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60 Year Diploma - Bro. Jim White



It had been brought to our attention that one of our Brethren who had been been made a Master Mason in Lodge St John Corstorphine a number of years ago, was due to receive his 60 year diploma.


Below is an account of the events, written by our R.W.M. Bro. Graeme Johnston.


Our Brother Secretary received a letter from Grand Lodge to say that we had a Brother called Jim White amongst our number that was due a 60 year Diploma. To be fair, nobody had any memory of Jim but it turns out he had 66 years continuous service to the Scottish Craft after being Initiated in 788 in 1950.

Jim's son called Jeff became a member at Dramatic & Arts 757, went on to be Master and Jim followed his son there. Once that Lodge become dormant both Father & Son became affiliate members at Lodge Roman Eagle No.160.

On 16th November 2016 P.M. Fraser Gaunt, P.M. Derek Syme and myself went along to Roman Eagle to see Jim receive his 60 year diploma from the PGM of the PGL of Edinburgh, Ewan Rutherford.

Ewan surprised us all by asking me come to the floor of the Lodge with himself and the RWM from Roman Eagle to be the one to actually hand Jim his 60 year Diploma as the current RWM of his Mother Lodge.

A rare treat indeed and a wonderful gesture from Bro. Ewan!


Bro. Jim White 60 Year Diploma - Group Photo

[Left to Right: P.M. Bro. Derek Syme, R.W.M. Bro. Graeme Johnston, P.M. Bro. Jeff White (no.757), Bro. Jim White MM No.788, P.G.M. Bro. Ewan Rutherford P.G.L. Edinburgh, P.M. Bro. Fraser Gaunt]

An excellent Harmony followed where Jim held the room recounting his days as a deep sea diver in the Navy.

Both Bro. Jim White and Bro. Jeff White are looking forward to making a visit to Lodge St John Corstorphine some time, and rest assured they will receive a very warm welcome indeed.



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