Lodge Ugie #939

Golden Jubilee Letter

Letter received by Lodge Ugie on its Golden Jubilee from Bro. George Davidson
(Provincial Grand Architect during construction of Lodge Rooms).

Wm. S. Cranna Esq.
Secretary, Ugie Lodge Freemasons
63 Brighton Place

23rd. April 1953

Dear Sir & Brother

I am one of the original Office Bearers of Lodge Ugie which was founded fifty years ago and wish to congratulate the Lodge on its Jubilee and offer my best wishes for the future. I was a member of Fraser Lodge, No 267 having been initiated there in 1897. When a meeting was held in the Public Hall Mintlaw, presided over by R.W.M. Wm. Park from Fraser Lodge it was decided to form a Lodge at Mintlaw and Office Bearers were appointed. Bro. Wm. Yeats was appointed R.W.M. and I was appointed as Treasurer. Bro. James Mutch succeeded Bro. Yeats as R.W.M. and I was installed as R.W.M. in 1907, and as far as I know, I am the only one of the original Office Bearers still alive and I am now nearly 84 years of age.

We met at first in the anti-rooms of the Public Hall and as we had no funds in hand, it was rather difficult for the Treasurer at the beginning as we had to get all the furnishings before we could begin.

In 1910 when Br. Dean Mackay was R.W.M., Provincial Grand Lodge visited Lode Ugie and the Provincial Grand Master, Provost Leask of Peterhead, said as Ugie Lodge was doing so well it should consider the erection of a Temple. It was decided to do so and I was appointed as Architect. A site was acquired and Ugie Lodge was the first Temple to be built in east Aberdeenshire. R.W.M. Dean Mackay deserves great credit for the interest he took in Ugie Lodge and for all the good work he did during the building. I am pleased to know that the good work is still being carried out with the same enthusiasm. It would've been a great honour had I been able to be with you this evening, but my thoughts will be with you.

Yours faithfully and Fraternally,

G. Davidson