The District And Its District Grand Masters

The first Scottish Masonic Craft District under the Grand Lodge of Scotland was formed in India on 1st January 1838, with Bro. Dr. James Burnes, K.H., LL. D. as the first District Grand Master. The District was named as the "Provincial Grand Lodge of Western India and Its Dependencies". Between 1857 and the present times, the name of the District was changed six times.

Soon after the District was formed in Western India, a second Scottish Province of Eastern India was formed, with the Governor of Madras, the Marquis of Tweeddale as its Provincial Grand Master. In 1846 this Province got merged with the Provincial Grand Lodge of Western India and its Dependencies and lost its separate identity.

In view of the very vast territorial area under the District, the name of the District was changed in 1875 to the "Grand Lodge of All Scottish Freemasonry in India", which continued upto 1962. It was probably the only District under the Grand Lodge of Scotland to be called a "Grand Lodge" and the only District Grand Master to be called the "Grand Master". This itself led to a controversy with the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in 1877, when the 'Grand Master' of India was addressed as the 'Provincial Grand Master'. The grounds were that there could not be a 'Grand Lodge' within a Grand Lodge! This resulted in the then Grand Master of India, Bro. Sir Henry Morland, protesting and resigning, and ultimately the title of 'Grand Master' was restored to his successor.

In 1962, the "Grand Lodge of All Scottish Freemasonry in India" was divided into two Districts -- the District Grand Lodge of Western India and the District Grand Lodge of Eastern India. In November 1992, these two Districts were once again merged, to form the District Grand Lodge of India, having jurisdiction over the whole of India.

Traditionally, 'Mumbai' (as Bombay is now called) has always been the Headquarters of Scottish Freemasonry in India.

The History of Scottish Freemasonry in India is detailed in the Section on History. The changes in the names of the District and the names of the District Grand Masters since the birth of Scottish Freemasonry in India in 1838, are given below:-

PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE OF WESTERN INDIA

Brother Dr. James Burnes1838 - 1850
Brother Phillip William LeGeyt1850 - 1855
Brother H. D. Cartwright1855 - 1860
Brother G. R. Ballingal
(Acting Prov. Gr. Master)
1861 - 1863
Brother Richard Bolton Barton1863 - 1870
Brother Sir Henry Morland1870 - 1875

GRAND LODGE OF ALL SCOTTISH FREEMASONRY IN INDIA

Brother Sir Henry Morland1870 - 1875
Brother Mackintosh Balfour1878 - 1883
Brother Sir Henry Morland1883 - 1892
Brother James W. Smith1892 - 1897
Brother Lord Sandhurst1897 - 1701
Brother Lord Northcote1701 - 1703
Brother Lord Lamington1704 - 1708
Brother Col. R. H. Forman1708 - 1912
Brother Justice Sir Frank Beaman1912 - 1919
Brother Major General W. F. Jennings1919 - 1923
Brother H. P. Gibbs1924 - 1929
Brother Sir Ernest Hotson1929 - 1932
Brother Dr. Sir Tehmulji Nariman1932 - 1938
Brother Sir Cecil Patrick Blackwell1938 - 1944
Brother Sir Ivan Taunton1945 - 1948

GRAND LODGE OF UNITED SCOTTISH FREEMASONRY IN INDIA & PAKISTAN

Brother Sir Ivan Taunton1948 - 1950
Brother Sir Shapoorji B. Billimoria1950 - 1955

GRAND LODGE OF UNITED SCOTTISH FREEMASONRY IN INDIA & CEYLON

Brother Major General H. H. Sir Syed Raza Ali Khan,
Nawab of Rampur
1955 - 1961

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF WESTERN INDIA

Brother Dr. Sorab Maneckji Khambatta1961 - 1968
Brother Albert Bernard Turner1968 - 1978
Brother Noshir Muluk Irani1978 - 1985
Brother Ratan Naoroji Contractor1985 - 1987
Brother Shavak Phirozesha Dadachanji1988 - 1991

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF EASTERN INDIA

Brother William George Miller1961 - 1967
Brother Edward Ira Brown1967 - 1970
Brother Ivan Goss1970 - 1976
Brother Boris Alex Yashanoff1976
Brother Tayebbhoy Mohomedalli1977 - 1979
Brother Saroj Kumar Mehera1979 - 1984
Brother Hari Singh1984 - 1992

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF INDIA

Brother Dhunjishaw Dinshaw Karkaria1992 - 1997
Brother Bomi Shawaksha Mehta1997 - 2007
Brother Aspi K Byramji 2007 - to date


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