Introduction to the Mural on the back wall of the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh & Leith 291 Temple. Painted by Marlene Douglas.
The Mural has captured the history of the Close from its early days up to the present day. The left section depicts the time when the monks of Cambuskenneth Abbey sold the bake house in Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, to Elizabeth Scott Lady Manderston.
The left centre part takes in The 13th Light Dragoon Guards in which one of our lodge members, Troop Sergeant Major Edward Hunt, sounded his Bugle at the Charge Of The Light Brigade.
The right centre shows The 82nd Regiment of Foot (Prince of Wales Volunteers) during the Indian Mutiny, in which one of our members Brother William Hyde fought along side his brother Soldiers. Afterwards his Masonic Certificate was found on the battlefield, by Captain Thomson of the 33rd Regiment. He sent it on its journey back to the Celtic Lodge, going from India, Canada, London, Grand Lodge of Scotland and finally, home to the Celtic Lodge ,where it has pride of place in our Museum.
The Roman Eagle Hall is depicted on the right of the mural. It was first thought that the Hall was named after The Roman Eagle Lodge No. 160, which rented a Lodge Room in Brodie's Close along with The Celtic Lodge No 291 in the 1830s. St Andrews Lodge No 48, was the main lease holder at the time.
It was St Andrews Lodge No 48 that rented the premises to the Celtic Lodge and the Roman Eagle Lodge in those days.
The Hall was named after the table built by Francis and William Brodie in their workshop, making the Roman Eagle Table, and the name was given to the workshop on the second floor. To-day the hall is named the Thistle Hall.
William (The Deacon) Brodie is one of Scotland's loveable crooks - not to mention Burke and Hare - and visitors to Edinburgh seek out the many tours that cover the history of the area - and during our Harmonies, many stories and tales have been told!!