Appointment of Inspector General Designate in Charge.

The Supreme Council 33° of England and Wales and its Districts and Chapters Overseas have announced the appointment of Illustrious Brother Alexander Sillars McLaren 32° as Inspector General Designate in Charge of the North East Lancashire District. The appointment is retrospective to 24th December 2020.

Alexander Sillars Mclaren

Alex was born near Edinburgh in 1951. He graduated with an Honours Degree in Engineering, then moved first to the London area and then north to Manchester, where he joined an IT Company. He worked in that sector until he retired  from his Operations Directorship in 2006.

He is married to Leslie and they have three children and two grandchildren. The eldest Chris is the flight test engineer for the Eurofighter; Lynsey is a secondary school teacher of English and Languages and Katie is an Operations Manager at an Academy. Leslie and Alex enjoy travel and have visited most of the major cities in Europe plus Japan, Borneo, South America, USA, Canada, South Africa.

Alex played all sport at school and University and carried on with several of them after graduation He played football in the South East Lancashire League and the Lancashire League until his early to mid- thirties when he started playing golf.

Alex was Initiated, Passed and Raised in Lennox Lodge No 1061 (Scottish Constitution) in 1973. After moving south he joined Charity Lodge No 3342 in Rochdale and was WM of that Lodge in 1989. He was Treasurer of the Lodge from 1992.He held several Provincial Offices and was Appointed as an APGM in 2009. He was appointed as an Acting Junior Grand Deacon in UGLE in 2010 and Promoted to Past Senior Grand Deacon in 2012.

He has had an active career in Royal Arch and was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer in Supreme Grand Chapter in 2009. 

Alex is currently Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire in the Mark Degree and the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners. He is a Trustee of the Mark Benevolent Fund.

He is a Past District Grand Prefect in the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees, holding the office for some eight years and is a member of the Grand Master’s Executive.

He is a Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Royal Order of Scotland in the Province of Cheshire.

He is also a member and in most cases holds Grand Rank in Knights Templar, Scottish Masters and a Knight Beneficent of the Holy City, Red Cross of Constantine, Royal & Select Masters and the Masonic Order of Athelstan.

Other groups include the Order of the Silver Trowel and the Excellent Master’s Degree; as well a member of the Grand Master’s Witan!

Last but not least, he was perfected in Rochdale St Chads Chapter Rose Croix in 1996 and was Most Wise Sovereign in 2007. He is DC of Rose of Lahore Chapter and a Past MWS of Donald Maitland Davies Chapter. He was Appointed Inspector General Designate in Charge for the North East District of Lancashire in March 2021, retrospective to the 24th December 2020.

He received his 30th degree in 2010, his 31st in 2018 and his 32nd, by Patent, in April 2021.

He has been invited to attend Duke St in July to receive the 33rd Degree, COVID permitting.

The members of the Chapters of the District are more than pleased at the appointment of Alex as their Inspector General and look forward to many years of his leadership.

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