A Glimpse of Irish Freemasonry in Gibraltar

before the Establishment of Gibraltar’s First Stationary Irish Lodge


Although Calpe Lodge or as it was then known 'Gibraltar Lodge' was the first stationary Irish Lodge in Gibraltar, it has been said that Irish Freemasonry first came to Gibraltar in 1742 when the 39th Regiment of Foot who recently arrived in the Garrison applied for and obtained a Warrant from the Grand Lodge of Ireland.  Is this the case?  This viewpoint though has been questioned many a time, and to confirm it, one has to first study the movements of army regiments to verify if and when a particular regiment served in Gibraltar.

Indeed if R. F. Gould (P.M. Lodge 153 E.C.) is to be believed, there made its appearance at Gibraltar the first Lodge which was not under the English Constitution - Lodge No. 128 I.C., established, he implies, at Gibraltar on 21st November, 1742, in the 'Thirty - Ninth Regt. of Foot'.There had been prior to the first stationary Irish Lodge many other Irish Lodges in Gibraltar which were held by other regiments, classed as 'Travelling Lodges' and before 1756 the only Grand Lodge issuing Travelling Warrants was the Grand Lodge of Ireland.

One of the Travelling Lodges and assumably the first Irish Lodge in Gibraltar was the 39th Foot - this regiment was raised in February 1702 in Ireland by Colonel Richard Coote,2 this was of course some twenty years before the formation of the Grand Lodge of Ireland and therefore at this time they did not hold a Warrant.  They were first stationed in Gibraltar in 1704,3 the year we all know as being the year that Gibraltar was taken from the Spanish.  They returned in 17133 and again in 1726,3 where they remained until 1730.3

Though these periods are much earlier than when the 39th were issued with their Warrant, confirmation of their movements need to be further researched to confirm exactly where and when they were stationed and therefore other sources were sort.

After Spain's dismal invasion of Scotland, Admiral Byng decided to send home the Thirty-Ninth4 and before they reached Portsmouth on May 27th 1719 (some companies landing at Plymouth) all danger from the Spaniards was over and the Thirty - Ninth were sent to Ireland, marching to Chester where they were to embark for Dublin.4  In September, 1725, the regiment, which had been in Ireland for six years, was quartered partly at Waterford, partly at Dungannon.4

A year later - in 1726 Europe seemed heading straight for war.  Large Spanish forces were assembling in Andalusia and little attempt was made to conceal the intention to attack Gibraltar.  That fortress was but weakly held, the four regiments in garrison amounting to barely 1,800 men, and reinforcements were accordingly despatched, among them Newton's4 - the 39th - the journey was fairly rapid, and on February 2nd Gibraltar was reached.4  Some four years later they left Gibraltar - in October 1730 they were suddenly ordered to Jamaica4, they remained there until 1732 when they embarked for England in March 1732.

Before we continue, Bro. Rev. H. Poole also has his doubts about this regiment being in Gibraltar at the time when they were issued with their Warrant - for the regiment, now the (39th) Dorsetshire Regt., which was in Gibraltar in 1727 and 1728 and again from 1766 to 1783, does not appear to have been stationed there at the time when the Lodge was warranted.1

Returning to the regiments movements and to quench Poole's doubt, their exact locations can be derived from the regiments history - as it was before the end of May (1732) they were back in Ireland, in which country the Thirty-Ninth were destined to make a much longer stay than on their last visit, as they remained there until May 1744.4  In the same year the regiment left Ireland on March 9th 1744, landing at Parkgate near Chester and proceeding to quarters in Surrey and Hampshire.4

From this we can immediately see that it extinguishes the conception that the 39th were in Gibraltar when it is said they applied for their Warrant; actually serving in Ireland at that time.

Despite this, Bro. Rev. H. Poole also tells us that the 39th Regiment held another Irish Warrant Number 290, which was warranted in 1758; and goes on to say that there were at least five other Irish Lodges in Gibraltar during 1766 - 1783.1  This view is confirmed when in December 1773 The Junior Grand Lodge of England (Antients) received a letter from Gibraltar in which it mentions the presence of Lodges - 11, 244, 290, 359, 420, and 466 held in the 1st, 2nd, 39th, 76th, 56th, and 58th Foot respectively.  This other Warrant - 290 - that Poole mentions was issued in January 1758; though C. T. Atkinson, author of 'The Dorsetshire Regiment' (39th Foot) states that at this particular time the regiment was serving in India.  Some ten months later they again returned to Ireland where it was not until October 24th 1758 that Cork was reached.4

Due to the fact that there were numerous other Irish Travelling Lodges prior to Gibraltar's first Irish stationary Lodge (Calpe Lodge No. 325) an extensive list was built to clarify what regiments holding Irish Warrants served in Gibraltar, and can be seen at the end of this paper.  As one of the aims was to determine which Travelling Lodge might have been here 'first', we need to concentrate on the earliest arriving regiments, and we can ascertain from the list that before the 1760's the earliest possible Irish Lodges in Gibraltar were numbers 12, 33, 45, 61, 136, 156, 177, 211 and 231.

