History

Lodge St. Barchan's Centenary celebrations began shortly before 6pm on 6th November 1884. Our old Master, Bro. Matthew Houston took the chair and requested Bro. John Hodgart to open the Lodge. This having been done Matt rose to his feet and told the assembled brethren that it was 100 years since his father was made the 1st Master of the Lodge.

Due to the Matt's age, Bro. Thomas McCrorie acted as Depute Master. Colonel Sir Archibald C. Campbell of Blythswood, Grand Master Mason of Scotland then rose to tell the brethren that he has signed the book for the 1st time as the Grand Master Mason, an office he had only held for 24 hours. He then wished the Lodge all prosperity.

The Lodge was thereafter closed and the Brethren marched through the village of Kilbarchan with a band of music and 25 torchbearers. The procession concluded at 7:30pm and the Brethren retired to their homes where they conveyed their good ladies by carriage to the schoolroom.

Bro. Thomas McCrorie PM, DM presided. On his right sat Bro. D. Murray Lyon, Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Also in attendance were Bro. John Carswell PM and Bro. Robert Kerr. On the left sat James Caldwell Snr Past Senior Warden of The Grand Lodge of Scotland, James Caldwell Jnr (grandson and great grandson of Matt and James Houston respectively), John Hodgart PM, James Thomson PM 102, Daniel Cunningham PM, O.G McGregor PM Sec.

Bro. Alex Hamilton 157 Beith sang and Bro. Malcolm Neil SW composed a poem to 156. The visiting brethren were toasted by Bro. James Stevenson. Bro. O.G. McGregor reported the past history of the Lodge.