Message from our First Grand Principal

I feel greatly honoured in having been appointed as First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland and I will do my utmost to maintain, and where possible, build upon the work reflected in the high standards portrayed by my illustrious predecessors.

To successfully fulfil the onerous duties associated with this role should not be viewed otherwise than as a "challenge" but I am convinced that no challenge is of such magnitude that it cannot be overcome by total committment, a commonsense approach, and where appropriate a willingness to compromise. The importance of regular contact with Companions at Provincial, District and Chapter level will not be overlooked and I intend, in consultation with our Grand Superintendents, to introduce a programme of informal visits to Chapters within Scotland.

I am also convinced of the value of personal contact with Companions in our overseas Districts, and, while conscious of the current financial constraints on our Order every effort will be made to ensure these visits continue.

As Freemasons we must not forget that we are all Master Masons having been initiated into a Craft Lodge and it is vitally important that we continue to support our Lodges as well as those other Orders with which we are associated.

John Alexander Fraser

First Grand Principal of Scotland.