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Lodge marks 300th year

Pictured with the hairy book are, from left, Bro. Mike Guthrie (Secretary), IPM John Jamieson, Bro. Brian Stewart and Gill Tough (Brechin Town House museum)

Pictured with the hairy book are, from left, Bro. Mike Guthrie (Secretary), IPM John Jamieson, Bro. Brian Stewart and Gill Tough (Brechin Town House museum)

A Brechin organisation that can trace its roots back to 1714 is set to mark its 300th year by holding an exhibition at the Brechin Town House Museum.

Lodge St Ninian’s No 66, which is currently based on St Andrews Street, is showcasing items from their long history at the museum until the end of August.

The exhibition opened on Monday, and the group are hoping it will attract plenty of visitors.

One of the artefacts set to go on display is the original minute book from 1714 - dubbed ‘the hairy book’ because of the type of skin it was bound in.

A spokesperson for the Lodge said: “Everyone will be made most welcome to the exhibition.”

Although marking their 300th year, a spokesperson for the Lodge explained that they are in fact much older.

He said: “1714 is as far back as it can be traced through written records, but we know the Lodge predates this time.

“There wasn’t any written minutes kept before 1714, largely because so few people could write back in those times.”

To mark the anniversary, the Lodge have shared key moments from their recorded 300-year history.

 

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