Rowland Gardiner ALSTON 
- Born: 1 Mar 1812, Marylebone London MDX
- Died: 24 Apr 1882, Pangbourne aged 70
- Buried: 28 Apr 1882, Brompton Cemetery LND
ALSTON (ROWLAND GARDINER), I s. Rowland, of St. Marylebone, London, arm. Christ Church Coll., matric. 25 May 1830, aged 18, B.A. 1834.
Alston Rowland Gardiner B.A. Christ Church Oxford, eldest son of late M.P. for Herts. Is living abroard.
Ref: Eton School Lists. NZSOG.
Rowland was D.L. for Herts. May be refered to on A2A - Alston - Library of Freemasonary Ref HC
The Times, Wednesday, Aug 02, 1837; pg. 6; Issue 16484; col A
From the LONDON GAZETTE, Tuesday, Aug 1. Crown-Office, July 31.
Members of Parliament: Hertford: Rowland Alston, of Pishiobury
(Placement here uncertain 2004)
Grand Dinner At the Mansion House To The Freemasons.
On Friday the Lord Mayor gave a splendid entertainment to the Masters and Principal Officers of the Freemasons of England. . . . . . A great number of guests appeared in Masonic costume and the scene in the Egyptian Hall was extremely splendid . . . . . the tables were furnished with the most delicious viands, to which ample justice was done by the guests. Amongst the company were . . . . . R.G.Alston Esq., . . . . . (Rowland was amoungst the short list of those named)
Ipswich Journal 6 July 1850.
Copied from: Slave Ownership Compensation Claim Parliamentary Papers p. 50. T71/867
"The following information was sent by Susan Snell of the Museum of Freemasonry in London; some may apply to Rowland Alston? the father not Rowland Gardiner Alston (q.v.) the son. Rowland Gardner Alston, born 7 June 1782. Lived at Pishiobury, Sawbridgeworth. Died 21 November 1865. Ensign in 30th Regiment of Foot. MP for Hertfordshire 1835-1841.
Masonic career - Craft (Lodge freemasonry); initiated 7 August 1832 Stortford Lodge, No. 409, in which he became Worshipful Master (W.M.) in 1834; 16 May 1836 joined Angel Lodge, No. 51, Colchester; 9 June 1836 joined Lodge of Friendship, No. 6, London in which he became Worshipful Master in 1845, 1846, and 1853. 1835 Appointed Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England and Wales; 1836 Appointed Provincial Grand Master for Essex, resigning in 1854.
Masonic career - Royal Arch (Chapter freemasonry); 26 November 1833 Exalted in Mount Lebanon Chapter, No. 630, (now Salisbury Chapter, No. 435); 23 May 1845 joined Chapter of Friendship, No. 6, in which he served as Z (equivalent of W.M.) in 1848, 1849 and 1850. 1835 Appointed Assistant Grand Sojourner in Supreme Grand Chapter of England and Wales. 1836 Appointed Grand Superintendent for Essex. 1845 Appointed 3rd Grand Principal in Supreme Grand Chapter of England and Wales, resigning in 1854."
England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Hertfordshire.
Alston R.G. Sawbridgeworth 2a 2r 16p gross estimated rental value. L5/0s/0.
On the 24th inst. at Pangbourn in his 71st year Rowland Gardiner eldest son of the late Rowland Alston Esq.
Alstoniana Pg 372
Rowland Gardiner Alston
Birth year 1812
Burial date 28 Apr 1882
Residence Pangbourne County Middlesex
Document type Burials Burial number(s) 111107 Burial register number 111107
Piece description Brompton Cemetery burial register no. 78, references 110863-112334
Records year range 1882-1882
Archive reference WORK 97/145
Record set Middlesex, Brompton Cemetery Records
1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, 45 Harley St St Marylebone MDX. Rowland is described as a son unmarried aged 39 born Marylebone