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The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the main governing body of freemasonry within England and Wales and in other, predominantly ex-British Empire and Commonwealth countries outside the United Kingdom. It is the oldest Grand Lodge in the world, deriving its origin from 1717. Together with the Grand Lodge of Ireland and the Grand Lodge of Scotland they are often referred to, by their members, as “the home Grand Lodges” or “the Home Constitutions”.
The United Grand Lodge of England currently has over a quarter of a million members meeting in over 8,000 Lodges, which are grouped as follows:
Lodges meeting in London (an area generally within a 10-mile radius of Freemasons’ Hall), are administered by the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, which is headed by the Metropolitan Grand Master.
Lodges meeting outside London, and within England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, are grouped into 47 Provinces, whose boundaries often correspond to those of the old Counties, with each headed by a Provincial Grand Master.
Lodges that meet outside England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are grouped into 33 Districts, with each headed by a District Grand Master, five Groups (ie: currently too small to make up a District), with each headed by a Grand Inspector, and 12 Lodges abroad which are directly administered by Freemasons’ Hall.
Exsequi Lodge falls under the Masonic District of South Africa North
The United Grand Lodge of England
- Grand Masters
- Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex (1813–1843)
- Thomas Dundas, 2nd Earl of Zetland (1844–1870)
- George Robinson, 3rd Earl de Grey and 2nd Earl of Ripon (1st Marquess of Ripon from 1871) (1870–1874)
- Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (1874–1901)
- Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1901–1939)
- Prince George, Duke of Kent (1939–1942)
- Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood (1942–1947)
- Edward Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire (1947–1950)
- Lawrence Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough (1951–1967)
- Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (1968–present)