Freemasons / Masonic Lodges in early Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Early Masonic Lodges in the Ottawa, Canada, area
Freemasonry was brought to the newly settled area of Ottawa, Canada about 1820.
It was introduced by the officers and soldiers of the 99th regiment of Foot who were
given land grants in this area after the War of 1812. Here's a good book which describes
the origins and development of Freemasonry in this area:
Early Freemasonry in Richmond and Goodwood Lodge (No. 159), 1819-1989,
Compiled by A.E. Harrington, P.G.S.
July 2, 2009:
I am the secretary of Civil Service Masonic Lodge in Ottawa and I have been researching our
The first meeting of Civil Service Lodge in Ottawa was held on November 14, 1865. Originally,
all members of our lodge were required to be civil servants, thus the origin of our name.
A history of our Lodge can be found at http://www.civilservicelodge.ca under Lodge History/Renowned Members.
Here is an excerpt of names of Worshipful Masters of the Civil Service Lodge, between 1861 and 1900,
as posted on our web site:
Civil Service Lodge No. 148 AF&AM
Names for search engine: Rowan, Hayden, Spink, Munro, Remon, Cambie, McLean, Walsh, Blyth, Coutlee,
Rogers, Cassels, Maingy, Campbell, Boardman, Blair, Roper, Macdonnell, Saunders, Harris,
Learoyd, Scott, Garrett.
July 6, 2009:
If you have a chance, please take a look at what I was able to do with the Last Spike photo.
Henry John Cambie was involved in the CPR and was present at the Last Spike.
February 27, 2015:
Thanks to Ian White who has sent along a research paper describing the history of the Hazeldean Masonic Lodge.
Also, see a photograph of the Merrickville Masonic Lodge (#55), located in Burritt's Rapids.
E-mail Ron Dixon and Al Lewis
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