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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Continue reading