Famous British Freemasons

Masons number among them today many outstanding and famous Brethren in the fields of business, finance, the arts, the professions, music and high public and military service.

World-famous, active Masons have included: Will Rogers; Simon Bolivar; James Boswell; Giuseppe Garibaldi; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Rudyard Kipling; Franz Joseph Haydn; Louis Dossuth; Giuseppe Mazzini; Wolfgang Mozart; Jose Rizal; Cecil J. Rhodes; Jean Sibelius; Voltaire and many, many others.

Astronauts have included: Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.; Leroy Gordon Cooper; Donn F. Eisele; Virgil I. Grissom; Edgar D. Mitchell; Walter M. Schirra Jr.; Thomas P. Stafford; Paul J. Weitz and James B. Irwin.

 

Actors

  • David Garrick (1717 - 1779)
  • Edmund Kean (1787 - 1833)
  • Sir Henry Irving (1838 - 1905)
  • Sir Donald Wolfitt (1902 - 1968)
  • Richard Todd (1919 - 2009)
  • Peter Sellers (1925 - 1980)

Army

  • Gen Sir John Moore (1761 - 1809)
  • Field Marshal The Duke of Wellington KG (1769 - 1852)
  • Field Marshal The Earl Roberts of Kandahar VC, KG, KP (1832 - 1914)
  • Field Marshal The Earl Kitchener of Khartoum KG, KP (1850 - 1916)
  • Field Marshal Sir John French, 1st Earl of Ypres KP (1852 - 1925)
  • Field Marshal The Earl Haig KT (1861 - 1928)
  • General Sir Reginald Wingate Bt, GCB, GCVO, GBE, KCMG, DSO, TD (1861 - 1953)
  • Field Marshal The Viscount Wolseley KP (1883 - 1913)
  • Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE (1884 - 1981)
  • Field Marshal The Earl Alexander of Tunis KG (1891 - 1969)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel ‘Paddy’ Maine DSO*** (1915 - 1955)

Artists

  • Sir James Thornhill (1676 - 1734)
  • William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
  • John Zoffany (1733 - 1810)
  • Sir John Soane (1753 - 1857)

Authors

  • Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
  • Edward Gibbon (1734 - 1794)
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816)
  • Robbie Burns (1759 - 1796)
  • Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)
  • Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882)
  • Sir William S. Gilbert (1836 - 1911)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)
  • Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)

Charity

  • Dr T. J. Barnardo (1845 - 1905)
  • 1st Viscount Leverhulme
  • Sir William "Billy" Butlin (1899 - 1980)

Entertainers

  • Cyril Fletcher (1913 - 2005)
  • Cyril Stapleton (1914 1974)
  • David Nixon (1919 - 1978)
  • Geraldo (1904 - 1974)
  • Nat Jackley (1909 - 1988)
  • Jimmy Wheeler (1910 - 1970)
  • Tommy Trinder (1909 - 1989)
  • Sir Harry Lauder (1879 - 1950)

Explorers

  • Sir Richard Burton (1821 - 1890)
  • Capt Robert Falcon Scott, RN (1868 - 1912)
  • Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 - 1922)
  • Field Marshall The Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891 - 1969)

Monarchs

  • King George IV (1762 - 1830)
  • King William IV (1765 - 1837)
  • King Edward VII (1841 - 1910)
  • King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972)
  • King George VI (1895 - 1952)

Musicians

  • Thomas Arne (1710 - 1778) (Rule Britannia)
  • Samuel Wesley (1766 - 1837)
  • Sir Henry Bishop (1786 - 1855) (Home sweet home)
  • Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 - 1900)
  • Rick Wakeman (b: 1949)

Religon

  • Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (1887 - 1972)
  • Sir Israel Brodie (1895 - 1979)

Royal Air Force

  • Marshal of the Royal Air Force The Lord Newall GCB, OM, GCMG, CBE, AM (1886 - 1963)
  • Squadron Leader Henry Melvin “Dinghy” Young DFC* (1915 - 1943)

Royal Navy

  • Admiral Sir Sidney Smith KCB(1764 - 1840)
  • Admiral The Lord Beresford GCB, GCVO (1841 - 1919)
  • Admiral of the Fleet The Earl Jellicoe GCB, OM, GCVO, SGM (1859 - 1935)

Scientists

  • Sir Joseph Banks (1744 - 1820)
  • Dr Edward Jenner (1749 - 1823)
  • Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 - 1955)
  • Sir Bernard Spilsbury (1877 - 1947)

Sportsmen

  • Harold Abrahams CBE (1899 - 1978)
  • ‘Jackie’ Milburn (1924 - 1988)
  • Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885 - 1948)
  • Sir Donald Campbell CBE (1921 - 1967)
  • Sir Leonard ‘Len’ Hutton (1916 - 1990)
  • John ‘Jock’ Stein (1922 - 1985)
  • Sir Alec Rose (1908 - 1991)
  • Jim Peters (1918 - 1999)
  • Sir Arthur Gold (1917 - 2002)
  • Trevor Simpson
  • Len Shackleton (1922 - 2000)
  • Joe Wade (1921 - 2005)
  • Leslie Compton (1912 - 1984)
  • Herbert Sutcliffe (1894 - 1978)
  • Bill Bowes (1908 - 1987)
  • Sir Thomas Lipton Bt, KCVO 1848 - 1931)
  • Tony Allcock MBE (b: 1955)
  • Sir ‘Alf’ Ramsey (1920 - 1999)
  • Peter Ebdon (b:1970)
  • Mark Wildman (b: 1936)

Statesmen

  • Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)
  • George Canning (1770 - 1827)
  • Lord Randolph Churchill (1849 - 1895)
  • Cecil Rhodes (1852 - 1903)
  • Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
  • Leopold S. Amery (1873 - 1955)