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Lennard Island
Lennard Island is named after Charles Edward Barrett-Lennard (1835-1874) who, from references in his published diary, is considered to have been a freemason.
Feature Type: Island
Latitude: 49° 07' 00"
Longitude: -125° 55' 00"
Gazetteer Map: 92F/4
Relative Location: SW end of Templar Channel, just S of Tofino, Clayoquot Land District
Origin Notes and History
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office.
"Named in 1861 by Captain Richards, RN, after Charles Edward Barrett-Lennard (1835-1874), late lieutenant, 5th Dragoon Guards.... Mr. Lennard, in 1860, made an interesting voyage, in his cutter yacht Templar, around Vancouver Island, in company with a friend, Captain N. Fitz Stubbs, who had come out from England a short time before, in the ship Athelstan, with Lennard. An account of this cruise was published in 1862 (Travels in British Columbia, including a yacht voyage round Vancouver Island) and in relating his visit to Nootka, Mr. Lennard mentions that he found the Indians preserved a tradition of the visit of white men in a King George ship many years before, and that a chief on being injured while getting on board the ship had his wound dressed by the surgeon. This occurred on board Meares' vessel Felice, in Friendly Cove in the summer of 1788. (Meares, vol 4, p.257). Lennard confuses the incident with Cook's voyage."
Adopted 3 April 1934 on C.327, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 584, 1866 et seq. 1
Barrett-Lennard would have been in Victoria between February and August 1860, again in December through Spring 1861, then again in July 1861 before returning to England, after selling the Templar to Robert Burnaby.
In addition to being a Crimean War vet he was also a keen freemason. He named his yacht "Templar", he had on board a "diploma of a Royal Arch-Mason" and his personal yacht burgee was a "Scotch Knights Templar cross on a white background". 2
He is not on the rolls of this Grand Lodge but he may have visited lodges. 3

1.srmwww.gov.bc.ca/bcgn-bin/bcg10?name=9920 (Accessed 2006/10/22). Citing John T. Walbran, British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history. Ottawa : 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971 ISBN : 0-88894-143-9) pp. 303-04.
2.Richard Blagborne correspondence 24-30 May 2006. richard@richardblagborne.com Also see : Travels in British Columbia, with the narrative of a yacht voyage round Vancouver's Island. by Capt. C. E. Barrett-Lennard. London : Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, 1862. 307 p. [note Walbran misspells "Vancouver's", a spelling found on some documents of the period and masonic regalia]
"Among the most singular of Indian customs, must certainly be enumerated the ceremonies attending the initiation of a candidate into the mysteries of the "Kluquolla," as it is termed, which seems to constitute a species of Freemasonry, and is practiced by all the tribes I ever came into contact with." p. 51.
"... he is from that time forward a free and accepted Kluquolla." p. 53.
"... the "Templar", our yacht." p. 109.
"I dived below and brought up the diploma of a Royal Arch-Mason, with its showy emblematic device, and its important looking, large red seals. This, with the certificate of a master mason, quickly produced the desired effect...." p. 131.
3.The United Grand Lodge of England has not confirmed the masonic affiliation of Lennard, or his travelling companion, Napoleon Fitzstubbs (Fitz Stubbs?) [d. 1903].


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