Talk:List of Freemasons

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Jimmy Carter[edit]

Special Ceremony Honoring President Carter

On December 1, 2014 President Jimmy Carter was made an Honorary Ambassador of Hasan Shriners and Shriners International. Here are some pictures from that ceremony.

This information includes 43 pictures of Jimmy Carter becoming an Honorary Ambassador of Hasan Shriners and Shriners International. This information does not prove Jimmy Carter is a Mason, but I figure the editors, who work on this page, should have access to this information. It is okay with me if you delete this entry after you save a copy of the information for future use. Sponsion (talk) 03:40, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Carter was definitely not a Mason. He was honored by the Shriners because of his work to support the Shrine Hospital, but never actually joined. Blueboar (talk) 12:19, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Adding 37 names under Letter B[edit]

Added the following 37 indivuals all of whom are listed in Denslow.

  • Jérôme Bonaparte (15 November 1784 – 24 June 1860), The youngest brother of Napoleon I and served as Jerome I, King of Westphalia, between 1807 and 1813. Grand master of the Grand Orient of Westphalia.
  • Joseph Bonaparte (7 January 1768 – 28 July 1844), Elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, who made him King of Naples and Sicily (1806–1808), and later King of Spain (1808–1813, as José I). Appointed as grand master of the Grand Orient of France by Napoleon in 1805.
  • Louis Bonaparte (2 September 1778 – 25 July 1846), Brother of Napoleon and King of Holland (1806–10). Appointed Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orient of France in 1805.
  • Lucien Bonaparte (21 May 1775 – 29 June 1840), Brother of Napoleon and a member of the Grand Orient of France.
  • Thomas Bond (May 2, 1712 – March 26, 1784), American physician and surgeon. In 1751 he co-founded the Pennsylvania Hospital, the first medical facility in the American colonies, with Benjamin Franklin. Deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in 1749.
  • Nicholas Bonneville (13 March 1760 - 9 November 1828), French bookseller, printer, journalist, and writer. Also a political figure of some relevance at the time of the French Revolution. In 1788 he published a book entitled The Jesuits driven from Freemasonry and their weapon broken by the Freemasons (translation). His theory was that the Jesuits had introduced the history of the life and death of the Templars into the symbolic degrees, and the doctrine of vengeance for the political and religious crime of their destruction.
  • Ballington Booth (July 28, 1857 – October 5, 1940), Officer in The Salvation Army and a co-founder of Volunteers of America. Member of Montclair Lodge No. 144, New Jersey about 1899, and later Charter Oak Lodge No. 249, New York City. He was past grand chaplain of the Grand Lodge of New York and member of York and Scottish rites as well as the Shrine.
  • Edwin Booth (13 November, 1833 – 7 June 1893), Famous 19th-century American actor who toured throughout America and the major capitals of Europe, performing Shakespearean plays. Founded Booth's Theatre in 1869 in New York. Brother of John Wilkes Booth. Honorary member of the Masonic Veterans Association of New York.
  • Solon Borland (21 September 1808 – 1 January 1864), Newspaperman, soldier, diplomat, Democratic United States Senator from Arkansas and a Confederate officer during the American Civil War.
  • Józef Boruwłaski (1739 – 1837), Polish-born dwarf who toured in European and Turkish courts. Raised to the 3rd degree in the City of Chester, England on 15 November 1783.
  • Sir Alexander Boswell, 1st Baronet (9 October 1775 – 27 March 1822), Scottish poet, antiquary and song writer. Ex-officio provincial grand master of Ayrshire and master of Canongate-Kilwinning Lodge No. 2 in Edinburgh.
  • John Boswell (1532?–1609), 3rd Laird of Auchinleck. Considered by some scholars to be the first recorded non-operative Freemason. Present at a meeting of the (operative) Lodge of Edinburgh on June 8, 1600, and like his operative brethren, attested to the minutes by his mark.
  • Murrough Boyle, 1st Viscount Blesington (c.1645–1718), First Grand Master of the Ancients, 1756-60.
  • Giovanni Bottesini (22 December 1821 – 7 July 1889), Italian Romantic composer, conductor, and a double bass virtuoso. Initiated June 20, 1849 in the Bank of England Lodge No. 263, London.
  • Karl Böttiger (8 June 1760 – 17 November 1835), German archaeologist and classicist. Initiated in the Lodge of the Golden Apple, Dresden, on November 8, 1781.
