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Thomas DENTON - Worshipful Master 1778 - Our 2nd Master. Past Masters

Founder member in 1777, and a Bookseller.
Unfortunately, some 12 years later in 1789, he together with a John Jones were found guilty of “coining” in a trial at the Old Bailey in London, and executed on the gallows before the Debtor’s Door in the Old Bailey on 6th July 1789.


John WILKINSON - Worshipful Master 1785. Past Masters
Sheriff of York 1797.
Lord Mayor of York 1801.


The Hon. Lawrence DUNDAS (1766 - 1839) - Worshipful Master 1811.

(Later the 1st Earl of Zetland). Past Masters

                                                                       
Member of Parliament for Richmond 1790-1802 & 1808-1811.
Member of Parliament for York 1802-1808 & 1811-1839.
Alderman of York 1808.
Lord Mayor of York 1811.
Created Earl of Zetland in the coronation honours of Queen Victoria on 28th June 1838



Richard Welch HOLLON :- Worshipful Master 1850. Past Masters
Sheriff of York 1857.
Lord Mayor of York 1864.




Robert FARRAR - Worshipful Master 1856. Past Masters

Sheriff of York 1858.


John MARCH - (1808 - 1880) - Worshipful Master 1859. Past Masters

Lord Mayor of York 1873.

Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works 1859.
Provincial Senior Grand Warden 1874.

Licensee of The Golden Slipper Public House in Goodramgate, York.


William Benson RICHARDSON - Worshipful Master 1860. Past Masters

Lord Mayor of York 1884.
Son of a Grocer in Micklegate, later a Director of the N.E.R Company.


William Dallan HUSBAND - Worshipful Master 1863. Past Masters
Sheriff of York 1830.
Lord Mayor of York 1859.

Sir James MEEK (1816 - 1891) - Worshipful Master 1864. Past Masters
Lord Mayor of York 1855, 1865 & 1866.
Knighted in 1869 by Queen Victoria.

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies 1863.
Provincial Grand Senior Warden 1864.
Provincial Grand Treasurer 1884.

Chairman York City & County Bank, Governor Bootham Asylum, Treasurer York Mission, Major Commandant 1st West Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers.


Alfred Ely HARGROVE - Worshipful Master 1869. Past Masters

Lord Mayor of York 1869.




Sir Joseph Sykes RYMER (1942 - 1923) - Worshipful Master - 1882.
Past Masters
Sheriff of York 1882.
Lord Mayor of York - 1887, 1899, 1907 & 1912.
Freeman of York - 1899, Honorary Freeman - 1914.
Knighted by King Edward VII in his coronation honours in 1901.

Provincial Grand Registrar 1884.
Provincial Grand Senior Warden 1900.

Chairman of Wharfedale Coal Company, Governor of Merchant Adventurers of York, 1900-1901, and Director of York Waterworks.


Samuel BORDER - Worshipful Master 1889. Past Masters

Sheriff of York 1887.
Lord Mayor of York 1899 and 1907.
Alderman of York 1895 - 1911.

Governor York Merchant Adventurers Company 1892-94, Governor of Bootham Park Hospital, Director York United Gas Company
Provincial Grand Registrar 1890.

* Photo courtesy of York Cemetery.

Edward William PURNELL (1849 - 1920) - Worshipful Master 1892.
Past Masters
Lord Mayor of York - 1900.
Alderman 1896 - 1920.

Born in Scarborough and moved to York where he became chief booking clerk at York station. Later became a tobacconist, firstly in Blake Street, and later in Coney Street, York.
* Photo courtesy of York Cemetery.


George POTTER-KIRBY - Worshipful Master 1883 & 1905. Past Masters

Sheriff of York 1902.

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies 1886.
Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden 1902.



James Brown INGLIS - Worshipful Master 1909. Past Masters

Sheriff of York 1911.
Lord Mayor of York 1923.

Jeweller and silversmith

* Photo courtesy of York Cemetery.



Hugh Leslie CREER - Worshipful Master 1916. Past Masters

Sheriff of York 1934 & 1935.

* Photo courtesy of York Cemetery.




Gilbert Yorke JOHNSON - Worshipful Master 1921. Past Masters

During his time as Librarian Bro. Johnson made gifts of over 250 books, and other items of Masonic interest, together with the bookcases mentioned above.
He was elected a full member of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 in 1935, and was also appointed Prestonian Lecturer for 1947



George Stanley BELLERBY - Worshipful Master 1940. Past Masters

Sheriff of York 1954.


John Harold KAYE - Worshipful Master 1948. Past Masters

Sheriff of York 1944.
Lord Mayor of York 1952.