The History of Lodge St Servanus No. 771

The history of Lodge St Servanus No. 771 by Bro. Gordon N.S. Neave

Why St Servanus?

 

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Why Lodge St Servanus?

Accordng to traditional legends and recorded history, St. Serf or Servanus was a shadowy Celtic missionary or a peripatetic priest given to good works and one who travelled considerably in the Hillfoots/Fife area in the sixth century.

The name of St. Serf is an island on Loch Leven where a monastery once stood. In Alva there is a holy well (St. Serfs) built over in recent years by a housing estate in the glebe of St. Serfs' church, until fairly recently still available for worship.

Dedications to this particular Saint abound in the Hillfoots area, so, not surprisingly St. Servanus/Serf was rightly known as "the Apostle of the Ochils" preaching initially in this area at Logie Airte, the little community at the foot of the last hill of the Ochils, Dumyat. It is recorded that St. Serf died in Dunning; he also ordained and was the mentor of St. Mungo, another well known local Saint.

From the foregoing reading (and much more could be written about St. Servanus) we can reasonably assume that the worthy originators of the Alva Lodge, when considering a name, decided to associate their Lodge with a well known and reputable safe Saint with a worthy and respected past, hence St. Servanus.

 

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