Brian Ward Price was born in 1942 in London, where his father was serving with the Air Ministry.
However, his roots have so far been traced back to the late 16th Century in Devon, Shropshire,
Worcestershire and Yorkshire. His family spent some years in India, but eventually settled in
Harrogate in 1954 where he was educated at Harrogate Grammar School.
After University in Manchester, he worked briefly as an industrial chemist in the textile industry, but in 1963 joined the Royal Air Force as a Supply Officer.
Over the years he also became an air transport specialist, an operations research analyst and computer modeller, and a Management Consultant in various Information Technology fields.
He held corporate Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellowship of the Institute of Management.
His Air Force career, lasting nearly 34 years, took him not only to many parts of the United Kingdom but also to Malaya, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Germany with a final tour working with NATO and the European Community in Belgium.
He was appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1992 and retired from the RAF in 1997.
He now lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with his wife Julia, a retired Junior School Teacher, whom he married in 1968. They have two children, Owen, (born 1971), and Eleanor, (born 1975); both are graduates and Owen is a Chemical Engineer and Eleanor is a doula and mother to Brian and Julia's three grandchildren.
His hobbies and interests, besides Freemasonry, have included Gliding, Flying, instructing scouts, and genealogy, archaeology, classical music, walking, camping, and travel
He was initiated in The Spa Lodge, No 7609 in Harrogate, on 17 June 70 when his father was Junior Warden and was installed as WM In October 1978.
While working in London, he joined the Royal Air Force Lodge, No 7335 in London in 1973 and served as WM 1981-82 and as Treasurer 1986-93. Between 1982 and 1986 RAF duty took him to the United States where he became a member of Fairborn Lodge No. 764 under the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
Later still in the 1990s, RAF duty took him to Belgium where he joined Chevalier Ramsay Lodge No. 4 under the Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium serving as its Director of
Ceremonies - an interesting office with members of a dozen or more nationalities, most without English as their first language and working an American ritual.
He received the Provincial ranks of Past Assistant Grand Registrar (1988) and Past Junior Grand Warden (2000), in the Province of Yorkshire (West Riding) and London Grand Rank in 1990.
He was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2010. He has a keen interest in Masonic history and has been a Member of the Correspondence Circle of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 since 1971, and was elected a full member of that lodge in 2010 and WM in 2016-17.
Historical works include a History of his Mother Lodge to celebrate its 50-years in 2008, and he lectures on a wide variety of Masonic subjects. Recent speaking engagements include the UGLE Tercentenary Conference in Cambridge and the Opening Keynote Address at the Caribbean and Western Atlantic Regional Tercentenary Celebrations in Jamaica in 2017.
In the Royal Arch, he was exalted in November 1976 in The Spa Royal Arch Chapter No 7609, Harrogate serving as its First Principal in 1990-91, and as Director of Ceremonies 1997-2011.
He has represented the Chapter on the Leeds and District Royal Arch Council since 1997 serving as President in 2010-11 and Treasurer from 2007 until today. During another period of RAF duty in London, he joined the Royal Air Force Chapter No. 7335 in 1990 and has served three times as First Principal (1991-92, 2008-09, and 2019-20 although the Coronavirus Pandemic might well extend his current term for a second year.).
He received the Provincial ranks of Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (1996), Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer (1997), and Past Grand Scribe Nehemiah (2002) in the Provincial Grand Chapter of Yorkshire (West Riding), London Grand Chapter Rank (1998), Senior London Grand Chapter Rank in 2010 and Grand Sword Bearer of the London
Metropolitan Grand Chapter in 2011. In the 1980s RAF service took him to the United States and it was his association with Rabboni Chapter No. 232 Fairborn, under the Supreme Grand Chapter of Ohio that the differences between Masonic Constitutions started to become obvious; in particular Royal Arch membership in the USA, as in Scotland, requires possession of the Mark and Excellent Master or Most Excellent Master degrees which, in England are part of the Order of Royal and Select Masters. His masonic knowledge consequently broadened considerably.
