Hugh McDaniel, Deputy Grand Master
- 04/20 (Royal Exchange Tavern, Boston): I-5;
- I-5: Appointment of Robert Tomlison as Grand Master by the Earl of Loudon, Grand Master of England.
- I-5: Commission for the new Grand Master.
- 06/24 (Royal Exchange Tavern, Boston): I-6;
- I-6: Celebration of the Feast of St. John the Baptist.
- I-6: Appointment of Hugh McDaniel as Deputy Grand Master.
- 12/27 (Royal Exchange Tavern, Boston): I-6;
- I-6: Celebration of the Feast of St. John the Evangelist.
- I-6: Appointment of James Gordon as Deputy Grand Master.
THE FIRST MASONIC PROCESSION IN AMERICA
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 7, April 1919, Page 207:
We print below an account of the first Masonic procession held in America. While by comparison with some of the recent processions at Commandery Triennials and other places this particular procession was not notable for its magnificence, the date (1737) shows that it antedates any other similar occasion on the North American continent and is of particular interest to Boston brethren by reason of the fact that it occurred in this city:
"New England, Boston, June 27th, (1737).
"Friday last being the Feast of St. John the Baptist, the annual meeting of the Free and Accepted Masons, they accordingly met. The Right Worshipful Mr. Robert Tomlinson, Grand Master, nominated and appointed his Grand officers for the year next ensuing, via: Mr. Hugh McDonald, Deputy Grand Master; Mr. Thomas Moffat (Doctor of Medicine), Senior Grand Warden; Mr. John Osborne, Junior Grand Warden; Mr. Benjamin Hallowell, Grand Treasurer; Mr. Francis Beteilhe, Grand Secretary. After which the Society attended the Grand Master in procession to his Excellency Governor Belcher's, and from thence the Governor was attended by the Grand Master and the Brotherhood to the Royal Exchange Tavern in King Street, where they had an elegant entertainment. It being the first procession in America they appeared in the proper badges of their Order, some gold and some silver. The procession was closed by the Grand Master."
(Extract from the London (Eng.) Post, August 20, 1737, quoted in the London Masonic Magazine, Vol. IV p. 472).
LIST OF LODGES IN ST. JOHN'S GRAND LODGE JURISDICTION: 1737
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