a history of our english speaking Lodge in Brussels.
Our story begins in 1951, when, among the Freemasons in Brussels, there were nine keen members of Lodge Wellington in Antwerp.
On 7 May 1951, two of them, reflecting on what would be needed to start a Lodge in Brussels, concluded that the first requirement was seven Brethren in good standing to sign a petition to Grand Lodge.
In due course 8 Antwerp and 11 Brussels Brethren signed a petition, and it was sent to Grand Lodge on 27 July 1951.
The completed list of Founder Members included 11 Antwerp and 23 Brussels Brethren, and on 2 November 1951 they heard that their Charter had been granted.
On 10 May 1952, the M. W. Grand Master Mason of Scotland, Bro. Sir Malcolm Barclay-Harvey of Kinord, accompanied by his Deputation from Grand Lodge, erected and consecrated Lodge Allegiance and installed its first R.W. Master and Office bearers.
Twenty-five years later, on 8 October 1977, one of his successors, the M.W. Grand Master Mason, Bro. Captain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, also accompanied by a Grand Lodge Deputation, presided over a Ceremony of Re-dedication.
Fifty years on, on 16 November 2002, Lodge Allegiance held its official fiftieth anniversary celebration in the presence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland, Bro. Sir Archibald Donald Orr Ewing, Bart. accompanied by Bro. J. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, R.W. Past Grand Master, and Bro. C. Martin McGibbon, R.W. Grand Secretary.
The Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium also took part, along with two Past Grand Masters and other Officers of his Constitution.In addition Brethren from nine other Scottish Lodges and five Belgian Lodges attended.
This official visit by Grand Lodge was an important sign to Lodge Allegiance that it meant something to the Grand Lodge in Edinburgh; and the participation of so many Brethren from Scotland provided an opportunity to kindle new friendships and renew old ones and to enjoy the best that Scottish Freemasonry has to offer.
Recalling some of the leading lights in Lodge Allegiance’s first fifty years, many will remember outstanding examples of Freemasonry who have shaped and nurtured it, and in doing so have helped us all to find a direction to our lives.
We now owe it to them to invest it with the standards they embodied, and to keep alive the pride they felt in the edifice they helped to build.
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