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Brethren & Friends,
Welome to the website for Lodge Coupar o' Fife: No.19. On behalf of our Right Worshipful Master, Bro Alex Cowe Office Bearers, and Brethren we wish you all warm and fraternal greetings and we hope your visit is one of profit as well as pleasure.

Alex Cowe
RWM Alex Cowe 2018

Welcome from Alex Cowe RWM
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to our website.
My installation was a joy and I warmly thank all who attended.
I am honoured to have been installed for the third time as the RWM of this lodge - in an unbroken line of Masters from 1658. We are the oldest lodge in the Province of Fife & Kinross and are very proud of our history.
Communication is crucial in modern freemasonry and Lodge 19 prides itself in using this website along with email and Facebook to keep its members and others in touch.
We are an active lodge in several ways: - charity, the local community, social nights and also welcoming new brethren into the Craft.
Whether you are already a member of the Craft or are simply interested, there is a great deal of information on this website - not just about Lodge 19 but Freemasonry in general.
Enjoy your visit here and do visit us in person if you can. If you are not already in the Craft, and are interested in more information, why not fill in our simple enquiry form and have a chat about it with one of our Office Bearers (see How Do I Join - on the Left), or find us in Facebook?

Planned meetings What by or for notes
19/12/18 Tracing Board Lectures By various All 4 Tracing Boards
2/1/19 Meeting cancelled    
6/2/19 Last meeting for Alec Cowe as RWM Reigning Masters Degree  
16/2/19 Installation of Master Elect Graeme Bain    

Alex Cowe as RWM
Dougie Abercrombie as RWM
Kevin Thompson as RWM

Past Highlights
News 1
News 2
USA Visit
Dublin Visit
Travelling Gavel

See/sign our Guestbook

New Mural for the Lodge
Created and completed in 2016 our fabulous new mural by Stewart McLaren has drawn many compliments

First Degree Worked by WSW
Graeme Bain our WSW took the gavel for the second time working a first degree with a mixed team. It went superbly well! Congrats to all involved.
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Icelandic Visit
In November 2017 with Douglas Abercrombie as RWM we had 100 Icelandic brethren come to visit us! We had a fabulous week, performed a first degree in Grand Lodge and had a superb harmony afterwards


Lodge Number
The enumeration of Lodge numbers is a complicated subject, but it has been researched and we have some good information relating to this Lodge which we now call Coupar o' Fife. In 1737 just after Grand lodge was formed we were No.21. In 1747 the lodge name was Cupar in Fife, with Cupar being spelt the same way as today. The original charter issued by Grand Lodge in 1758 is made out with the name of the Lodge being Coupar of Fife and the number 21. New numbering issued in 1809 left us as No.21, in 1816 No.18, 1822 we were given No.17, and finally in 1826 No.19.

One of the old aprons from the period between 1822 and 1826 when we were No.17 St John, has survived and is thought to be quite valuable to collectors of Masonic memorabilia. Strangely, two lodges at that time - both called St John - were issued with the number 17!   St John of Dunkeld were numbered 17/1, and Lodge St John, Cupar, 17/2.

In the last enumeration in 1826 the No.17 was given to Lodge Ancient Brazen, Linlithgow.     The lodge name as well as the numbering has changed over the years and records show that in 1836 we were Cupar in Fife (19) with Cupar as in the current spelling, but there is no date for when we changed to today's name of Lodge Coupar o' Fife with the older style for the spelling of Cupar.

Note the Ram's head , which we have adopted as a symbol of the Lodge. From it, every visitor to the Lodge is offered a pinch of snuff as a token of welcome. The exact details relating to it's history are either lost or have gone unrecorded, because despite a search of many old minute books, we can find no confirmation of it's origin. However it is believed that in the late 1800's, a German called Gustaf Vogel arrived in town, and set up his business in Kirk Wynd as a sausage skin manufacturer

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Gustav with dog

We do know from the minute books that he took his three degrees during 1902 and 1903, and went on to become an office bearer in the lodge for a brief time soon after. Whilst we believe that he was the supplier of the Ram's head, there is no further trace of this in the minute books. Gustaf also worked in the local slaughterhouse, and he met an untimely death by contracting anthrax when being cut by a knife.

The other part of the mystery lies in the casket for the snuff which is set into the Ram's head. It bears the inscription - Presented to Lodge Coupar o' Fife - Bro. Wm Davidson September 1891 - Mounted by the Lodge. This of course pre-dates Gustav Vogel's association with the Lodge. Was this Ram's head a replacement for one which was there when Gustav joined the Lodge?      The condition of the head today is quite remarkable when you think it has spent it's life on a mantlepiece shelf originally above the fireplace which used to be in the West wall. That mantlepiece contains Masonic symbols, and can still be seen on the landing where you sign the tyle before entering the Lodge. It would also be hard not to notice that the Ram's head has now been incorporated into the new Lodge carpet, as well as being used on the Mark penny.