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Member William Charles Newland Harris a Commercial Traveller a Master Mason 18th January 1864

Candidate’s Name Mr William Charles Newland Harris  a Commercial Traveller

 DOB 1825 39 Years Old

 Address Bowers Street Birmingham

 Proposed By Brother J Jury

 Seconded By Brother J Crowden

 First or Entered 18th January 1864

 Second or Fellow 22nd January 1864

 Third or Sublime Degree 22nd January 1864

 RWM of the Celtic Brother Patrick Cowan


Enquiry From: Bill Bailey
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 1:13:12 PM
To: William John Ross Boland PM Lodge Historian.
Subject: Re: Ancestor who was a member of the Celtic Lodge Edinburgh & Leith No 291.


Hi John,

I Googled "Charles William Newland Harris” and was surprised to find he was a member of the Celtic Lodge Edinburg and Leith Lodge No 291 on the  18th January 1864 he was made an entered apprentice Free Mason.

 William was my wife’s great-great-grandfather.  

He lived in Birmingham and was a 'commercial traveller’ with customers in Scotland.  

He was likely to be representing his own or his father's business rather than being a paid sales rep. but I do not know in what products.  

It could have been silverware or ship’s fittings. 

In December 1879 he was on the train that went into the Tay when the bridge collapsed.  His survival was due to seeing an old friend on a station platform and spontaneously leaving the train to have dinner with him. 

He may have some connection with a Frank B Crawford who was the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, who lived in ‘Strathheaton”, Courour Road, Newlands, Glasgow..

I wonder if you have anything about him in your records.  

I would be very grateful for any information you can add.

Thank you, 


Bill Bailey

Hi Bill,


Thanks for your prompt reply. 


Could someone be a member of two or more Lodges at the same time?





On 19 Aug 2018, at 11:13, Bill Boland wrote:


Dear Bill. Normally what I have put on the Web Page is all there is but I will have a look and get back to you soon.

Yours sincerely W JR Boland PM Lodge Historian.

------ Original message------

From: Bill Bailey

Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2018 11:05

Hi Bill. Yes you can Affiliate to many Lodges they would still have to pass the ballot for each Lodge. W.