Dr. David Harrison

Dr. David Harrison is a UK based Masonic historian and archaeologist who has written eight books on the history of Freemasonry, and contributed many papers and articles on the subject to various journals and magazines. His work appears in Philalethes MagazineFreemasonry TodayMQ MagazineThe Square, Knight Templar MagazineHeredom, and New Dawn Magazine. Harrison has also appeared on TV and radio providing expertise and insight into the subject of Freemasonry.

Having gained his PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2008, which focused on the development of English Freemasonry.  His thesis was subsequently published in March 2009 as a book entitled The Genesis of Freemasonry. A follow-up work entitled The Transformation of Freemasonry was published the following year. Both works received critical acclaim. His next work -a book which dealt with the Liverpool Masonic Rebellion and the Wigan Grand Lodge was published in 2012, followed by A Quick Guide to Freemasonry which was published in November 2013. A fifth book on the York Grand Lodge was published in 2014, and his latest work Freemasonry and Fraternal Societies was published in 2015. There was the York Masonic Guide published with Lewis Masonic in 2016, a biography of industrialist and merchant Christopher Rawdon in the same year, and this year Harrison’s latest book The Lost Rites and Rituals of Freemasonry will be published. Dr. Harrison’s books will be available for purchase at the 2017 Summer International Masonic Workshop.

Dr. Harrison is a member of the Lodge of Lights in West Lancashire under the UGLE. After completing his first degree in history and archaeology at the University of Wales in 1997, Harrison worked as an archaeologist, most notably on ancient Roman sites around Chester and Halewood in Liverpool. More recently he has taken an interest in industrial archaeology, in particular supporting the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels in Liverpool.