  • C. A. Bottolfsen (10 October 1891 – 18 July 1964), American politician from Idaho. 17th and 19th Governor of Idaho. A member of Arco Lodge No. 48, Arco, Idaho and a past district deputy grand master. Knight Templar and Shriner.
  • Thomas Boude (17 May 1752 – 24 October 1822), The brick mason for Independence Hall in Philadelphia. First secretary of St. John's Lodge in Philadelphia which laid the cornerstone of the hall with Benjamin Franklin as grand master. Boude later became deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
  • Elias Cornelius Boudinot (1 August 1835 – 27 September 1890) Cherokee attorney, politician and military officer.Delegate to the Arkansas secession convention, Boudinot served as a Colonel in the Confederate States Army, and was elected as an Arkansas representative in the Confederate Congress. It is believed that Albert Pike conferred the 32° on him in 1886. He died 27 September 1890 and was buried with Masonic honors by Belle Point Lodge No. 20 of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
  • Louis de Bourbon (15 June 1709 – 16 June 1771), Count of Clermont. Elected Grand Master of France Dec. 2, 1743. It was during his grandmastership that the name was changed from the "English Grand Lodge of France" to the Grand Lodge of France."
  • Thomas E. Bourke (5 May 1896 – 9 January 9 1978), United States Marine Corps general who, during World War II, commanded Marine artillery units at the Battle of Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Leyte. At the end of World War II, he commanded the 5th Marine Division in the occupation of Japan, and the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.
  • Augustus O. Bourn (1 October 1834 – 28 January 1925), American politician and the 36th Governor of Rhode Island. Raised 18 May 1860 in What Cheer Lodge No. 21, Providence.
  • Sir Mackenzie Bowell (27 December 1823 – 10 December 1917), PC, KCMG English born Canadian politician. Fifth Prime Minister of Canada. Raised in St. Lawrence Lodge No. 640 of Montreal in 1864. On 4 february 1897 he affiliated with Eureka Lodge No. 283 (Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario.), at Belleville, and was later a charter member of Moira Lodge No. 11 at Belleville.
  • Oden Bowie (10 November 10 1826 – 4 December 1894), 34th Governor of Maryland. Member of Centre Lodge No. 108, Baltimore.
  • Henry L. Bowles (6 January 1866 - 17 May 1932), United States Representative from Massachusetts.
  • William Augustus Bowles (1763–1805), also known as Estajoca, Maryland-born English adventurer and organizer of Native American attempts to create their own state outside of Euro-American control. Was "admitted an honorary member" of Prince of Wales Lodge No. 259, London on 20 January 1791. He was made "Provincial grand master to the Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians" by the Grand Lodge of England.
  • Frank Llewellyn Bowman (21 January 1879 – 15 September 1936), United States Representative from West Virginia.
  • Sir Leslie Boyce (9 July 1895 – 30 May 1955), K.St.J.Australian-born British Conservative Party politician. Lord Mayor of London between 1951 and 1952. Senior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of England in 1948.
  • James E. Boyd (9 September - 30 April 30 1906) Irish-born American businessman and politician. seventh Governor of the Nebraska. Member of Capitol Lodge No. 3, Omaha.
  • Jean-Pierre Boyer (1776 – 9 July 1850), One of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, and President of Haiti from 1818 to 1843. He was grand commander of the Supreme Council AASR of Haiti, 33°. Frequent visitor to Somerset Lodge No. 34, Norwich, Connecticut.
  • Frank W. Boykin (21 February 21 – 12 March 12), United States Representative from Alabama. Scottish Rite, Shriner, and Eastern Star.
  • Emerson R. Boyles (29 June 29 1881 - 30 November 30) Member of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1940 until 1956.
  • James S. Boynton (7 May 1833 - 22 December1902) was an American politician and jurist. Served briefly as the 51st Governor of Georgia. Member of St. John's Lodge No. 45, Jackson, Georgia.
  • Paul Boyton (29 June 1848 - 19 April 1924), Irish showman and adventurer. Known as the "Fearless Frogman".
  • John Bracken (22 June 22 1883 - 18 March 1969), PC 11th Premier of Manitoba.
  • Hugh Henry Brackenridge (1748 - 25 June 1816) American writer, lawyer, judge, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. Member of Lodge No. 45, Pittsburgh.
  • Theophilus Bradbury (13 November 1739 - 6 September 1803), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
  • William Bradford (14 September 1755 – 23 August 1795) Second United States Attorney General in 1794–1795. Member of Lodge No. 2, Philadelphia.

