Frederick Harrold, Mason

Author: Ros Clow
Date published: 03/01/2015

Frederick was born 20th June 1806, his baptism is in St John the Baptist Church records at Frome. He was the son of Henry and Esther Harrold. He had brothers Henry Augustus, John who died young, James and Edmund (transported to Tasmania in 1843) and sisters Henrietta and Maria. His father was an innkeeper and later wheelwright, coachmaker and landowner.

Frederick became a mason at the Zetland Lodge in Hong Kong. he joined the Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope on 7th November 1884, being a member of Zetland Lodge No 525 of Hong Kong (which is still going).

The Harrold lived on St John's Road in Newbury. Their house was called Kui Kiang, perhaps named after the port in China where frederick worked as a marine engineer before retiring at the age of 44. Kui Kiang was famous for rice exports and opium imports!

Sources:Brian Sylvester and Dianne Allen

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