The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland has had 109 Past Grand Masters in a continuous line from 1736
Past Grand Master Mason
Our first Grand Master Mason being Brother William St Clair of Roslin. Grand Lodge’s 111th and current Grand Master Mason is Brother William Ramsay McGhee, who was installed into that office at Freemasons’ Hall in Edinburgh on Thursday the 29th of November 2018.
Immediate Past Grand Master Mason
Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont was initiated into Lodge Ythan, No. 892 (Ellon, Aberdeenshire) in 1982 and was Master of the Lodge 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 Immediate Past 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.
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
Current Grand Master Mason
Born in Uddingston, Lanarkshire Wm Ramsay McGhee moved to Johnstone, Renfrewshire, in 1953 at the age of 5. He left Johnstone High School in 1963 taking up an appointment as “Office Boy” in the ship design office in Fairfield Shipyard, Govan before serving his time as an electrician both in the shipbuilding industry and in the commercial and industrial sectors.
In 1973 along with his wife Ann and daughter Fiona he moved North to join the then Ross and Sutherland Constabulary, stationed first in Dingwall and then Gairloch on the west coast where he was an active member of the Police Mountain Rescue Team covering some of the most glorious peaks in Scotland, Wester Ross. When the Forces amalgamated in 1975 into Northern Constabulary he was stationed on the Black Isle (where he affiliated from his Mother Lodge St Barchan No 156 to Lodge Seaforth No 854) where he remained until 1978.
He was then promoted to Sergeant at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, whilst there he was involved with the Scottish Police Degree Team who worked from the College at that time. After which he along with his family where once again transferred to the west coast – this time to Mallaig where he was Section Sergeant for one of the largest Sections in the Scottish Police Service – a Section that included the Islands of Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna (the Small Isles).
From Mallaig he returned to work in Dingwall and later moved onto HQ in Inverness, where he was then seconded to Lancashire Constabulary for 18 months to develop a new crime reporting system. He was promoted to Inspector on his return and worked out of HQ until being appointed Chief Inspector in charge of Communications, IT and the Force Control Room.
In 1993 things took another direction and he was seconded to the Home Office in London where he worked and commuted to for three years until his return to Inverness where he was most delighted to get back to Operational Policing as Area Commander in Inverness – a post he held until promoted to Chief Superintendent where he took over as Head of Operational Policing in 2000 and remained until his retirement from the Force in 2003.
Out with Masonry, and apart from running his own business, he is actively involved in Rotary and is a Past President of Riverside Rotary Club in Inverness, he is Vestry Secretary and Organist in St Andrew’s Church in Fortrose and is a member of the crew of the Seagull Trust boat based in the Caledonian Canal. He is Chairman of the Highland Licensing Forum, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for a charity dealing with drug and alcohol addiction known as “For the Right Reasons” and Chairman of the Highland Area Committee of the Order of St John Scotland. In May 2014 he was honoured by being appointed as one of the Deputy Lord Lieutenants for Ross, Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh.
Ramsay is married to Ann and they have three children – Fiona who recently retired from the Army where she was a Major in the QARANC, Iain who runs his own construction business in Devon and Douglas who teaches in Australia. They have 7 grand-children.
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