The Trades House of Glasgow, which
was incorporated by Letter of Guildry in 1605, is an elective Body
consisting of representatives chosen from each of the Fourteen
Incorporated Trades or Craft Guilds of the City of Glasgow.
Each of these Craft Guilds received
legal recognition as a Body Corporate by means of a Charter or Seal
of Cause between the year 1516, when the first of such Charters was
granted (by the Provost, Bailies, Council and Community with
consent of the Archbishop, James Beaton, Chancellor of Scotland and
Commendator of the Abbey of Kilwinning), and 1605 when the Trades
House was constituted.
A movement was initiated during the
Spring of 1920 to form a Lodge of Freemasons connected with the
Trades House and the fourteen Incorporations and a meeting was held
in The Trades Hall on 14th April, 1920, at which it was resolved to
proceed with the necessary application to The Grand Lodge of
A Committee comprising one
representative of each Incorporation was appointed to carry this
resolution into effect, and a Charter was granted by Grand Lodge on
4th November, 1920. On Wednesday, 17th November, 1920, The Trades
House of Glasgow Lodge No. 1241 was erected and consecrated in the
Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street.
The Ceremony of erection and
consecration was performed by Brother A. A. Hagart Speirs, D.L.,
J.P., of Elderslie, Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow.
One hundred and fourteen members of
Lodges having, as Founders presented the petition to Grand Lodge,
were admitted Life Members - of these, twenty-seven were Deacons or
Visitors, thirty-three were Past Masters, and six had held both
The Trades House of Glasgow Lodge
meets in the Trades
Hall on the 2nd Monday of each of the months of October,
November, December, February and March at 6.30pm.
The Lodge also runs the Trades
House of Glasgow's annual Burns Supper each year in January.