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As we come to the conclusion of 2013 we can reflect on an eventful but successful twelve months and look forward to a similarly busy time in the forthcoming year.

The “Heads” of the Masonic Orders in Scotland and their Grand Secretaries will meet early in the New Year under the auspices of the Grand Imperial Council of Scotland in Perth and I look forward, once again, to a full debate on various matters concerning Freemasonry in Scotland which, I trust, will be of great benefit to us all.

Invariably, during the year past, we have lost members of the Order and our thoughts and prayers are with all their families and friends.

The Great Priory has lost three senior Knights in a short period and we mourn the passing of R E Frater William Angus Menzies GCT, Past District Grand Prior of The North in Scotland, Willie was a most senior member of most, if not all, Orders in Scotland and was very widely known and respected. With his passing at the age of 95 we have lost one of our most respected characters.

R E Frater Hugh MacDonald KCT was also widely known and respected in a number of Organisations, Masonic and otherwise, especially in and around Glasgow and the West of Scotland, V E Frater Alexander Daniel or “wee Alex” as he was more commonly called has also been summoned to higher service and the Order in the North East, particularly Peterhead, is much poorer for his passing. We will remember them with great affection.

We will install our nineteenth Grand Master in March when R E Frater Jim Hodge from Ayrshire will assume the mantle of responsibility, his Installation will be followed by his Enthronement Ceremony on Saturday 3rd May in Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh. I wish him well in his future endeavours as he leads us for the next five years.

As the Festive Season beckons I would express my thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Order during the last twelve months and hope your participation will continue next year.

May Our Lord sprinkle his Blessings most liberally upon you, your family and friends during the period of the celebrations of Christ’s Birth and into a much anticipated 2014.

James Hodge, Grand Master

Most Eminent & Reverend Grand Master

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