Our Lodge History
The warrant of 354 was first issued in 1760 to a Military Lodge called the 49th Foot Regiment, then again in 1884 under the Irish Constitution to a Lodge in Deloraine, Tasmania, called the 'Meander ' Lodge.
It wasn't until the 18th June 1903 that Shamrock Masonic Lodge No. 354 Kircubbin was issued with the warrant by The Grand Lodge of Ireland and the new Lodge was constituted.
Here you can read the newpaper article from the Newtownards Chronicle.
And County Down Observer
NEWTOWNARDS, SATURDAY, JUNE, 18, 1903
CONSTITUTION OF MASONIC
LODGE AT KIRKCUBBIN
The Masonic Province of Down continues to show practical evidence of the extension of the Craft. On the 18th June another number was added to the Province by the constitution of the "Shamrock" Lodge No.354 in Kirkcubbin. For some time the project had been on foot owing to the numbers of the Craft in the district, and the consummation of thier hopes reached finality when the approval of the Grand Lodge was secured. The consecration ceremony took place in the lodge-room shortly after 4 o'clock, the Right Worshipful D.F.G.M of Down. Br. Dr. Crossle, who never spares himself for furthering the interest of the craft, occupying the chair.
Amongst those present were - Brs. W. B. Burrows, P.S.G.W.; Jos. Keown, P.J.G.W.; J. H. Barrett, P.G.S.; E. Kirkpatrick, P.P.S.G.W.; Wm Shannon, P.G.D.C.; John Orr, P.G.D.C.; Rev. Wm. Wright, P.G.C.; Rev. R. H. Coote, P.G.C.; John B. Iliff, P.P.G.S.; George Elliot, P.G.I,; Alexander Dickson, P.P.J.G.W.; W. S. McClean, D. H. Johnston, R. Murray, James McNeill, James Gilmore, 104; Robert S. Henry, P.M., 447; Andrew Boyd, S.W., 104; Wm. Savage, P.M., 104: Henry Jones, I.G., 104; Wm. J. Harper, W.M., 675; Wm. Blakley, P.K.R.A.C., 447; Geo. Gibson, 675; Samuel Mahood, 237; Herbert Allison, P.M., 188; Robert Murray, P.M., 675; H.M. Warnock, P.M., 104; Arch. E. Wright. 223; S. F. L. Neely; Geo. McNarry, 675; Joseph Law, 675; Robert Gregg, 74; James Beck, 104; Wm. John Mahood, 104; James Boyd, 354; Fred W. Shaw, 104; David H. Wilson 354; Francias J. Higgins, W.M., 183; Samuel Reid, P.M., 183; Wm. Filson, 183; James Filson, 183; Robert Gilmore, jun., 183; N de la C. Cromlin, 354; Robert Gilmore, sen., P.M., 183; W. J, Coulter, 104; Samuel Brown, 354; Joseph Clint, 354; A. M'Cormick, 354; Adrew Gilmore, 354; James Gilmore, 354; John McKee, 354; James McNeilly, 1000, organist.
The Provincial brethren having assumed their positions, the lodge was opened in accordance with custom. Bro. Wm. Shanon acting as P.G.D. of Ceremonies. When the consecration of the new lodge had been performed by the Right Worshipful the D.P.G.M. Br. Dr. Crossle, the officers of the lodge were installed as follows - W.M., John B. Iliff, P.P.G.S.; S.W., James Boyd; J.W., Samuel Brown; secretary and treasurer, Robert Gilmore sen., P.M; Joseph Clinht S.D.; David W. Wilson, J.D.; and Robert Gilmore, jun., IG.
Bro. Rev. R. H. Coot e P.G.C., then gave a most excellent discourse on the temants of Freemasonry, in the preamble of which he made allusion ot the fact that a lodge which conferred many of the higher degrees had been constituted on Kirkcubbin on 1803, and dissolved in 1835. The lecturer gave an interesting resume of the Craft from its foundation, and which was so much appreciated that a special vote of thanks was accorded him for the excellence of the charge. After the lodge was closed the brethren united in singing the National Anthem ( Masonic version).
Subsequently the officers and members of Lodge 354 entertained the principal officers and visiting brethren in the "Mermaid of Mahee", where an excellent repast was served. Bro. Wm Shannon, on behalf of he visiting brethren, thanked the members of 354 for their bounteous hospitality, and Bro, John B. Iliff, W.M., having suitably acknowledged the compliment, the proceedings terminated.