R A Edgell

The Reverend Richard Arnold Edgell MA was the Founding Chaplain of the Lodge and Worshipful Deputy Master in 1919.

Edgell had been to Wellington in 1870, and was in the Hill. He was another of the eleven brethren of the Lodge over the years to be Head of College, this time in 1875. After leaving Wellington he went up to Univ, where he did “passably well” in maths and classics before hitting his stride and taking a first in Natural Sciences. He went to Westminster to teach and in 1892 took holy orders. He continued teaching, becoming headmaster of Leamington College in 1893, and Sywell House School in Llandudno, before departing academia and moving to Beckley as rector.

He was initiated into and was a past master of the White Horse of Kent Lodge No 1506. As a school master and later vicar, he, like his military brethren, was governed by his schools and parishes. Kent provided him with his mother lodge, the White Horse of Kent Lodge, and this survived his Westminster teaching days, but when he moved to Leamington and Llandudno it proved to be too far to travel so he joined Shakespeare Lodge No 284 in Leamington and then St Trillo Lodge No 2569 in Wales. He was also a Past Provincial Grand Chaplain in Warwickshire.