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The District Grand Lodge of Madras enjoys a long and distinguished history. Please click the titles of the excerpts below, or on the links in the sidebar to the right, to read the respective article.

Provincial Grand Masters on The Coast of Coromandel of Madras or of Presidency of Madras

1 1767 Captain Edmund Pascal.
2 1786 Brigadier-General Mathew Horne
3 1790 John Chamier, M.C.S
4 1806 Terence Gahagan, M.D. (Acting)
5 1810 Terence Gahagan, M.D
6 1812 Herbert Compton, Barrister-at-Law (Acting)
7 1813 Herbert Compton (afterwards Hon.Sir.Herbert Compton Kt.Puisne Judge, Bombay)
8 1814 Richard Jebb, LL.D. Barrister-at-law (Acting)
9 1812 Richard Jebb, LL.D
10 1820 George Lys (Acting)
11 1826 Sir Herbert Compton.
12 1840 The Right Hon'ble John Baron Elphinstone,G.C.H. Governor of Madras
13 1852 Robert   Hudleston Williamson, M.C.S

District Grand Masters Of The District Grand Lodge Of Madras

1 1856 Lieut.Col. Willam Pitt MacDonald, Madras Army (First District Grand Master.)
2 1867 Arthur MacDonald Ritchie, B.A., Barrister-at-Law
3 1875 John Miller, Barrister-at-Law
4 1879 Major Aubery William Ogilvie Saunders, Royal Scots Fusiliers
5 1884 Arthur Morell Saunders
6 1888 The Right Hon'ble Lord Conne mara, G.C.I.E., Governor of Madras.
7 1891 Sir George Montagomere John Moore, K.T., C.I.E
8 1901 The Right Hon'ble Lord Ampthill, G.C.I.E. Governor of Madras
9 1906 The Hon'ble Herbert Bradley, G.S.I., I.C.S
10 1910 The Hon'ble Sir Murray Hammick, K.C.S.I., C.I.E., I.C.S
11 1914 Hon'ble Lewllyn E.Buckley, C.S.I., I.C.S
12 1922 The Hon'ble Sir Archibald Young Gipps Campbell, K.C.I.E. C.S.I., C.B.E., V.D., I.C.S
13 1933 Sir George Townsend Boag, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., I.C.S
14 1946 Tiruchendurai Venkataraman Muthukrishna Aiyer, B.A. B.L.
15 1967 Lt.Col. G.S.Gill, C.I.E., O.B.E., I.M.S. (Retd.)
16 1978 Arumana Parameswaran Tampi, B.A.
17 2001 Kumar Ravindra Nath Menon, M.A. (Oxon)
18 2011 Theophilus Arputharaj Devagnanam, FIIPE

RW DGM Theo Devagnanam

Theo Devagnanam

We had hoped to recommence Craft and Royal Arch meetings in April. The, merciless, second wave of Covid-19, has now made that a distant dream. It has also put paid to the Annual Investiture meeting of the DGL which we must now cancel. In view of the prevailing conditions, I request you, Brethren, to please avoid all forms of physical meetings and stick to virtual gatherings.

While many of you have been fully vaccinated, we cannot let our guard down and must continue to follow all Covid-19 protocol. Please be extremely careful.

I had the pleasure of meeting with the Pro Grand Master and the Grand Secretary at a virtual meeting attended by the other three DGM's from India and the DGM of Sri Lanka. All of us reported on the current situation in our respective Districts.


RWDGM Kumar Ravindranath Menon

Bro. Kumar Ravindra Nath Menon our District Grand Master was born in Colombo Ceylon in August 1935. His father the late Mr. S.R.K. Menon was the head of his own large auditing practice in that country, and till the year 1958 that was his place of residence.

Our DGM was educated in India and Ceylon where he attended St. Thomas' College, Gurutalawa from where he passed the London Matriculation exam. In 1951, with distinction.

He later spent two years as an (Intermediate) student at Madras Christian College, Tambaram, from which establishment he proceeded to Oxford as an undergraduate at Christ Church and in due time, taking an Honors Degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics in 1957.

Ravindranath Menon