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Masonic Lodge

Masonic Lodge, St. Andrew's 282. There were Masons in the Glen long before the Masonic Hall at Tarfside was built. St. Andrew's Lodge was constituted on 22nd June 1821, with Lord Panmure at their head. Previous to this, Meetings were held at Dykeneuk. In honour of the new Lodge a tower was built on top of the Modlach Hill, to which the brethren still go for their annual picnic.

St. Andrews TowerThe road in 1821 went over the Modlach instead of, as now, going round the south side of it and it also went over the top of the Rowan Hill. During snow storms a number of people perished and it was with the thought of reducing these deaths that St. Andrew's Tower was built with recesses in the base, so that travellers could shelter. It did not prevent the death of Miss Catherine Douglas, who was caught in a snowstorm on the 27th January, 1827.

She was returning from a wedding at Mill of Aucheen in the company of the Episcopal Minister, Mr. Jolly, and they lost their way. When they were found the next morning, Miss Douglas was dead and Mr. Jolly was at death's door. The Masonic Hall is now used for most of the events in the Glen, from the regular meetings of the W.R.I. to the A.G.M. of the Glenesk Trust. It is used for dances, dramatic productions, school shows and private parties and is indispensable to the life of the Glen.



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