 Eric Cable  |  Talk  20:11, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

List of Freemasons:Manual of Style[edit]

The following could be a manual of style for List of Freemasons.

Guidelines for Inclusion in the list[edit]

We have established two requirements for inclusion in the list.

  1. There must be an existing article on the English Wikipedia on the person in question
  2. There must be reliable sources that establish the person was/is in fact a Freemason.

Basic Format[edit]

* [[name]] (date1–date2), text.<citations>

  1. Asterisk
  2. Single space
  3. Name including wikilink to article of the person.
    1. If the article name includes a parenthesis, use a barred link such as [[William Polk (colonel)|William Polk]] instead of [[William Polk (colonel)]]
  4. Single space
  5. Vital Dates:
    1. left parenthesis
    2. Birth Date
    3. {{spaced ndash}}
    4. Death Date
    5. right parenthesis
  6. comma
  7. single space
  8. Post-nominal letters (if any) (see below)
  9. Description (see below)
  10. Citations (see below)


  • Dates should entered as d mmm yyyy that is to say 5 May 2013
  • If the person is still living, simply leave a space inplace of the death date.
  • If year only is known, then list year only. Check the person's main article.
  • If date is 'circa' then place c. before the date in question.
  • If date is unknown, place ? in place of the date in question.
  • Dates should NOT include references or citations. These facts are (presumably) cited in the person's main article (and if they're not they should be)

Post-nominal letters[edit]

Numerous notable Freemasons, especially in the United Kingdom, are entitled to display post-nominal letters. Within List of Freemasons these should be listed after the comma following the vital dates, and before the primary text. The templates Template:Post-nominals, Template:Post-nominals/AUS, Template:Post-nominals/CAN, Template:Post-nominals/GBR, or Template:Post-nominals/NZL should be used as applicable.


This should not be a large paragraph. It should first include why the person is/was notable and secondly, things that are of specificly relavent to Masonic membership.

Why they are notable[edit]

Short and to the point. We do not need every reason the person is notable. Give the "most notable" reason they are notable. For example, in the case of Theodore Roosevelt simply stating 26th President of the United States is sufficient. We do not need U.S. Cavalry Officer, Medal of Honor recipient, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 33rd Governor of New York, 25th Vice President of the United States, and 26th President of the United States.

Masonic Information[edit]

When possible, give the names and locations of any known lodge memberships. If known, give the dates, lodge name, and location of when he received his Masonic Degrees. Also, give any significant Masonic accomplishments such of being the Grand Master of a state, etc.

See Also[edit]

There are situations where some people are known by more than one name or title. This caused the need for a "see also" entry in the list. For exanple, Voltaire's real name was François-Marie Arouet. In this example, the main entry in the list should be under V for Voltaire, and there should be a listing under A that states "François-Marie Arouet (see Voltaire)".

When this is needed the editors of the list will use their best judgement as to which name should be the main entry and which should have the "see also" note. A cue as to which should be which can be taken from disambugation of the person's main article. For example if a person were to search for François-Marie Arouet on Wikpedia they would automatically be directed to the Voltaire article.

Technically, this is achieved by adding an anchor to name of the the main listing using span tags...


and creating a link in the see also entry as such...

François-Marie Arouet (See [[List_of_Freemasons_(E–Z)#Voltaire]])

Note that it is a good idea to use the full wiki link including article name.


