Grand Lodge of PEI History
The Grand Master opened Grand Lodge for the Ceremony of Dedication. The Dedication was followed by a Prayer, Anthem and Proclamation after which the remaining Officers of Grand Lodge were installed viz.
|Deputy Grand Master||R.W.Bro.Thomas A. MacLean||St. John’s No. 1|
|Senior Grand Warden||R.W.Bro. John Muirhead||True Brothers No. 8|
|Junior Grand Warden||R.W.Bro. John A. Matheson||Zetland No. 7|
|Grand Treasurer||V.W.Bro. James D. Mason||Victoria No. 2|
|Grand Secretary||V.W.Bro. B. Wilson Higgs||Victoria No. 2|
|Grand Lecturer||V.W.Bro. Adam Murray||St. John’s No. 1|
|Grand Chaplain||V.W. Bro. J. Herbert Read||St. John’s No. 1|
|Senior Grand Deacon||W. Bro. George A. Aitken||St. George’s No. 4|
|Grand D.O.C.||W.Bro. A. Newton Large||St. John’s No. 1|
|Asst. Grand D.O.C.||W.Bro. William R. Ellis||Alexandra No. 5|
|Grand Sword Bearer||W.Bro. Roderick Munro||St. George’s No. 4|
|Grand Standard Bearer||W.Bro. George Montgomery||Zetland No. 7|
|Grand Steward||W.Bro. Hugh A. Ramsay||Alexandra No. 5|
|Grand Organist||W.Bro. Alex W. S. Smythe||St. John’s No. 1|
|Grand Pursuivant||W.Bro. Bradford D. Howatt||True Brothers No.8|
|Grand Tyler||W.Bro. Thomas Sheidow||King Solomon No.9|
Following the Installation, the Brethren went in Grand Procession to St. Paul’s Church for Divine Worship. The Parade along Great George Street to the Church included Galbraith’s Band, The several Craft Lodges, Alexandra Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Band of the 62nd New Brunswick Militia, Knights Templar of the Encampment of Saint John, New Brunswick, Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island and a barouche in which were seated M.W.Bro. Yeo, M.W.Bro. Ellis, M.W.Bro. Robert C. Clinch PGM of New Brunswick and the Grand Chaplain, Archdeacon Read, who preached the sermon.
Following Divine Worship the Procession went to Government House to greet the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Robert Hodgson. Returning through the streets of the City, the Brethren passed the Oddfellows Hall where the flag saluted the Freemasons who responded heartily. In reporting the event, the Patriot noted that “the streets all along the line of procession were crowded with citizens who seemed to enjoy the unwonted spectacle. Flags were flying on many buildings, and the City put on, in honour of the ancient and honourable fraternity, quite a holiday appearance.”
The day concluded with a Masonic Banquet at Market Hall. M.W.Bro. Yeo presided. Following the meal twenty-two toasts were proposed with M.W.Bro. Yeo as Toastmaster. Thus concluded the celebrations that marked the Institution of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Prince Edward Island one-hundred and twenty-five years ago.