Unlike other Grand Lodges where usually the same design of apron is worn in all daughter Lodges the Grand Lodge of Scotland does not superimpose such a regulation. It is a good old tradition that every private Lodge chooses their own colours. This leads to a great variety of designs. From the classic light blue and white - colours which are usually connected with St. John’s Masonry - to almost every combination of any colour and tartan: a big Masonic meeting in Scotland often makes a very chequered picture.
Being named after Scotland’s national flower it was quite easy to choose a colour: only Thistle Green seemed appropriate. It is, by the way, the specific colour worn by one of the highest chivalric orders of the United Kingdom, namely the Order of the Thistle, and also by the officers of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Provincial Grand Lodges.
One of the tartans discussed for the Lodge was the Scottish National but as it is also closely related to the Scottish National Party it was decided that it should not be adopted. Masonic Lodges do not take any political stand and so even the slightest connection could be seen as being contrary to our principles. End of day, the Royal Stewart Tartan was chosen as every Scotsman can be seen as a clansman of Her Majesty and may therefore wear this tartan. Our apron is made up according to the traditional Scottish design which again is different to almost every other in Freemasonry. It combines the Lodge’s colour and tartan with the symbolic elements customary in Scottish Masonry, i.e. tassels, rosettes and embroidered round flap with Square, Compasses and G.
The Lodge jewel is also based on the Royal Stewart Tartan, combined with both a golden Thistle and Saltire, thus displaying the name of the Lodge. For the Founder Members an additional bar bearing the word “Founder” was placed on the tartan ribbon.
The Crest denotes the name of the Lodge: it is a Thistle superimposed on a Saltire. The latter is supported by two lions standing upright. This position is described in heraldry as “rampant” and it is the same as on the old Scottish royal standard which shows a red lion rampant on yellow ground. Part of the Crest are name and number of the Lodge, although these may be omitted for practical reasons on special printings.
The Lodge tie bears the Crest on black and green stripes. Black is the colour which is widely associated with Craft Lodges in the UK whereas German Freemasons usually wear white ties in their meetings. The design is similar to that worn by Scotland’s oldest Lodge, Mother Kilwinning “No. Nothing”, also called “The Motherlodge of Scotland”. To Bro. Peter Frenes who organised the ties it seemed reasonable that the first German Lodge working a Scottish Ritual should adopt a design related to the first Lodge in Scotland.
The main piece of the Crest serves us also as Lapel Pin. The pin is worn by members of the Lodge both in the meetings and in public.
Many brethren who visited the Lodge received it as a token of appreciation and is also presented as a gift when Brethren of 1040 visit other Lodges.