From Todd J. Wilkinson, PM,
Solomon Lodge No. 271,
AF & AM, Springfield, Missouri,
member, Lodge Annandale-
Rememberance No. 240,
UGL of New South Wales,
HMAS Nirimba Masonic Assocation:
You might put something on the site about Scottish Masonic
Music practices, i.e. bagpipes at installations, the 2nd section of
third degree, etc. I know at a friend of mine's lodge in Brisbane,
Australia (Scotia Lodge No. 263, formerly of the UGL of Scotland), a
plays a lament after the death of HAB [see below], and many lodges
world (including my own) have a piper to "pipe" in the new line of
The lament in the 3rd degree used in Scotia Lodge is pretty much
up to the piper. One beautiful lament that I know is
"Sleep Dearie Sleep", which was played at JFK's funeral and is
used as a "Lights Out" tune in several Scottish Regiments of the
Scotia, and a number of other lodges still work Scottish ritual,
even though they are under the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.
Every year the Scottish Lodges in Qld. have a "Gathering of the
Clans" where all of the Scottish lodges get together and put on a
Also, many Lodges in Australia and other parts have Burns Nicht
dinners complete with Haggis, Whisky, and all the trappings; I
imagine "Auld Lang
Syne", "A Man's a
Man for a'that", and "Scots Wha Hae" could
be heard at those functions.
Last night at our Solomon Lodge installation the piper played
"Scotland the Brave",
Rowan Tree", and "Robin Adair".
"The Mason's Apron" on the
Solomon Lodge No. 271 web-site; I've never heard it played in
lodge, but it should be!
The Grand Lodge of Scotland plays
"The Garb of Auld Gaul" at the enterance of the MWGM at any
official function and at their web site,
There is a Masonic Kilties Degree team in New Jersey that travels
around with them and does 3rd degrees; I believe that they have a
piper that goes as well, I think their URL might be on our links
page @ Solomon. Several Shrine temples in the US and Canada have
pipe bands, including one to close to us, Aarat Shrine Temple, in
Kansas City, Missouri.
This is kind of a stretch, but the Royal Scots Regiment was the
first to have a traveling, or military lodge (Military Lodge No. 11,
GL of Ireland); you could always have "Dumbarton's Drums" in
honour of them.
From Wor. Bro. Peter Kemp, PM
and Secretary, Scotia Lodge No. 263,
Brisbane, Queensland Australia --UGLQ:
Our piper plays a 'lament' at the appropriate time [in the 3rd
degree] Different pipers play different laments, or dirges,
walking at a slow march, starting from S.E. corner of the room, and
squaring the lodge, which is in almost complete darkness. Sounds
great, especially to candidate.
Some of the tunes (or should I say 'airs' ?) I have heard in Lodge
recently are ; Blue Bells
of Scotland; Scotland the
Brave; Campbells are
thru' the Rye; Loch
Lomond; Wi' a
hundred Pipers; Ye
Banks and Braes. I'm sure that whatever airs the Piper plays,
it will be memorable.
(Editor: The editor's personal favorite is Portavogie written in 1967 by Drum
Major Robert Bruce of the Gordon Highlanders. Others have also suggested