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Charteris, the younger, of Armisfield, Francis, (1749 — 1808)

36th Grand Mastermason of Scotland from 1786 to 1787. He was a member of the Lodge Harrington St John, and an affiliated member of Canongate Kilwinning. His father succeeded to the Earldom of Wemyss in 1787, when Charteris became Lord Elcho. He himself never succeeded to the title, as he predeceased his father by 10 months. He subscribed for four copies of the Edinburgh Edition.

In a letter to John Ballantine, dated 14th January 1787, Burns referred to a masonic meeting, where the 'Most Worshipful Grand Master Charters, and all the Grand Lodge of Scotland visited. The meeting was most numerous and elegant; all the different Lodges about town were present, in all their pomp. The Grand Master who presided with great solemnity, and honor to himself as a Gentleman and Mason, among other general toasts gave, 'Caledonia, and Caledonia's Bard, brother B —', which rung through the whole Assembly with multiplied honors and repeated acclamations.' The poet had no idea that this was to happen, and 'downright thunderstruck, and trembling in every nerve, made the best return in my power. Just as I finished, some of the Grand Officers said so loud as I could hear, with a most comforting accent, 'Very well indeed!' which set me something to rights again.'

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