Recent Past Masters
Dr James Campbell is an architectural historian lecturing at the University of Cambridge. He was born and brought up in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and studied architecture at Cambridge. After practising in the UK, USA and Hong Kong, James returned to Cambridge to read for a PhD in architectural history, becoming a University Lecturer in 2005. His PhD examined the development of the building trade in the 17th century. He has published four books on various aspects of architectural history which have been translated into eleven languages. James comes from a family of freemasons, his grandfather having been District Grand Master in Madras. He is a member of the Middlesex Lodge No. 143 (I.1991; WM 2002); Archibald Campbell Lodge No.4998 in Madras (J.2003); Isaac Newton University Lodge No.859 (J.2006, WM, 2010-11); Old Union No.46 (J.2008, WM 2016-17); Metropolitan Grand Stewards’ Lodge No.9812 (J.2008, JW 2014) and Grand Stewards Lodge (J.2016). He was appointed a Metropolitan Grand Steward (2008), Assistant Grand Superintendent of Works (2009 & 2010), President of the Board of Grand Stewards (2016) and Junior Grand Deacon (2017). He is a Past DepGDC in Rose Croix and a member of the Mark, Ark Mariners, Secret Monitor and the Royal Arch. James was the Prestonian Lecturer in 2011, examining the vexed question of whether Christopher Wren was a ‘freemason’.
2014/15 Gordon W.S. Davie
Gordon Davie was initiated into the Chelsfield Lodge, No. 6405, Province of West Kent in 1964, celebrating 50 years in the Craft in October 2005. He became Master of Chelsfield Lodge, No. 6405, in 1964, and has been Master of the following lodges: Lodge of Regularity, No.91 (1988); West Kent Masters Lodge, No. 5778 (1998); Founder & PM of Good Neighbour Lodge, No.83789 (1984); Helios Lodge, No.8311 (1987); West Kent Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge, No.8565 (1976); Fiennes Cornwallis Lodge, No. 9279 (2000); West Kent Lodge of Charity, No.9610 (1999); and Lodge of St Julian, No.5076. Appointed Provincial Grand Steward (Kent ), 1969; Provincial DGDC, 1973 (West Kent), Provincial DC, 1977-8 (West Kent), APGM, 1988-93 (West Kent); AGDC, 1978; PSGD, 1988. Nominated Grand Steward by the Lodge of Regularity, 1988; Secretary to the Board of Grand Stewards, 1988. Cornwallis Lecturer, 2004; Prestonian Lecturer, 2005.
2013/14 E. John T. Acaster
Yorkshire blood but Lancastrian birth, John Acaster was initiated into Clapton Lodge, No.1365 in 1970, and exalted in Clapton Chapter in 1972. On moving to Manchester he became a Founder of Maccabee Lodge, No.8947 (1980), Master (1986-7); founder of Robert Burns Chapter, No. 999 (1991), First Principal (1997); WM Manchester Lodge for Masonic Research, No. 5502 (2002); PSGW of East Lancashire (2006); and member Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No. 2076 (2007). Past MWS, Salford Rose Croix, Chapter No. 428; Past Supreme Ruler, Robert Burns OSM, No. 328; member Manchester Engineers’ Lodge of MMM, No. 1059. John lectured for the former Cornerstone Society and has delivered papers at the International Conference on the History of Freemasonry, among other overseas conferences.
2012/13 Robert L.D. Cooper, FRSA, BA, FSA Scot
Robert Cooper has held the post of Curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland since 1994 which has given him access to some of the oldest documents and artefacts in the Masonic world including the Minute Books of Lodge Aitcheson’s Haven, which dates from 9 January 1599. He has published extensively on Masonic matters and appeared on television and participated in radio programs around the world. Initiated into The Lodge of Light, No.1656 (SC) in 1984, he is a founder member of Lodge Edinburgh Castle, No.1764 (Master, 1998); and a PM of Lodge Sir Robert Moray, No.1641 (Edinburgh Lodge of Research) (2009-11). Robert is active in The Great Priory of Scotland (the Knights Templar); the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland (the Royal Arch); The Royal Order of Scotland; The Supreme Council for Scotland (Scottish Rite for Scotland); and The Grand Imperial Council of Scotland. He is also a Free Gardener and a Hammerman as well as being a member of several non-Masonic esoteric societies.
