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.