Sons Of The Soil 1451

Sons Of The Soil 1451

Welcome to the official website for Sons of the Soil; number 1451 on the role of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

Last update 1 Aug 2018

We warmly welcome all suitablly qualified brethern to attend our meetings held in the Freemasons Hall, Aberdeen on the first and third Wednesdays each month from September-April each year.

All Sons of the Soil visitors new to the Freemasons Hall Aberdeen, will be given full tours of the building either before or after our regular meetings as a token of our appreciation.

We are very fortunate to be able to work our own live candiates for these last few years and have many candiates that will either start their masonic journey with us or complete what they started last term.

This year 2018 we have around 23 candiates waiting to go through the craft although theres a lot of completed forms still to be read out and the next regular meeting will be on the  5th of Sept 2018 we are working a triple 2nd degree but we are also doing at least 5 C.O.E the same night he says hopefully tyle for 7.30 pm but we might run a bit later!

If you have never been to the finest freemason hall in Scotland we would be happy to give you a tour of the building after the evenings labours have been concluded.

For Non-Freemason visitors to this website the brethren of Sons of the Soil would be happy to explain what freemasonary is all about.

If you require more information on freemasonary in general or information on how to become a better man then please email our past master and past Aberdeen city provincial sec; Bryan Neave at

Or Sons of the Soil Almoner (bro. Leask) at

On Wednesday the 5th September, we will be working a triple 2nd degree and at the harmony, its Stovies and oatcakes plus selection of cake slices and other goodies all free;

Tyle 7.30pm.

Sickness report.

Nothing bad to report this month (july/aug).

If there is anymore brothers in a similar state please contact the lodge almoner at

We now have our own facebook page with over 6000 members updated daily please click this link.

For other Masonic meetings held in the North East of Scotland please follow this link here

Sons of the Soil History

Sons of the Soil History


The Lodge was granted its charter on 4 th may 1950 with the name “Sons of the Soil”. As far as can be found out the name came from the farming region of Oldmachar Bridge of Don, Aberdeenshire and was the providence of Aberdeenshire East as most of its members were farmers.

There were 46 founder members recorded by the Grand Lodge of Scotland of which two prominment names are “Lord Belhaven of Stenton” and “Sir Charles Malcolm Barclay-Harvey”.

At the consecration on the 11th October 1950, 126 Brethren signed the tyle from Lodges throughout the area. The first Master was Bro John Newton Whitehead.

The Lodge met at the Corner House Bridge of Don, in an outside building, remaining there until Monday 2nd of December. There are no records until the Lodges next meeting on Wednesday 5th March 1958, which was held in the Masonic Temple, Crown Street, Aberdeen, in the Province of Aberdeen City. Where the Lodge continues to meet to this day.

In the year 2000 the Lodge celebrated its 50th Anniversary and was re-dedicated by the RWPGM of Aberdeen City Province, Bro Alex Smith. The RWM of Lodge Sons of the Soil was Bro Bryan Neave. This meeting was held in the upstairs hall at the Masonic Temple, Crown Street, Aberdeen.

1950- Bro J Whitehead
1951- Bro A Ingram
1952- Bro C Smith
1953- Bro J Reid
1954-55 Bro D Holdsworth
1956-57 Bro A S Malcolm
1958-58 Bro J Love
1960-62 Bro J Allan
1963-64 Bro L J D Cowie
1965-66 Bro P Harris
1967-68 Bro S Wallace
1969-70 Bro J Watt
1971-73 Bro N Weir
1974-76 Bro T Blythman
1977-79 Bro J McFarquhar
1979 — Bro R Barclay
1979-81 Bro Gordon Rettie
1981-82 Bro K Williamson
1982-84 Bro A F Scott
1984-85 Bro D C Brown
1986-88 Bro W Stewart
1988-90 Bro J Kean
1990-92 Bro A Ogg
1992-94 Bro D McDonald
1994-96 Bro S M Hutch
1996-98 Bro A Clark
1998-99 Bro G Morrison
1999-01 Bro B Neave
2001-05 Bro D Cooper
2005-07 Bro S Carrol
2007-09 Bro I Cormack
2010–2011 Bro D Mathew
2011-2012 Bro K Graham
2012-2015 Bro I Cormack
2015- Bro I Ross

2017 Bro.Neil Rettie

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