Several sources have been used and for additional confirmation it was decided that all the above-mentioned regimental headquarters should be contacted to see if they could indeed confirm these dates.  Another source for guaranteed verification of regiments that were stationed in Gibraltar after 1759 can be found in the file 'WO17 - Office of the Commander in Chief: Monthly Returns to the Adjutant General' held at The Public Record Office, Kew, these are actual returns of Army regiments stationed at Gibraltar.  However this avenue has not been followed up, as private research would be required.


Below are listed the Lodges that were in Gibraltar before 1760:


Lodge            Regiment      Year in            Year in                      Year in                  Warrant

Number         Number         Gibraltar         Gibraltar                   Gibraltar               Issued

Lodge 33       21st Foot       1751-17603       1751-17605                    1751-17596               173411

Lodge 45       6th Foot         1754-17633       1753-17635                    1753-176314          1738-4511

Lodge 61       32nd Foot      1750-17533       Info not available5         1749-1752/38           1736-3711

Lodge 136     17th Foot       1723-17483       1727-1729/305              1723-17487               174311

Lodge 156     19th Foot       1749-17523       1749-17535                    174910                          174711

Lodge 177     10th Foot       1730-17493       1730-17495                    1730-17497               174811

Lodge 211     14th Foot       1752-17593       1752-17595                    1752-599                    175011

Lodge 231     7th Foot         1756-17633       1756-17635                    1756-176313          175211


From Kitzmiller's listing, the earliest possible Lodge in Gibraltar was Lodge 136, held by the 17th Foot.  This possibility though is erased, as Collette Blair, Head of Library Services, Prince Consort's Library, kindly informed me that it was only a detachment from the 17th Foot that had been sent to Gibraltar from Minorca during the period of the 13th Siege, which was during 1727-1730.  This was some fifteen to twenty years prior to the Warrant being issued to brethren on the 24 June 1743 whilst they were serving in Minorca 1723 to 174811, thus erasing them from being the 'first'.


From this, our focus is now placed upon two Lodges, numbers 156 and 177, held by the 19th and 10th Foot respectively.

Warrant number 156 was issued to Brethren in the 19th Foot - probably either 4th March or 7th May 174711.  Although no mention of them could be found in R. E. Parkinson’s ‘History of the Grand Lodge of Ireland’, in Richard Cannon's (1847) ‘Historical Record of The Nineteenth or The First Yorkshire North Riding Regiment of Foot’ we learn that ‘the regiment returned to England during the winter of 1748-9, and immediately proceeded to Gibraltar, where it was stationed four years’, being ‘relieved from garrison duty at Gibraltar, in 1753, the regiment returned to England’.  They ‘obtained a local warrant No.3 from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Andalusia at Gibraltar’11.  The regiment returned again in 1762 where it remained for eight years, in Ireland they served five years from 1775 to 1800, and during this time the ‘minutes of No.19 Youghal, show 156 in the 19th Foot quartered at Kinsale (Co. Cork), November 1780’11.  It was during this time that they ‘surrendered 156 to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Munster, who transferred it to Kinsale, Co. Cork, July 1779’11.


As for Warrant number 177, this was issued to the Brethren in the 10th Foot, Colonel Pool's Regiment of Foot on the 6th May 174811, the same year the War (1740-481) of the Austrian Succession ended and one year before their departure to Ireland.  It was from this very regiment that Major Charles Vallancey became Grand Secretary some twenty years later, in 1768.  This regiment, the 10th, had been raised at Plymouth in 1685 and was commanded by Colonel John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, and during their service in Gibraltar it was known by two different names, from 1737, Columbine’s Regiment of Foot and from December 1746, Lord Tyrawley’s Regiment of Foot.  Unfortunately though the Lodge did not survive long as during their service in Ireland the extant Grand Lodge Registers records ‘This Warrant was settled in Dublin in the year 1750 and for non-payment of dues was expelled 4 July 1755’11, a very short life of only six years.  The Tenth, however also had two other Warrants issued to them, number 378 in November 1761, cancelled in 1815 and number 299, issued in August 1758 and cancelled in July 1818.

