, and Master Masons of different Lodges within Scotland, but from their situation in life were distant from their Mother Lodges, and being willing to associate together for the true end of Masonry, as an Operative Body Only, they humbly made application to the Grand Lodge to grant them a Charter of Constitution and Erecting for holding a Lodge in the Town of Dumfries under the stile and title of The Operative Lodge of Dumfries, and they humbly propose the said James Laurie for Master, Thomas Dunbar for Depute Master, Philip Forsyth and William Givan for Wardens, John Goodall for Treasurer and Secretary, Charles Affleck and William Turnbull for Stewards, and --------------- for Tyler. Therefore praying it might please the Grand Lodge to grant them a Charter of Constitution and Erection in the usual form for holding a Lodge as aforesaid. Which Petition having been considered by the Grand Lodge together with ample certificate in favour of the Petitioners from the St Andrews Lodge in the said Town of Dumfries? They authorized the underwritten patent of Constitution and Erection to be expended in the petitioner’s favours. Know ye therefore that the Most Worshipful the Grand Master of Scotland and the Grand Lodge thereof have Constituted, Erected and Appointed and hereby Constitute Erect and Appoint the Master Wardens and other Brethren Office Bearers above named, together with the other Constituent Members of the said Lodge, and their Successors to be now and in all time coming a True and Regular Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons under the Title and Designation of The OperativeLodge of Dumfries, and appoint and ordain all regular Lodges to hold, own and respect them as such; giving, granting, and committing to them and their successors full power and authority to meet, assemble, and convene as a regular Lodge, and to admit and receive apprentices, pass fellow crafts, and raise Master Masons upon payment of such composition for support of their Lodge as they shall see convenient. And to Elect and choose Masters, Wardens and other officers annually or otherwise as they shall have occasion. Recommending to the Brethren aforesaid to reverence and obey their superiors in all things lawful and honest as becomes the honour and harmony of Masonry. The said Brethren by accepting of this present Charter becoming faithfully bound not to desert their said Lodge so constitute, nor upon any pretext whatsoever to make any separate or schismatical meetings without the consent of their Master and Wardens for the time, nor to collect money or other funds separate from the common stock of their Lodge to the prejudice of the poor thereof. They and their successors in all time coming being also obliged, to obey and pay due regard to all acts, statutes and regulations of the Grand Lodge already made or hereafter to be made for the utility, welfare and prosperity of Masonry in general, and to pay and perform whatever is stipulated or demanded of them for the support of the dignity of the Grand Lodge, and in particular, that they do account and pay into the funds of the Grand Lodge, Half a Crown for each Intrant and member made in their Lodge from this date, and that the names of such members together with dates of their admission be transmitted to the Grand Secretary or Grand Clerk at Edinburgh to be recorded in the books of the Grand Lodge with the usual fee of five shillings to the Clerk. And that they do record in their books which they are hereby authorized to keep this present Charter of Constitution and Erection, with their own regulations and bye laws, and their whole procedure from time to time as that shall occur, to the end the same may be the more easily seen and observed by their Brethren; Subject always to the review of the Grand Lodge, and also the Brethren aforesaid, and their successors are hereby required punctually attend the whole General Meetings and Quarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge by their representatives being their Masters and Wardens for the time, or by lawful Proxies in their name, providing such Proxies be Master Masons or Fellow Crafts of some established Lodge holding of the Grand Lodge to the end they may act and vote in Grand Lodge and be duly cestiorated of the proceedings thereof. Declaring always their precedence in the Grand Lodge to be from the date hereof. And to the end these presents may be the more effectually kept and preserved the same are hereby appointed to be recorded in the books of the Grand Lodge. Given at the Grand Lodge held in the City of Edinburgh upon the fifth day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy six and of Light Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Years. By the Most Worshipful David Dalrymple Esquire Grand Master Mason of Scotland, the Right Worshipful William Barclay Esquire Depute Grand Master, the Right Worshipful James Rannie Esquire Substitute Grand Master, the Right Worshipful James Geddes and William Smith Esquires Grand Wardens, the Worshipful James Hunter Esquire Grand Treasurer. And the Seal of the Grand Lodge is appended hereunto in the presence of the Worshipful William Mason Esquire and David Bolt Grand Clerk.


David Dalrymple GM - Witness Will Mason G Secy

William Barclay DGM - Witness David Bolt G Clk

James Rannie SGM - Composition of two Guineas 

James Geddes SGW - Received

William Smith JGW - James Hunter G Tr