The Origins of Freemasonry By Professor David Stevenson Emeritus Professor of Scottish History the University of St Andrews Paperback. £18.95 (post and packing extra). It is difficult to recall the days before Prof. Stevenson’s work was published. His work on the history of Freemasonry changed our understanding of the Order forever. This volume together with its companion, The First Freemasons, created nothing short of a revolution within Freemasonry.