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Grand Office Bearers 2023 - 2024

On this page, you will find information about the Supreme Office Bearers at the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland. The Head of our Order is the M.E. First Grand Principal, The Rev Canon Dr Joseph John Morrow CVO, CBE, KStJ, KC, DL, FRSE. The First Grand Principal was installed into office in March 2018, when he succeeded M.E.C. Ian Fraser. A hugely experienced Freemason he has previously served as Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of The Grand Lodge of Scotland.

A Leader In Public Life

Dr Morrow has long been at the forefront of public life in Scotland, and he currently occupies the office of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms in Civic life. He was appointed to this role in January 2014. 

Dr Morrow is a member of the Faculty of Advocates. He has also served as President of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland in 2008, and he was named as Queen’s Counsel in 2015. 

He was previously a Councillor and Depute Lord Provost of Dundee. He also occupies the office of Vice Lieutenant of the City of Dundee, a role he was appointed to in 2009. 

M.E.C. Morrow leads our order with enthusiasm and popular support among the membership. He is committed to strong leadership and community engagement, as well as doing all he can to promote a bright future for our organisation. 

First Grand Principal

Dr Joseph J. Morrow

CVO, CBE, KStJ, KC, DL, FRSE

More Grand Office Bearers

Below you will find information about the other Grand Office Bearers in our organisation.

David A.C. Niven

Depute First Grand Principal

John N. Steel

Second Grand Principal ​

Ernest Yong

Third Grand Principal

Douglas W. Duncan

Grand Scribe E.

John A. Anderson

Depute Grand Scribe E.

Eric J. Ramsay

Grand Scribe N.

Alan Buntain

Grand Treasurer

William Annand

Grand Recorder

Michael A. Stephen

Grand Chancellor

Alexander F. Moonie

First Grand Sojourner

Pringle Johnstone

Second Grand Sojourner

Walter A. Archibald

Third Grand Sojourner

George L.C. Connor

Grand Sword-bearer

Ian H. Duncan

Grand Director of Ceremonies

Gordon D. Ross

Depute Grand Director of Ceremonies

Gary D. Smith

Grand Superintendent of Works

I. Gordon C. Smith

First Grand Standard-bearer

James F. Hendry

Second Grand Standard-bearer

Narek Bido

Third Grand Standard-bearer

David Innes

Fourth Grand Standard-bearer

Malcolm C. MacRae

Grand Organist

Gordon McConnell

Depute Grand Organist

Bruce Erskine

Grand Piper

David J. Wemyss

Grand Steward

John D. Reekie

Grand Steward

James M. Sneddon

Grand Steward

William A. McLarty

Grand Steward

Roderick J. Hill

Grand Steward

Brian McSkimming

Grand Steward

James A. Brown

Grand Steward

John Dadds

Grand Steward

Clark Wilson

Grand Janitor

Living Past First Grand Principals

John Alexander Fraser

First Grand Principal ​​
2009 - 2018

Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont

First Grand Principal
2004 - 2009

The Rt. Hon. Andrew Douglas Alexander Thomas Bruce

11th Earl of Elgin and 15th Earl of Kincardine, KT, CD, JP, DL
First Grand Principal
1970 - 2004

Living Past Depute First Grand Principals

James G. Turnbull

Depute First Grand Principal​
2020 -2023

J. Stewart Wood

Depute First Grand Principal​
2019 - 2022

Douglas T. Philand

Depute First Grand Principal​
2017 - 2019

William L. McEwan

Depute First Grand Principal​
2015 - 2017

George G. Alexander

Depute First Grand Principal
2013 - 2015

Depute First Grand Principal

David A.C. Niven

Second Grand Principal ​

John N. Steel

Third Grand Principal

Ernest Yong

Grand Scribe E.

Douglas W. Duncan

Depute Grand Scribe E.

John A. Anderson

Grand Scribe N.

Eric J. Ramsay

Grand Treasurer

Alan Buntain

Grand Recorder

William Annand

Grand Chancellor

Michael A. Stephen

First Grand Sojourner

Alexander F. Moonie

Second Grand Sojourner

Pringle Johnstone

Third Grand Sojourner

Walter A. Archibald

Grand Sword-bearer

George L.C. Connor

Ian H. Duncan

Grand Director of Ceremonies

Gordon D. Ross

Depute Grand Director of Ceremonies

Grand Superintendent of Works

Gary D. Smith

First Grand Standard-bearer

I. Gordon C. Smith

Second Grand Standard-bearer

James F. Hendry

Narek Bido

Third Grand Standard-bearer

David Innes

Fourth Grand Standard-bearer

Grand Organist (Ex)

Malcolm C. MacRae

Depute Grand Organist (Ex)

Gordon McConnell

Grand Piper (Ex)

Bruce Erskine

Grand Steward (Ex)

David J. Wemyss

Grand Steward (Ex)

John D. Reekie

Grand Steward (Ex)

James M. Sneddon

Grand Steward (Ex)

William A. McLarty

Grand Steward (Ex)

Roderick J. Hill

Grand Steward (Ex)

Brian McSkimming

Grand Steward (Ex)

James A. Brown

Grand Steward (Ex)

John Dadds

Grand Janitor (Ex)

Clark Wilson
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