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Freemasons in England

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  • Heinrich Klein (1842 - 1913)
    Along with Theodor Reuss and Franz Hartmann, Henry Klein, 33°, 90°, 95°, IX°, completed the triumvirate of occultists who worked to bring esoteric Freemasonry to German-speaking people and helped to ...
  • Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire (1833 - 1908)
    "Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire KG, GCVO, PC, PC (Ire) (23 July 1833 – 24 March 1908), styled Lord Cavendish of Keighley between 1834 and 1858 and Marquess of Hartington between 1858...
  • Victor Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire (1868 - 1938)
    "Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire KG GCMG GCVO TD PC JP FRS (31 May 1868 – 6 May 1938), known as Victor Cavendish until 1908, was a British politician who served as Governor G...
  • Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)
    Rudyard Kipling, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907 Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celeb...
  • Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (1758 - 1805)
    Note: Relationships with other people must only be created from very reliable sources, and only where there is proof. Much speculation has been written about other offspring, notably one about a son bo...

Freemasons, or simply "Masons," have been present in England since at least the Reformation and today can be found throughout the nation in civic and community roles. Much discussion of their history in the nation can be found in this excellent Wikipedia article.

Although the most famous Freemasons have been presidents, CEOs, and other public figures, the vast majority of Freemasons were and are small-town members working in their own communities to advance Masonic principles and traditions. Due to their esoteric nature, they have also been the recipients of much inquiry and curiosity over the years. More information on Freemasons can be found via Wikipedia.

This project does not seek to determine whether Masons are "good" or "bad," and instead is merely interested in Masons for historical and genealogical purposes.

Project Guidelines

What & What Not to Add

This project aims to connect all of the confirmed English Freemasons on Geni. The Masons added to the project should have their membership confirmed by themselves or their Lodges (primary documentation), or by reputable scholars (secondary documentation). If you are using Internet resources to find lists of Masons, be sure to use only reputable, sourced ones.

Please note: For the purposes of this project, being an "English Freemason" means being a member of an English Masonic Lodge. That means that some "English" Masons may originally be from other nations.

Please do add:

  • Profiles for people confirmed to be members of English Lodges (see above)
  • Lodge names/numbers in the "About Me" field on their profile whenever possible
  • Sources in the "About Me" field on their profile

Please do not add:

  • "Suspected" or rumored Masons
  • Names from conspiracy theory websites
  • Englishmen who were Masons only through Lodges outside England
  • Members of affiliated organizations (like the Order of the Eastern Star) only

Research Tips & Suggestions

Ben M. Angel has shared with us some excellent on-line resources you can use to research Masonic ancestors. Please see his discussion thread for more detailed information on working with local lodges.

The best place to start is A Page About Freemasonry, the world's oldest Masonic website. It posts no genealogical information, but does have lots of good general information about Masons and how to contact state and local lodges.

Questions?

If you have any questions or comments, please use the Discussions link at the top right.