The Rise of Freemasonry

The Rise of Freemasonry By Fred L. Pick, P.A.G.D.C., Prov. G. Sec. Lancs. (E.D.),  P.M., Quatuor Coronati Lodge, 2076. & co-author of "The Pocket History of Freemasonry" with G. Norman Knight. Brethren often ask, “How old is Freemasonry?” and, in an attempt to answer that question, let us travel backward in time, afterwards retracing our steps. First, the backward journey: The English Craft Ritual in all its variations is founded on the Continue reading

The Silent Architect

The Silent Architect The following talk was delivered in the Sydney Lodge of Research on 19th May 1936, by Brother Rev. L.H. Purnell. First of all I want to say that about 85 years ago a man named Barclay went for a walk with his dog and a gun around the walls of Jerusalem, and when he got as far as the Damascus Gate he discovered that his dog was missing, and looking in every direction he began whistling for the dog without any success. He Continue reading

Origins of Early Freemasonry

Origins of Early Freemasonry Adapted by Norman McEvoy from a paper by Freddy Berdach SLGR, PPSGW (Middx)  Preface: This subject has been written and talked about for many years – and by many more eminent people than myself, but in this paper, I am hoping to show that speculative Freemasonry developed directly from the operative masons at a time when religious freedom was in danger. I think the key question is why should members of the Continue reading

Victory Postage Stamp

Solomon Lodge of Research No. 5986 P.O. Box 1262 Saskatoon SK S7K 3N9 The 1946 Victory Stamp Bro. R. J. Meek, Nelson Lodge, 23 Since England first issued postage stamps - the famous "Penny Blacks" - in 1840, only five special issues have ever been printed. It is singularly gratifying to the Fraternity that the "Victory Issue" put on sale last June in Gt. Britain contains much of Masonic interest. The 3 penny denomination of the Special Continue reading

Unlawful Societies Act

The Unlawful Societies Act of 1799     Adapted from a paper presented by R.W. Bro Wayne Anderson In the early years of Freemasonry, when there were many secret groups or societies working against the Crown of England. Parliament enacted the "Unlawful Societies Act” of 1799 banning all Secret Societies that required their members to take oaths. The primary objective of this Act was to suppress all secret activity that could involve the Continue reading

The Royal Society & Freemasonry

THE ROYAL SOCIETY AND FREEMASONRY Amended, in part, by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a Paper presented to the Victoria Lodge of Education and Research on November 21, 2006 by R. W. Bro. David Ritchie P.D.D.G.M (GLofBC&Y), Education Officer Discovery Lodge No. 149 GLofBC&Y. Some little time ago while I was reading a Masonic article in a non Masonic magazine I came across the following: “We know that the United Grand Lodge of England Continue reading

Tylers ; Operative & Speculative

TYLERS OPERATIVE AND SPECULATIVE by Bro. P.J. Adrian Origin of The Word Tyler Various dictionaries indicate that the spelling Tyler is simply an older form of the more modern Tiler. Freemasonry with its leaning towards antiquity has merely adopted the older spelling. The word tile is derived from the Latin Tegula and became in Old English Tigule. The word hele as used in our obligations is derived from the word helan in Old English with the Continue reading

Chronological History of Freemasonry & Related Events

To the Reader Over the past  10 years I have created a Chronological History of Freemasonry & Related Events utilizing any and all material that has come to my attention & I felt relevant to my purpose. The plan was & continues to be to include, not only distinctly Masonic Events but all other historical events of a Social ; Religious & Political nature that I saw to be relevant and could have had even a minimal affect on Continue reading

Royal Society & Freemasonry

THE ROYAL SOCIETY AND FREEMASONRY Presented to the Victoria Lodge of Education and Research on November 21, 2006 by R. W. Bro. David Ritchie P.D.D.G.M (GRBC&Y), Education Officer Discovery Lodge No. 149 Some little time ago while I was reading a Masonic article in a non Masonic magazine I came across the following: “We know that the United Grand Lodge of England has, up until a year ago, maintained that “Pure Ancient Freemasonry” Continue reading

