Francis B. Lambie

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Francis B. Lambie, PGM,
Francis B. Lambie, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1939-1940

Francis B. Lambie was born on May 29, 1873 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire Scotland. He attended the elementary and high schools of Perth and Greenock and entered Glasgow Normal College. He graduated as a schoolteacher. Thereafter he taught school in Scotland for four years. He migrated to Canada in March 1895 and engaged in the exportation of horses to London, England for the London Bus Company. During the next few years he made frequent trips between the Chicago Horse Mart and the old country. He saved his money and entered the Ontario Veterinary College in Toronto where he graduated as a gold medalist in 1903. Following his graduation he located in Midland, Michigan. After three years there, he returned to the Ontario Veterinary College where he succeeded Dr. Andrew Smith as Professor of Veterinary Medicine. In 1912 he returned to Midland and engaged in private practice. He was married in September 1906 to Harriet Irene Kent. They were blessed with one daughter.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Centre Lodge No. 273 in Midland in 1906 and served as Worshipful Master in 1912-13. He joined Bay City Chapter, R.A.M., No. 59, in 1919, and at the organization of the Midland Chapter, No. 169, R.A.M., in 1921, he became a charter member and served as its second High Priest in 1922-23. He was also a member of Bay City Council, No. 53, R. & S.M., Bay City Commandery, No. 26, K.T., Bay City Consistory, where he presided over the 29th degree for some 25 years; Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple; Midland Chapter, O.E.S., of which he was a Past Patron, White Shrine, and the Red Cross of Constantine and he was President of the Order of High Priesthood.

He was active for more than fifteen years in the Masonic Grand Bodies of the State. In 1924 he started as Grand Master of the 2nd Veil of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons and served as Most Excellent Grand High Priest in 1931-32. At the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge in May 1933, he was elected Grand Marshal and at the meeting of Grand Lodge in May 1939, he became Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan.

He died on August 5, 1962.

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