During Gibraltar’s 13th Siege (1727-30) and 14th Siege (1779-1783) many Warrants, documents etc. were either lost, destroyed or mislaid and this makes it very difficult to relate to old Lodge documents of Lodges that might have worked here.  Thankfully though, other sources are available so we can now move onto the periods and names of other Irish Travelling Lodges that worked in Gibraltar.

Although The Grand Lodge of Ireland was the first Grand Lodge to issue Travelling Warrants, Scotland issuing its first in 1747 and England in 1755, not all matters though were flowing smoothly for Irish Lodges on the Rock or indeed regiments in possession of Irish Warrants.

In the Minutes of Lodge No. 202 (Antients) dated 6th August 1780 a small problem arose; that visiting other Lodges was not allowed - well at least in this case to a particular Irish Lodge - 290 (39th Foot) – ‘It is further agreed that no member of this Lodge Vizit another Lodge without Leave from the chair’.1  A Brother Tolley, an Entered Apprentice made complaints to his Lodge, No. 202 (Antients) and that he - had Frequently Requested further steps in Masonry, which if he Did not receive Insisted upon having his Money Return'd or Leave to Join another Lodge1.  Thankfully – Bro. Tolley was found worthy, and three days later he was passed.1

For those Brethren not familiar with this reoccurring term 'Antients', the United Grand Lodge describe it as having been 'a rival Grand Lodge in England made up of Freemasons of mainly Irish extraction who had been unable to join Lodges in London, the founders claimed that the original Grand Lodge had departed from the established customs of the craft and that they intended practising Freemasonry ’according to Old Institutions’.'

Another crisis that arose in the 1800’s that affected Irish Regimental Lodges was the effect of peace, many regiments were disbanded after Waterloo - with the consequent extinction of the Regimental Lodges; others were closed down by order of their commanding officers.12  Despite these difficult times, Brethren from Irish Lodges actually held the very high office of Provincial Grand Master; though this was under the Provincial Grand Lodge (Antients) in Gibraltar, which was established in 1786.1

Irish Brethren who became Provincial Grand Masters: -


1789    Lodge 92         Lieut. John Ross 25th Regt.  First P.G.M. of Andalusia11.

1791    Lodge 714       Lt.-Col. John Bridges Schaw 68th Regt., succeeded by

                                    Samuel Salter, Lodge 604 11th Regt.

1793    Lodge 617       Abraham Scutcliff Wilcox 32nd Regt.

1799    Lodge 218       William Travers 48th Regt.


Having now arrived at the later part of the 1700’s, Bro. Rev. H. Poole tells us that in 1772 - there were also no fewer than six Irish Lodges stationed1 in Gibraltar, however he shows Lodge 359 as being held by the 75th Foot, whereas it was actually held by the 76th Foot.


Irish Lodges in Gibraltar 1772: -           Lodge 11         1st Foot

                                                            Lodge 244       2nd Foot

                                                            Lodge 290       39th Foot

                                                            Lodge 359       75th Foot (actually issued to 76th Foot)

                                                            Lodge 420       56th Foot

                                                            Lodge 466       58th Foot


Due to a letter from the 'Antients' Lodge No. 148 to their Grand Secretary, the matter arose in Grand Lodge; it concerned the St. John's Procession to Church.  The Grand Lodge (Antients) heard from Lodge 148 (Antients) that - a set of people who had their authority from the Modern Grand Lodge thought it proper to dispute the legality of said Warrant 147 &c, and proceeded to other Unwarrantable Measures.  In these Minutes, dated 15th December 1773, it shows - that in said Garrison there was also held the Lodges No. 11, 244, 290, 359, 420 and 466 on the Registry of Ireland - and that these Lodges - on the Irish Registry supported the Lodge No. 148.  This really is not surprising, the 'Antients' Lodge working under the Antients Grand Lodge - that of Freemasons of mainly Irish influence and extraction.


