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Freemasons in Scotland

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  • James Watt, FRS, FRSE (1736 - 1819)
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  • James Lyon, 7th Earl of Strathmore (1702 - 1735)
    James Lyon, 7th Earl of Strathmore (circa 1702 – 1735) was a Scottish peer and freemason.He was the son of John Lyon, 4th Earl of Strathmore and Lady Elizabeth Stanhope. He was christened on 24 Decembe...
  • George MacKenzie, 3rd Earl of Cromarty (1702 - 1766)
    Mackenzie, 3rd Earl of Cromartie (c. 1703–28 September 1766) was a Scottish nobleman.LifeHe succeeded his father John, the 2nd earl, in February 1731. In 1745, he joined Charles Edward Stuart and he se...
  • James Wemyss, 5th Earl of Wemyss (1699 - 1756)
    James Wemyss, 5th Earl of Wemyss (30 August 1699 – 21 March 1756) was the son of David Wemyss, 4th Earl of Wemyss.On 17 September 1720, he married Janet Charteris, heiress of the great Colonel Francis ...

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.

Questions?

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