History

Ibrox Disaster 1902 Benevolence has always played an important role in St. Barchan, not only for the brethren and their families but also outside the Lodge.

Early examples are recorded - on 30th November 1901 five widows each receive 5cwt of coal from the Lodge Benevolent Fund. Again, in November 1908 we are informed that 1 ton of coal was given to Widows and indigent Brethren.

The benevolence given depended on the circumstances - it may have been in a practical form as noted above; equally the assistance may be financial in nature.

On 2nd May 1902 a donation of £1 is gifted for relief following the Ibrox Park catastrophe. The photograph on the right shows policemen inspecting a section of collapsed terracing at the West End of Ibrox Park, 1902. Twenty-four people lost their lives and more than 600 were injured when a section of the temporary terracing collapsed during a Scotland v England international match.

The tradition of assisting others still has an important role and the brethren are proud to support good causes both within and outwith the Lodge.