George Murdoch Past Master Lodge Glasgow Kilwinning No.4
George Murdoch was born on 23rd January 1715 in Glasgow.
Past Master of Glasgow Kilwinning No.4. (trying to get his dates of Initiation and when installed but this may be difficult)
Murdoch was Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1754-1755 and again from 1766-1767. He was a merchant primarily trading in wines from Madeira, but became involved in related enterprises such as becoming a partner in a glass bottle works in 1742, and forming Murdoch & Warroch to build and operate the famous Anderston Brewery.
An interesting historical event was the laying down, with Masonic honours, of the foundation stone of the Jamaica Bridge in 1768 by the Lord Provost George Murdoch in his second term as Lord Provost.
At the Committee meeting of Grand Lodge on 3rd December 1768 "irregularities at the laying of the Foundation Stone of Jamaica Street bridge" were reported. The irregularities are not detailed. Dr. Gordon in his "Glasgow Facies" relates that Provost George Murdoch who laid the Foundation Stone as "acting Provincial Grand Master had not applied to Grand Lodge for its sanction and authority and was threatened with Masonic Censure." The Provost sent his apologies and two months later in February 1769 "George Murdoch late Provost of Glasgow" was appointed Provincial Grand Master over the Counties of Lenrick, Renfrew, Air, Dumbarton and Argyle!
George Died on the 19th September 1795 Frisky Hall Dunbarton.