2011/12 Antony R. Baker
Initiated in Powis Lodge, No.7355 in 1984 and exalted in Welchpool Chapter, No. 998, in 1986, Antony was WM, The St. Vincent Lodge, No. 1404 (1999); First Principal, Jerusalem Chapter (2004); PrGChap (2005); PrSGW (2008). He is currently PrGOr and Mentor in Bristol and was promoted PAGDC in 2011. Also PM, Goodwin Mark Lodge, No.1563 (2002); EP, King Richard I Preceptory Knights Templar, No. 341 (2003); MWS, Sympathy & Grace Rose Croix Chapter, No. 947 (2005); TIM, The Wessex Council of Royal and Select Masters, No. 41 (2006); MPS, Rose and Lily Conclave of Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine, No. 387 (2007); WM, Installed Mark Masters Lodge, No. 171 (2009); Commander, Dunckerley Royal Ark Mariners Lodge, No. 630 (2009); SR, St. Hugh Conclave Order of the Secret Monitor, No. 115 (2010). Antony was Founding PrSGW, Province of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, Royal Order of Scotland, promoted Substitute Provincial Grand Master (2009). He is a member of the Lodge of Living Stones, No. 4957, Province of Yorkshire West Riding, and was elected to Quatuor Coronati in 2006.
2010/11 Thomas Vallance Webb
Thomas Vallance Webb (1926-2014) (‘Tom’) was born in England but taken as a child to Cape Town, South Africa. He was initiated in Rondebosch Lodge, No.3141, Cape Town, in 1957; appointed District Grand Registrar for the District of South Africa (Western Division); and from 1980-94 was Assistant District Grand Master. He was also a member of the District Board of General Purposes and President of the District Board of Benevolence.
Appointed to Grand Rank as PAGDC in 1983, Tom was promoted PJGD in 1984 and PSGD in 2003. He held Grand Rank in the Royal Arch and other orders. He was elected a full member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge in 2002; the Lodge held its first overseas meeting in South Africa during his year as Master.
2009/10 John Stephen Wade
Dr John Stephen Wade was initiated in Fellowship Lodge, No.4069 in 1981 and served as Master in 1991. He was exalted into Fellowship Royal Arch Chapter, No. 4069, in 1985, and was the founding Master of Amadeus Lodge, No 9539, in 1994. John is PPrJGW, Yorkshire (West Riding) and Derbyshire; and a Past Provincial Grand Sojourner in the Royal Arch. From 2003-5 he was President of the Sheffield Masonic Study Circle. He was elected a full member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge in 2005, appointed Secretary a year later, and served as Master in 2009-10, the year during which he was nominated Prestonian Lecturer. John is an active member of lodges in Scotland, Ireland, Italy and the United States. He is also the musical director of the Sheffield and District Masonic Choir which he founded in 1991.
2008/9 Peter Hamilton Currie
Peter Currie was the editor of AQC for nine years until 2009, and indexer since 1993. He published several articles on Craft Freemasonry of which Two Masonic Arks won the Norman B. Spencer Prize in 1998; and is the author of The History of the Royal Naval & Military Chapter No. 2404 and edited Stability Ritual (1992). Peter was initiated in the Hundred of Axstane Lodge, No.7722 in the Province of West Kent, and was Master in 1991-2. He is a Past Master of the Queen’s College Taunton Lodge, No. 6988, in Somerset, and a PZ of the Royal Naval and Military Chapter, No. 2404, in East Kent. He is a member other Masonic institutions outside the English Constitution and was Secretary to the Stability Ritual Association for fourteen years.
