SKENE, JOHN [SSNE 6625]

Surname
SKENE
First name
JOHN

Text source

John Skene was a Freemason Burgess from Aberdeen. After being admitted a burgess in 1659, he studied at Marischal College between 1662-3. He later emmigrated to West Jersey with his family in 1682 and is hailed as the first freemason to become a citizen of the Western Hemisphere. Skene went on to become Deputy Governor for West Jersey from 1685 until his death in 1690

F.L. Pick and G. Norman Knight, The Pocket History of Freemasonry' (London, 1992 edition), p.279; D. Stevenson, The First Freemasons: Scotland's Early Lodges and their Members (Aberdeen, 1988), pp.128, 116.

Service record

AMERICAN COLONIES, NEW JERSEY
Capacity MASON, ARTISAN, purpose TRADE