SYMBOL OF ORDER
NATIONAL NAME OF ORDER
The Royal Order of Scotland
LOCAL NAME OF ORDER
Provincial Grand Lodge of the Cotswolds
The purpose of the Order is to 'correct the errors and reform the abuses that had crept in among the three Degrees of St John’s Masonry' (In Scotland the Craft is known as St John’s Masonry).
The titular Head of the Order is the King of Scots – the de facto head is known as the Deputy Master and Governor. When the PGL of the Cotswolds was founded, nearly 20 years ago, the Governor was the Rt Hon Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, a direct descendant of Robert Bruce.
The current Governor is Bro.Ewan Rutherford. All members, regardless of rank, are referred to as 'Brother'. Admission consists of two ceremonies, those of Advancement and Promotion.
They are usually carried out at the same meeting, and elements of the ceremonies can be very moving, being strongly Christian in content.
The Order, which is global, is administered from Grand Lodge, in Edinburgh, and each Lodge is referred to as a Provincial Grand Lodge. Regalia, in Thistle Green and Crimson, is very colourful and impressive. It is also quite expensive, but once acquired, never needs adaptation nor augmentation.
WHO CAN JOIN
You must be 5 years a Master Mason and Membership of 1 other Christian Order (Rose Croix, RCC, KT, KTP).
Membership is by invitation.
Bro. Ron Bridger Provincial Grand Master
Bro. Alasdair B Milne Provincial Deputy Grand Master
Bro. Graham E P Pattenden Provincial Substitute Grand Master
WHERE WE MEET
Cardinal House, Nuneham Courtenay on 2nd Saturday November (I), 1st Saturday March, and 3rd Saturday June
LIST OF LODGES
- The Provincial Grand Lodge of the Cotswolds