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MASONIC BIOGRAPHIES
FAMOUS FREEMASONS
The Boswell family
[James Boswell]
James Boswell
John Boswell
circa 1600
Laird of Auchinleck
His signature and mark on the records of a meeting of the Lodge of Edinburgh held at Holyrood on June 8th, 1600 constitute the earliest authentic record of a non-operative mason, although his status is undetermined.
Alexander Boswell
Laird of Auchinleck
Senator of the College of Justice and Lord of Judiciary: 1756
member of the Lodge of Edinburgh
John Boswell (Alexander’s brother)
b 1710
President of the Royal College of Physicians
Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Scotland: 1753-54.
James Boswell (Alexander’s eldest son)
1740-1795
Scottish man-of-letters, lawyer and biographer of Dr. Samuel Johnson.
Master: Canongate Kilwinning Lodge for two terms
Honorary member of Edinburgh Lodge: February 1777
Depute Grand Master of Scotland: 1776-1778
(declined nomination for Grand Master)
Sir Alexander Boswell (James' son)
1775-1822
Scottish songwriter and printer, he composed many Masonic songs including "The Mother Lodge, Kilwinning."
Master Mother Kilwinning Lodge: December 21, 1820
Provincial Grand Master for Ayrshire

Source: Denslow: AQC Vols. 79, 102. Image: Detail of sketch by George Dance the younger, April 28, 1783. (?)

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