Constitution and standing regulations of the grand lodge of. But the book of constitutions is not, in any sense of the word, a secret work. Information for the guidance of members of the craft. The constitution and laws of the grand lodge of antient free and accepted masons of scotland and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. But the book of constitutions is not a secret work. Thus were we greeted by the grand lodge of england, on the 20th day of september a. James anderson, the authorcompiler of the constitutions ii of 1723. Contains illustrations of all authorised jewels,chains collars and aprons. United grand lodge of england 2014 tc 03302 croneri tax and. A provincial grand lodge was formed in massachusetts under the authority of the grand lodge of england, in 1733.
Book of constitutions of the grand lodge of kentucky free and accepted masons 1940 ware, orie s. Freemasonry seek out one of two grand lodges in england which restrict their membership to. None but members of the grand lodge, officers or past officers of other grand lodges excepted, shall be present at the opening of the same, nor shall any visitor be admitted during the session except by permission of the grand master or by vote of the grand lodge. Book of constitutions united grand lodge of england 2019 edition. Book of constitutions general index 254 kb also available for download is the current edition of the booklet entitled information for the guidance of members of the craft 2018 591 kb.
One of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world, the roots of modern freemasonry lie with the medieval stonemasons that. Supreme grand chapter royal arch regulations about royal arch masonry. The grand lodge of england was formed, as the first grand lodge in the world, by the coming together of four london lodges at the goose and gridiron tavern, st. Constitutions of the antient fraternity of free and accepted masons. A celebration of the craft, edited by john hamill and robert gilbert, with a forward by hrh, the duke of kent. Constitution of either england or scotland or of any sovereign. However, a minute book dated 1599 of the lodge of edinburgh states that several speculative brethren had appended their marks after their names. Masonic articles book of constitutions guarded by the. Its headquarters are at freemasons hall, great queen street, london wc2b 5az. It reminds us to be ever watchful and guarded in our words and actions, particularly when before the enemies of masonry, ever bearing in remembrance those truly masonic virtues, silence and circumspection. Dermott saw the ancients akin to ahiman, guarding the holiest of holiesmasonry, and likewise to rezon as his movement the. The masonic hall in kepler street was built in 1870. United grand lodge of england ugle was founded in 1717 and is the oldest masonic grand lodge in the world.
The first grand lodge the early years of organized freemasonry date back to england in 1717. The book of constitutions, guarded by the tilers sword, reminds us that. The united grand lodge of england ugle is the governing masonic lodge for the majority of freemasons in england, wales and the commonwealth of nations. The grand lodge was founded shortly after george i, the first hanoverian king of the kingdom of great britain, ascended to the throne on 1 august 1714 and the end of the first jacobite rising of 1715 officially, the grand lodge of england. Eclaration grand lodge of british columbia and yukon. The grand tiler shall guard the door of the grand lodge at its communications, report. Ahiman rezon, of the grand lodge of england according to the old institutions, also known as the antient grand lodge of england or the grand lodge of the antients, was first published in 1754. Together with the grand lodge of scotland, and the grand lodge. The grand lodge of england replied that it stood by every word of the declaration, and has since asked for the opinion of the grand lodges of ireland and scotland. In particular, for its manifestation to be protected by article 9 a nonreligious. A companion who has at any time been a subscribing member of a lodge under the united grand lodge of england who shall have ceased by reason of an event occurring on or after the aforementioned. The grand lodge of british columbia has had nine constitutions.
Oct 18, 2010 the masters tells you that it is the book of constitutions guarded by the tilers sword, and that it reminds us to be ever watchful and guarded in our thoughts, words, and actions, particularly when before the enemies of masonry, ever bearing in mind those truly masonic virtues. An officer in the grand lodge of england and all grand lodges in the united states. The united grand lodge of england ugle is the governing body of freemasonry in england, wales and the channel islands. The following account is an excerpt from the newly released book, freemasonry. Silence and circumspection part 2 the following represents a topic delivered at various venues over the past several months and will be submitted as a series in order to keep your attention. Its author, laurence dermott, was grand secretary of the antient grand lodge from 1752 to 1771. Setting the scene in the royal arch staines st marys lodge, no. The first meeting of the grand lodge of mark master masons was held on monday, 23 june 1856. Moves were made in the 1860s to establish a masonic lodge in warrnambool with the first lodge being st. It was first ordered printed by the mother grand lodge, and a few original copies as well as uncounted reprints of the old charges and the general regulations of 1723 are in existence, to be seen by mason and profane alike. Freemasons directory of grand lodges in uk, england. The recorded history of grand lodge dates only from 1723 when the first minute book was commenced, and so for a contemporary account of the formation of grand lodge, and of the first six years of its existence, we have to depend almost exclusively on dr. By not adopting the constitutions of the grand lodge of england, the rituals of many of these lodges had variations that often were loved and held in high regard by their members.
