St. Andrew’s Lodge 1822 – 1922

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Written by the authority of the Lodge by R.W. Bro. Henry T. Smith, P.G.R.

Officers for 1822-23

W. Bro. (Sir) William Campbell                    Worshipful Master

Bro. Thomas Ridout                                        Senior Warden

Bro. John Henry Dunn                                    Junior Warden

Bro. Benjamin Turquand                               Secretary

Bro. Thomas Fitzgerald                                  Senior Deacon

Bro. George Hillier                                           Junior Deacon


Copy of Dispensation to St. Andrew’s Lodge


To all and every Right Worshipful, Worshipful, and loving Brethren, I, Simon McGillivray, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Upper Canada, acting under His Royal Highness, Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Inverness, Baron of Arklow, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, &c., &c., &c., Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of England.

Send Greeting.

Whereas a petition has been presented to me, signed by the following Brothers, viz.: William Campbell, Thomas Ridout, John Henry Dunn, George Hillier, Nathaniel Coffin, John Beikie, Thomas Fitzgerald, Stephen Jarvis, James Fitzgibbon, Bernard Turquand, and Daniel Brooke, praying for a Warrant of Constitution, or such other authority as it may be competent to me to grant, empowering them to form a regular lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of York, in the Home District of Upper Canada.  Now Know Ye, That having taken the same into serious consideration, I do hereby authorize and empower our said Brothers to hold a lodge, and to enter, pass, and raise Freemasons, conformably to the laws and constitutions of the Grand Lodge, and not otherwise, and to do all such other acts as may be done by a regular warranted lodge.

And I do hereby approve the election of officers made by said petitioners and hereby appoint the said Brother William Campbell, Worshipful Master; Brother Thomas Ridout, Senior Warden; and Brother John Henry Dunn, Junior Warden; and direct that they and their successors, duly elected and appointed, shall continue in the said offices until such time as a warrant shall be granted to their said lodge, under the seal of the Grand Lodge of England.

And for so doing this dispensation shall be their sufficient authority, to remain in force until such warrant shall have been granted, but subject always to the approval of the Most Worshipful Grand Master.  And the said lodge shall be called No. 1, and in addition to the said number, to assume the name of St. Andrew’s Lodge.

Given under my hand and seal at York, in the said Province, the 24th day of September, in the year of our Lord, 1822, and of Masonry, 5822.

By command of the Right Worshipful Grand Master.


For H. DEAN (B. TURQUAND, P.T.)            )              P’l G’d. Sec’ies.

BERNARD TURQUAND.                                  )

History of St. Andrew’s Lodge, A.F. & A.M. No. 16, G.R.C.  Toronto

The mission of the Masonic Brotherhood, which extends over the habitable globe, has always been, and ever will be, one of peace and good-will to mankind.  It seeks to guide and help men onward to a better life.  Its primary object is true fraternity.  To enter the portals they must believe in a Supreme Being, who has revealed His will to man, and who will punish vice and reward virtue; otherwise they are free to choose their politics and their particular form of religion, and their course of social life.

The cosmopolitan character of Freemasonry has been beautifully exemplified in St. Andrew’s Lodge from its earliest period.  It has numbered among its members men of different nationalities and creeds, many of whom have taken foremost positions in Canada as jurists, legislators, educationists, ministers of the gospel, military men, medical men, architects, artists, merchants, journalists, and other avocations.

The brethren connected with St Andrew’s Lodge have been more or less identified with every movement for the welfare of the City of Toronto and of Canada, since “York” (now Toronto) was selected as a site for the capital of Upper Canada.

The circumstances connected with the formation of St. Andrew’s Lodge are related by R.W. Bro. Simon McGillivray, Provincial Grand Master of Upper Canada for 1822-41, in his report to the Duke of Sussex, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England. He says:

“At York I had the advantage of being personally acquainted with the most respectable individuals in the society of the place, and the subject of my Masonic mission being occasionally alluded to in my conversation, I soon found that several of my friends were Freemasons, although they had never joined or visited any of the lodges in the Province, nor taken any notice whatever of the proceedings or progress of the Craft, and on my expressing regret at this indifference on their part, the answer was that Masonry had not been in such hands, nor conducted in such a manner as to offer any inducement to respectable men to associate with some of those whom they might be liable to meet in the lodges. I replied that if even the case were so, it was partly caused by the absence of the influence and example of individuals like themselves, who, instead of leaving Masonry in the hands of persons, with whom they could not associate, ought themselves to be the leaders of the Craft. I explained, however, the measures which had already been adopted for the exclusion of improper persons, and those which would be enforced under the authority and Constitution of the Grand Lodge of England, and finally a sufficient number of these gentlemen having agreed to form a lodge and petitioned in giving it to them, accordingly for a dispensation, I had great satisfaction and I anticipate great benefit to the Craft from their countenance and support. Amongst the members of this Lodge (St. Andrew’s, No. 1), are one of the Judges of the Court of King’s Bench, the Surveyor-General of the Province, the Receiver-General (who is also a Legislative Counsellor), the Governor’s Secretary, the Principal Aide-de-Camp, the Adjutant General of the Militia, etc., etc., etc. Although these local distinctions may not be very highly appreciated in England, yet in Canada these gentlemen are a great acquisition to the general respectability of Masonry, and their personal and official influence will in many cases have a very beneficial effect.”

It will be seen from the foregoing report that St. Andrew’s Lodge was organized for the purpose of inducing brethren of well-known ability and social standing in the community not then affiliated with the Craft in Upper Canada, to take an active part in Canadian Freemasonry, as well as to attract the best men in the country to the Craft.  The result was that some of the most distinguished men of the period became connected with Canadian Freemasonry, and thus through the organization of St. Andrew’s Lodge, was laid the foundation of the honourable position that the Craft holds to-day in Toronto.

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