By 1786 regimental Lodges were being issued with ‘local’ numbers: -

                                                      Lodge No. 6          28th Foot (NCO’s)

                                                      Lodge No. 7          70th Foot

                                                      Lodge No. 9          28th Foot


Problems again arose for the Irish Lodges in Gibraltar, this time by a certain Bro. Rev. William Martin Leake, Chaplain to the Governor of Gibraltar.  This Brother, Poole writes 'threw himself into a battle against the ‘Antients’' - a battle ending with Leake's return to England.  It is not my aim to go into detail about this Brother, but ‘Poole’ states that his correspondence was voluminous.

Leake, a ‘Modern’ - was pressing the case for a Provincial Grand Lodge1 – and in a letter he wrote, December 1787, he added 'a List of the Lodges in this Garrison, who oppose our Authority'1 – of these five were Irish.


                                          No.                  Regt.                            Registry

                                          243                  59th                             No authority

                                          244                  Queen’s Rt                   Ireland

                                          351                  18th Rt                                  Do

                                          604                  11th                              Do

                                          617                  32d Rt Officers              Do


Some five years later, March 1792, the Prov. Grand Secretary (Antients), reported the departure of Lodges 92 (25th Foot), 243 (59th Foot), and 244 (2nd Foot).  Their relief's brought with them arrivals of further Irish Lodges and are listed in August of the same year: -


                                                No. 74             in the          1st Foot

                                                No. 227           in the          46th Foot

                                                No. 351           in the          18th Foot

                                                No. 604           in the          11th Foot

                                                No. 690           in the          51st Foot

                                                No. 714           in the          68th Foot


Unfortunately, the Prov. Grand Secretary (Antients), Samuel Salter, Quarter Master of the 11th Regiment, also reported that 'there is also a Warrant (No 617 Ireland) held by the Officers of the 32d Regiment but on account of neglecting to assemble, and other Irregularities they are erased'.  It is interesting to note that while this officer of the 11th Foot carried out this action he was not a member of the Lodge that was held with this regiment, Lodge 604 I.C., as ‘only a further 5 brethren registered’11 up to February 1794.  The Minutes of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, record, 4th July 1793, that Lodge 617, an Officers' Lodge, held in the 32nd Regt., wrote complaining of being suspended by the Grand Lodge of Andalusia ‘Ordered while at Gibraltar to conform to its Laws and Regulations’11.

This though was not the only casualty, as only a year later an Irish Brother, Abraham Wilcox of the 32nd Regiment, Lodge 617 and Provincial Grand Master (Antients) had to report 'with much real concern & Mortification' on fellow Irish Lodges - numbers 351 (18th Regt.) and his own Lodge 617 (32nd Regt.).  He states that they 'have been suspended these 18 Months thro' , No. 351 after 'investigation discover'd many unmasonic practices' and No. 617 had 'for a long time neglected their duty in the P: G: Lodge'.  Before we start to criticise the Irish Lodge's stationed in Gibraltar we must not forget the very difficult times the military personal had whilst in Gibraltar, having survived the 14th Siege only a few years earlier, by the Spanish.  In the 'History of the Tenth Foot' we read 'while at Gibraltar' during their period of service 1730-1749 'the men were driven to burn their huts for fuel' so desperate were their needs, and 'at the end of 19 years' they were 'half starved, deprived of all social life and comforts, and abominably clothed'.

One other problem that arose was the non-recognition by an Irish Lodge of the control of the Grand Lodge of Andalusia, in this case by Lodge No. 580 (66th Foot) stationed at Gibraltar - their refusal was reported both to the English ('Antients') and Irish Grand Lodges1.



Two years later in February 1794, the number of Irish Lodges dropped to only four: -


                                                No. 227           in the          46th Foot

                                                No. 338           in the          66th Foot

                                                No. 690           in the          51st Foot

                                                No. 714           in the          68th Foot


The authorities from the Provincial Grand Lodge writing to Grand Lodge, May 1803, showed their concern that Freemasonry in Gibraltar had passed through a difficult period after a general order that had given out by the Governor, General O'Hara, barring any society to assemble or even hold any correspondence 'but since the arrival of His Royal H. the Duke of Kent', the new Governor, allowed them 'of working as formerly'.  This bar understandably was placed due to a severe case of Yellow Fever that hit Gibraltar.