United grand lodge of england the grand lodge having approved of this revised edition of the book of constitutions, the board of general purposes has accordingly superintended its publication. The ordinary members regalia comprises an apron and breast jewel. The ancient grand lodge of england, as it is known today, or the grand lodge of the most ancient and honourable fraternity of free and accepted masons according to the old constitutions granted by his royal highness prince edwin, at york, anno domini nine hundred and twenty six, and in the year of masonry four thousand nine hundred and twenty six as they described themselves on their. It was first ordered printed by the mother grand lodge, and a few original. From that period, the regulations adopted by the grand lodge of england. United grand lodge of england, 1970 grand lodge on. This book contains the constitutions of the freemason lodges in victoria. Book of constitutions united grand lodge of england. The convention in proceeding to form and organize the grand lodge see declaration adopted the constitutions of the m. The masters tells you that it is the book of constitutions guarded by the tilers sword, and. Book of constitutions of the grand lodge of kentucky free and. Book of constitutions united grand lodge of england online.
The current edition, which includes all updates, is available for download in three sections. The site features general information on freemasonry for those interested in becoming a freemason. The grand lodge of england has been asked if it still stands by this declaration, particularly in regard to paragraph 7. He is the tiler of his lodge and a very interesting man to meet. The book of constitutions of this grand lodge or ahiman rezon was a constitution written by laurence dermott for the antient grand lodge of england which was formed in 1751. Here are a few answers i saw in a recent facebook discussion after a man asked the question what do yall do in. The original prince hall charter my freemasonry freemason. Masonic designs master mason emblem designs book of constitution guarded by tylers sword. Welcome to the united grand lodge of england ugle, the governing body for freemasonry in england and wales. Grand lodge of england as far as may be applicable to existing circumstances.
James anderson, the authorcompiler of the constitutions. The royal arch regulations taken from the 2019 edition of the book of constitutions are available for download in pdf format as a read only document. Thomas howard, earl of effington, lord howard, etc. Welcome to supreme grand chapter, which is the governing body for royal arch masonry in england, wales and the channel islands. The grand constitutions have for many years referred to opinions given in moores freema sons monthly, a magazine published in boston between 1841 and 1873 and edited by charles w. The key event in the development of freemasonry into the one of the largest and most influential social organisations in the world was the establishment of a grand lodge in london in 1717, and the fundamental starting point for investigations into the early history of the grand lodge remains the book of constitutions of the freemasons published in london in february 1723. The first were the constitutions of 1871 adopted at the convention in 1871.
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After the formation of the grand lodge of england, several lodges chose to remain independent by not merging with the larger superstructure. Every candidate is required to take his obligation on that book or on the volume which. Book of constitutions guarded by the tilers sword my. The book of constitutions is the rule book of the united grand lodge of england that regulates all lodges and freemasons. It is not an old institution, having been originated apparently in 1775, and being first mentioned in the english constitutions in 1784. The ancient grand lodge of england, as it is known today, or the grand lodge of the most ancient and honourable fraternity of free and accepted masons according to the old constitutions granted by his royal highness prince edwin, at york, anno domini. Notices of motion for amendments of the book of constitutions, etc. Unknown let me introduce the speaker of the evening, although, as presiding officers so often say, he hardly needs an introduction. Grand inner guard, and their duties shall be to visit such lodges in the province. Book constitutions of the united grand lodge of the ancient. Book of constitutions of the united grand lodge of england. I believe that most masons know him well and, after i describe him, you will easily recognize him. Book of constitutions guarded by the tilers sword book of constitutions guarded by the tilers sword by.684 219 394 1168 595 1273 979 736 127 511 198 541 1119 1229 24 1291 1051 1153 1169 293 663 244 6 951 880 1448 699 1151 584 49 694