A meeting was held in “David McBlane’s” for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of forming a Masonic Lodge in the village, the following brethren being present, John Scott, John Bain, John McWhirter, John Taylor, James Bruce, Andrew Nicol, David McBlane, Charles Malcolmson, and John McMurdo.
John Scott occupied the chair, those being present being of the opinion that steps should be taken to form a Lodge, the first thing to be considered was how to raise funds to enable us to procure a working charter from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, so we might carry on our Masonic labours in a lawful manner.
John Bain, John McWhirter, James Bruce, and David McBlane were appointed to call on gentlemen in the neighbourhood for the purpose of obtaining subscriptions, and report by the next meeting, which will be held on the 23rd April. John McWhirter was appointed interim secretary and instructed to write to John Hunter Esq. Burnfoot, requesting him to take the office of Right Worshipful Master.
John McWhirter Secy. John Scott Chairman.
[This is an exact account of the first minute in the Lodge minute book]