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So you may appreciate how privileged I feel, not only as Master of this ancient lodge but also as a resident of Kilwinning to have carried out this ceremony. As a short explanation of the ceremony you have just witnessed the Corn, Wine and Oil that were poured over the Foundation Stone, are not only symbolical of Gods Bounty and Goodness, but should remind us all, not only as freemasons, of our duty in our pilgrimage through life to tend to the Poor, the Sick and the Sorrowful.

 

I would like to publicly thank the representatives of Kilwinning Development Association and North Ayrshire Council for the invitation to carry out this Antient Rite. To Mr. Ken Ryan the sculptor, we all hope that this structure will be a permanent reminder to the people of Kilwinning of the rich heritage that this old town possesses. To our distinguished guests we thank you for giving up your valuable time to join with us this morning. Today has seen the coming together of two of the oldest organisations in Scotland namely the Mother Lodge and the Ancient Society of Kilwinning Archers who provided us with the guard of honour for which I sincerely thank you.

 
The Late Bro. Andrew Jamieson and Office Bearers



The Ceremonial Office Bearers

 

Where would any ceremony be without music, and I also thank Mr. Jim Butler for his magnificent Pipe playing. As I stated earlier, the name of Kilwinning is known throughout the World and in May this year a party of us visited Lodge Kilwinning 565 in Toronto Canada, during our visit we were presented with a Pipe tune entitled "Mother Kilwinning", composed by an office bearer of that Lodge Bro. Bill Boxall, and I would now ask our piper to carry out the first public performance of this tune. Bro. Andrew Jamieson that completes the business of the Mother Lodge this morning and I trust that our labours have met with your approval." Bro. Jamieson on behalf of everyone present thanked the Mother Lodge for the work carried out this morning on what had been a truly historic occasion.

 

 
     
 

 
     
 

 
 

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