For the Incorporation of Masons of Glasgow
website, please click here
The Masons along with the Wrights
and Coopers claim to have been first incorporated by King Malcolm
III of Scotland in 1057. Since its origin Craft members have been
closely involved with the buildings of a city whose Victorian
heritage in particular is now ranked among the foremost in Europe.
Whilst still very much associated with Glasgow's thriving building
and architectural community, the Masons no longer of course
exercise their medieval monopoly.
The Incorporation has maintained
its charitable work over the centuries. A significant group
targeted for help are needy pensioners who traditionally are
visited twice a year by members of the Master Court with gifts of
groceries. The Masons and the Wrights each have a Lady McDonald
Fund which provides prizes each year for outstanding apprentices in
the building trade. Along with the Incorporation of Wrights the
Masons have traditionally been asked by the Trades House to provide
two lyners to the Dean of Guild Court, originally to help with
maintaining building standards, but now to assist in the
administration of charitable funds.
The Craft elects 4 members to the
Trades House, while on the social side of its activities it
maintains its age-old 'Pear Eating' evening, and like many crafts
aims to hold an annual dinner and a supper dance as well.
Participating in the traditional sporting competitions of angling,
golf, bowls and curling is a popular hobby along with members of
the other crafts who elect representatives to the Trades House.
Albeit claiming to approach the end of their first millennium, the
Masons of Glasgow are very much part of the present. Active in
recruitment, the Masons number amongst their members the Prince of
Anyone wishing to join the Merry
Masons should click on the above link. Both ladies and
gentlemen are most welcome and it could make a great gift to give a
loved one a Burgess Ticket making them a freeperson of theCity of
Glasgow and a member of the oldest Craft in Glasgow.