About Lodge Dolphin
Lodge Dolphin was founded on 30 November 1900 in the village of Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire, Scotland under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
It has operated from the present purpose built premises since 1924 and is one of twenty-three daughter Lodges in the Province of Stirlingshire, Scotland. The Lodge is located in a quiet cul-de-sac where ample parking is available. Access for the disabled is also provided.
Many other local Organisations make use of the premises. Individuals or groups may book the facilities for private functions etc. by contacting the Lodge Treasurer or Secretary through the email links provided in the left-hand column.
Links to the Lodge History, Office-bearers 2016 and to a selection of photographs taken in the Lodge are provided on this page. The most recent "Lodge Dolphin News" items are also listed and links provided.
A brief history of the Village of Bonnybridge
Bonnybridge is first mentioned as 'Ford of the Bonny' around 1648 when that part on the south side of the River Bonny was known as the 'Bonny Water' while that on the north side was known as the 'Water of Bonny'. The earliest record of what it is now called appears in 1682 when it was called 'Bonniebridge'. This may relate to when the first bridge was built. The part of the village on the south side of the River Bonny lay in the parish of Falkirk while that on the north side also lay in the parish of Falkirk until the parish of Denny was created. The separate parish of Bonnybridge was only created in 1878.
The coming of the Forth and Clyde Canal in 1840, together with the expansion of the rail network through the village of Greenhill to the south and available local natural resources, caused Bonnybridge to become a centre of industrial production. Ironfounding, chemicals production, whisky distilling, brick making and refractory products and coal production were some of the many industries that followed the creation of good communications by road, rail and waterway. Sadly most of these industries are now gone and the village is now more reliant on agriculture, light engineering and small businesses of various service types.
For more information please use the links provided in the left-hand column.