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John Westby-Gibson

revised by David Huddleston

Ashe, Jonathan (b. 1766), Church of Ireland clergyman and freemason, was born at Limerick, the son of Jonathan Ashe. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 26 March 1783, took his BA in 1787, and became BD and DD in 1808. He was ordained a deacon in the ...

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Emma Major

Calcott, Wellins (bap. 1726), religious writer and freemason, was a native of Shropshire and was baptized at St Chad's, Shrewsbury, on 27 January 1726, the son of Matthew Calcott, a member of the town corporation. All that is known of Calcott's life is taken from his ...

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Dermott, Laurence (1720–1791), freemason, was born in Ireland but further details of his place of birth and parentage are unknown. He was initiated into the masons in Dublin in 1740, and went to London about 1750. He was elected grand secretary of the ...

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David Fitzgerald

revised by Sinéad Agnew

Fitzgibbon, Gerald (1837–1909), judge and prominent freemason, was born in Dublin on 28 August 1837, the eldest of the two sons and one daughter of Gerald Fitzgibbon (1793–1882), master in chancery and leading member of the Irish bar, and his wife, Ellen, née...

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Gerald Fitzgibbon (1837–1909) by Walter Frederick Osborne, 1894 National Gallery of Ireland

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George Oliver (1782–1867) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Oliver, George (1782–1867), antiquary and writer on freemasonry, was born on 5 November 1782 at Papplewick, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son of Samuel Oliver (1756–1847), schoolmaster and, after 1842, rector of Lambley, Nottinghamshire. His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of George Whitehead of Blyth Spital...

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Ruspini, Bartholomew [Bartolomeo] (1730–1813), dentist and prominent freemason, was born on 21 February 1730 at Ca Bonoré, Romacolo, in the parish of Grumello de' Zanchi 18 km north of Bergamo, Italy, the eldest of the eight children of Giovanni Andrea Ruspini (1707–1769) and his wife, ...

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Bartholomew Ruspini (1730–1813) by Ozias Humphry, 1776 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Schaw, William (1549/50–1602), architect and a founder of freemasonry, was a younger son of John Schaw of Broich, now Arngomery in Stirlingshire. He was probably employed at the Scottish court from his youth, but nothing certain is known until 21 December 1583, when he was appointed master of works to ...