Campbell Lodge At 150


Sesquicentennial Celebration held on June 24th 2023.

These anniversaries are very special moments in the history of a Lodge and even though they are not deserving of a jewel to mark the occasion, they are a springboard to the bicentennial when future Brethren, who may not even be born yet, will proudly celebrate the moment.

The Lodge was consecrated on the 8th June 1873 and first met at Hampton Court. The Lodge  which was named after its first Master, Sir Gilbert E. Campbell, 3rd Baronet of Carrick Buoy, was the fourth Lodge to be consecrated in the new Masonic Province of Middlesex in 1873.

The VW Deputy Provincial Grand Master Jim Mitchell entered in procession with his Provincial Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W Bro Dr Nishal Amin, W Bro John Leggett PSGD Assistant Provincial Grand Master and a full Provincial Escort. W Bro Jim accepted the gavel and congratulated the Lodge on their 150th anniversary and informed them that he was very much looking forward to the meeting.

The highlight of the meeting was a demonstration of the Scottish Entered Apprentice Degree by the Degree Demonstration Team consisting of 8 Brethren from Lodge Possilpark No 1330, Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow Scottish Constitution. This caused much discussion amongst the Brethren at the conclusion of the demonstration. At the Festive Board afterwards, Lodge Possilpark No 1330 presented a gift of a boxed engraved Square and Compass to the Worshipful Master of The Campbell Lodge No 1415, W Bro Jayson Brinkler, Provincial Senior Grand Deacon. W Bro Jayson informed the Brethren that they would be in use at all future meetings adorning the Volume of The Sacred Law.

New strong ‘Fraternal’ ties were forged between both Lodges with The Campbell Lodge looking forward to visiting Lodge Possilpark No 1330 very soon.

Festive board began with a champagne reception and the brethren from Lodge Possilpark presented Campbell Lodge with a boxed Square and Compass which was engraved to mark this 150th anniversary. The Champagne reception is notable and W. Bro Mike Karn made this observation in one of his presentations about Campbell Lodge in an earlier time. The link is the Champagne:

Early in 1918, all Lodges received a letter from Grand Lodge urging Brethren to set a good example in the rigid economy of the consumption of food. Most already did this, but shortly after receiving the letter the rationing of food took place in the country. Lodges and Chapters did respond to the letter:

From the Minute Book of Royal Union Lodge: ‘A letter was read from the Provincial Grand Master, exhorting Brethren to refrain from all Masonic Festivities during the suffering, privation, and distress caused by the war’.

The History of the Loyal Cambrian Lodge states: ‘A communication was read from Provincial Grand Lodge … “that whilst not wishing to interfere in the domestic arrangements of any Lodge, it expresses the hope that every Lodge will economise as much as possible and that the annual banquets will be dispensed with”.

One Lodge, Campbell Lodge No 1415 responded in its own particular way and recorded: “After considering methods of curtailing the expense of banquets, a resolution was put, that champagne be deleted from the banquet menu and wine be substituted. However, rather than forego champagne the brethren decided instead to reduce expenses by suspending the June meeting”.

Ed: It might be interesting to get an idea who Campbell was and I have shown a link below which will give a brief background to his life and times:



Sir Gilbert E Campbell was a well-known Victorian author and there was a certain amount of notoriety which surrounded him. Apart from the title of a minor Baronetcy he also received from Spain the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic. This is an award which can also be given to foreign  nationals in recognition of services to that country.

Please links below;

more about Sir Gilbert Edward Campbell

Lodge Possilpark (Glasgow) 1330

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