The Woodforde Family
The family research of Adolphus Woodford
The Revd Adolphus Woodford
He later joined the Lodge of Antiquity,
and from that point his Masonic career flourished, becoming Deputy Master
of Antiquity in 1878 under the Duke of Albany, and Masonic Grand Chaplain
of England in 1863 to which he was appointed by the Earl of Zetland. He preached
his initial oration as Grand Chaplain on “The Dignity of the Order and
the Principles of Freemasonry” at the laying of the foundation stone of
the new Freemasons Hall in the same year.
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The Revd Adolphus Woodford was a frequent contributor to the Masonic press under the non-de-plume of `Masonic Student’. An enthusiastic writer, he edited both `The Freemason’ (1879-1885) and `The Masonic Magazine’ (1873-1882). His essay on "The Connection of York with the History of Freemasonry in England," published in Brother Hughan's Unpublished Records of the Craft, was written in 1871.
He compiled Kenning’s Cyclopaedia of Freemasonry in 1878, edited the Sloane Mss No.3329 (1879) and wrote `A Defence of Masonry’ in 1874. He was a founder-member of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge in 1886 and gave an oration at its consecration, but died in the following year.
He died on 23 December 1887. It would seem that despite his high standing as a Masonic thinker and writer he had fallen on hard times as his estate was valued at only approximately £30.00. His library of Masonic literature was bequeathed to the freemasons. He was buried at the South Metropolitan Cemetery in West Norwood. He was succeeded by his sons, though little is known about them.
John Seed, “Woodford-Progenitor of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No.2076” in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, The Transactions of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No.2076, pp 118-128, 1980.
wish to record my gratitude to the late Stan Vaughan, a former member
of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, for verifying much of this information
regarding Revd Adolphus Woodford.