Regalia Of Lord Carrington

Contributed by: Museum of Freemasonry

Masonic Regalia of Lord Carrington Personal Standard of Lord Garringtion
  • Australian dress register ID:

  • Owner:

    Museum of Freemasonry
  • Date range:

    1888 - 1890
  • Place of origin:

  • Gender:

[Collapse all]

Object information

Significance statement

Lord Carrington was the force that gathered Freemasonry into New South Wales into one cohesive group. At that time he was also Governor of New South Wales.

The regalia is a beautiful work of art of some significance due to the skill of the work undertaken and even more so when considered that this was all done by hand. His personal Standard is all hand painted on silk.

Author: , .


Lord Carrington was the first Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales (Freemasons). He came to Australia to be the Governor of New South Wales and while filling that role he also became the head of all the Freemasons in the state.

Before this time there was no single Masonic authority in New South Wales but he was able to use his influence to bring these carious separate entities together under one body. There were said to be over 4000 freemasons present at his Installation ceremony.

History and Provenance

Births, deaths, marriages, children or family information

Lord Lincolnshire married the Hon. Cecilia Margaret Harbord, daughter of Charles Harbord, 5th Baron Suffield, in 1878.

They had one son and five daughters. His only son, Albert Edward Charles Robert Wynn Carrington, Viscount Wendover (1895-1915), was killed in the First World War.[3] Lord Lincolnshire died in June 1928, aged 85, when the marquessate, earldom and viscountcy became extinct. He was succeeded in the baronies of Carrington by his younger brother, Rupert Carrington, 4th Baron Carrington.

The Marchioness of Lincolnshire died in October 1934, aged 78.

How does this garment relate to the wider historical context?

Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire KG, GCMG, PC, DL, JP (16 May 1843-13 June 1928), known as the Lord Carrington from 1868 to 1895 and as the Earl Carrington from 1895 to 1912, was a British Liberal politician and aristocrat.

Lord Lincolnshire sat in the House of Commons as a Liberal for High Wycombe from 1865 until he succeeded his father in 1868. He served under William Ewart Gladstone as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms from 1881 to 1885 and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1881. He was Governor of New South Wales between 1885 and 1890 and was appointed a GCMG in June 1885. He again held office under Gladstone and later Lord Rosebery as Lord Chamberlain of the Household from 1892 to 1895. The latter year he was created Viscount Wendover, of Chepping Wycombe in the County of Buckingham, and Earl Carrington. After the Liberals returned to power in 1905 he served as President of the Board of Agriculture between 1905 and 1911 and as Lord Privy Seal between 1911 and 1912, with a seat in the cabinet in Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith's ministries. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1906 and in 1912 he was further honoured when he was made Marquess of Lincolnshire

This garment has been exhibited

The garment is on permanent exhibition in the Museum of Freemasonry, 279 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. 2000 NSW, Australia

Trimmings / Decoration

The apron and gauntlet are all of a dark blue ribbon material whilst the design is embroidered in gold bullion thread.


Dark blue ribbon


Gold bullion braiding around whole


Embroidered design in gold bullion thread

Fibre / Weave

Overall colour in dark blue ribbon.

Ribbon material has gold bullion embroidered symbols of Freemasonry the centre of the apron is white lambskin.

  1. Natural dye
  2. Synthetic dye


  1. Hand sewn
  2. Machine sewn
  3. Knitted
  4. Other


  1. Bias
  2. Straight


Apron is fastened around the waist with a belt of blue ribbon and attached with the standard snake hook used on Masonic regalia

  1. Hook and eye
  2. Lacing
  3. Buttons
  4. Zip
  5. Drawstring

Dress Themes

This regalia is worn by the Grand Master on all formal Masonic occasions. He is also preceded by his Standard whenever at a formal Masonic function.



  1. Excellent
  2. Good
  3. Fair
  4. Poor
[Collapse all]