A Study in Change

To the reader Quite recently I became the beneficiary of a small privately printed book titled  "it is not in the power of any man....." A Study in Change" by T.O. Haunch. M.A. Prestonian Lecturer 1972.  This book has made such an impression on me that I have decided to share it with the International Masonic Community and in, order to do, my wife Peggy & I have typed the book to make it available to you all.  One might say that was lot of Continue reading

Freemasony and Religion (A Legal Perspective)

FREEMASONRY AND RELIGION from a legal perspective  Freemasons' Hall in London is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England. It is a magnificent building comprising a Grand Temple, seventeen lodge rooms, a museum, library and offices. IN 1956, the Grand Lodge sought a reduction in the rates levied by the local authority, Holborn Borough Council, and relied on a statute which afforded relief to any non-profit organization "whose Continue reading

The Bible and The Craft

THE BIBLE AND THE CRAFT Development and Introduction of the Bible Into Freemasonry During a recent conversation, on Masonic matters, the comment was made to me that "the Bible and the Volume of the Sacred Law was not the same thing".  I confess that this comment surprised me as I had always considered them to be one and the same and indeed still do, in the same way that a Jew regards the Old Testament, a Mohammedan the Koran or a Hindu the Continue reading

The Craft and the Holy Royal Arch

  The ceremonies of the Craft, as we know them today, are the result of evolutionary changes that have occurred since the beginning of the 18th Century.   The two-degree system of Mediaeval Craft Masonry evolved into a three degree system during the 1720's, and the third Degree was well established by 1730.   It was perhaps inevitable that a further Degree would then emerge in which the lost secrets of the Third Continue reading

The Story Behind The Praying Hands

  Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children.   Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chorehe could find in the neighborhood.   Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of the elder children, Continue reading

The Origin of our Institution and Mediaeval Masonry

    Adapted by VW. Bro Norman McEvoy from a  paper by W. Bro. A. J. Chapman, P.M., 28th June, 1945.   It may be truthfully said that the beginnings of Freemasonry are unknown, and that the actual history of Freemasonry, as we know it today, can strictly be considered to commence only from that period which gives us reliable information by means of Lodge records. The earliest minute books relating to Scottish Masonry are Continue reading

On the State of Freemasonry

    taken from "The Spirit of Freemasonry" by William Hutchinson, 1775 At the Revolution in 1688, only seven Lodges were in existence, and of them there were but two that held their meetings regularly, and these were chiefly Operative.   This declension of the order may be attributed to the low scale of morality which distinguished the latter end of the seventeenth and the beginning of the eighteenth century. Continue reading

Looking to the Future

This paper was presented by RW. Bro. Thomas W. Robert Jackson to the brethren of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the province of Ontario at their Grand Lodge Communication in 2011.   RW. Bro. Jackson holds the position of Executive Secretary of the World Conference of Grand Lodges and Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.     Most Worshipful Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officers, distinguished guests and my Continue reading

Who are we, Where did we come From and Where are we Going

Adapted from an email from R.W.Bro. Jim Whyte. Past DDGM. BC&Y (2004) I was going through my files looking for something that I has saved for a special moment and I discovered this piece which had been shared with me and saved in March 2004. Wonderful words & Very True. A few years ago (1995) I visited the Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon offices to research the history available in their archives. I was welcomed by R.W.Bro. Continue reading

St John The Almoner

St John The Almoner (from Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry 1917) The son of the King of Cyprus, and born in that country in the sixth century. He was elected Patriarch of Alexandria, and has been canonized by both the Greek and the Roman Churches, his festival among the former occurring on the 11th of November and among the latter on the 23rd of January. Bazot (Man. du Franc-Mac., p 144) thinks that it is this saint, and not St Continue reading

The Holy Saints John and Masonry

THE HOLY SAINTS JOHN AND MASONRY By Laurence Healey, Past Grand Master, British Columbia (1956) The question as to why our Lodges are dedicated to the Holy Saints’ John is one that often puzzles the Masonic student. It becomes even more involved when it is realized that in the Grand Lodge of England the Lodges are dedicated to King Solomon, and Grand Lodge is opened and closed "in the name of the “Royal Solomon;" who is described as, "an Continue reading

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