From ‘notes from files in G.L. England Library Gibraltar’ we are shown that on 4th December 1803, the only Irish Lodges present in Gibraltar were numbers 244 and 661, held by the 2nd Foot and 13th Foot respectively and by late 1804, the Provincial Grand Secretary informs us that the only Irish Lodge present in Gibraltar was No. 244 Queen's Regt 2nd Foot, and two years later we are told that No. 218 (48th Regiment) was also here.  Two Lodges seemed to have been completely left out of the picture from ‘Pooles’ paper, one was a Lodge that was attached to the 6th (or the 1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, Lodge number 646, their Warrant having been issued to them in 1785.  This regiment was stationed in Gibraltar in 1807.  From their Regimental journal ‘The Antelope’ we find that in 1807 the 6th was not only stationed in Gibraltar but ‘on 28th December it was established under The Provincial Grand Lodge of Andalusia’, as Warrant No. 7, something which Poole omits to mention.  The second Lodge that has not been mentioned in ‘Pooles’ paper was number 156, which was issued to Brethren in the 19th Foot, and - had obtained a local warrant No. 3 from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Andalusia at Gibraltar11.

Having laid down numerous facts and figures we must not forget other Irish Lodges that worked in Gibraltar after the Union in 1813 and I think it would be an injustice not to mention the Irish Brethren who sent their approval to Grand Lodge for Gibraltar's first stationary Irish Lodge.  The man responsible for getting things under way was Thomas Armstrong, Secretary of Lodge 68 I.C. (7th Battalion Royal Artillery) who wrote in May 1826 to the Grand Lodge of Ireland - 'W Sir as we expect the Company to be relieved from this Station soon, and a quantity of respectable Inhabitants at present Members of 68 who will of course be left behind us, they have applied to us, to recommend them to the Grand Lodge of Ireland for an Inhabitants Warrant', adding that 'they would make a good use of it'.

Edward Bowen, Worshipful Master of Lodge 130 I.C. (64th Regiment of Foot) wrote in June of the same year stating that 'there is no civilian Lodge here on the Irish Establishment', but by August the Master and Wardens of Lodge No. 68, Master's of Lodges No. 42 and No. 130 all gave their recommendation for an Inhabitants Warrant to be established in Gibraltar.  The recommendation finally being granted on 18th September 1826 by the Deputy Grand Secretary, W.Bro. W. F. Graham.

From the above we can see that Lodge No. 26, 42, 68 and 130 were present in Gibraltar during the early 1800's.


                                          Lodge 26 I.C. (26th Foot) June 1812 to September 1822

                                          Lodge No. 42 (42nd Foot) 1800 (2 months only), 1805 to 1832

                                          Lodge 68 I.C. (7th Battalion Royal Artillery) 1819 to 1826

                                          Lodge 130 I.C. (64th Foot) August 1818 to September 1827

An interesting point was discovered taken from correspondence of Lodge No. 5 E.C. held in the 4th Battalion of the Royal Artillery, when on their return to England in 1809 they wrote to Gibraltar, as ‘it was our wish to have the Warrant and Chest sent home’.  Brother Thomas Varner, a Gunner in the 8th Battalion Royal Artillery and past member of same Lodge was the man responsible for the return of said Chest, the correspondence continues by telling us that ‘they had sent it by Br Varner of said Lodge’.  Some Brethren may not be familiar with Brother Thomas, he is listed on a return of members of Lodge No. 5 dated November 1806, shown as having joined from Lodge 479 Ireland.  Lodge number 479 was issued in 1770 to Brethren in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, the county where Thomas was born.  Having settled in Gibraltar, he lived in an area known as District 5 and is shown as married in the 1834 census, he was also employed as Gatekeeper in the Grand Store.  On his discharge Thomas was paid a pension of 1/- and a halfpenny per day.

Calpe members know him better as being one of our founder members, and is recorded in a letter sent to Grand Lodge dated 30th April 1827, asking to transfer 'the undernamed Brothers from their different Lodges to 325' - Thomas Varner Past Master Lodge 715 E.C. to be transferred to 325.

The past presence of so many Irish Lodges and Brethren in Gibraltar does us all proud, and we hope that with you support we will keep Irish Freemasonry here in Gibraltar alive for many years to come.




1.         'A sketch of Freemasonry in Gibraltar before the Union' - Bro. Rev. H. Poole - Transactions of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge.

2.         ‘A guide to the regiments and corps of the British Army on the regular establishment’ - J. M. Brereton 1985.

3.         'In search of Forlorn Hope' - John M. Kitzmiller II - 1988 (2 volumes).

4.         The Dorsetshire Regiment - C. T. Atkinson - 1947 (39th Foot).

5.         Richard Cannon Historical Records of the British Army - Collette Blair; Head of Library Services, Prince Consort's Library.

