The Ulster Masonic Lodge No. 2972

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On the 13th November 1903, in the Hotel Cecil in the Strand, the Ulster Masonic Lodge, London, No. 2972 was consecrated under the governance of the United Grand Lodge of England.

The hot summer days by the river brought respite from smog, and it was on just such a day that a party of Ulstermen were enjoying an excursion on the Thames when the notion of the Ulster Lodge was first mooted. The excursion took place under the auspices of the Ulster Association (founded 1896), and, according to the late W. Bro. Tom Dunwoody, who was the only member of that original boating trip to enjoy the 50th Jubilee of the Lodge, the idea was suggested by the late W. Bro. John B. Crowe. Nobody present could possibly have imagined the success the project was to enjoy; that the Ulster Lodge would thrive and flourish as a large and influential unit in the English Constitution, and become an important link between English and Irish masonry. Nor would they have dared dream that it might enjoy such longevity that it would be still thriving today, and celebrating more than a century of good works.

The concept met with a favourable response, and was the subject of much conversation among the membership of the Association throughout the rest of the year. In fact, so much interest was expressed in the notion, together with promises of support from the Ulster people that the promoters decided to turn the idea into reality.

The usual procedure for establishing a Lodge was followed, and on November 13th, 1903 the Ulster Masonic Lodge, No. 2972, sponsored by the Commercial Travellers Lodge, No. 2795, and the Lodge of Erin, No. 2895, was consecrated in the Hotel Cecil, on the Strand, in the presence of a large gathering. The impressive ceremony was conducted by the Grand Secretary, V.W. Bro. Sir Edward Letchworh, F.S.A.

By the original constitution, membership was open to men of Ulster birth, decent, ‘or connection’. This last stipulation qualified a few Englishmen who had business or family ties with Ulster, and these English

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