The ornate carved curiosity was made in France and erected in its current position by the captains of French sailing ships. French sailors arriving in Montrose at the time were Freemasons and they used to meet in the building which was then a coffee house.
One hundred years later the premises became a public house but the owners kept the sign and called the pub the Royal Arch…
This structure is more than 300 years old and perhaps should be in a museum instead of subjected to traffic pollution. Maybe a copy could be made to hang in the town?
You can get a really good view of the sign here.
The Royal Arch Chapter in Montrose, Enoch Royal Arch Chapter Montrose No. 3, doesn’t appear to meet there but it’s still pretty cool and an obvious part of our history.
We have left many relics and many of them are disappearing. I’m still saddened that we continue to lose them but I am encouraged that the public sees the value in protecting them. Perhaps we need to work more closely with the public in preserving our shared history.
What do you think of the plaque? How do we protect our past? Leave a comment below.
Source: Millennial Freemason