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The RWM and Brethren of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291 would like wish everyone the very best in 2017.
The Brethren of the Celtic Lodge 291 would like to wish all who visit our Web Page a Hundred Thousand Welcomes and we encourage all enquiries.
if your are looking for a Father, Grand Father, or Family Member, who may have been a Member of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291 or if you would like to join the Celtic Lodge 291 or have an interest in  Freemasonry please Email us and we will try to help your enquiry to Bill Boland PM Lodge Historian at
When we will be welcoming all our usual Brethren and Invited Guests and afterwards to a Harmony in our Thistle Room at Brodie's Close Lawnmarket Edinburgh.

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13th November 1992 Here is a picture taken at the visit of our American Brethren       

The Brethren retired to the Thistle Room where their wives joined them in a festive evening when our American visitors enjoyed songs and renditions of Burns.  Before the end of the evening. Brother Kenneth Faber presented the Celtic Lodge with an American Flag. which had been flown over the White House especially in our honour.

Brother David Hull said that we would place the Flag in our Museum Cabinet in Pride of Place and thanked Brother Kenneth, and his deputation for this great honour.    With the memorable evening nearly over he wished all the visitors a safe journey home, and also a special thanks to the Ladies.





This Plaque is from the Masonic Chair of HRH Duke of Sussex Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of England known as  The Earl of Inverness in Scotland and Baron Arklow in Ireland.

The orignal Chair was Purchased at the sale of his Royal effects.

The Chair was presented to the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh and Leith No 291 by Brother Samuel MacCartney Caldwell of Queen Victoria Lodge No 4 Dublin and of the IInd Degree of the Ancient Scottish Rite 2nd May 1851.




 Celtic Lodge Medal from 1858



Brother James R Sibbald. Distinguished Service Jewel.

Brother William McKenzie Reid PM was also awarded a Distinguished Service Jewel.

Brother Joseph Robert Archbold PM was also awarded a Distinguished Service Jewel.

Brother Sidney Yeoman PM Almoner was also awarded a Distinguished Service Jewel. 



Can You Spot the difference between these Two Photographs of Celtic Lodge Apron?







The Photo was taken by Brother William JR Boland who holds the Copy Right. C. While I was taking a photo of an old Celtic Lodge Apron, I transfered my photo to my computer.  I was amazed to see the dark shadow of a sword.  I checked my camera - the photo there did not have a shadow of a sword.

I then put both copies on to a computer stick and had them printed at a local shop. I could not believe one photo had a shadow of a sword and the other did not. If anyone can explain this please contact me at (


This Masonic Medal in .625 Anchor Mark with Queen Victorias Head date letter 'J' Maker T & J. Was presented by the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge No 291 to Past Master Brother Alexander Hay as a mark of respect and esteem for the very able manner in which he performed the duties during his term of Office as RWM February 1859.

Celtic Lodge Centenary Jewel 1821 - 1921. Two Jewels with Lion Rampart made by Hamilton and Inches, Marks-  Thistle and Castle, date letter 'S' one with square and compass and one with Celtic Lodge soldier and Celtic Bar.




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Deacon Brodie's House  This small vase was found in the hollow of a wall, when the Celtic Lodge was renovating the premies in 1962. Brown Pottery sample, R.C. ornamental urn jam. height 5.3cms, 4.2 cms max diam, neck 1.9 cms. 4cms diam at base, thickness 2mm. Found by Brother James Johnston - story and photo by Brother Alexander bade.


Plaque:- Presented to the Celtic Lodge, on behalf of the Deputation  from the Grand Lodge of Finland on Wednesday 19th March 1975.  Figure on the left is John the Baptist. Figure on the Right is John the Evangalist. The Plaque is in Commemeration of the 50th Anniversary of the re-establishment of Freemasonry in Finland





The Clunie Medal was presented by Brother Lachlan Cluas Johnstone from the Celtic Lodge Golf Club in 1933. Silver Thistle and Castle. Date letter 'B', The Winners of the Medal are as Follows:-

Brother C L Clark 1933

Brother T Robertson 1934

Brother E D Watt 1935

Brother A T McLennan 1936

Brother Lachlan a Master Slater and Plasterer was Initiated into the Celtic Lodge 3rd January 1933



These three medals are Bi-Centenary medals of the Grand Lodge of Scotland 1736-1936.

Brother William St Clair hereditary Grand Master Mason of Scotland 1736.







We at the Celtic Lodge have two centenary medals from 1821-1921.   Both made by Hamilton and Inches Jewellers Marked 9, Castle, date letter 'T' and the other Anchor and Castle date letter 'C'


This Bible Bearer's Jewel was Presented to Brother James Grant PM from the Brethren of the Celtic Lodge No 291on 28 11 1985.






This is the Larger of Two Seals which the Celtic Lodge had made in the time before Grand Lodge issued their own Diplomas.  We used the seal to authenticate Celtic Lodge Diplomas.  This a wax impression dated 1821.


This Jewel is from the Watsonian Lodge No 1375 Moto Ex Corde Garitas.   Maker K & S Sliver Thistle and Castle.  Date letter 'Z'.   It is unsure how the Celtic Lodge have this Jewel but we are proud to have it in our collection.  W will seek help to find out how it came into our possesion.



This Silver Cigarette Case marked Bld Maker Lion and Leopard with Date Letter 'I' was presented to Brother T S Muir M.A.  from his Celtic Brethren 29th December 1924

This plate ws given by Mimgurs of the Masonic Foundation Ritus en Templebew Holland when visiting the Celtic Lodge No. 291 on 6th September 1969. 




This photo is of Brother Andrew McKay Ross Bagpipe Maker in the Lawnmarket Edinburgh. Bro. Andrew is leading the procession to dedicate the opening of our new Lodge Temple in Brodie's Close Lawnmarket Edinburgh. We had a request to see if Bro. Andrew was a relation to Andrew Munro Ross (Ross Herald), also to ascertain if A M Ross was a Member of the Celtic Lodge E & L 291.  Our Historian Bro Bill Boland PM searched our records and did not find A M Ross to be a Member of the Celtic Lodge, but hopes to find out if he was a member of another Masonic Lodge in Edinburgh. If any Brother can help with this request please contact Bro Boland PM @Treasurer of  To help us Andrew Munro Ross was a Member of the Scottish Corps.   Andrew was made the Ross Hearald at the Court of the Lord Lyon from 1901.  He was invited by the Command of King George V to the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in London on 22nd June 1911.


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