Lodge Sir George Cathcart No. 617

Prominent Profiles

Evening Times 11th February 1903

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One of the most popular men in Glasgow, Major F.W. Allan is widely known not only in business circles as agent of the Union-Castle Line, but in connection with many movements philanthropic and social, for the betterment of the citizens.

He is an Old Volunteer and an Old Freemason and an enthusiastic worker in the interests of both.

This week he will have the distinction of being raised to the high office of Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire East, a post which Lord Blythswood has just vacated after a period of thirty-six years.

 Major Allan was Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Sir George Cathcart 1883 – 1890 / P.G.M. 1903 – 1908


 Other Brethren of distinction:

James McGuire R.W.M. 1905 - 1906 / Provincial Grand Secretary 1916 - 1928

Robert Ewan R.W.M. 1906 - 1907 / Provincial Grand Senior Warden 1938 - 1939

James Balmer R.W.M. 1936 -1938 / Provincial Grans Senior Warden 1954 -1955

Arthur Watson R.W.M. 1935 – 1936 / Provincial Grand Senior Warden 1971 – 1972

Bruce Watson R.W.M. 1955 – 1956 / P.G.M. 1987 – 1992

Aeneas McNeil R.W.M. 1964 – 1965 / Provincial Grand Senior Warden 1984 – 1985

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P.M. Brother Joe Monahan was a very active and long serving member of Provincial Grand Committee and his many years of service were honored when he was conferred with the honorary rank of Provincial Grand Senior Deacon in 1986. Brother Joe was succeeded as committee member by P.M. Brother Sam Milwain. 

Michael Higgins R.W.M. 1983 – 1985 / Honorary Grand Secretary

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P.M. Sam McNicol ~ Joined the Lodge 60 years ago Served two terms as R.W.M. and has held the Office of Almoner for over 30 years on the occasion of our rededication meeting on the 4th February 2016 Bro Sam was presented with a Grand Lodge Distinguished Service Diploma. Also in the photograph Provincial Grand Master Bro John S. Miller, Provincial Grand Chaplain Bro Bill Shirlaw and R.W.M. Bro Alex McAleer.

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East ~ Annual Installation on Saturday 28th January 2017 Bro Gordon Fleming P.M. was honoured, being presented with Honorary Provincial Grand Rank of P.G. Assistant Treasurer. Photographed here with his Jewel of Office being congratulated by R.W.M. Bro. Alex McAleer. Shortly after that Meeting Bro. Gordon left Scotland to live in Spain. We wish Bro. Gordon and his wife Elizabeth all the very best for their new life in sunnier climes.


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Bro Sam McNicol P.M. joined the lodge in 1957 at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 21st September Bro Sam was presented with a Grand Lodge of Scotland Diamond Certificate marking his 60 years service to Lodge Sir George Cathcart and Freemasonry in general.

The presentation was made by his two sons Brothers Ian & Graham both Past Masters of the Lodge.

6oth Anniversary Grand Lodge Jewel

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R.W.M. Alex McAleer presents Bro Sam McNicol with a Grand Lodge of Scotland Diamond Jubilee jewel to further recognise his great service to Freemasonry and Lodge Sir George Cathcart in particular.