Lodge Thistle 127 was granted its Charter on 20th May 1771 and much of its history has been understandably lost, or has never been recorded.
In 1993, following extensive research, Bro. Archibald Chalmers, P.M. published a document entitled 'Historical Notes on Lodge Thistle No. 127 (Stewarton)'. The information in this section is taken from that document and reproduced with the kind permission of Bro. Archibald.


Lodge Thistle came into being in the year 1771 as a result of several brethren "at great distance from their several Mother Lodges" who had petitioned the Grand Lodge of Scotland craving a Charter to constitute a Lodge in Stewarton.

The petitioners, or Founder Members, were:-
Francis Wark of Auld Toun
Andrew Brown
John Barclay
Thomas Simson
Alexander Brown
James Howie
Robert Gilliss
James GemmiII
Robert Kerr
William Wylie of Buiston Head
and Andrew Brown.

The Charter was duly granted by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Brother Lt. Col. James Adolphus Oughton on the 20th of May, 1771; written by Alexander MacDougall, Grand Secretary on the 28th of May, and recorded in the books of Grand Lodge on the 6th of June, 1771, by David Bolt, Grand Clerk. The Lodge was to be known by the "Stile and Title of The Thistle Lodge of Stewartoun" and recorded as Number 167.

It is interesting to note that the actual number recorded on the Charter is No.166, which was the original number of Lodge St. Andrew Kilmarnock now known as No.126. It is only natural to conclude that the Grand Secretary made the mistake when writing up both Charters on the same day.

Still on the Numbers of the Lodge; Grand Lodge has from time to time renumbered all its Lodges removing from the Roll those Lodges which had been declared Dormant. In 1771 it was No.167; in 1816 it was No.125; in 1822 it was No.126; and since 1826 it has remained as No.127.

The colours of the Lodge regalia have been, since 1848, Green and Gold.

At present the Lodge Meetings are held on the First and Third Tuesday of the Month, but they have been held on every other night of the week at some time or another. The Annual Installation is now held on the Friday prior to Christmas Eve. For many years gone-by it was the custom of the Lodge to hold their Annual Installation and Celebration of the Festival of St. John on the 27th of December (St. John's Day). Our sister Lodge in Beith still retains this custom and is, to my knowledge, the only Lodge in Ayrshire to do so.

The first Office-Bearers of the Lodge were:-

Andrew Brown Right Worshipful Master
Thomas Simson Deputy Master
Willian Wylie Senior Warden
Francis Wark Junior Warden
James Howie Treasurer
John Barclay Secretary
John Miller Tyler

Their Petition to Grand Lodge stating that they were "Brethren who wished to Promote the Honour and Interest of Masonry in and about the Town of Stewartoun."

It is interesting to note that the Brother appointed as Tyler is not recorded as being a Founder Member.

As far as I can discover from my researches, The Lodge has been in continual existence since its Institution in 1771. Albeit that there were times when activities were very few, sometimes the only Meeting taking place was the Annual Meeting and Installation. According to the records of Grand Lodge for 1880, Lodge Thistle No.127 was five or more years in arrears with its Dues to Grand Lodge and as a result was almost struck from the Roll. (The fact that they continued to meet, leads us to believe that the arrears were paid soon after the information was disclosed.)