This month in Masonic History

On the 16th of August 1867, in the City of Saint John, New Brunswick five lodges warranted by the Grand Lodge of England were represented: Albion Lodge No. 400; Saint John Lodge No. 436; Carleton Union Lodge No.524; The Union Lodge of Portland No. 535; and New Brunswick Lodge No. 1084. In addition, there were two lodges with warrants from the Grand Lodge of Ireland: Hibernia Lodge No 301 and Leinster Lodge No. 347. These seven bodies met in a Masonic Convention to discuss and consider whether, since the Confederation of Canada had created the Province of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Canada (Upper and Lower Canada or if your prefer Ontario and Quebec), the Masonic Lodges in New Brunswick:

a. Unite with the Grand Lodge of Canada and form a Dominion Grand Lodge, or

b. Form an independent Grand Lodge with jurisdiction over the Province of New Brunswick.

After a discussion which was reported as animated and harmonious, a decision was made to call a convention to include all the lodges within the province, no matter the affiliation to England, Scotland or Ireland to meet on the second Wednesday in October.

The chairman elected for this August convention was Wor Bro Lester Peters, a Past Master of Albion Lodge No 400 of the English Register, who, it should be remarked, was probably the driving force behind this effort to create an independent Grand Lodge of New Brunswick.

Of the brethren gathered at this memorable discussion:

Wor Bro Lester Peters, Albion Lodge # 400 ER
Wor Bro Wm, Wedderburn, Saint John’s Lodge #436ER
Wor Bro John V Ellis, Carleton Union Lodge # 524ER
Wor Bro William F Bunting,Saint John’s Lodge # 436ER
Wor Bro James McNichol Jr,New Brunswick # 1084ER
Wor Bro Robert Marshall Union Lodge of Portland #535ER

continued on and became Grand Masters of this Grand Lodge

Rt Wor Bro William F Bunting also served as the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge for 15 years; while Wor Bro W.H.A. Keans of Saint John’s Lodge #436 ER served as Grand Treasurer for 9 years and Rt Wor Bro James McNichol Jr as Treasurer for 8 years.

Before anyone notices that the Past Grand Masters were referred to as Right Worshipful rather than Most Worshipful, apparently in the early years once a Grand Master finished his term he was then referred to as Right Worshipful.

On the 16th of August 1867, in the City of Saint John, New Brunswick five lodges warranted by the Grand Lodge of England were represented: Albion Lodge No. 400; Saint John Lodge No. 436; Carleton Union Lodge No.524; The Union Lodge of Portland No. 535; and New Brunswick Lodge No. 1084. In addition, there were…