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Lodge St. Bryde No. 579 was Chartered by The Grand Lodge of Scotland on 7th. February 1876.

We have continually met in Uddingston since that date and our Lodge has in its possession a complete minute which traces not only the history of the Lodge but importantly the history of our village and the surrounding area.

Our present Masonic Hall was built in 1924 and is one of the finest examples of a building of its type in Scotland.


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With so many Proxy Members of Central South Africa Lodges in our Province we thought it would be a good idea to include a section in

The Right Angle on that is happening in The District.

With 47 active Lodges in the District, the Middle Ward has 18 Proxy Masters and of the 18 in the Province, 6 are from Lodge St.

Bryde 579.

All vacancies have now been filled, however if  you would like to be associated with our future twin District, contact Jim Jack for details.


New Temple Dedication. Bob Law, Past District Grand Master

reports that recently, a near dormant Lodge Scotia No. 973 was

revived in the town of Virginia in the Free State.

The Lodge moved from Johannesburg and several Brethren from Bloemfontein and Virginia and the surrounding area affiliated to the newly located Lodge Scotia and purchased a building in the shopping centre in the town and refurbished it as their Temple.

Various items, including the Masonic light fittings were bought from a dormant Lodge in Queenstown, Eastern Cape and are over 100 years old.

The Consecration Ceremony was conducted by RW Bro. Jim Kerr, District Grand Master and the DGL office-bearers. Thereafter

followed the Installation of Bro. Frank McNicol as RWM and the

office-bearers of Lodge Scotia No. 973.

The Members of Lodge St. Bryde who are Proxy Members

of Central South Africa are.


James L. Jack, Proxy District Grand Master.  

Robert Edgar, Proxy Master, Middleburg United No. 794

Duncan Mulholland, Proxy Master, St. Andrew No. 954

William Craig, Proxy Master, Alpha Crucis No. 980

Ronald McCarney, Proxy Master, Athol, No. 1442

James Vasey, Proxy Master, Sound Memory, No. 1655

Alex Hamilton, Proxy Master, Century Research No. 1745

District of Central South Africa Grand Lodge Update 5th July 2018

District Grand Lodge Update.

5thy. July 2018.

Dear Sir and Brother,

                                  I write to you with an update on the District of Central South Africa.

Last month a Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward, headed by R.W. Bro. William A. Perry, Provincial Grand Master (and Proxy Master of Lodge Union of Athole No. 591) attended the 356th. District Communication on 30th.

June in the Scottish Masonic Centre, Germiston.

The Deputation was enhanced by the presence of R.W. Bro. Alistair Marshall, Provincial Grand Master of Stirlingshire (and Proxy Master of Lodge Braemar No. 1469) and R.W. Bro. George R. Kelly, Past Substitute Grand Master.

Other Brethren who formed the Deputation were, Colin Campbell, Proxy Master of Lodge Gordon No. 804, Gordon Mather, Proxy Master of Lodge Ophirton No. 886, James Lees, Proxy Master of Lodge Transvaal Volunteer No. 1007, Ean Brown, Proxy Master of Lodge East Rand Scots No. 1093, James Ferguson, Proxy Master of Lodge Bloemhof Fontein No. 1250 and Andrew D. Millar, Proxy Master of Lodge Turffontein No. 1556.

After the normal business of the Communication was concluded, R.W. Bro. James Kerr, District Grand Master invited R.W. Bro. George R. Kelly to take the Chair of the District Grand Lodge and conduct the Twinning Ceremony between The District of Central South Africa and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.

This is believed to be the first such Twining in the history of the Scottish Craft. The District and Provincial Grand Masters took an obligation binding District and Province to work closely together in all areas of Freemasonry by exchanging information, ideas and improving communications.

Twining Certificates, which were signed by The Grand Master Mason were exchanged. In an act of mutual friendship and respect which delighted the two hundred and eighty-eight Brethren attending,

District Grand Lodge


Central South Africa

R.W. Bro. James Kerr

District Grand Master

Bro. Kerr conferred Honorary Membership of The District on Bro. Perry and Bro. Perry conferred Honorary Membership of The Province on Bro. Kerr. After the close of the meeting the Brethren were joined by over sixty Ladies for an excellent dinner.

The hospitality shown by the various Brethren in the District who volunteered accommodation for the visitors was of the highest standard and the visiting Brethren were delighted at the generosity extended.

Other Lodge meetings attended during the visit were, Lodge Union of Athole No. 591 M.M.M. in Kimberley, Lodge Braemar No. 1469 F.C. in Johannesburg, Lodge Friendship No. 95 Grand Lodge of South Africa E.A. in Johannesburg, East Rand Scots Lodge No. 1093 M.M. in Boksburg and Lodge Transvaal Volunteer No. 1007 Installation in Johannesburg.

The hosts had also arranged a full programme of social events to which the visitors were made most welcome.

R.W. Bro. James Kerr, District Grand Master will be attending the Installation of The Grand Master Mason in Edinburgh on 29th. November with a Deputation from Central South Africa and this would be an excellent opportunity to meet with the Brethren of our Proxy Lodges again.  

Yours Faithfully and Fraternally,

James L. Jack, Proxy District Grand Master, Central South Africa

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Report by District Grand Master on Visit and Lectures by Bob Cooper to Central South Africa October 2019

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Report Here

District Grand Lodge of Central South Africa, Photo at Festival of St. Andrew.

December 2022

Bro. James L. Jack retires as Proxy District Grand Master after serving in the position for 13 years.

The Installation of the new District Grand Master of Central South Africa, RW Bro. Julian Apfel and his Commissioned Office-bearers took place in Johannesburg on Saturday 11th. March 2023.

A large Deputation from Lanarkshire Middle Ward, head by RW Bro. Andrew D. Millar attended the Installation which was conducted by M.W. Bro. W. Ramsay McGhee, Grand Master Mason.

Also in attendance was Bro. Gordon Mather, the   newly appointed Proxy District Grand Master of Central South Africa who took over the position from James L. Jack.

R.W. Bro. Apfel was Elected as District Grand Master following on from R.W. Bro. James Kerr, who was a regular visitor to Grand Lodge and Lodge St. Bryde No. 579 and a great ambassador for Scottish Freemasonry in South Africa.

Central South Africa Installation 2023