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In 2003, The Centre for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism under the Directorship of Professor Andrew Prescott in collaboration

After the Union of the two Grand Lodges in 1813 a new list was created of lodges under the United Grand Lodge of England. This merger and renumbering was published in 1814. The United Grand Lodge of England renumbered in 1832 and in 1863. Lodges that were created after 1863 are allocated a number from the 1863 re-numbering.And so it was that members of Britain’s Royal Society joined with the likes of Christopher Wren. DeLafaye a loyalist, Huguenot and head of a secrete undercover spy ring looking for insurrection against the government. The Duke of Montagu, A leading member of the Royal Society ,firm believer in equality in a time of slavery, and Huguenot Desaguliers, along with others such as Newton, Payne and the Duke of Richmond all close friends of the King to meet regularly In the Horn Tavern or (Rummer and Grapes) in Channel-Row Westminster, to have an ale and solve the problems of the realm. This was in the heart of the devastated fire region of London www.freemasonrytoday.com (Freemasonry Today. The official journal of the United Grand Lodge of England) Hall Stone Medal: Lodges that donated an average of ten guineas per head towards the building costs of the current Freemasons’ Hall between 1921 and 1933 qualified as Hall Stone Lodges entitling the lodge’s Master to wear a Hall Stone Jewel attached to his Master’s collar.

The first Travelling / Military Warrant number 11 was issued by the Grand Lodge of Ireland on the 7th November to the First Battalion Royal Scott’s Regiment British Army. The first stationary Military Lodge was established in Gibraltar 1728 however it is the travelling warrant which sees the rapid spread of masonry through the British Empire. By 1813 there were 352 such warrants in existence, from the principal Grand lodges; Scotland 21, England ( Moderns and Antients combined) 141 and Ireland 190. The Royal Navy had at this time 3 ships with warrants attached. W Bro Sir Cuthbert Sharp (1781-1849), British Soldier, Collector of Customs, Writer and Antiquarian. [35] The Province of Middlesex has always deeply involved spouses in in many activities. Cole Court Ladies Group was formed in 1992, Staines Ladies was formed in 1994. HRH Princess Alexandra opened the Provincial Retirement home in 1994, giving her name to the Home. John Lane's Masonic Records 1717-1894 is an authoritative listing of all the lodges established by the English Grand Lodges from the foundation of the first Grand Lodge in 1717 up until 1894. It was published by the United Grand Lodge of England in 1895 and proved to be a very useful reference book for anyone Special Medal: Some lodges have been given special permission by a Past Grand Master for their members to wear a special jewel denoting their membership of the lodge.

English Grand Lodge Warrants". Ars Quatuor Coronatorum: Transactions of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 London. Vol.90. 12 May 1977. pp.92–141. In 2003, Dr Estelle Stubbs and The Centre for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism under the Directorship of Professor Andrew Prescott in collaboration with the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London produced an electronic version of Lane’s book. Since 2008 the Library and Museum of Freemasonry has been adding lodges that came into existence after 1894 to the database and eventually hope to edit the records of pre-1894 lodges to include meeting places after that date. Having had an intimate knowledge of the ‘Masonic Records’ throughout its several stages, I have no hesitation in declaring that the Volume is a monument of perseverance, research and fidelity, and well deserves the hearty support and lasting gratitude of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons… A rival Grand Lodge is formed principally by Irish Freemasons living in England. Dissatisfied with the actions of the 1717 Grand Lodge masons, whom they dubbed “The Moderns” because of what was perceived as a betrayal of the original rituals of Freemasonry. The Moderns were essentially well to do men of position and title. The Antients on the other hand were largely Irish freemasons, Shopkeepers and tradesmen who practised a more traditional form of masonry perhaps more aligned with those of the earlier trade based craft of masonry. For about 63 years the two Grand Lodges co-existed both in England and abroad. Using the same definition of Middlesex, it can also be stated that the first Grand Chapter was established in the County. This took place at the Turks Head Tavern in Gerrard Street, Soho in 1766.

