Most Excellent Grand High Priest
|Biography: Barry Gillespie was the First Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Republic of Texas from 1841 to 1843.
Barry Gillespie (December 27, 1802 to May 7, 1851), Grand Lodge of Texas records show him to have been a Mason in Lafayette Lodge No. 60 in Tennessee. There is no record of his degree dates. From the previously cited newspaper articles Gillespie shows to have served as the Most Excellent High Priest of Lone Star Chapter No. 3 in Austin, Texas, prior to the Convention establishing the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the Republic of Texas.
Gillespie served as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest from 1841 to 1843, however there is no Grand Chapter record of his Capitular affiliation. A copy of his obituary from the Texas State Gazette has been included in vertical file in the Grand Lodge of Texas Library. Gillespie also served as Grand Master of Texas Masons in 1845.