Fortitude Lodge No. 4017


Bro Morris Marks PM 2557 WM 3188 PPGSD Chaplain WM 4017

WBro Morris Marks PM 2557, PM 3188 PPGSD, Chaplain, WM 4017 PPGW

On June 18th 1919 at the first of five Founders meetings, W. Bro Edward Ward Watson, PPGD was elected Master Designate and took the chair at this and the three following meetings. At the fifth meeting on 30th December 1919, the Founders received the sad news of the sudden death of the Master Designate. W. Bro Morris Marks PPGW was then elected as Master Designate.

The ceremony of consecrating and dedicating took place  on 13th January 1920 at the Masonic Hall, 4, Edwin Street, Shields Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The firsts officers, as shown were duly appointed.

Seven members of Lodge Temperance 2557 had their names inserted on the Warrant, which was granted on 5th November, 1919 and they were”

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Founding Member on Warrant,Lodge, Office

W. Bro Edward Ward Watson,2557,Departed Merit
W. Bro James Hope P.M. PAGDC, 2557,Senior Warden
W. Bro Roderick Urquhart P.M,2557, Junior Warden
W. Bro John Harris,2557,Chaplain
W.Bro Morris Marks P.M. PPGW,2557,First Worshipful Master
W. Bro Frederick William Simon,2557,Director of Ceremonies
W. Bro Benjamin Mason P.M.,2557,Treasurer


The Brethren named below made up the total of 26 founders:

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Founding Member,Lodge,Office

W. Bro William C. Crowe, 3424,Asst Director of Ceremonies
Bro Joseph A. Pattinson, 2557,Secretary
Bro Robert Hindmarsh, 2557,Senior Deacon
Bro Thomas W. Brown, 2557,Junior Deacon
Bro James W. Wilson, 541,Assistant Secretary
Bro Joseph Whitfield, 2557,Organist
Bro George Dibley, 2557,Inner Guard
Bro George N. McGeorge, 2557,Steward
Bro Joseph Elliott, 2557,Steward
Bro Thomas W. Petrie,2557,
Bro William B. Davison,2557,
Bro John W. Watson, 2557,Steward
Bro James Baker, 2557,
Bro. Nathan Bergman, 2557,
Bro John L. Cockburn, 2557,
Bro William L. Cockburn, 2557,
Bro James L. Cockburn,  2557,
Bro Fred Brown, 2557,
Bro Frank D. Best, 2557,

The first candidates were proposed in the Lodge on the night of Consecration. They were Edward Watson, son of the late Master Designate W.Bro Edward Ward Watson, and Stanley Hope son of the first Senior Warden W. Bro. James Hope, PAGDC.

W.Bro Edward Ward Watson

W.Bro Edward Ward Watson. Late Master Designate, 4017


Petition of Fortitude Lodge 4017

Petition of Fortitude Lodge 4017

Unfortunately, Lodge Fortitude Lodge No. 4017  was erased in December 2015 due to decreased membership.



Photo of Bro Edward Ward Watson kindly provided by Shirley Hare, Granddaughter of Lodge Temperance 2557 Founding Member Bro Guy Hayler.

Page updated on 20/01/2017