6.                  Major (Retd) W. Shaw M.B.E., Regimental Secretary of The Royal Highland Fusiliers (21st Foot).

7.         Captain D. J. Lee, Regimental Area Secretary, Royal Anglian Regiment (10th Foot) & 'The History of the Tenth Foot'.

8.         Major W.H. White, Regimental Museum, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (32nd Foot).

9.         Lieutenant Colonel T.C.E. Vines, Ret'd. Regimental Headquarters, The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire (14th Foot).

10.       Lt. Col. N. D. McIntosh MBE, Regimental Headquarters, The Green Howards (19th Foot) - he states that 'the regiment first served in Gibraltar briefly in 1749 but virtually no details of their time there exists'.

11.       ‘Irish Masonic Records’ by the late Bro. Philip Crossle, Past Senior Grand Deacon & Computer Edition of ‘Irish Masonic Records’ compiled by Rt. Wor. Bro. Keith Cochrane.

12.       History of the Grand Lodge of Ireland PTII, R. E. Parkinson.

13.       The Royal Fusiliers Museum & Archives, H.M. Tower of London (7th Foot).

14.       The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, David Baynham Museum Assistant (6th Foot).


Vincent James Power, Senior Deacon Calpe Lodge No. 325 I.C.

2nd December 2001

As far as I have been able to establish, we can see from the list below all regiment holding an Irish Warrant and its term stationed in Gibraltar before 1827.  The following information has been taken from Irish Masonic Records by the late Philip Crossle, Past Senior Grand Deacon together with the Computer Edition of ‘Irish Masonic Records’ compiled by Rt. Wor. Bro. Keith Cochrane and crossed referenced with 'In search of Forlorn Hope' by John M. Kitzmiller II, ‘A guide to the Regiments of the British Army' J.M. Brereton (1901 & 1984) and regimental records supplied to me by regimental headquarters or their museums.


Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

7th Batt Royal Artillery

1819 - August 1826


Issued 7/1/1813, returned & filed 1834




Issued 1/11/1810, returned 7/6/1821

12th Royal Lancers



Issued 07/03/1755, cancelled 06/07/1815


Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

1st Foot The Royal Scots

1st Batt. 1768 - 1775


Issued to 1st Battn 07/11/1732, returned 1847












Issued to 1st Battn 08/09/1762, struck off Return of Officers 1814


2nd Batt. 1784 - 1793, 1797, Apr 1797 - May 1797, Dec 1801 - Mar 1803


Issued to 2nd Battn 26/10/1737, meeting in Gib. 1792, in list of erased Lodges in 1801

2nd Foot The Queen's Royal Regiment

1731 - 49, 1749, 1768 - 75, 1775, 1783 - 92, 1801, 1802 - 05


Issued 5/04/1754, duplicate 6/7/1809, warrant sent in 23/2/1825




Issued 02/12/1762 cancelled 06/04/1815

4th Foot The King's Own Royal Regiment

1689, 1703 - 10, 1756, 1810


Number transferred to 4th Foot 08/12/1785, returned 13/09/1823

5th Foot The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

1713, 1714 – 28, 1800, 1801, 1802


Issued 12/07/1738, G.L.M. Sep/Oct 1784 warrant now with 48th Foot, cancelled 7/10/1815

6th Foot The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers

1705, 1754 - 63, 1808


No record in register, prob about 1738-45, erased 5/11/1801




Issued 10/2/1785, cancelled 3/4/1800




Issued 10/2/1785, cancelled 2/7/1818

7th Foot The Royal Fusiliers

1706, 09, 32 - 48, 1734 – 48, 1748 – 49, 1756 - 63, 1790, 1789 - 91


Issued 1/4/1752, erased 5/11/1801

9th Foot The Royal Norfolk Regiment

1718 – 46, 1746, 1747 – 48, 1749 - 50, 1809, 1811, 1813,


Issued 10/4/1754, cancelled 7/8/1817

10th Foot The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment

1730 – 48, 1749, 1804, 1810


Issued 6/5/1748, settled in Dublin 1750, cancelled 4/7/1755




Issued 3/8/1758, cancelled 2/7/1818




Issued 5/11/1761, cancelled 6/7/1815


Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

11th Foot The Devonshire Regiment

1783 - 92, 95 – 96, 1811, 13 - 14, 16 - 20


Issued 6/6/1782, no returns after 1794, cancelled 6/7/1815

14th Foot The West Yorkshire Regiment

1st Batt. May 1727 - 1741, 1st Batt. May 1752 - Nov 1759, 2nd Batt. Apr - June 1810