He lectures on several Royal Arch subjects and compiled the history of The Spa Chapter to commemorate its 50 years in 2013.
Other Degrees and Orders.
His RAF duties brought into contact with many other forms of Freemasonry - many of a very different character to the 'normal' English pattern which also showed how much changed in England as a result of the Union of 1813. This illustrated only too well the impact on global Freemasonry that Military organisations still have today - although to a much lesser extent than in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries during the heyday of Military Travelling lodges.
His interest in Military and Chivalric history naturally fuelled an attraction to Chivalric and Military Orders of Freemasonry and he is a member of the Ancient and Accepted Rite (Rose Croix), The United Orders (Knights Templar and Knights of Malta), the Order of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom, The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, and the Order of Knights Beneficent of the Holy City within the Rectified Scottish Rite. In most of these he holds Grand Rank.
Through deployment on military duties where he was stationed remote from his usual Yorkshire-based English masonry, his Freemasonry came to embrace Mark, The Order of Royal and Select Masters and the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees, but his historical interests show very clearly how these all had their base within Eighteenth Century Antients workings.
In most Orders he currently holds office and has been honoured with active Provincial or Grand Rank with particular recognition in the Allied Order as Deputy Grand Master in 2008-10 and Grand Historiographer since that date. This all illustrates a 50-year career of a globe-trotting Brother with a rather diverse pattern of activity in 5
different constitutions over which, including some 38 honorary memberships, brought membership of over 70 different masonic units including some in America, Belgium, Caribbean Islands, France, Germany, Guyana, India, and South Africa, as well as the British Isles; it is not surprising he is currently in his 27th Chair.
A brief resume of Brian's involvement with other orders and degrees may be of interest as they illustrate a slightly unusual masonic career, and they have a significant bearing on the extensive range of lectures for which he is well known. Active ranks are shown in Bold Type.
Mark. He received his mark in 1982 in Rabboni Chapter No. 232 Fairborn, under the Supreme
Grand Chapter of Ohio, and joined Knaresborough Castle Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 768 in 1999, and served as Master in 2011-12. In 2007 he became a founder member of Joey Dunlop Lodge No. 1881, the first Mark Master Masons Lodge for Motor Cyclists, occupied the Chair in 2009-10 and is currently Director of Ceremonies. His service to Mark Masonry was recognised with an appointmentas Past Provincial Junior Grand Overseer in West Yorkshire in 2013 and Provincial Grand Master Overseer in Leicestershire and Rutland in 2013 followed by Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2019.
Ancient and Accepted Rite. Brian's interest in Chivalric and Military Freemasonry took him towards such Orders early on in his career. He was admitted a member of the Ancient and Accepted Rite in Harrogate Rose Croix Chapter No 355 in 1974, serving as Sovereign 1991-92 and as DC from 2006- 14. He received the 30th Degree in 1992, 31st Degree in 2005, and 32nd Degree in 2012 and is currently prelate in Harrogate Chapter.
United Orders. In the United Orders, he was installed a Knight Templar and Knight of Malta in De Ros Preceptory No. 213, Harrogate in 1981, serving as Treasurer 1986-90, Preceptor and Prior 1992-93, Deputy Marshal (1996-2002), Marshal (2003-2006 and 2011-13). He served as Provincial Banner Bearer in the Province of West Yorkshire in 1996-97 and was honoured as Past Great Warden of Regalia in 2001. He was honoured with Honorary Membership of Nathaniel Greene Commandery No 81 KT, Xenia, Ohio, in 1982. He regularly lectures on KT subjects, is currently compiling the history of his Preceptory for its Centenary celebration in October 2020, and has recently completed the history of the United Orders for Great Priory.
Royal and Select Masters. His first contact with the Cryptic degrees was in his American Royal Arch Chapter where he received the Most Excellent Master degree in 1982 as a prior qualification for the Royal Arch. In this Order, his Mother Council is Wright Council No. 96 R&SM, Xenia, Ohio, USA.
