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The Duke of Connaught
1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
The third and last surviving son of Queen Victoria, H.R.H. the Duke of
Connaught and Strathearn was born on May 1st, 1850 on the 81st birthday
of the Duke of Wellington, one of his godfathers from whom he took his
first name, Arthur.
Arthur was named Duke of Connaught in 1874 or more precicely, " the
1st Duke of Connaught and Strathern."
Duke was no stranger to Canada. He served with the Royal Marines in
Montreal in 1870 and took part in the suppression of the Red river
uprising of that year. Port Arthur, Ontario was named in his honour and
in 1890, he travelled across Canada on his return journey from India.
When the Duke of Connaught took office as Canada's tenth Governor
General in 1911, he became the first member of the Royal House to occupy
that post which he faithfully served until 1916.
The Duke of Connaught was a dedicated Freemason and served as Grand
Master of the United Grand Lodge of England from 1901 to 1939
Lodge was named after the Duke of Connaught in honour of his official
visit to Canada in 1912 as Governor General.