It is interesting to note, on June 16th, 1922, more than one thousand Masons assembled at St. Johns Cemetery for the unveiling of William Mercer Wilson’s granite monument, above his last resting place. On August 18th, 2013, plan on attending and be part of Masonic history. All Mason, including their family and friends are invited to attend this historical event.
William Mercer Wilson
"One of the most prominent Canadian figures of his time. Attained great eminence in political, military, municipal, legal and Masonic circles. Born in Scotland in 1813. Came to Canada in 1832. Was appointed a commissioner to hold courts of justice in the Talbot District in 1834. Took a leading part in quelling the Rebellion of 1837-8, being cavalry commander at Simcoe with the rank of captain. In 1840 was appointed public notary and registrar of the Surrogate Court. The same year he was admitted as a Mason at St. John's and in 1842 became Master of the Lodge, a post he held at intervals for ten years. Five years later was enrolled as a Royal Arch. Mason, and in 1857 was entered in the Supreme Grand Chapter of Masons. In 1873 was elected first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada. Received the degree of barrister-at-law from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1852. Later was appointed County Crown Attorney for Norfolk and finally County Judge in 1868, succeeding William Salmon. Was active in municipal affairs, being councillor and reeve in Simcoe town council, and Warden of Norfolk. Retired from militia in 1869 with rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Died during his eleventh year as Grand Master, 16th January, 1875, in his 62nd year."