Lane used a wide range of published and unpublished sources in researching his book to ensure its comprehensiveness, and post-1894 updates are similarly drawn from the Freemasons' own archives. The sources include Grand Lodge Registers and Minutes, Proceedings, Warrants and Warrant Books, Calendars and Lists, and Registers. Amongst the oldest of these masons’ manuscripts and perhaps the most famous is known as the Halliwell Manuscript or the, “The Regius Poem” exact origin of the manuscript is unclear but it appears to have been written between the years of 1390 and 1445, and may have been transcribed in 794 lines of rhyming verse from the Book of Constitutions arising from the General Assembly of Masons held in the City of York England in the year 926. The style of the old English prose would however seem to suggest that was written at about the same era as the translation of the Latin Vulgate into the vernacular English of John Wycliffe which would suggest the late 1300’s. The Halliwell Manuscript or Regius Poem reflects the dominance of the Roman Catholic religion in the daily life of general society, dictating the requirements of the trade of masonry dedicated to the power or the lord. Written in rhyming verse it was intended to be committed to memory by all members of the trade. The document may have been promoted as a response to various legislatory actions by the church and the crown to fix wages at pre-plague levels and attempt to control the emerging strength of the mason’s guild. The crown and church were at that time the principal employers of the masons, many of whom were pressed into labour as the need arose. The poem legitimises claims that the assembles of masons along with their wages being linked by royal decree ordained by King Athelstan 926. The Lodge bearing his name only having been consecrated a few hours earlier, thus enabling his appointment to head the new Province. Even then, there were a lot of Brethren who were annoyed at not receiving Grand Honours and many Masons left Royal Unity Lodge to form Unity Lodge, as they were disgruntled at not being accorded the recognition as the oldest Lodge in Middlesex These rules dictated and set standards many of which are reflected in some part with today’s industrial standards.https://museumfreemasonry.org.uk/researching-lodge-or-chapter-history (Museum of Freemasonry Research Guide: Researching a Lodge or Chapter History. This guide covers finding out about the history of a masonic lodge or chapter. Discover what we hold in our archives and how we can help your research) In keeping with these traditional roots, the Lodge works Old Working of the Craft Ritual, as opposed to the more modern Emulation Working, which has become common in Craft Lodges throughout the English-speaking world. While a name search is not available in Lane’s Masonic Records, used in conjunction with the index on Ancestry, you may learn where an ancestor lived, when he travelled there, where the men met and who his acquaintances were. These Masonic records can be used to trace men from many occupations – the Comet Lodge members included a coach driver, photographer, carpenter, telephonist, saddler, railway guard, accountant, teacher, surveyor, merchant, as well as many other occupations typical of developing communities. In 1897-98, the Buluwayo Lodge included an accountant, a builder, an architect, a storekeeper, a miner and a stationer, among others. One of my extended family members, John Skuthorp was a drover when a mason in Tambo, Queensland. This new version of Lane's Masonic Records is a joint venture between the Library and Museum of Freemasonry and The Digital Humanities Institute at The University of Sheffield. Warrant of Confirmation: Lodges whose warrant is lost or destroyed have to apply for a warrant of confirmation as a replacement.

https://freemason.ie/museum-library-archive (Grand Lodge of Ireland. Museum, Library & Archive. Researchers use these facilities for genealogical purposes when looking up distant relatives to discover the details of their membership or for researching the Masonic Fraternity in general) Translated as; 'Great master of work of all and sundry his highness' palaces, building works and repairs, – and great overseer, director and commander of whatsoever policy devised or to be devised for our sovereign lord's behalf and pleasure. Red Apron: The lodge is privileged to nominate a Steward for the Grand Festival of the United Grand Lodge of England. As well as delivering free talks and workshops on freemasonry, genealogical research and museum studies, the Museum regularly takes part in national cultural initiatives such as Museums at Night and Open House London. [8] [9]

In 1723 the new Grand lodge commissioned The Reverend Dr. James Anderson, a paid writer to reconstructed the original manuscripts such as the Regius Poem and Cooke Manuscript; into its first rule book “ The Book of Constitutions of Masonry” to reflect more the values of the enlightenment era Thus the original craft mason’s lodge changed starting with the Guilds accepting non operative members, to become a pro-Establishment Pro-Hanoverian Pro Religious tolerant organisation, no longer a trade based body. Freemasonry in London was to be considered as far as 10 miles from the City Of London, which was adopted by Grand Lodge in 1815, and it was only in 1971 that the rule 129 of the Book of Constitutions was changed to making the limit to 5 miles from Freemasons’ Hall and Lodges meeting 5 to 10 miles from London may be either London, or Provincial Lodges. This records the numeration of a lodge. The Premier of Moderns Grand Lodge (1717-1813) renumbered its lodges in 1729, 1740, 1755, 1770, 1780, 1781 and 1792 essentially to fill up gaps left by lodges erased from their roll.

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