George Payne (Freemason)

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George Payne (c.1685 – 23 January 1757) was an English official of the Exchequer and Freemason.


He was the son of Samuel Payne of Chester and Frances Kendrick or Kenrick.[note 1] He was appointed Secretary to the Tax Office 20 July 1732, Head Secretary 8 April 1743

Payne became the second Grand Master of the Premier Grand Lodge of England in 1718. After being succeeded by John Desaguliers in 1719, he was again Grand Master in 1720. During this time he compiled The Constitutions of the Free-masons, which was printed in 1722 or 1723.[1] He was deputy Master in 1725, when the Duke of Richmond was both Master of the Lodge and Grand Master.

Mr & Mrs John Julius Angerstein by Sir Thomas Lawrence. Mrs Angerstein née Elizabeth Payne was god-daughter and a great-niece of George Payne


Payne and his wife Anne Martha Batson lived in St Stephen's Court, New Palace Yard, Westminster. They were survived by none of their children but adopted his god-daughter and great-niece, Eliza Payne, who married Thomas Lucas then John Julius Angerstein.

Payne's brother Thomas Payne (23 December 1689 – 1744) was rector of Holme Lacy Herefordshire for Frances Scudamore wife of Henry Scudamore, 3rd Duke of Beaufort and later the wife of Charles FitzRoy-Scudamore. Thomas's nine recorded children included Frances Compton (later Amyand) Countess of Northampton and Catherine Seymour, wife of Lord Francis Seymour, Dean of Wells.


  1. ^ baptised Holy Trinity, Chester, 12 May 1687


  1. ^ "1721 General Regulations of a Free Mason". Archived from the original on 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2007-04-09.


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Masonic offices
Preceded by
Anthony Sayer
Grand Master of the Premier
Grand Lodge of England

Succeeded by
John Desaguliers
Preceded by
John Desaguliers
Grand Master of the Premier
Grand Lodge of England

Succeeded by
The Duke of Montagu