William Harvey, J.P., F.S.A. Scot (1874 to 1936)

His mother Lodge was Stirling Royal Arch No.76. He was a founding member of Lodge Progress No. 967, Dundee, and was R.W.M of that lodge from 1914 to 1916.

Installed as Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire on the 23rd January 1935.


Born in Stirling in 1874 He was trained as a law clerk but moved from law to journalism and joined John Leng & Co, Ltd, Dundee. He was appointed general editor of the firms extensive series of novels. In 1904 he joined the staff of the 'Peoples Journal' and became assistant editor. From 1908 to 1912 he was literary editor of the 'Dundee Advertiser'.
He was a prolific writer of Masonic articles and books - his 'Harvey Manual of Degrees' is frequently used within the Lodges of Forfarshire.  He also published a number of small booklets on various Masonic topics.

He was at Glamis when H.R.H. The Duke of York (the future King George VI) became an affiliate member of the Lodge of Glamis No. 99

He died on the 5th July 1936

William Harvey
William Harvey & Duke of Kent
William Harvey PGM 1935-36


William Harvey's Booklets - available as downloadable pdf files - click on the book cover

Pillars of Freemasonry
Wages of an EA
3rd Degree
Story of HAB
Freemasonry at War
Door of Freemasonry
Altar of Freemasonry
North East Corner
Masons Apron
Secrets of Freemasonry


Other William Harvey Publications


Also - The King and the Craft, Published in June 1936, just before he died. This was to celebrate the Bi-Centenery of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, also that H.M. The King (Edward VIII) had consented to be Patron of the Scottish Craft and H.R.H. Prince Albert - The Duke of York (future King George VI) had consented to accept the office of Grand Master Mason of Scotland. He only held office until 1937 when in the wake of the abdication of Edward VIII he became King George VI.

H.R.H. The Duke of York affiliated to Lodge of Glammis No. 99 in 1936

King George VI
How Tamson got the Third Degree by William Harvey


©Research by Iain D. McIntosh, 2014


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