At the end of World War I, a few brethren from various Lodges found themselves in
the Corpach area, and got together to try and find out if there were sufficient brethren
to form a Lodge there and after many discussions it was decided to apply to Provincial
Grand Lodge for permission. The question of where the meetings would take place was
the next thing, the GSC Hall Committee was then approached, and two nights per month
were set aside, but when deputation came to inspect the hall, it was discovered that
voices could be heard quite clearly. and if this was to be used, the brethren would
have to talk in a very low voice, and the Tyler would have to patrol the vicinity.
The next thing was the name of the lodge if a Charter was issued. The Chief of the
Clan Cameron was then approached, and although not a brother at that time gave his
consent for Lochiel to be used. In June 1920 the Charter was presented to the Lodge
by the Provincial Grand Master of Ross & Cromarty and Inverness-shire.
At the end of World War II the brethren then decided that it was time they did something
to get a hall of their own, and it was decided to begin a building fund. Lochiel
was so pleased with this that he immediately gave the site for same, and in our opinion
it's the best site in Lochaber, and at the same time laid aside a chair for the Master,
his chair is now dressed at all meetings with the regalia in honour of absent brethren.
The Lodge building was eventually completed and consecrated and opened on 23rd April
1960 by the Provincial Grand Master of Inverness-shire, Bro W P Cameron, J.P., M.A.,
F.E.I.S, also a PM of the Lodge.
We are deeply indebted to the parents and family of our late Senior Warden Bro D
Cameron, who presented the furniture to us which is admired and looked upon with
awe by everyone who comes to the Lodge, and was consecrated by Provincial Grand Master
of Inverness-shire Bro W P Cameron on 11th January 1961.
The above was taken from the programme of the 50th Anniversary Celebration & Rededication
Ceremony. 24th October 1970
Marching from the old hall to the new hall in 1960
Due to the volume of minutes to research the history of the Lodge is an ongoing project.
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The Informal Gathering on the “SA Oranje”
Whilst travelling to Capetown on board the “SA Oranje” in October 1972, Past Master
Bro George Bowrin was invited to an "informal gathering of Freemasons" .
A copy of the invitation and the minutes of the gathering can seen here.