Issued 2/8/1750, cancelled 6/7/1815

17th Foot The Royal Leicestershire Regiment

1723 - 48


Issued 24/6/1743, erased 5/11/1801




Issued 2/12/1824 in lieu of 921, warrant returned 12/3/1847




Issued 2/12/1802, returned 2/12/1824 in exchange for 258

18th Foot Royal Irish Regiment

1718 - 42, 1727, 1783 - 93, 98 - 99, 1800


Issued 2/9/1747, erased 5/11/1801




Issued 7/8/1760, cancelled 2/7/1818

19th Foot The Green Howards

1749 - May 1752, 1763 - 71


Issued prob. 4 March/7May 1747, at Youghal Nov 1780, obtained local warrant no. 3 in Gib. P.G.L. Andalusia & surrended warrant to P.G. Lodge Munster, transferred July 1779

20th Foot The Lancashire Fusiliers

1713 - 28, 1763 - 69, 1807


Issued 12/1/1737, erased 5/11/1801



Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

21st Foot The Royal Scots Fusiliers

1751 - 60


No record in register prob. April/Nov 1734, old warrant lost 1760-1800, erased 5/11/1801.  They took out warrant no. 936 in 1803




Issued 6/10/1803, returned 24/6/1817 for no. 33

23rd Foot The Royal Welch Fusiliers

1756, 1801, 23, 1802, 1824 - 34


Issued 9/6/1808, cancelled 5/7/1821

25th Foot The King's Own Scottish Borderers

1727, 82 - 83, 1727 - 36, 1st Batt. 19 Nov 1801 -21 June 1803, Oct 1782 - 25th March 1792


Issued 7/7/1823 in lieu of 250, sent in Oct 1839




No record in register prob. 5/10 - 1/12/1738, cancelled 1/7/1815




Issued 4/11/1819, exchanged for 25 7/7/1823

26th (Cameronian) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt.

1727, 1728 - 38, 1813 - 14, 15 - 22


Issued 6/12/1810 returned 24/6/1823, issued 24/6/1823 in lieu of no. 309




Issued 7/12/1758, exchanged for no. 26 24/6/1823

27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt.

Sep 1818 - Nov 1823


No record in register prob. 1733, erased 5/11/1801




Issued 7/2/1750 transferred to 35th Foot about 1785, removed to Co.Tyrone 3/8/1790




Established in Royal Irish Artillery 5/1/1781, transferred 2/8/1787 to 27th Foot, cancelled 6/7/1801




Transferred to 27th by Seton in 1808

28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment 1st Batt.

1796, 1797 - 98, 1798, 1810, 1816


No record in register prob. April/Oct 1734, erased 5/11/1801




Issued 2/12/1773, cancelled 2/12/1858




1st September 1808 985 has been given to 28th Foot, not issued as regt. asked for no. 260

28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment 2nd Batt.



Issued 6/4/1809, cancelled 6/7/1815

29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt.



Issued 3/5/1759, no return after 1835, name registered 1841, now called Glittering Star Lodge

30th (1st Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1704, 1705, 1727 – 32, 1763 - 71, 1793, 1800, 1809


Issued 7/11/1805 by Seton in lieu of 85, cancelled 3/7/1823




Issued 30/5/1738, returned in 1793, exchanged for no.30 7/11/1805




Issued 3/10/1776 cancelled 3/7/1823


Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

32nd Foot (Cornwall) Light Infantry 1st Batt

1704 – 5, 1750 - 53, 84 - 92


No record in register prob. Nov 1736/Feb 1737, erased 5/11/1801




Issued 1/5/1783 cancelled 6/7/1815

33rd (Duke of Wellington's Regiment) 1st Batt

1740 - 41


Issued prob. 1732 cancelled 7/8/1817

35th (Royal Sussex) Regiment 1st Batt

1704 – 05, 1796


Transferred to 35th about 1785, removed to Co. Tyrone 3/8/1790, cancelled 6/1/1814

39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1727 – 1730, 1769 – 1783, May 1805 - July 1805 en route Malta


Issued 21/11/1742, revived 7/6/1810, sent in 17/7/1886




Issued 5/1/1758 settled in Isle of Man (?) 1785, cancelled 7/10/1813










Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

42nd Royal Highland Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1796 - 97, 1800, 1803 – 05, 1806 - 08, 1825, 27 - 32


Issued 6/4/1809 in lieu of Seton Warrant, sent in 6/8/1840 orders C. in C.




