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Lodge Charter

To all and sundry to whose knowledge these presents shall come, Greeting.   Whereas, upon application to the Grant Lodge of Scotland by Robert Wilkie (Master), James Wilkie (Senior Warden) and Archibald Howie (Junior Warden), of the Lodge of Coupar of Fife, setting forth that the said Lodge had been in use for upwards of one hundred years past of assembling as a regular Lodge, and as such had acted and voted in the Grand Lodge, as would appear from the records thereof, and praying the Grand Lodge would confirm their Constitution by issuing a Patent of Confirmation under the seal of the Grand Lodge in their favours, the Grand Lodge granted warrand for expeding the underwritten Patent of Confirmation for that effect:   Know ye therefore that the Most Worshipfull the Grant Master of Scotland and   the Grand Lodge aforesaid have ratified, approved, and confirmed, and hereby ratify, approve, and confirm the Constitution of the foresaid Lodge of Coupar of Fife, and further, have of new constituted, erected, and appointed, and hereby constitute, erect, and appoint the Master, Wardens and other Brethren present constituent Members of the said Lodge and their successors to be now and in all time coming a true and regular Lodge of free and accepted Masons under the title and designation of the Lodge of Coupar of Fife, and appoint and ordain all regular Lodges in Scotland to hold, own, and respect them as such, hereby giving, granting, and committing to them and their successors full power and authority to meet, assemble, and convene as a regular Lodge, and therein to enter and receive Apprentices, pass Fellow-crafts, and raise Master Masons upon payment of such compositions for the support of their Lodge as they shall see convenient and to elect and chuse Master Wardens and other Officers annually or otherwise as they shall have occasion; recommending to the Brethren aforesaid to reverence and obey their superiors in all things lawfull and honest as becomes the honour and harmony of Masonry, the said Brethren by accepting of this present Charter becoming faithfully   bound and engaged not to desert their said Lodge hereby confirmed, nor upon any pretext whatsoever to make separate schismatical meetings among themselves without the consent of their Master and Wardens for the time, nor to collect funds separate from the common stock of their Lodge to the prejudice of the poor thereof, they and their successors in all timer coming being also obliged to obey and pay due regard to all the Acts, Statutes, and Regulations of the Grand Lodge already made or hereafter to be made for the utility, welfare, and prosperity of Masonry in general and to pay and perform whatever is stipulated or demanded of them for the support of   the dignity of the Grand Lodge, and to record in their books this present Charter of Confirmation with their own Regulations and By-laws, and their whole proceedings from time to time as they occur, to the end the same may be the more readily seen and observed by their Brethren, subject always to the review of the Grand Lodge; and also, the Brethren aforesaid and their successors are hereby required punctually to attend the whole General Meetings and Quarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge by their Representatives, being their Master and Wardens for the time, or by lawfull proxys in their names, providing the said proxys be Master Masons or Fellow-crafts of some established Lodge holding of the Grand Lodge, to the end they may act and vote in the Grand Lodge, and be duely certiorate of the proceedings thereof;   Declaring their precedency in the Grand Lodge to commence from the thirtieth day of November, One thousand seven hundred and thirty six, when they were entered upon the Rolls thereof, and to the effect these presents may be the more effectually kept and preserved, the same are hereby appointed to be recorded in the books of the Grand Lodge.

Given at the Grand Lodge held in St Mary's Chappel in Edinburgh, the sixth day of February, in the year of Our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty-eight, by the Right Honourable and Most Worshipfull ALEXANDER EARL OF   GALLOWAY, Grand Master of   Scotland;   GEORGE FRAZER, Esquire, Deputy Grand Master;   RICHARD TOD, Esquire, Substitute Grand Master;   DAVID ROSS and WILLIAM MCGHIE, Esquires, Grand Wardens;   and the Seal of the Grand Lodge appended hereunto.

Witnessing to these presents - JAMES HUNTER, Grand Treasurer;   ALEXANDER MCDOUGAL, Grand Secretary;   and JAMES ALISON, Grand Clerk.

Composition of half-a-guinea for this Confirmation paid to JAMES HUNTER, G Treas.   


Apud Edinburgum, 6 th February 1758

       Recorded in the books of the Grand Lodge and the Seal appended hereunto.

Number of this, 21 on the Rolls.