He joined White Rose Council No. 17, in Harrogate, in 1985, served as Master in 1991-92 and 2018-19; Treasurer 1996-98, and DC from 1999-2005 and 2019-Date. He holds honorary membership in 10 English Councils. He served as Divisional Recorder for the North Eastern Division 1991-93, an interesting office in a Division extending from the River Humber to the Scottish border, relinquishing the appointment on Government assignment to Belgium. He was promoted to Cryptic Divisional Rank in 1993, served as Grand Sword Bearer in 1997, Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies (2000- 2002) and was promoted to Past Grand Lecturer in 2004 and Past Grand Councillor in 2010. He researched and published the Centenary History of White Rose Council No. 17 in 1999.
Allied Masonic Degrees. His first connection with the Allied degrees was in his United States Knight Templar Commandery where he received the Red Cross Degree in 1982. On return to the United Kingdom he joined Prince Edward Council "G" in 1986 (now in Ripon), served as Master 1992-93, and Treasurer in 1996-97. He joined Centennial Council No. 100 in 1998 in London, and holds honorary membership in 22 English Councils, 2 in India and 4 in the South West Caribbean. He received Allied Divisional Rank in 1995, was appointed District Grand Prefect for Yorkshire in 1997, and served as an elected member of the Executive Committee and a Trustee of the Order until 2010. During 2008-10 he served as Deputy Grand Master and is currently Grand Historiographer.
He has lectured on a variety of Allied subjects and was appointed Freddie Smyth Lecturer for the Order in 2005, 2007, and 2012 and has researched and published the history of Prince Edward Council to commemorate working from 1799 to date. He is recently published a volume of 23 lectures on different aspects of Allied history which trace its origins from Antients Craft roots.
Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests. In the Order of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests,
he was admitted to Royal York Tabernacle No. 2, Harrogate, in 1988 and was a founder of Cliffe
Castle Tabernacle No. 201 at Keighley in 1997. He served as High Priest in 2000-2001 and has been Treasurer for the last 17 years! His services were recognised by successive promotions in Grand Ranks since 2003, currently holding the rank of Knight of Holy Wisdom. His research interests of relevance to this Order include an on-going study of the Lancashire and Yorkshire roots of the Priestly Order that formed an integral part of the Prince Edward Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees from 1819 to 1871.
Rectified Scottish Rite. In the Rectified Scottish Rite, he was admitted as a Scottish Master and
Scottish Master of St Andrew (SMSA) (4th Degree) 2008 St James's Lodge of Scottish Masters of St Andrew No 2, 2008, Consecrated as Squire Novice (5th Degree)and Commissioned Knight Beneficent of The Holy City (KBHC) (6th Degree) in the Prefectory of St George of London No. 1, 2008. He became a Founder Member of Constantine Lodge of Scottish Masters of St Andrew No. 13 in York in 2008, and Walsham How Lodge No. 18 in Morley in 2016 serving in a variety of offices in both Lodges and in the Prefecture of Brigantes. Further recognition came with appointments as Grand Banner Bearer of Grand Priory in 2015 and Past Deputy Great Herald in 2019.
Secret Monitor. In the Order of the Secret Monitor or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan he was
Inducted into Summus Conclave No. 3, in London in 2009 and Commissioned as a Supreme Ruler in 2015. He currently holds the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer.
Red Cross of Constantine. In the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine he
was Installed as a Knight-Companion in St Andrews Conclave No. 15 held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India) 6 May 2009. He served as Acting Consecrating Grand Sword Bearer, St Joseph Conclave No. 491, Grand Imperial Conclave of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine. (At Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India) in 2009. This was followed by installation as a Knight-Companion of the Holy Sepulchre and St John the Evangelist, St Helena Conclave, Harrogate 26 Apr 2011.