St James's Operative Lodge No 97


A memo from Grand Master Mason


I have received several queries about cancelling Lodge meetings as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

At the time of writing, a total of 7,690 people have been tested in the UK, of which 7,675 were confirmed negative and 15 positives. None of those cases have been in Scotland but it is almost inevitable that it will appear in Scotland at some point – the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data every day at 2pm until further notice so we can keep abreast of developments. The NHS Inform link also has the latest advice

In the meantime, I would urge everyone to take the precautionary measures outlined by the Health Boards at all Masonic meetings and whilst on Masonic business

cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze –
put used tissues in the bin immediately –
wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available –
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell –
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If anyone in any Lodge is diagnosed with the virus, I would advise that the Lodge should immediately cancel all meetings until such time as the local health officials have indicated that it is safe to do so.

Common sense should prevail at all times – take no chances – observe the precautionary measures at all times.

If in any doubt, please contact Grand Lodge for further advice.


A Great Evening was had, at this year's Installation and Festival of St John .

which took place in Freemasons Hall George Street Edinburgh .
                  Monday The 30th of December 2019
Installation 2019
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Dear Sir and Brother,
By order of Bro. Gordon Hopes P.M. R.W.M. you are
requested to attend the ,
Installation Meeting at
Freemasons Hall at 96 George Street Edinburgh
on Monday 30th of December 2019
at 4:00pm prompt.
Meetings From Installation Date to Friday 24th April 2020
Are in this Billet
Yours fraternally,
Maurice E. Wilson M.B.E. P.M.
“Be very cautious who you recommend as a Candidate:
one false step on this point may prove fatal.
If you have a good Lodge keep it select.
Great numbers are not always beneficial” Dr. Oliver.
Installation Meeting MONDAY 30th of December 2019 at 4 :00p.m. Prompt. Tickets £15:00 each
• Welcome
• Present One Visiting R.W.M. and One Visiting Past Master.
• Minutes. Regular Meeting 13th December 2019.
• Correspondence. etc. Minutes. Regular Meeting 13th December 2019.
• Receive Visiting Provincial Grand Masters
• Receive The Provincial Grand Master of Edinburgh.
• Receive The Grand Lodge of Scotland.
• Installation of Bro Clark Wilson as R.W.M. of St James’s Operative Lodge No.97
• Installation of Office Bearers for St James’s Operative Lodge No.97
• Appeal on behalf of Grand Lodge Benevolent Funds.
• The Grand Lodge of Scotland Retire.
• Provincial Grand Lodge of Edinburgh Retire and Visiting Provincial Grand Masters
• Close Lodge
• The Festival of St. John
REGULAR MEETING, Friday 10th January 2020 at 7.00 pm
Minutes. Correspondence. Reports. To Be Advised
REGULAR MEETING, Friday 24th January 2020 at 7.00 pm
Minutes. Correspondence. Reports. To Be Advised
REGULAR MEETING, Friday 14th February 2020 at 7.00 pm
Minutes. Correspondence. Reports. To Be Advised
REGULAR MEETING, Friday 28nd February 2020 at 7 00 pm
Minutes. Correspondence. Reports. To Be Advised
REGULAR MEETING, Friday 13th March 2020 at 7 00 pm
Minutes. Correspondence. Reports. Degree: To Be Advised
REGULAR MEETING, Friday 27th March 2020 at 7 00 pm
FRIDAY 10th April 2020—No Meeting—Good Friday
REGULAR MEETING, Friday 24th April 2020 at 7 00 pm
Minutes. Correspondence.
*Members of Management & Enquiry Committee ex Offico
*All Past Master's Members of Management & Enquiry Committee ex Offico
RWM *Bro. Clark Wilson
IPM *Bro. Gordon Hopes P.M.
DM *Bro.
SM *Bro. Stevie Allan
WSW *Bro. Adam Fordyce
WJW *Bro. David Johnson
Secretary *Bro. Maurice E Wilson MBE. P.M.
Treasurer *Bro. John .S. Lees P.M.
Almoner *Bro. Vacant
Chaplain *Bro. Walter Brien P.M.
SD *Bro. Dale Whitelaw
JD *Bro. Fred Burvenich
Director of Ceremonies Bro. John Clason Snr. P.M.
Bible Bearer Bro. Michael Wynne
Bard Bro. David Turner
Organist Bro. Liam Maguire
Marshal Bro. Vacant
IG Bro. Alf Torrance
Standard Bearer Bro. S. Ferguson
Tyler Bro. Vacant
Management Committee : A Torrance; M. Wynne; L. Maguire
Enquiry Committee : A Torrance; M. Wynne; L. Maguire
P.G.L. Rep: J.S. Lees P.M.
P.G.L. Office Bearer: Bro. James I. Hamilton P.M.

