Freemasons' Hall Arthur Square
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James M’Cracken

James M’Cracken

  • V.W.Bro. James M’Cracken, P.M., P.K. Lodge and Chapter 609
  • Prov. Grand Pursuivant 1849-50
  • Prov. Junior Grand Deacon 1859
  • Prov. Senior Grand Deacon 1860-62
  • Prov. Junior Grand Warden 1863
  • Prov. Senior Grand Warden 1864
  • Prov. Junior Grand Deacon 1859
  • Prov. G.L. Belfast and North Down
  • First Chairman of Belfast Masonic Charity Fund, 1862-63

V.W.Bro. James M’Cracken was one of the most enthusiastic Freemasons of his time. His record is remarkable, and testifies to his enthusiasm and sincerity. His interest in the preliminaries to the building of the hall is set forth in the History, where it will be seen that he was present at most of the meetings, and his subscription of £100 was only excelled by that of the R.W. Grand Master, the Marquess of Donegall. Bro, M’Cracken’s name appears on the lease of 1870 with R.W.Bro. Sir Charles Lanyon’s as co-trustee.

His picture was painted by a local artist, Birney, who died before it was finished. Bro. Reid, decorator, etc. of King Street, took it in hand and finished it. This information was given by his son, Bro. W. Reid of Lodge 783.

Bro. M’Cracken was a distinguished member of 609. He carried on business as a builder and contractor in Divis Street.

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