Caley Links

This page is dedicated to providing links to those "Caley" lodges who, for reasons of distance, cannot attend our annual gatherings, and an attempt to unite ALL Caledonians, where so e'er dispersed.

The various lodges which have Caledonian as the whole or part of their name, meet annually at a venue which is decided upon by the host any particular year.

If you know of a "Caley Lodge", Chapter, or whatever, which has a web site, or contact address but is not shown in the listings, PLEASE let me know, and I will happily add it to Caledonian Links.

14 Caledonian Ipswich Queensland GL Queensland
34 Caledonia Port Mackay Queensland GL Queensland
113 Caledonian Elsternwick Victoria GL Victoria
178 Caledonian Fremantle Western Australia GL W.Australia
16 Caledonian Timaaru New Zealand New Zealand
20 Caledonia Caledonia GL Minnesota
68 Caledonia Columbus GL Texas
96 Caledonia McKenzie GL Tennessee
98 Caledonia Fremantle GL Vermont
121 Caledonia Timaaru GL Georgia
280 Caledonia Caledonia GL Mississippi
486 Caledonia Bakersfield GL California
12 Tyro Caledonia GL Missouri
62 St Andrew Caledonia GL Canada (Ontario)
387 R. C. Hathaway Caledonia GL Michigan
447 Oliver Caledonia GL Ohio

Grand Lodge, no doubt in an attempt to express its annoyance with Dr. Mitchell, stepped in, and ruled in favour of Roman Eagle. Dr. Mitchell ignored the ruling, and began proceedings of secession. Charges were made against Mitchell by a Brother James Gibson, and were answered by a challenge to a duel! For his conduct, Bro. Mitchell was suspended sine die.

Here also the matter might have ended, had Mother Kilwinning chosen another time to return to the embrace of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, for on her return, she displaced the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel) No. 1, at the head of the roll of the Grand Lodge, by, under the terms of reconciliation, being placed at the head of the roll, without number! The Lodge of Edinburgh was not amused, but again, here the matter may have been ended, had it not been for the ensuing incident.

Dr. Mitchell, despite his seemingly eccentric manner, must have had the loyal support of his Lodge, for at its installation meeting, held just three days after the suspension edict, the members proceeded to reinstall him into the chair of the Lodge. They also voted for secession from the Grand Lodge until "such time as that body saw fit to raise the suspension inflicted upon its Master". At this meeting were the Senior Warden and the Treasurer of No. 1, and the Grand Lodge retaliated by suspending these, and the office-bearers of Caledonian, from all Masonic privileges.

The Lodge of Edinburgh, its feathers now substantially ruffled, protested that the two Brethren, merely visitors, had no say in the proceedings, and that no one had ever been suspended for visiting Kilwinning during her period of secession from Grand Lodge. Grand Lodge was accused of "glaring partiality", and the suspensions were ignored. Other Lodges, also incensed at what seemed a flagrant display of partiality, entered the fray. St. Andrew, Canongate Kilwinning, and St. David all proposed secession in support of No. 1, and all were promptly suspended. The suspended Lodges formed themselves into a separate body, taking the style, "The Associated Lodges".

Doctor Mitchell, perhaps having a greater axe to grind than most, on hearing of a procession to Divine Service to be lead by the Acting Grand Master Elect, the Honourable William Ramsay Maule MP, arranged an alternative procession and followed the main body down the High Street, but after reaching the Tron Church, veered off into Oman's Tavern taking the rebels with him. It was now the turn of Grand Lodge not to be amused, and, under the direction of its Acting Grand Master, it sought to quash the rebels under the Secret Societies Act of 1779, blissfully unaware of the Fullerton Amendment.

Enter now the Law.

Grand Lodge, mistakenly believing itself unassailable as the only legally recognised body in Scotland, sought, through the agency of some members of Lodge Caledonian who had not joined the rebels, to prohibit the proposed celebration of the Festival of St. John, by the rebels, on the 24th of June 1808.

Naturally, the rebels, fully aware of their legal standing, declared themselves Freemasons, and lobbed the ball back into the court of Grand Lodge.

