Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No. 10
Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland
Constituted 21st December 1724
The Grand Procession
June 25th 1824
The Dalkeith Kilwinning Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons having formerly resolved to celebrate their hundred years this day as also the Anniversary of St John the Baptist, the Brethren having assembled in their Lodge Room at one o'clock when the Lodge was opened in the form by the Right Worshipful Master and being then marshalled with Deputation's from Sister Lodges in the High School Yard by Brothers Robert Millne, John Purves, Robert Johnston and David Farquharson assisted by Brothers Moffat and Hogg from Grand Lodge of Scotland, the Dalkeith Lodge then marched off preceded by a Band of Musick and followed by the Deputations from other Lodges to the church the middle of the under part having been reserved for the Brethren. The Galleries and other parts were filled by genteel and well dressed ladies and gentlemen.
Divine Service was performed by that very Worthy and Reverend Brother Dr Lee who preached a most impressive and excellent sermon from 1st Timothy the 5th Chapter and 8th Verse.
The procession then went from the Church round by the West End of the Town in the following order:
On the health of the Reverend Dr. Lee being drunk, Dr. Lee rose and proposed to drink to the prosperity of the Brethren and in a neat impressive speech declared the great pleasure he enjoyed in seeing such harmony and cordiality prevailing and wished they might be long spared and well directed in their labours and that they might persevere in assisting their decayed Brethren, endeavouring to comfort those in affliction and making the heart of the widow to rejoice and. that harmony and peace might always reign within our walls.
On the health of the Masters of the different Lodges being drunk, they severally returned thanks in a manner suitable to the occasion, declaring their gratification it gave them to be present. At such a grand and harmonious meeting.
On the procession leaving the Inn they proceeded by the east end of the town and on arriving in the Lodge spent the remainder of the evening with that cordiality which is always the distinguishing feature of the Craft the Lodge being dosed in due form by the Right Worshipful Master the brethren parted pleasably and well disposed one toward another.
Jas. Turnbull, Mr.
N.B. Brethren to attend dressed in black, black stockings and white gloves.
The Lodge attended the laying of the foundation stones of all prominent buildings at that time, for example: