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Bro Jeremy Bell Piper

The Celtic Lodge Pipers 17/01/2013


Bro Jeremy Bell


The Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith 291


Bro Jeremy Joined the Celtic Lodge as Follows below:-


Candidate’s Name Mr Jeremy John Bell Student


DOB 15th June 1966 Tidworth 21 Years Old


Address 102 Bruntsfield Place Edinburgh


Proposed By Brother T B Millar


Seconded By Brother Bland


First or Entered 19th January 1988


Second or Fellow 2nd February 1988


Third or Sublime Degree 16th February 1988


Mark Degree 1988


Royal Arch 1988


RWM of the Celtic in 1988 was Brother Sidney Yeoman




Bro Jeremy Piping 1                                Bro Jeremy and the Grand Master of Mass


Bro jeremy Playing the Pipes.        Bro Jeremy with Bro Donald

                                                            Gardener Hicks Past Grand Master

                                                            of Massachusetts.


Here is a little piece for the Pipers page.


When Jeremy John Bell was Raised in 1988, he was playing Folk Music at the Ensign Ewart Pub in Edinburgh, Three Nights a Week and was often called upon to Entertain the Celtic Lodge Brethren and Visitors at Harmony after the Lodge Degrees.


Although he only Piped once in the Lodge Temple, he played Fiddle at the Burns Dinners and Sang Songs on Banjo and Guitar on a regular basis!


He still sings many of the Songs he learned from visiting Delegations in Pubs in America, where he now lives.


Before he could get more involved in the Lodge. 


Bro Jeremy met an American girl (in the Ensign Ewart) who must have believed the words in those Folk Songs, for they got Married and Emigrated to the States in the ‘90s.


He didn’t even know there were Masons in America, and might not have furthered his Masonic Journey, had he not bought a House that had been used as a Lodge room in the 18th Century.


A former Coaching Inn, the Kendall Tavern was the Birthplace for Aurora lodge, which was still meeting in the Town.


When he knocked, the Door Opened, and he was amazed to find that his neighbor:-


Donald Gardener Hicks, was none other than the Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts! Jeremy was again welcomed into the Fraternity. The Grand Master held a Meeting in the Old Lodge Room, and received a dispensation to run a Second Degree there.


Most importantly for this article, Donald Hicks was a Kilt wearing Mason, and Jeremy was asked to be his Grand Lodge Piper!


Bro Jeremy bought a Celtic Lodge Collar and proudly attached the Masonic Piping Medal.


A nice twist is that Jeremy was The Glenlivet Piper at the time, as his work in America was for that great Whisky Company.


At the first ever Meeting of Celtic Lodge, Alexander Stewart Christened the event with that very same spirit!


Jeremy now Bagpipes himself into Lodge, explaining his Tartan Apron and why he has brought a bottle of The Glenlivet for the Harmony!


He is thrilled that he can now present the Master, a Celtic Lodge pin, explaining why Celtic Lodge promoted the wearing of the Tartan, the playing of the Pipes, and the drinking of the liquid sunshine! Slainthe!


I have enclosed a picture of me with Donald Gardener Hicks, a past Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.


This Report was sent by Bro Jeremy and Add by Bro Bill Boland PM

17/01 2013



Pipe Major Gavin Moffat

                                                 The Celtic Lodge Pipers 01/12/2012


                                             The Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith No 291


Gavin 1 001       Pipe Major Gavin Moffat HM Forces


DOB 3rd April 1961, A Master Mason of the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith No 291


Brother Gavin was initiated into the Celtic Lodge at the age of 23 years on the 5th March 1985 Edinburgh


Proposed By Bro Ernest Hanratty


Seconded by Bro William Black


The RWM of the Celtic Lodge Brother Thomas King Francis


Bro Gavin Enlisted as a Junior Piper in 1977 and he had a long Distinguished Career with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and the Band were made famous for the Original Bagpipe recording of Amazing Grace and Highland Cathedral


  Gavin 2 001         Gavin 3 001      


The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were deployed on Tours of Northern Ireland


In 1988 Gavin began a Career over a 15 Year term in Command of His Majesty the Sultan of Oman’s Royal Guards 2nd Band Squadron of the Royal Mounted Pipes and Drums, as Pipe Major Teaching and Administrator of the Pipes and Drums


1993 Gavin’s next assignment was in Command of His Majesty the Sultan, and was responsible for forming the Royal Mounted Guard Pipe Band 3rd Band Squadron, and from the young Men some who never Read or had written English also they had very little knowledge of Music or the Bagpipes, and had no experience of Riding on a Horse. The Mounted Pipe Band Paraded and Played before:-


His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the Nation, the Full Band of 38Pipes and Drums, including 2 Drum Horses

       Gavin 34 001   


The Band was established within a Year and Won the Oman’s Royal Guard Band Competition in 1997 against many more experienced Bands.