The case dragged on for three years, and would doubtless have been settled by a further amendment to the Secret Societies Act in favour of the petitioners, had not the lawyers for Grand Lodge literally dragged defeat from the very jaws of victory, by entering into evidence correspondence between the Earl of Moira and the Grand Master, (The Prince of Wales, later King George IV.) which included opinion on the "merits of the question". The ruling of the court was that "if parties were allowed to make such production in a Court of Justice, containing the opinions of private persons, far less that of the greatest subject of the State, and Heir-Apparent to the Crown, it might tend to very dangerous consequences indeed".

The letter was withdrawn from the proceedings, all statements from it expunged from the record, and judgement found in favour of the rebels.

Naturally, the situation could not be allowed to continue as inter-visitation between the rebel Lodges and the regular Lodges would result in an ever growing snowball of expulsions.

The contending parties were reconciled on 31st March 1813 when all suspensions and expulsions, with one exception, were removed. The exception was of course Dr. John Mitchell, who did not, or would not apply for re-admission to Grand Lodge, and drifted away into obscurity.

Of what happened to the Lodge no record exists, for returns were not received from Lodge Caledonian, from secession to erasure. At roll closures subsequent to 1813, the Lodge is shown as 161 (1816), 161 (1822), and 163 (1826), before finally being erased in 1838.

The Caledonian Lodges in Scotland have a further bonding besides having similar, or in some cases, identical names. Once each year all join together to work a common degree, the meeting place rotating.

1991 sees the end of the first cycle of meetings, and all are most emphatic that the event should continue, further consolidating the ties. An account of these meetings could well form the body of a future paper.

The last page of the History of Lodge Caledonian No. 392, has, as its closing lines, a parody of "Hail Caledonia", which ends :

Wisdom shall guide thee,
Strength shall support thee,
Beauty and Harmony reign in thy hall,
Honour and Virtue and Love for the Brethren
Ever thy precepts our mem'ries recall.

O Caledonian, much hast thou taught us,
May we be faithful and true to the end,
Ever be worthy our fair Bond of Friendship,
Mother and Friend.

Edinburgh 1992


Caledonian Snippets
(Not a lot of people know this, but...)

Some of the Caledonian Lodges around the world HAVE had links to each other prior to these which are made possible by the mere click of a mouse.

A certain Charles Cleghorn Scott, Master Mason of Lodge "St. Mary's Caledonian Operative" No. 339, affiliated to 392 on the 27th of May 1869. In 1880 the minutes of 392 record that he emigrated to America. Perhaps he was not too impressed with our former Colonies, for he returned to Edinburgh prior to the Installation meeting of 1887 when he was installed as Secretary of 392.

John Irvine was Initiated in to 392 on the 25th of April 1906. he was Passed on the 26th of October of that same year, and Raised 28th of February 1907. The Passing and Raising were carried out by "Caledonia" No. 490 in Bombay (now Mumbai).

William Symon McLeod first saw masonic light in Lodge Caledonian 392 on the 20th December 1917. He was Passed and Raised on the 26th of March 1919 and 11th of June 1919 respectively. Bro. William was Advanced on the 19th of February 1920. On the 10th of November 1920 a Demit was granted to Bro. William in favour of Lodge "Caledonian" No. 637 in Canada. Bro. William progressed through the Offices of the Lodge and became Worshipful Master of 637 in 1933.

Henry Wilson Toolin was Entered and Passed on the 9th January and the 13th of March 1946, Raised by Lodge "Thistle" No. 1227 on the 22nd of April, and then Advanced as a Mark Master within "Lodge Caledonia" No. 1406 on the 9th of May 1946.

The four items mentioned above are probably just scraping the surface of what, if other "Caledonian Lodges" could contribute by trawling through their minutes, might form the basis of a very interesting article on Global Networking before the advent of the Internet.

If there ARE half remembered snippets which link various Caledonia(n) Lodges, then why not double check on them, write them up, and contribute to those above.


Caledonian St. John Royal Arch
(Lennoxtown, Scotland) No. 195
Founded: 2nd May 1796
Lodge colours: Blue & Silver
Location: Lennoxtown, Scotland
Meets: 2nd & 4th Thursday, September to June

(Annan, Scotland) No.238 Home Page: Click here
Founded: 4th February 1811
Lodge colours: 42nd Tartan and Gold
Location: Campbell House Tweedie Terrace Annan Dumfriesshire DG12 5HF
Meets:2nd and 4th Wednesday September to November, January to April.
Contact: None

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