Birch Cliff Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 612 G.R.C.

Famous Masons



Canadian Prime Ministers Who Were Freemasons
Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891
Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott 1821-1893
Sir Mackenzie Bowell 1823-1917
Sir Robert Laird Borden 1845- 1937
Viscount Richard Bedford Bennett 1870-1947
John George Diefenbaker 1895-1979

Other Notable Canadians:
Badgley, William
Canadian Lawyer, first Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Montreal. 
St. Paul's Lodge, No. 374 UGLE, Montreal. Past Provincial Grand Master. 
Ballard, Harold
Owner of Toronto Maple Leafs National Hockey League team. 
Corinthian No. 481, GRC, Toronto, ON. 

Brant, Joseph "Thayendanegea"

Principal Chief of the Six Nations Indians.
Initiated in Lodge No. 417, 1776.
First Master of Lodge No. 11, Mohawk Village (near Brantford) in 1798.

Bronfman, Samuel
Canadian distiller who merged with Joseph Seagram to form and develop the huge international distilling company. 
Covenant Lodge No. 108, Quebec

Conacher, Charlie

Toronto Maple Leaf ice hockey legend. 
Initiated in North Gate Lodge No. 591, Pickering, Ontario, in 1935. 

Douglas, Tommy
7th Premier of Saskatchewan. First leader of the of the Federal New Democratic Party. Introduced universal public medical care to Canada. Voted  the "Greatest Canadian Ever" in a recent CBC poll.
Weyburn Lodge No. 20 GRS, Weyburn, SK
Dunn, Alexander Robert
Canadian soldier who won Canada's first Victoria Cross at the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. Ionic Lodge No. 18 (now No. 25), Toronto, Ontario.
Eddy E.B.
American born world leading manufactrer of friction matches in Hull, PQ Canada. Founding Master of Eddy Lodge 41 GL of Q. DDGM Ottawa 1876
Edward VII. 
King of Great Britain. Grand Master of the UGLE 1875-1901.
Provincial Grand Master for Lower Canada.

Fleming, Sir Sanford  
Canadian engineer and surveyor. Suggested the use of time zones.
St. Andrew's Lodge No. 16, Toronto, Ontario.

Hancock, John
American merchant and patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Massachusetts Lodge No. 277, Quebec, Canada. Later affiliated with St. Andrews Lodge, Boston, MA.
Henson, Josiah
American black slave who escaped from slavery in Kentucky into Canada. Inspiration for the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
Mount Moriah Lodge No. 4 GRC, Dresden, Ontario.

Horton, Tim 
Canadian ice hockey legend. Founder of the donut chain bearing his name.
Kroy Lodge No. 676, Toronto, Ontario.

Jarvis, William
Provincial Secretary for Upper Canada.
First Provincial Grand Master (Ancients) for Upper Canada.

Keith, Alexander
Scottish born Canadian Master Brewer.
Grand Master of the G.L. of Nova Scotia.  Lodge of St. John, No. 118, Sunderland G.R. of England in 1816. Then Virgin Lodge No. 2, G. R. of E., Halifax Nova Scotia in 1819.

King, Nelson
President and Editor of the Philalethes.
Master of Birch Cliff Lodge No. 612 in 1990, Scarborough (Toronto), Sovereign Master of York Council No. 133 Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America (1996).

Layton, Athol
Canadian proffessional wrestler. Birch Cliff Lodge No. 612, Scarborough (Toronto), Ontario. Potentate Rameses Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. 1968.

McLaughlin, Col. R. S. "Sam"
Founder of the McLaughlin Carriage Co. which later became General Motors of Canada.
Cedar Lodge No. 270, Oshawa, Ontario.
Grand Steward, 75 year member in the craft.
Royal Arch, Knight Templar, President of Oshawa Shrine Club.

McLaughlin, John
Invented the modern Canada Dry version of Ginger Ale in 1907.
Cedar Lodge, No. 270 GRC.

Molson, John
Founder Molson Breweries, the first distillery in Canada, President of Bank of Montreal
St. Paul’s Lodge (Montreal), Provincial Grand Master
Owen, Most Rev. Derwyn T.  
Archbishop of Toronto and Primate of all Canada.
Ionic Lodge No. 25, Toronto, Ontario.

Seagram, Joseph E.
Canadian distiller and founder of the famous brand of products that bear his name.
Grand River Lodge No. 151, Kitchener, ON
Sinclair, Gordon "Sinc"
Canadian journalist and broadcaster.
John Ross Robertson No. 545, Toronto, Ontario.
Smallwood, Joseph R.
Former Premier of Newfoundland, Canada.
Northcliffe Lodge No. 1886 Prov. G.
Lodge of Newfoundland, G L of Scotland.
Hon.33 deg. AASR.

Stanley, Lord Frederick Arthur
Governor General to Canada. Donated the Ice Hockey Stanley Cup. 
Royal Alpha Lodge No 16, London, England.

Thomson. Roy (Lord Thomson of Fleet)
Canadian world famous newspaper magnate.
North Bay Lodge No. 617 GL of Canada (Ontario)
Watson, Whipper Billy
Canadian professional wrestler.
Temple Lodge No. 525.

Wilson, William Mercer
First Grand Master of the independent Grand Lodge of Canada, 1855.
First Grand First Principal of Royal Arch Masons of Canada.



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)


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)


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


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


Sir Richard Burton (1821 - 1890)
Capt Robert Falcon Scott, RN (1868 - 1912)
Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 - 1922)


Dr T. J. Barnardo (1845 - 1905)
1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851 - 1925)
Sir William “Billy” Butlin (1899 - 1980)


David Garrick (1717 - 1779)
Edmund Kean (1787 - 1833)
Sir Henry Irving (1838 - 1905 )
Sir Donald Wolfitt (1902 - 1968)
Peter Sellers (1925 - 1980)
Ernest Borgnine (1917 - 2012)
Richard Dreyfuss (Born 1947)


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)


Sir James Thornhill (1676 - 1734)
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
John Zoffany (1733 - 1810)
Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)
Phil Collins (Born 1951)


Thomas Arne (1710 - 1778) Rule Britannia
Samuel Wesley (1766 - 1837)
Sir Henry Bishop (1786 - 1855) Home Sweet Home
Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 - 1900)


Sir Harry Lauder 
David Nixon
Cyril Fletcher
Nat Jackley
Alfred Marks
Jim Davidson
Edmundo Ross
Cyril Stapleton
Tommy Trinder
Jimmy Wheeler
Roger de Courcey


Harold Abrahams
Jackie Milburn
Sir Donald Campbell
Malcolm Campbell
Sir Leonard Hutton
Jock Stein
Sir Alec Rose
Sir Clive Lloyd
Jim Peters
Sir Arthur Gold
Trevor Simpson
Len Shackleton
Joe Wade
Leslie Compton
Herbert Sutcliffe
Bill Bowes
Sir Thomas Lipton
William ‘Jack’ Dempsey
Arnold Palmer
Tony Allcock
Peter Ebdon
Mark Wildman
“Smokin’ Joe” Frazier