Ill. Brother Isaac Auld Timeline
By: Ill. Bro. McDonald “Don” Burbidge, 33°
Illustrious Brother Isaac Auld’s parents were born in
Scotland, immigrated to France, and then moved onto the United States of America
settling at Norristown, Pennsylvania. The exact date of Brother Jacob Auld birth
and entrance to this country is unknown but what is known is that Jacob and
Lydia had one son born who they named Isaac Auld.
Brother Jacob Auld was a member of “Old Lodge No. 8” of
Pennsylvania, which held it’s meeting in the courthouse at Norristown.
Records show that Jacob Auld was Adjunct of the Sixth
Battalion of Associates in Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. His name
appears in the list of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania taxable for 1779. Jacob
Auld also was a member of Montgomery County’s first Grand Jury on December 28,
1784 and was also was Excise Tax Collector for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
In 1793-1794, Jacob Auld is shown as holding warrants to
1200 acres of land in nearby Luzern County, Pennsylvania. It is known that Jacob
Auld, like thousands of others, known to be followers of the Stuart
“Contenders”, fled from Scotland, stopped in France for a while and then
proceeded to America.
Ill. Bro. Isaac Auld was born on February 25, at Norristown,
Pennsylvania to Jacob and Lydia Auld.
Isaac Auld became a Mason on August 18 at “Old Lodge No. 8,” which
was the same lodge that his father was a member of.
Isaac Auld and Miss Frances Miot are married whom he first met at
Dock Street Theater in Charleston, South Carolina it was love at first sight.
1801 Brother Auld is listed as the Grand Secretary of the Sublime Grand Lodge of Perfection on September 23.
Dr. Auld is elected the 65th member of the South Carolina Medical
Listed under “People and Professions of Charleston, South
Carolina for the year 1782-1802” will be found the following: Profession s most
often listed was physicians 2% of Charleston population and also listed was
this, ”Dalcho & Auld, Apothecaries, 132 East Bay Street.”
May 31, Dr. Isaac Auld is listed as a founding member of the first Supreme Council for the Scottish Rites, which is originated in Charleston, South Carolina along with following;
Col. John Mitchell,
Sov. Grand Commander
Dr. Fredrick Dalcho, Lt. Grand Commander
Emanuel de La Motta,
Treasurer General of the Holy Empire
Secretary General of the Holy Empire
Major T.B. Bowen,
Grand Master of Ceremonies
Israel de Lieben,
Sov Gr Inspector-General
Dr. Isaac Auld, Sov Gr Inspector-General
Moses C. Levy, Sov
Dr. James Moultrie, Sov Gr Inspector-General
March 21, Ill. Bro. Frederick Dalcho delivered an “Oration”
before the Sublime Grand Lodge of Masons in Charleston, South Carolina. Ill.
Bro. Frederick Dalcho at the time was the Inspector General and Grand Master of
the Sublime Grand lodge of South Carolina and Isaac Auld was the Sovereign Grand
Inspector General at the time. At the end of this “Oration” two Anthems were
sung. Anthem one was written by Brother Thomas Dunkerly then Brother Isaac Auld,
Grand Inspector General, wrote Grand Commander of the Knights of K.H. AnthemII.
Jacob Auld (Isaac Auld’s father) died in Norristown Pennsylvania on
December 12, and is buried in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
During the War of 1812 Dr. Auld is given the rank of an Officer in
the militia located on Edisto Island. He was responsible for two fortifications
of defense while in this office.
April 12, Dr. Auld attends a meeting at Columbia University, New
York, for a College of Physicians and Surgeons. He leaves Charleston to settle
at Edisto Island.
June 8, Dr. Isaac Auld returns to Charleston to
take up his practice once again. He makes known his return in an announcement of
the Charleston Courier to resume his practice. His doctor’s office is now
located at No. 15 St. Philip’s Street which was the late residence of A.
1822 February, Upon Ill. Brother Frederick Dalcho’s resignation as it’s Grand Commander
Dr. Auld issued a new Letters of Constitution for the
Council of Princes of Jerusalem at Charleston, inactive since the fire of 1819.
It was issued to Illustrious Brothers Moses Holbrook, Horatio Gates Street,
Alexander McDonald, Robert Carr, and Joseph McCosh. Dr. Auld signed this
document as Acting Grand Commander, and it was signed also by Dr. James Moultrie
as Acting Lieutenant Grand Commander, and by Moses Clava Levy as the Treasurer
November 15 in a meeting Dr. Isaac Auld along with
other members of the Supreme Council elected Dr. Moses Holbrook and Horatio
Gates Street as new members to the Supreme Council. Two days later they meet
again to elect Brother Alexander McDonald and Joseph McCosh to the same
Ill. Brother Isaac Auld succeed Ill. Brother Frederick Dalcho after
he resigns from the Grand Lodge and becomes the new Grand Commander of the
Supreme Council in Charleston in Dr. Auld as Grand Commander, the Supreme
Council at Charleston begun to turn its attention to John Fowler who had wrote
to Dalcho expressing his desires to open a 33rd Degree in Ireland. A
letter was written to John Fowler inquiring if he was still interested. John
Fowler wrote back that he was still anxious but since the Duke of Leinster,
Grand Master of Free Masons of Ireland had appointed him his Deputy Grand Master
he thought it proper to appoint the Grand Duke with this title instead. John
also suggested that he be appointed the title of Lieutenant General of the Grand
Commander instead. John Fowler suggestion to Isaac Auld was carried out with the
necessary documents being sent to him.
1824 August 13 Dr. Auld issues a letter of
patent on August 13 to the Duke of Leinster as Grand Commander, John Fowler as
Lieutenant Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree for
Ireland, and Thomas McGill as Treasurer General.
Dr. Auld had writes Joel R. Poinsett to advise him of his election as
an honorary member of the Agricultural Society.
The membership of the Supreme Council stood as follows at the close of the year:
ISSAC AULD, Grand Commander, Moses Holbrook,
Lieutenant Grand Commander, James Moultrie, Secretary General, M. C.
Levy, Treasurer General, Horatio G. Street, Alexander McDonald, Joseph
McCosh, John Barker, Joseph Eveleth (Massachusetts), John Roche, Giles F. Yates,
(New York), Frederick Dalcho, Past Grand Commander
1826 Dr. Isaac Auld passed away at his resident on Edisto Island on October 17, 1826 at the age of 52 from Country fever which he contacted when he caught a heavy rain shower while showing his friend Mr. Hardy of Pennsylvania his field of long staple cotton. He is buried at the Episcopal church on Eddingsville, located on Edisto Island (located about 70 miles from Charleston) and about 0.5 miles off the mainland which was later washed away during a violet hurricane storm in the late 1880’s. Mr. Hardy also passes away three days after Dr. Auld.
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