Grand Master Mason
The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland has had 109 Past Grand Masters in a continuous line from 1736, our first Grand Master Mason being Brother William St Clair of Roslin. Grand Lodge’s 110th and current Grand Master Mason is Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, installed into that office at Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday, 27th November 2008.
Brother Wolrige Gordon’s family has held land in Aberdeenshire, since the 14th century, the present country estate, Esslemont, having been in the family for two centuries. He is married to Angela and has three children, two boys and a girl. In addition to supervising the running of the estate he runs his own business. He enjoys various country pursuits, has a keen interest in conservation and is involved in local community work, serving on many committees.
His great, great, uncle Brigadier Sir Robert Gordon Gilmour of Liberton and Craigmillar was Grand Master Mason from 1916 to 1920 and his father Captain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Hallhead and Esslemont served as Grand Master Mason from 1974 to 1979.
Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon was initiated into Lodge Ythan, No. 892 (Ellon, Aberdeenshire) in 1982 and was Master thereof from 2003 to 2005. He is also a member of Lodge Sir Robert Moray, No. 1641, (Edinburgh) and is the representative of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. The Grand Master Mason is presently the Immediate Past First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland and is a member of several other Masonic Orders including the Supreme Council for Scotland.