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  • George William Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll (1768 - 1839)
    6th Duke of Argyll. Had an illegitimate child (Mary McDowell) with the daughter of his Factor (McDowell). The Factor looked after all the farms for the Duke.
  • Francis Wemyss-Charteris, 9th Earl of Wemyss (1795 - 1883)
    2 sources (Wikipedia and thepeerage) give his birth year as 1796)
  • Sir John Marjoribanks, 1st Bt. of Lees, MP (1763 - 1833)
    Sir Bernard Burke. A genealogical and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire 31st ed. Published 1869 by Harrison in London. page 745 The History of Parliament: the Ho...
  • James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn (1762 - 1837)
    James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn (1762-1837) was born on February 6, 1762 the son of Sir Henry Erskine, 5th Baronet of Alva and Janet Wedderburn...
  • George Gordon (1761 - 1853)
    George Gordon, 9th Marquess of Huntly KT (28 June 1761 – 17 June 1853), styled Lord Strathavon until 1795 and known as The Earl of Aboyne from 1795 to 1836, was a Scottish peer. Huntly was the son of...

Freemasons, or simply "Masons," have been present in Scotland 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 Scottish 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 a "Scottish Freemason" means being a member of an Scottish Masonic Lodge. That means that some "Scottish" Masons may originally be from other nations.

Please do add:

  • Profiles for people confirmed to be members of Scottish 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 Scotland
  • 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.


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