Robbie Burns – The Scottish Bard

As many have heard the name Robert Burns and usually in association with a Lodge Burns Supper, many still may not know who this Freemason is and why he is important.

First let’s look at the basics:

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known familiarly as Rabbie Burns, the National BardBard of Ayrshire, the Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist.

He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is in a “light Scots dialect” of English, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.

Robert Burns was initiated an Entered Apprentice in Lodge St. David, Tarbolton on 4 July (ironic date) 1781, at the age of 23. His initiation fee was 12s 6d, and paid on the same date. Like many other times in his life, Burns came into the lodge amidst a controversy. Originally, there had been only one lodge in Tarbolton, chartered in 1771 from the Kilwinning Lodge, which is said to be the oldest lodges in the world (again, another story worth telling, yet for another time).

In 1773, a group broke away from the lodge, forming Lodge St. David No. 174, and the original lodge became St. James Tarbolton Kilwinning No. 178, only to be reunited in 1781, 9 days before Burns’s first degree. However, while St. James was clearly the older of the two lodges, St. David’s name was used, and the seeds were sown for further dissension. Burns in the meantime was passed to the degree of fellowcraft and raised to the degree of Master Mason on the 1st October 1781. The Lodge record book, according to James Mackay’s “Burns” reads as follows:

Robert Burns in Lochly was passed and raised, Henry Cowan, being Master, James Humphrey Senr. Warden, and Alexr. Smith Junr. Do., Robt. Woodrow Secy. and James Manson Treasurer, and John Tannock Taylor and others of the brethren being present”.

Burns was an extremely popular poet Laureat and lyricist of his day.

Many of Burns’s most famous poems are songs with the music based upon older traditional songs. For example, “Auld Lang Syne” is set to the traditional tune “Can Ye Labour Lea”, “A Red, Red Rose” is set to the tune of “Major Graham” and “The Battle of Sherramuir” is set to the “Cameronian Rant”.

Typically nearing the end of January some Lodges host a Robbie Burns Supper with traditional Scottish flair and signing of Scottish folk songs as well as the traditional pipping in the “Haggis”. If you have never witnessed these events, well you’re in luck as this year, the Scotia Lodge 634 is hosting a “virtual Burns supper”.

Scotia Lodge No. 634 hosting “virtual” Brother Robert Burns Supper with “Virtual” Haggis

Brothers and friends —

Scotia Lodge is holding this year’s Burns Night on Sunday, 1/23/2022 starting at 8:00 pm — once again it will be held in a safe, virtual way.

The good news? Since there is no food or drink involved, THERE IS NO CHARGE!

The event is open to Brothers and their male friends.

If you have ever wondered what Burns Night at Scotia is like, THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to find out at NO cost!  The details are below, at the bottom of this message.

Although we must postpone the Batchelors’ Club debate, YOUR participation is STILL possible!  Here are some options:

1.  Turn on your phone (or a video camera) and record a joke that we can play back during the event.  Send video clips (or a link to video) to and we can include it.  If we have enough clips we will play them during the event.
2.  Use your phone or camera to record your own video clip of an interesting fact or legend related to Burns, to Scottish history or culture, etc. and we can share it during the event. You can even record a “fact” that you have completely made up (followed by the truth).  If you have questions about this, call or text 212-777-8080 and VW Bob Gengerke will address them.
3.  A copy of “Tam O’Shanter” will be sent to Scotia members for their participatory reading.  If you have not read in the past but like to be assigned a selection to read, please submit your request to before Friday afternoon 1/21/2022.

Scotia Lodge Annual Burns Night
Sunday evening, January 23, 2022 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time
If you use the Zoom app, enter the ID and passcode:
Meeting ID  851 0456 4719
Passcode  064045

Star of the East comes out in force

Last night at Riverhead Lodge’s DDGM visit, 11 brothers from Start of the East Lodge in Amagansett came out and decisively took the Suffolk District Traveling Gavel.

By all reports the evening was well attended and all had a great time.

It’s always great to see the brothers out and about the district and supporting other brothers at their respective Lodges.

The following day, W:. Lombardo took the gavel on a tour of the east end and jumped right into the “talking smack”
that typically follows a successful Gavel capture.

Now inquiring minds are wondering when it’s time for another lodge to come and take the gavel from Start of the East, will they require any customs forms to be able to take it across the border???

Suffolk District Fundraiser in memory of Joanne Kessler

Please donate what you can to this worthy cause.


If there was one thing on every Masons bucket list..

If there were one thing that should be on every Masons bucket list, in my own opinion this would be in the top 5, maybe even top 3. I’ve been hearing about this degree team since I first became a Freemasons, many moons ago.

In some instances small stadiums had to be secured as son many wanted to see this unique degree.

Maybe we can get a bus rented to take a bunch down and back.

I’ll place this event also on the event calendar with the ticket link to see how many we can get and if a joint effort travel together.

If one were interested in attending to see this very unique degree team preform, you can follow the link:

Unfortunately I could only find info on FB, so if you don’t have FB the info from the FB link is below:

The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Delaware will be proud to host the Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team.
The Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree team is made up of Native American Freemasons from the state of Oklahoma and is the only Master Mason degree team made up entirely of Native Americans! The team travels around the state, country and world to perform the Master Mason degree according to the Oklahoma Grand Lodge ritual. For the second section the M.W. Grand Lodge of the State of Oklahoma has allowed them to deviate slightly in the ritual work. For example, they wear full Native American regalia for the second section. In addition to degree work the team also puts on educational programs which include Native American singing, dance, and a Q & A session. The degree work is for the enjoyment of master masons everywhere.
The Team will visit Delaware on Saturday, June 4, 2022. The degree will be held beginning at 4:00 PM and following the first section will break for a dinner catered by Haass Family Butcher Shop. The second section will follow dinner.
The event will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds (18500 South Dupont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952).
Tickets are $38.77 (including fees) per Brother, which includes admission to the degree and the dinner. We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible, as they are going fast and we don’t want you to miss this once in a lifetime experience.
For more information on the event or the raffle, please contact PM Chad Robinson at (302) 270-4391.

The wild game dinner is back for 2022!

After a hiatus of a year due to COVID the Wild Game, AKA “Road Kill Dinner” is back. This year the dinner will be held a Riverhead Lodge #645 on Saturday, Feb. 26th at 6PM.

The Suffolk District Youth Committee hosts the event and will be serving us some favorites of the last 16 years the event has been held.

The proceeds of the event will go the Camp Turk Wishlist. The committee is requesting a $40.00 donation per person to attend the event. Don’t procrastinate as this event is very popular so tickets will go fast.

I hope to see many there for this event to support Camp Turk.

Call or text the numbers above for reservation/tickets.