Issued 24/6/1749, revived 4/8/1773, cancelled 6/4/1815

44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1799 - 1801


Issued 1/8/1793, no date as when cancelled

46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot 2nd Batt



Issued 4/3/1752, returned 30/6/1847

47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1810 - 11


Issued to 2nd Batt 1/2/1810 in lieu of Sseton Warrant cancelled 4/7/1823




Issued 1/3/1749, cancelled 4/7/1823

48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1799 – 1800, 1806 - 09


G.L.M. 5/8/1784 7/10/1784 Wt 86 now in hands of G.Sec. granted to ..48th Foot in lieu of 631 granted 6/5/1784, cancelled 1/7/1815




Issued 27/12/1750 cancelled 2/12/1858




Issued 1806 cancelled 6/7/1815

50th (Queen's Own) Regiment 1st Batt

1785 - 93, 1797, 1808


(112 Antients, 21 April 1763) vide 94, cancelled 6/7/1815






Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) The King's Own  Light Infantry 1st Batt

1793, 1797


Granted 21/10/1761 in London by Antients & entered in our books, 1/12/1763. Cancelled 1/7/1815




Issued 4/9/1788, transferred 1796 to Martinique confirmed by G.L. 2/4/1801

52nd (Oxfordshire Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot 2nd Batt



Issued 6/8/1761, cancelled 7/7/1825 but went on working.

53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1756 – 68, 1763 - 68


Transferred to 53rd 1/4/1773, cancelled 6/7/1815




Issued 5/7/1804, returned 20/11/1824

56th (West Essex) Regiment of Foot 2nd Batt

1769, 1776 – 83, 1770 - 75


Transferred to 56th 5/12/1765, cancelled 7/8/1817

58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot 2nd Batt

1770 - 75, 75 – 79, 1783 - 84, 1798, 1779 – 83, 1777


Issued 2/2/1769, G.L.M. 5/12/1816 P.Kerr holds warrant 466 formerly of 58th




Issued 5/3/1789, an officers lodge, transferred by Seton to 27th Foot in 1808

59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot



Issued to brethren in the 59th FOOT, later the 2nd Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment, 1/4/1754. Duplicate issued 7/3/1782. Struck off the Return of Officers 1815.


Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1800, 01


Issued 5/5/1774, cancelled 6/1/1814

64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

1795 - Oct 1796, Aug 1818 - Sep 1827


Issued 4/12/1817, cancelled 2/12/1858




Issued 17/4/1788, cancelled 7/8/1817

66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot 2nd Batt



Issued 6/1/1763, cancelled 7/8/1817




Issued 6/2/1777, G.L.M. 4/4/1811 granted revival of 538 to hold a Lodge in 89th Foot, struck off return of officers 1815.




Issued 7/12/1780,  struck off return of officers 1817




By Seton in 1808; not confirmed by G.L.

67th (South Hampshire) Regiment of Foot 2nd Batt

1815 - 17


Issued 7/9/1815, struck off returns of officers 1837

68th (Durham) Light Infantry 1st Batt

1756, 84 – 94, 1781 - 82


Issued 1/4/1790, cancelled 6/7/1815

69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment 2nd Batt

1769 - 74, 1769 - 75, 75


Removed to 69th Foot 29/8/1791, cancelled 5/7/1821




G.L.M. 5/3/1807 983 ordered…69th Foot, issued 7/4/1808, struck off return of officers 1836


Regiment Name

Periods in Gibraltar

Warrant No.'s

Warrant details

75th (Stirlingshire) Regiment of Foot 1st Batt

Sep 1821 - Dec 1823


Issued 5/7/1810, cancelled 7/7/1825

76th Foot 2nd Batt



Issued 4/12/1760,

82nd Regiment of Foot (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) 2nd Batt

1795, 1811


Issued 4/12/1817 in exchange for Seton warrant 224, cancelled 2/12/1858

88th The Connaught Rangers 1st Batt



Issued 7/6/1821, no returns after 1840

89th (Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot 2nd Batt

1811 - 12


G.L.M. 4/4/1811 granted a revival of 538 formerly 66th Foot to hold a lodge in 89th Foot, struck off return of officers 1815




Issued March 1802, cancelled 2/7//1818

92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot

1794, 1796 – 98, 1799


Issued 12/2/1761, in printed list of erased lodges 1801



Vincent James Power

Senior Deacon

Calpe Lodge No. 325 I.C.

2nd December 2001