2007/8 S. Brent Morris
S. Brent Morris is the Managing Editor of the Scottish Rite Journal of the Supreme Council 33°, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. He retired as a mathematician from the US federal government with 25 years’ service, having also taught at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington Universities and given invited lectures at over 100 universities. He was initiated in Highland Park (now Louis G. Priester) Lodge, No.1150 in Dallas, Texas in 1971. In 1979 and 2000 he served as Master of Patmos Lodge, No. 70, Ellicott City, Maryland, and in 1980 was the Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Grand Lodge of Maryland. He is High Priest (First Principal) of Zeredathah Royal Arch Chapter, No. 35, Laurel, Maryland, and a member of other Masonic orders. Brent’s main love is Masonic research and writing, and he was the founder of the Scottish Rite Research Society in 1991 and editor of Heredom’s first 14 volumes.
2006/7 David Peabody
David Peabody was initiated in Iceni Lodge, No.6066, (Essex) in 1980 and was WM in 1989. He was appointed Provincial Grand Steward in 1989 and promoted to Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 1993. In 2000 he became a Grand Officer as Past Grand Standard Bearer. David has been active in many other Masonic Orders. In Masonic research he is chiefly concerned with eighteenth and nineteenth century history.
David is a keen photographer and has photographed His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent and His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, and the heads of many other Orders. His main concern is the conservation of the photographic image, the careers of the subjects and their photographers.
2005/6 Jacques Litvine
Jacques Litvine was initiated in 1958 in the Lodge Promethée of the Grand Orient of Belgium and joined the Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium, where he became Grand Librarian – Archivist, and a Founder of the Acta Macionica Lodge of Research. He was honoured with the title Worshipful Master for life of his Lodge, La Parfaite Amitié, No.11. In 1992 he retired and left Belgium to live in France; he joined the GLNF and is a founder and the first Master of the Lodge, La Paix et La Candeur, in Sarlat, Grand Orator of Aquitaine, Past National Grand St Bearer, and Provincial Grand Senior Warden of the Limousin Périgord Province. Formerly 32° AASR, CBCS, Knights Templar, Knights of Malta and the Cryptic Degree, he resigned these degrees, with the exception of the Royal Arch and the Mark where he is Grand National Junior Warden of Honour.
2004/5 C. John Mandleberg
John Mandleberg (1922-2012) was initiated in Apollo University Lodge, No.357 in 1942 before being commissioned in the Royal Artillery. He returned to Oxford after which he worked for at the AERE, Harwell. John occupied the Chair of Middlesex Lodge, No.143, three times, and was SW of Lodge of Antiquity, No.2. He was appointed PAGDC in 1975, and thereafter PGDSwdB. He was a Grand Officer or its equivalent in ten Orders outside of the Craft, including SGIG 33° in the Ancient and Accepted Rite, Knight Commander of the Temple in the United Orders and Past Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, as well as a Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden in the Province of Septimanie under the GLNF.
2003/4 Jim Daniel
Jim was appointed DGS of UGLE in 1998 and served as GS from 1998-2001, when he retired to his native Cornwall. He was Grand Secretary General of the Supreme Council 33° (1989-1998). He is an honorary member of the North American Conference of Grand Secretaries; a Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario; Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grande Loge Nationale Française; and a member of the Texas Lodge of Research. Jim was awarded a PhD by the University of Sheffield for his thesis The 4th Earl of Carnarvon (1831-90) and Freemasonry in the British Empire, and his collection of papers – Masonic Networks and Connections – was published in Australia by the ANZMRC and in England by the Library and Museum of Freemasonry. He became the interim Secretary of QC in 2009; his Masonic offices include Substitute Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland, and Chief Steward of his mother lodge, Apollo University Lodge, No. 357, Oxford.
