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Masonic Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
by Jackie Ranston

Book cover for Masonic Jamaica and the Cayman IslandsThis beautiful hard cover edition with 285 pages of research and stunning colour prints is now available for purchase at the District office for a reduced price of only US$50 or J$6500. Overseas visitors can purchase directly from Lewis Masonic online.

"When Captain William Douglas landed at Port Royal in 1738 he had a roving warrant to promote Freemasonry wherever he went. Within a year the Mother Lodge of Kingston was formed, and three years later the first Provincial Grand Master of Jamaica was appointed."

Volume One of this two part series is a character-driven narrative of the Freemasons who made up the membership of the Jamaican Lodges under the English Constitution from 1739 to 1880. They came from varied backgrounds - merchants, mariners, planters, actors, clerics, printers and storekeepers to name but a few, and over time reflected the changing social landscape in Jamaica. By 1843 the Freemasons' Quarterly Magazine could write that one Kingston lodge with a membership 'being over 90' comprised 'Christians, Jews and persons of colour; and it is delightful to witness the general harmony that exists.'

About Us

The District is comprised of twenty-four (24) craft lodges and thirteen (13) Royal Arch chapters. The oldest lodge active in our district is the Royal Lodge #207, which has been meeting continuously since 1789! Jamaica was originally a Province from at least 1742 and in 1865, the Province was renamed to a District.

District at the Half Yearly Convocation celebrating the Supreme Grand Chapter Bi-Centennial The District Grand Master is RW Bro Walter H. Scott. We have a rich heritage of strong District and Provincial Grand Masters, including RW Bro the Hon Sir John Pringle, RW Bro Thomas Howard, Earl of Effingham, Governor of Jamaica, RW Bro the Hon William Blake, Speaker of the House of Assembly,  RW Bro Admiral Sir Peter Parker and RW Bro Dr. Robert Hamilton.

The role of Jamaica in freemasonry is a reflection of the pride of place the country served in the history of British involvement in the Caribbean. Jamaican freemasons played pivotal roles in the development of Mark Master Masonry in England as well as the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England and Wales and its Districts and Chapters Overseas. Our warmness of spirit is reflected in the unprecedented levels of inter-visitation between the three Masonic Constitutions; Out of Many, One People! We have freemasons who have sat in the Masters chair in all three constitutions; English, Scottish and Irish.

Embracing the spirit of a more open approach to freemasonry, we invite you to browse through the material provided. You will find that freemasonry is an open society; proudly and publicly tracing its heritage back hundreds of years. We take good men, and make them better. Freemasonry is a life-long committment to improving the individual, and by extension therefore, the environment and communities within which we live.

Contact Us

Office of the District Grand Secretary: 
45-47 Barbados Avenue, Kingston 5,
Jamaica, West Indies
Tel: (876) 926-6018; Fax: (876) 960-7776
E-mail address:

Freemasonry: a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.