Pipe Major Gavin Moffat’s, knowledge and understanding of Living and working in a Muslim Country has given him the experience and respect in the World of Islam.


Gavin 5 001 


Bro Gavin also has the respect of not only His Majesty the Sultan and the Princes but the people of Oman, many regard him as a Father Figure and Mentor, his warm nature and infectious sense of humour, together with his Musicianship and Arabic linguistic ability have proven to be of a great Asset in getting the best effort and work rate from his Students, as can be seen from the many Photos, Gavin prizes in his collection.

 Gavin 6 001   


Bro Gavin on a Camel showing his flexibility.    Bro Gavin Piping in Sir William Paty

Bro Gavin known to his Friends as (Gogs) has had an exciting lifestyle like the Scottish Lawrence of Arabia and is a credit to the Celtic Lodge 291.


The Photo’s have been supplied by Brother Gavin Moffat


The Story has been collated by Brother Bill Boland PM Treasurer and Historian of the Celtic Lodge. 01/12/2012

Pipe Major Gavin Stoddart

Pipe Major Ga St 001Pipe Major Gavin Neil MacLeod Stoddart, Member of the Celtic Lodge.


Pipe Major Gavin Neil MacLeod Stoddart MBE, BEM was born in Hamburg Germany on 14th July 1948, the Son of George Stoddart who was stationed in Hamburg at the time of Gavin’s birth, George was a Pipe Major of the Scottish Parachute Regiment, and so it is not surprising that Gavin Played the Pipes.


In 1964 At 16 Gavin was allowed to be a guest Piper with the City of Edinburgh Police Pipe Band under the legendary Pipe Major Iain McLeod


1966 Gavin enlisted with the Scots Guards as a Piper under Pipe Major Angus MacDonald later he became a Pipe Sergeant with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards.

The Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith no 291.


26th April 1968 Mr Gavin Neil Stoddart 19 years Old was Initiated in the Fist Degree 19th Nov Fellow Craft, 3rd December Raised to Sublime Degree of a Master Mason, at that Time was a Piper in the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.


Proposed by Brother Andrew M Ross


Seconded by Brother Andrew James Ross


Bro Gavin played his Pipes at Many a Harmony in the Celtic Lodge Thistle Hall, the Brethren spent many Mystic Hours listening to the soothing Melody of Tunes from Bro Gavin.


1979 Bro Gavin transferred to the Royal Highland Fusiliers where he was placed as Pipe Major.


1980 Pipe Major Gavin started playing in competitions were he won Silver Medals at the Strathspey and Reel at the Argyllshire Gathering in 1980, Gold Medal and Formers Winners MSC at Oban 1981, Gold at Braemar for piobaireachd in 1981, the Inverness Gold Medal in 1983 and many more Medal Honours.


1983 the British Empire Medal was presented to him for his services to the Army Pipers.


1983 Bro Gavin won the Glenfiddich Piping Championship and again in 1988.


1987 Bro Gavin moved to the Army School of Bag piping at Edinburgh Castle, as Pipe Major-Warrant Officer Class 1 and Senior Pipe Major to the British Army.


1990 He was appointed Director of the Army Bagpipe Music at Edinburgh Castle.


1999 Gavin highlight of his career came when in the Queen Elizabeth II New Year Honours List Gavin was invested as a Member of the British Empire, for his contribution and service to Army Piping and Drumming.

Pipe Major Gavin N Stoddart was responsible for arranging the Music of the Massed Pipes and Drums for the Funeral of our late Queen Mother, HM Queen Elizabeth.


1999 The Bagpipers and Highland Drummers united as the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming under Pipe Major Gavin’s Control.


2003 Gavin after 37 years Completed Service in Army Piping he retired, but was soon involved as Senior Instructor with the National Piping Centre Glasgow, and taught around the World, also Judging many competitions.


The Photo from a Web Page on the Net


The Extract from Bro Gavin’s History by Bill Boland PM Celtic Lodge Historian. 01/12/2012