2002/3 Douglas Burford
Douglas was initiated in April 1944. In 1960 he was appointed Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works for the Province of Surrey and promoted PrJDW in 1971. In Grand Lodge, he was appointed AsstGSuptWks (1978), DepGSuptWks (1986), and GrSuptWks (1987-92). In 1993 he was promoted PJGW. He held the following appointments from 1987-92: member, Board of General Purposes; Finance Committee; Real Property Investment Committee; and Premises Committee. A founder of four Craft lodges and a joining member of several others, Douglas holds Grand Rank in the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner degrees, and is an honorary member of many lodges and chapters throughout the English Constitution. In the Royal Arch he holds the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer; he was appointed as the Batham Royal Arch Lecturer (1993-96).
2001/2 A. Trevor Stewart
Trevor Stewart has been a Past Master of two Craft lodges and PZ of a Royal Arch Chapter under UGLE; he is active in Scottish Freemasonry and other Constitutions. Trevor is a recognized Masonic author and has contributed papers to numerous publications in England, Scotland and Europe. He continues to have an interest in the study of esotericism, and was appointed Prestonian Lecturer for 2004 with his paper: ‘English Speculative Freemasonry: Origins Themes and Developments’.
2000/1 Roeinton B. Khambatta, OSM
Roeinton Khambatta was initiated into Lodge Zoaraster, No. 800, in the Scottish Constitution. He joined his father and grandfather’s lodge, Lodge Faith, No.2468 (EC), and held office as District GDC, SW and DDGM, before being appointed District Grand Master and Grand Superintendent in the District Grand Lodge of Pakistan (1970-76). Roeinton has also served as PrSGW (Hertfordshire) and is a PPrSGW in both Worcestershire and Suffolk. Active in the Mark, he was appointed Provincial Grand Master of London. He also holds Grand Rank in Royal Ark Mariner; is a Grand Counsellor in the Order of the Secret Monitor; and Senior Grand Warden in the Allied Masonic Degrees. He was the President of the Board of Grand Stewards in 1988-89. In 2012, Bro Khambatta was honoured by being awarded the Order of Service to Masonry, the highest honour the Grand Master can confer on a member of the Craft. It is in the personal gift of the Grand Master and is an acknowledgment of exceptional services to the Craft.
1999/2000 Dirk van Peype (1928-2000)
Born in Leiden in 1928, Dirk van Peype was initiated in 1950, aged 21, and exalted into the Royal Arch in 1954. He has been active in the Netherlands Foundation for Masonic Research, where he is one of the editors and contributors to the bimonthly journal Thoth. He is author of a vademecum, an instructive book, on the Royal Arch, and is co-author of three other books on the Craft.
In the Dutch Grand Chapter Dirk is the Pro First Grand Principal, a member of the Supreme Council 33°, and a member and a senior Grand Officer in a number of other Masonic Orders. He was elected to full membership of Quatuor Coronati in 1989.
1998/9 Aubrey N Newman
Aubrey was born in 1927 and educated in London, Glasgow and Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Past President of the Jewish Historical Society of England. His working life in academia brought appointments as a Lecturer in History followed by a Readership and a personal chair in History.
Initiated into the John o’Gaunt Lodge, No.4054, in 1967, he was its Master in 1981. In the Province of Leicester & Rutland, Aubrey was honoured with the rank of Past Junior Grand Warden; he obtained Grand Rank in 2004 as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. He is active in Mark and Royal Arch, and his many years as Secretary of the Lodge of Research, No.2429, was followed by Mastership in 1998. Aubrey was appointed Prestonian Lecturer for 2003.
1997/8 Yasha Beresiner
Yasha Beresiner feels that he epitomizes Masonry Universal. Born in Turkey from Russian and Greek parentage, he has dual citizenship – British and Israeli. He is a polyglot and active in regular Freemasonry in Italy, Israel and Belgium.
Although a law graduate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his current vocation is antiquities, the subject of his inaugural address. He was appointed Batham Lecturer for 2000 with his paper: ‘The Fourth Degree of the Grand Lodge of the Antients’.
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