ISSUE 13, April 2005

The Campbells are coming: At speed!
Travel: Warming to Iceland
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part II
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and: Report of the Board of General Purposes
The flying eye hospital
Beamish Museum: The million pound project
  Wigan Grand Lodge: The Liverpool rebels
Chelsea Lodge: That's entertainment
Re-enactment: The way we were and: The Russian connection
Community Service: Weathering the storm
Faith and Freemasonry: God and the Craft
Education: Researching Freemasonry on the Internet and: Masonic events
Freemasons Hall: Masons at War
Grand Charity: Report and grant list and: Support for Asian tsunami
Masonic Charities: Reports from the Masonic charities
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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The Campbells are coming - at speed!

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Father and son in Bluebird's cockpit, January 1933

Donald Campbell's Masonic apron pouch

© Library & Museum of Freemasonry
    Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald will forever be venerated as world famous speed record holders. They shared those characteristics manifest in all men of greatness, a sense of courage and perseverance. They followed each other in the success of their respective careers and were both active Freemasons.
    Malcolm Campbell was born at Chislehurst, Kent on 11 March 1885 to William Campbell and Hazel Castley, a meek mother and an authoritarian and strict father.
    His ancestry can be traced back many generations to a Scottish Highland family of long-standing military traditions in Argyll, which may well have influenced his exceptional personality and resolute character.
    From a young age Malcolm became fascinated by engines and the railway and more especially the underlying forces that drove the machinery. His schooling was not of particular note except for sport and the later connection to Freemasonry.
    At the age of eleven, at Guildford Preparatory School, he read King Solomon’s Mines by Rider Haggard. It installed in him that sense of adventure that allows the imagination of a youngster to go wild and the book affected him for life. In 1898, at 13, he was sent to the distinguished ancient Uppingham School in Rutland and in 1924 he was to be initiated in his old school Lodge.
    Malcolm never lost his great enthusiasm for racing and his fascination with speed. In 1910, between the period of his employment by Lloyd’s of London and his service in the Royal Air Force, he entered and won his first automobile race at the Brooklands circuit. He was never to look back.
    His name and career were to be closely associated with Brooklands through his life. He continued and set many motorcycle and car speed records as well as in motorboats. He received his knighthood in 1931 for his distinguished achievements. Malcolm Campbell was undoubtedly the most successful racing driver of his time, dubbed ‘the speed king’.
    In the middle of his extraordinary career as a racing driver, on 15 October 1924 he become a Freemason and was Passed and Raised in the following three months. There has been some confusion with regard to his initiation because registration records held at Grand Lodge show Malcolm Campbell’s name written below that of George Noel Buckton.
    George Buckton was initiated in Lodge Kumaon No. 1870, District of Bengal, India. He joined Old Uppinghamian Lodge No. 4227 on the same date that Campbell was initiated, and the two Brethren were then Passed and Raised together on 9 December 1924 and 14 January 1925 respectively.
    The entry for Malcolm Campbell states ‘do’ below Buckton’s initiation date. This has led to the erroneous presumption that Malcolm Campbell was initiated in Lodge 1870 and was a joining member of the ‘closed’ Old Uppinghamian Lodge in 1924. The school Lodge still today draws its membership solely from Old Boys and their children and Masters at the School.

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