William St Clair of Roslin

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William St Clair of Roslin

William St Clair of Roslin, 21st Baron of Roslin (1700-1778) was a member of the Clan Sinclair.[1] His title, Baron of Roslin, was not a peerage but a Scottish feudal barony. He had an interest in sport and was a skilled golfer and archer.


He was a Scottish Freemason, being Initiated in Lodge Canongate Kilwinning on 18 May, Passed on 2 June 1736 and Raised on 3 November 1736.[2] He is known as the first Grand Master (although his actual title is Grand Master Mason) of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. He became the first Grand Master Mason by acclamation on St. Andrew's Day of the same year (1736).[3]


  1. ^ Genealogie of the Sainteclaires of Rosslyn. By Richard Augustine Hay. Ed. James Maidment (1835). New edition edited by Robert L D Cooper (2002). P.xxi. ISBN 0-902324-63-2
  2. ^ History of the Lodge Canongate Kilwinning, No.2, compiled from the records 1677-1888. By Alan MacKenzie. 1888. P.3.
  3. ^ The Impact of the Foundation of the Grand Lodge of England on Scottish Freemasonry. By Robert L D Cooper. Within: Reflections on 300 Years of Freemasonry. Ed. John S. Wade. 2017. P.355-368. ISBN 978-0-85318-546-8.


Masonic offices
New title Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

Succeeded by
The Earl of Cromartie