Regular Meeting‘s are held on the 2nd & 4th Friday’s October to April
All are welcome to our meetings please see Web Page and Facebook.
WEB Page:-

Dear Sir and Brother,
All meetings are advertised on the Lodge Web Site, and on Facebook Page.

Test Fees (£50.00) for 2020 are due by 28th December 2020 and may be remitted directly to the Treasurer, along with any
donation to other funds, accompanied by the portion of billet appended below.
Tickets for the Festival of St. John Cost £15.00 each will be available from the Treasurer from 1st November 2019.
The Annual Appeal for the Grand Lodge Benevolent Funds at the Festival of St. John is commended to all Brethren of the
Lodge and it is hoped that Brethren will respond generously.
A remittance for £ . is enclosed for the disbursement
as follows: Amount
1. Test Fee £
2. Lodge Benevolence £
3. Grand Lodge Benevolent Funds £
4. Grand Lodge Masonic Homes Fund £
5. Lodge General Fund £
Total £
Name of Brother:
If you wish to pay your Test Fees by BACS (Bank Transfer) straight into the Lodge’s Bank Account the details are as follows:-
Bank of Scotland—Sort Code—80-22-60—Account No 11780465—St James’s Operative Lodge No.97

If you wish to send any remittance by post, please complete this page and send to :-
Treasurer: J.S.Lees 28 Mountcastle Drive South Edinburgh EH15 1PZ
A new billet will then be sent with your receipt.
All other communications are to be addressed to the Secretary:-
Maurice E Wilson MBE
6 Craigentinny Crescent Edinburgh EH7 6QB
Telephone: 0131 :669:9335
## Please notify the Secretary of any change of address. ##
***Please note Degrees may have to be changed at any time see lodge web site for further information.***





This Years Installation And Festival Of St John


Will Take Place On Monday The 30th Of December 2019 at 16.00


In The Grand Lodge Of Scotland 96 George Street Edinburgh.


Anyone wishing Tickets Can Contact The Treasurer


John Lee's PM . Tickets Are Priced At £15 Each.






















Past Master Brother William Greig Sadly Passed to the Grand Lodge Above after a long illness.

Brother William Greig was our Master in 1976.

His Funeral Service will take place

At Seafield Crematorium on Tuesday The 16th of April at 12 o clock.

He will be Sadly Missed by the Lodge and All those who knew him.




























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       Bro James Hamilton P.M.



Just to let everyone know Bro James Hamilton P.M.

has suffered a Heart Attack and is currently in REI .

James is doing well and hopes to be out on

Wednesday . I am sure everyone sends their best

regards and wishes him a speedy recovery .


James is now out and taking it easy at home and hopefully 

We will see him soon fit and well .


 Scots night Dinner

         We will be holding a scot's night and Dinner on the 21st of April 2018

         anyone wishing tickets please contact Bro John Lees  PM Treasurer

                 Either in person or via Email


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                                                                 Linda Wilson


PM Maurice Wilson's Wife , Clark Wilson and Louise Wilson's Mother .

Sadly passed away Last Thursday The 1st of December . Our condolences go out to All the family at this very sad time .

The Funeral is On Saturday The 10th of December at 12pm in Warriston Crematorium

To which i hope anyone who wishes to go can attend .

There after at the Masonic Club shrubhill .

                               Bro Andrew Harris


The Bretheren are Requested to attend the funeral of Brother Andrew Harris

 on Monday the 8th of February 3pm at Mortonhall Crematorium.

Brother Andrew worked in the kitchen for many years with Pm Jimmy Taylor

preparing and serving meals and will be sadly missed by all .










                                     BRO GORDON ELLIOT PM


                                                14th September 2015



   It is with great sadness that we have to announce, the passing to the   

   Grand Lodge above On The 14th of Sept 2015

   One of Our most senior Past Masters, Brother Gordon Elliot .

   Gordon was Our Master For the Year 1964 - 1965


    Past Master Gordon was Our Treasurer for Many Years and Worked Tirelessly for St James's .

    Gordon passed Away Peacefully after a Long Illness.

    His Funeral is a Private Family Funeral.


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                                      BRO JAMES TAYLOR PM


                                                 Friday 8th May 2015


It is with great sadness that we have to announce, the passing to the Grand Lodge above.

One of Our most senior Past Masters,  Brother James Taylor.

He will be sadly missed not only by Our Lodge but by a large number of Lodges and Bretheren .

Bro James was Our Master in the year 1979 - 1980 

Bro James past away peacefully this afternoon at home.




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                                             27th Nov 1934 - 8th May 2015