Buckhaven Royal Arch Chapter No.441
Buckhaven Royal Arch Chapter No.441 was first consecrated 20th December 1918. the first First Principal of the Chapter was Most Excellent Companion Henry Reid who was also Installed as RWM of Lodge Randolph No.776 in 1922. The Chapter celebrated 100 years of Royal Arch Freemasonry with a ceremony of rededication carried out by the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland on Wednesday 12th of December 2018.
Founding members of Buckhaven Royal Arch Chapter No.441
|Henry Reid||M.E. First Principal|
|William Gillies||M.E. Second Principal|
|David Aitken||M.E. Third Principal|
|James Waddell||Scribe E|
|Charles Terriss||Scribe N|
|Gavin Miller||First Sojourner|
|John Lawrie||Second Sojourner|
|John Barker||Third Sojourner|
|Richard Stewart||Superintendent of Works|
|William Luke||Captain of First Veil|
|John Gillies||Captain of Second Veil|
|Bernard Lawson||Captain of Third Veil|
Many members of Lodge Randolph No.776 have went on to join the Buckhaven Royal Arch Chapter and eventually went on to attain the chair of First Principal. Buckhaven Royal Arch Chapter is not restricted to members of Lodge Randolph we have members from many Lodges.
The Chapter used to meet in the premises of Lodge Randolph No.776 in the Masonic Hall, Kinnear Street Buckhaven. The Chapter now meets in the premises of Lodge Balgonie No.764 in the Masonic Hall, Bowling Green Street, Markinch KY7 6BD.
To become a Royal Arch Mason you must first have completed the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason, and then remain a member in good standing within a Craft Lodge.
Attached to the Royal Arch are additional Cryptic Council and Ark Mariners degrees which are optional, but a pre-requisite for these degrees is that you must be a Royal Arch Mason in good standing.
Royal Arch Freemasonry is regulated and governed by the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland. As in Craft Freemasonry, the Royal Arch is divided into Provinces and overseas Districts. The Buckhaven Royal Arch Chapter No.441 is a Chapter within the Province of Fife and Kinross.
If you are a Master Mason in Good Standing and would like to join Buckhaven Royal Arch Chapter ask a member of your Lodge or enquire through the Contact Page. Buckhaven Royal Arch Chapter meets on the second Wednesday of the months September to April inclusive at 7.30pm.
First Principal MEC H. Reid and Companions
Past 1st Principal's Board
Centenary Rededication Ceremony M.E.C. Bill Rocks First Principal
Roll of First Principals
|1918||H. Reid||1956||J. Donaldson||1987||R. Masson|
|1920||W. Gillies||1958||W. Livingstone||1989||B. Rogerson|
|1922||D. Aitken||1960||A. Gilbert||1991||R. Masson P.Z.|
|1924||J. Barker||1962||D. R. McKenzie||1992||E. Caldwell P.Z.|
|1926||P. Goldie||1964||J. B. Barret||1993||W. Hilditch|
|1930||W. Thomson||1966||J. G. Johnston||1996||L. B. Elder|
|1932||T. T. Paterson||1968||T. Herd||1999||W. E. Hilditch Snr|
|1934||D. Young||1971||G. Gough||2001||W. Hilditch P.Z.|
|1937||T. Thomson||1973||N. M. Locke||2003||J. G. Johnston P.Z.|
|1939||D. Smith||1975||G. Gough P.Z.||2004||L. B. Elder P.Z.|
|1943||M. Webster||1977||E. Caldwell||2006||W. E. Hilditch P.Z.|
|1947||J. Blyth||1981||C. Smith||2007||W. B. Rocks|
|1950||J. Fleming||1983||T. Thomas||2013||D. Lamb|
|1952||J. Valentine||1985||R. Meldrum||2015||W. B. Rocks P.Z.|
|1954||D. Smith P.Z.||1986||J. Morrice P.Z.||2019||G. E. Wilson|