A Brief History
The first meeting to organize a Class of Instruction for the Bangor District was held on the 28th April 1944. To become a member was by invitation only, and you had to be proposed and seconded by members of the Class. The first class was held on Wednesday 4th October 1944 and the fee was 10 Shillings per person.
The following Brethren were present:
VW.Bro. W. R. Cooper Belfast W.Bro. H. J. Watterson 337
W.Bro. Devenney Holywood Bro.H.J.Watterson Jnr 337
W.Bro. J. Agnew Jnr 746 Bro. J. T. Hamilton 337
V.W.Bro. Sheenan 746 Bro. J. B. Ritchie 337
Bro. W. C. Neill 746 Bro. L. Mark 337
Bro. J. L. Elliott 746
Bro. H. C. Scott W.M 746 W.Bro. N. Cross W.M 284
Bro. H. G. Smith 746 W.Bro. J. Smyth 284
Bro. W. S. Price 746 W.Bro. W. H. Robinson 284
W.Bro. G. Cairns 462 Bro. R. Lawther 170
W.Bro. W. J. McDowell 462 Bro. G. W. Cauley 170
Bro. R. Hall 462 Bro. G. Bannish 170
Bro. G. McCartney 564 Bro. G. McClure 286
Bro. J. Halliday 430 Bro. J. McQuoid 486
Bro. F. Russell 474 Bro. J. W. Boyd 284
Chairman W.M N. Cross 284
Secretary/Treasurer W.Bro. J. W. Boyd 284
Class Leader W.Bro. J. Smyth 284
Some Previous Class Members
James Smyth joined the Bangor Class in Oct 1944
Right Worshipful Brother James Smyth of Lodge 284, was the first Class Leader, he was appointed Assistant Grand Secretary for the Grand Lodge of Instruction in 1953 and in 1976-1978 he was elected Grand Secretary for the Grand Lodge of Instruction.
Richard E. Gray joined the Bangor Class in Oct 1946
Right Worshipful Brother Richard E. (Reg) Gray of Bangor Union Masonic Lodge 746 joined the Class in October 1946. He was an active member of the Bangor Class until his passing away. Right Worshipful Brother Gray became Provincial Grand Master of Down in 1986-1991. He later became a member of the Supreme Council of Ancient Accepted Rite for Ireland and received the 33rd Degree.
James E. McKeag joined the Bangor Class in Oct 1952
Right Worshipful Brother James E. McKeag joined the Class in October 1952. He became Deputy leader of the Bangor Class in 1957 and shared joint leadership of the class with Right Worshipful Brother James Smyth from 1964. He was class leader until 1991. Right Worshipful Brother McKeag was elected Assistant Grand Secretary for The Grand Lodge of Instruction from 1988 until his death in December 2000. He was elected Provincial Deputy Grand Master of Down in 1991.