What to do and not do[edit]

  1. Do not include titles or ranks in front of the person's name
    1. This:[[John Smith]] (birth date - Death Date), Major General of the British Army...
    2. Not This:Major General [[John Smith]] (birth date - Death Date), British Army officer...
  2. With the exception of #Post-nominal letters do not use abbreviations except...
    1. U.S. or US for United States
    2. U.K. or UK for United Kingdom


Members of the British Peerage (and other countries for that matter) should be alphabetized as such:

Alphabetizing Rules for Members of the British Peerage
Rank Example Alphabetized By See also
King King George VI G for George None
Prince Prince Michael of Kent M for Michael, not K for Kent nor W for Windsor None
Duke Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk N for Norfolk, not T for Thomas nor H for Howard Under surname
Marquess Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury G for Gascoyne-Cecil, not R for Robert nor S for Salisbury Under location (Salisbury)
Earl Robert Capell, 10th Earl of Essex C for Capell, not R for Robert nor E for Essex]] Under location (Esssex)
Viscount William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne L for Lamb, not W for William nor M for Melbourne Under location (Melbourne)
Baron Peter Maxwell, 28th Baron de Ros M for Maxwell not P for Peter nor R for Ros none

Note that suitable See Also links should be added when applicable. For example, Prince Michael of Kent should have his main listing under M, could have a see also link under K.

Also, many peers and royals have multiple titles. For example, Prince William (who is not a Mason but should be) is also the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Strathearn, and the Baron Carrickfergus. These people should be listed under their senior-most rank, in this case Prince.


That's my two cents. Eric Cable  |  Talk  12:59, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Bravo. My only criticism is the inconsistency in the peerage. Why refer to Dukes by their titles and the lower ranks by their family names? Few people know that Melbourne's real name was Lamb, and fewer yet care. The rest is sound stuff. Fiddlersmouth (talk) 01:00, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
I am trying to find the citation, but I am pretty sure this is the alphabetization method used in Burke's Peerage. Seems like I also read it in the The Chicago Manual of Style. I am reminded of a quote from the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey: “"If I were to ever search for logic I wouldn't look for it among the English upper class." Eric Cable  |  Talk  15:31, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
In that case, quibble over. Well done. Fiddlersmouth (talk) 18:53, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Also note the "See also" column above. That will help. With the example of Melbourne, under M we would have 2nd Viscount Melbourne. see William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne with a link to his main listing under Lamb. Eric Cable  |  Talk  13:04, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Ancestry are publishing list of names[edit]

According to an article in the Telegraph and other newspapers, "A secret archive containing the names of two million Freemasons has been made public for the first time on the genealogy site Ancestry."

Membership records from 1733 to 1923 -- mainly in Britain and the British Empire --- have been digitised and published on the family history website Ancestry, the company said.

See: Was Titanic inquiry scuppered by the Freemasons? Esowteric+Talk 17:02, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, but this is really the lowest form of journalism. The Great and Good were often Freemasons in the 19th Century, as were ordinary tradesmen. However, you don't have to be a mason to cover up your colleague's incompetence, our civil service are still doing it. The Jack the Ripper stuff is now old and tired, and should be decently buried, with a footnote that Warren's investigations were impeded and he was persecuted out of office for his liberal politics. "Two million", "secret archive", "pinch of salt". Fiddlersmouth (talk) 01:17, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Adding 46 Names to Letter V[edit]

I have gone all the way through the letter V in Denslow and am adding the following names all contained therein:

 Eric Cable  |  Talk  15:26, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Paginating the page does not help searching, it does the opposite[edit]

Having two pages for names does not help searching, is it not possible to search with a browser in two pages. If the list does grow two much, it could be better to find another way of reducing the page size.

Possible solutions to page size are:

  • Remove footnotes moving those to the personal page. In such case, we could add some badge (similar to the wikiquotes one saying there are quotes of him), with that extra info, leaving this page more clean.
  • Use another classification (not alphabetical), like profession (scientific, political/military). With this classification we have multiple pages, but it makes more sense to search there.

El Hoy (talk) 14:14, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

Not to dismiss your concerns, but more for your information... all of your concerns have been discussed before... please look through the archives to see why we do things the way we currently do. Blueboar (talk) 17:27, 6 August 2017 (UTC)