Robert Singleton was born in July of 1852 in Garstang, Lancashire, to Robert Clifton Singleton and his wife Susannah (nee Dickinson). He was the second of six children, having four brothers and a sister. On the 1861 census his mother is listed as an Innkeeper’s widow, so she was left with a very young family to tend to.
Sir Edward Temperley Gourley was Initiated into Palatine lodge on the 10th of October 1861. Little is known about his masonic career other than he sustained his membership over a number of decades; he never became Worshipful Master, so it is likely he enjoyed his time on the sidelines.
He was a notable ship owner and prominent Sunderland figure in the latter part of the 19th Century and was Knighted in 1895 for his political work.
The following is taken from our Volume II History book (1937) and is replicated, as written, here. A postface is added at the bottom to give a little further information.