The Scottish Lodge No. 884
Motto: 'Rise again, and overcome'
Special work: To research, study, and promote knowledge of hidden, and ancient forms of Freemasonry
Location: This lodge meets at Hexagon House, the Headquarters of the British Federation.
Meetings: Eight times a year minimum, on weekends, Midday Saturday, or other mutually agreed time except in the month of August.
History: The Scottish Lodge, founded in 1927, fell into abeyance twice in its long history, being resuscitated in 1937 and most recently on 30th September 2007. One of its founders, and a key influence, was Annie Besant, who desired to ensure that the lodge followed the traditions of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite. In keeping with the tradition of the Scottish Lodge the members have been guided by Annie Besant’s original plan, and also by the famous painting by Stewart Watson of The Inauguration of Robert Burns as Poet Laureate of the Lodge Canongate Kilwinning, in Edinburgh on 1st March 1787. One of the original members of the lodge, who installed Annie Besant, was a member of that lodge.
The Scottish lodge is unique within the Order. It works the oldest ritual, the Scottish ritual, which is a plain form of Traditional Masonry.
The Scottish lodge serves as a beacon for masonic research and philosophical engagement into the hidden, and archaic practices of Freemasonry. As a focal point for masonic research, the Scottish Lodge promotes discourse about the themes, and masonic context of research findings, in a spirit of brotherly love and joviality.