Lodge St. Olaf No.1188 Installation

Congratulations to Bro. Hall on being installed into the Chair of his Mother Lodge St. Olaf No.1188 – It was an honour for The Keith Lodge of Peterhead to come through & Install Bro. Hall & his office bearers.

Superb hospitality as usual & Lovely Harmony had by all.

Wishing Lodge St. Olaf No.1188 a prosperous year ahead.

Regular Meeting

The next regular Meeting of the Keith Lodge No.56 will be on Monday 4th December, On this occasion our WSW will be taking the chair and he will be assisted by the Junior officers and Brethren of the Lodge where they will conduct a 3rd Degree. This has become a tradition in the Keith Lodge over the past 5-6 years giving those not in office an opportunity to participate – I’m sure they will appreciate your support in coming along to watch them have their first bash at a 3rd Degree.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Annual General Meeting

The next Meeting of the Keith Lodge No.56 will be on Monday 27th November. The business of the evening will be our Annual General Meeting and Nomination & Election of Office Bearers. – Look forward to seeing you all there.

A Soliloquy

On Recorded Pride and Hopes for The Future

Recorded history tells us that the Keith Lodge dates from 1754, but our senses argue rightly that her origin (and we hope continuity) is considerably older. Peterhead has much ancient history and tradition, so why should its Masonic history not be in line ?

Today, we know and value these things – Education – System – Records and the virtues and values they bring are treasured and saved for posterity. We know certainly that James Keith of Inverugie (a scion of the noble house of Keith, hereditary Earl Marischals of Scotland), a local man and celebrated soldier in the Spanish, Russian and Prussian Service’s, was a member of our Craft. On that assumption, could he not have been “made” locally by our operative forbearers? His statue outside our Temple reminds us of his service to others and should engender pride in ourselves.

With our Masonic records and traditions in Aberdeenshire, we are justified in feeling this, and to put our Lodge in the front rank and proudly feel we stand for today, and our place on the roll of Grand Lodge. After all, we did take our place under her wings only eighteen years after she was erected, and have ever since remained a rugged, yet proud and loyal daughter in the North-East.

Sons of No. 56 have travelled far and wide and spread fame in many climes.   Let us in future make up our minds to dwell on what is good and great, and see to it that when the year 2054 arrives, our successors may say WE were right; tried by the Square; Level and Plumb-line and proved true.

Loyalty to our Lodge, and an active pride in all her activities, will make us better citizens, add to her renown and our own good name and personal pride as well.

If our past records today lack all we may desire, let us see our successors do not feel likewise; and let us constantly remember that Masonic Ceremonies are mainly to let us “see the light” and having opened our eyes, let us realise the goodness of what we then see and practise it daily in harmony and truth and the Keith Lodge, her good name and fame; Scottish Masonry and our­selves will flourish.

When we and our successors read in after years what is stated today, history will surely say :-


Regular Meeting

The next regular Meeting of the Keith Lodge No.56 will be on Monday 20th November and will be the 3rd Degree – Look forward to seeing you all there.

Regular Meeting

The next regular Meeting of the Keith Lodge No.56 will be on the 13th November – We have Lodge St James No.256 coming to carry out a 2nd Degree – Look forward to seeing you all there.

The Origins of Freemasonry in Peterhead

The Origins of the Keith Lodge No.56

1739 – First written record of the Lodge
The Keith Lodge was Chartered by the Grand Lodge of Scotland on 6th February 1754, yet we know the Lodge was in existence long before our charter. From the attached excerpt it reads:-

Admission of the Keith Lodge

Being Constituted In Name and Authority of
By George Gray, John Buchan, William Farquhar, William Mill, George Lillie, Robert Buchan, Andrew Smith, John Mill Snr, Gilbert Paterson, John Mill Jnr, Andrew Thom, William Reid, Alexander Taylor

These Brethren are the recorded founding fathers of Freemasonry in Peterhead yet we must ask how long were the Masons in the town before they decided to form the Lodge & name it after the Earl Marischal George Keith. The Keith Lodge originally held the number 412 with the now extinct Lodge of Edinburgh from Dunfermline which held the number 411, They received their charter in 1739.

Our First recorded minute of Office Bearers reads:-

St Johns Day Dec 27th 1740 – Admission of Masons for The Keith Lodge of Peterhead 27th Dec 1740
Master~John Gray
Snr Warden~John Buchan
Jnr Warden~Will Farquhar
Boxmaster~William Milne
Treasurer~George Lillie
Robert Buchan, William Ried, Andrew Smith, John Milne Junior, Gilbert Paterson, John Mills, James Craighead, John Dargie.

Traditionally the installation of office bearers was always carried out on St. Johns Day (27th December)

You can read more about the Keith Lodge in our Lodge History section of the website.