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MASONIC BIOGRAPHIES
FAMOUS FREEMASONS
Anthony Sayer
[Anthony Sayer]
Freemasons' Hall, London
1672 - January, 1742
At the Revival in 1717 "Mr. Antony Sayer, gentleman" was elected the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England.
"We also find the name among the worthies of the Old King’s Arms Lodge, No. 28, London, England, the name of that somewhat elusive character, Anthony Sayer, the first Grand Master of England, about whom less definite information is known than any of his successors in that high office."
Nothing is known of his life other than he was often in straightened circumstances, petitioning Grand Lodge for charity on 21 November, 1724, 21 April, 1730 and 17 April, 1741 and receiving support from the Old King’s Arms Lodge on 2 February, 1736 and 3 March, 1740. His death is recorded in the minutes of the Old King’s Arms Lodge as occurring in the month prior to January 6, 1742
Grand Master : 1717
Senior Grand Warden : 1719
Grand Lodge of England
Member
Lodge of Fortitude and Old Cumberland No. 12
Tyler
Old King’s Arms Lodge No. 28
Member
Lodge at the Apple Tree Tavern, Charles Street

Source: Constitutions, 1738, p. 110; Denslow; The Freemason, June 6, 1925. Mezzotint by John Faber the younger, c. 1749/50, after a lost portrait by Joseph Highmore.

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