1706 Goes “Doon the Watter”

Seven members of Lodge Newton Mearns No 1706 joined hundreds of other Brethren from all over Scotland – many accompanied by family and friends – in a trip “doon the watter” on Saturday, 21 June 2014.

RWM Bro Ken Stein, WSW Bro John Howarth, WSD Bro Raj Sattar and PM Bro Tom Edgar along with honorary members, Bros Frank Johnstone, Terry Robinson and Sam Duffy, boarded the paddle steamer Waverley at Glasgow Science Centre.

The “Masonic Cruise” had been organised to celebrate the appointment of Alexander Drummond as the first Provincial Grand Master of the Western Counties, 275 years ago. These were made up of Argyll, Clydesdale, Dumbarton, Renfrew and Stirling.

Among the guests was the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Bro Charles Iain R Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont – resplendent in his striped jacket.

Lodge Newton Mearns was not to be outshone in the fashion stakes. However, it quickly became apparent that Bro John and Bro Tom were wearing identical striped tops and the same colour trousers, but sadly by the time it was noticed we were already in mid-channel off Braehead and neither was able to get home for a change of clothes!

On arrival at Rothesay – the destination for the day – there was time for a hearty fish tea at the West End café – one of the town’s best known chip shops – followed by a quick visit to Lodge Rothesay St John No 292 and a chance to admire the magnificent murals on the west wall of the temple.

Then it was back to the Waverley and the sail back up the Clyde in glorious sunshine.

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