Entries by Robert L D Cooper

WHEN IS A GAVEL NOT A GAVEL? WHEN IT IS A MAUL!

Another distinct Scottish Masonic tradition. We have previously discussed Lodges in Scotland prior to the existence of any Grand Lodge. We showed the earliest Lodge record which belonged to Lodge Aitcheson’s Haven and which was dated 9 January 1599. These pre-Grand Lodge, Lodges were of all variants: 1) Stonemasons’ Lodges (that is the members were […]

LODGE AILSA No. 1172

As someone pointed out yesterday, thereby somewhat, pre-empting this post, the entry for Gunner J. E. D. Graham, Lodge Ailsa, No.1172, is incorrectly annotated ‘E.C.’ (English Constitution) whereas it is a Scottish Lodge. That Lodge was granted a Charter by the Grand Lodge of Scotland in 1918. The Lodge’s Founder Member’s Jewel (see image) shows […]

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ON MASONIC KNOWLEDGE

Before we became Freemasons, we had, each and every one of us, entertained a favourable opinion, preconceived, of the Order, and we had a sincere wish for knowledge ; but what was that favourable opinion based upon, and in what sense did we hope to increase our knowledge? There are, we hope, now very few […]