Historic Night at Lodge Sir George Cathcart

A ceremony of rededication to mark the move of Lodge Sir George Cathcart No.617 from the Couper Institute in Cathcart to the Masonic Temple at 2 Hawthorn Road, Busby took place on Thursday, 4th February.

By coincidence the ceremony took place on the exact day of the 138th Anniversary of the founding of the Lodge.

The meeting attracted a large turn-out of Brethren from within and outwith the Province of Renfrewshire East including seven reigning Masters.

A large deputation from PGLRE headed by RWPGM Bro. John S. Miller was welcomed into the lodge by RWM Bro. Alex McAleer.

Following an Obligation taken by the RWM and Wardens on behalf of the Brethren of Lodge Sir George Cathcart the ceremony of rededication continued with the PGM, RWM and PG Chaplain Bro. William Shirlaw making a perambulation of the Lodge.

During the course of this the PGM first addressed Bro. Samuel McNicol PM, aged 83 and one of the oldest members, as representing the Lodge’s past; he then addressed both Wardens, WSW Bro. William Sutherland and  WJW Bro.John Steven as representing the present and finally addressed Bro. Stevie Graham one of the Lodge’s more recent initiates as the representing the future.

In an address to the assembled Brethren, PGM Bro. John S. Miller spoke of the rich history of Lodge Sir George Cathcart and said it was a great privilege to take part in the rededication.

PGM, Bro. John S. Miller, PG Chaplain Bro. William Shirlaw, Bro. Sam McNicol PM and RWM Bro. Alex McAleer
PGM, Bro. John S. Miller, PG Chaplain Bro. William Shirlaw, Bro. Sam McNicol PM and RWM Bro. Alex McAleer


Following a prayer of thanksgiving by the PG Chaplain, there was a surprise in store for PM Bro. Sam McNicol when he was presented with a framed Diploma for Distinguished Service to the Lodge of which he has been a member for 59 years.

During this time Bro.Sam had served twice as RWM and seen both his sons initiated into the Lodge, of which he is currently Almoner.

Before closing, RWM Bro. Alex McAleer thanked Lodge St John Busby No.458 for providing his lodge with a new home and thanked PGM Bro. John S. Miller for the dignified and meaningful ceremony. He also handed the PGM a cheque for £500 towards the PGLRE Benevolent Fund which was gratefully received.

During the Harmony that followed Brethren were treated to a fascinating and well-researched talk by Bro. Gordon Fleming PM on the background of Sir George Cathcart after whom the lodge is named.