ISSUE 11, October 2004
Elias Ashmole: Masonic Icon
Travel: The magical beauty of Scotland
Honoured: By the Glovers' livery company
The Theatre: Strong links between Craft and stage
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Mauritius: Fascinating Masonic history
Rochester Cathedral: Kent Masons' magnificent fresco
Clerkenwell: 25 years of Masonry
  Bravery award: One Mason's heroism is honoured
Christmas shopping: What to buy in London's West End
High flight: Helping terminally ill children
Jewels of the Craft: An essential part of Masonry
Library & Museum: John Pine exhibition and Library & Museum Trust report
Masonic education: Events for Masons; Quatuor Coronati Lodge; Mentors for new Masons
Charities: Masons provide emergency aid for flood victims; Charity news; Demelza gives voice
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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There are seven Lodges – Three English, three Irish and one Scottish – meeting in Malta. It is the intention of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, following consultation with Grand Lodge of Scotland and this Grand Lodge to constitute a Grand Lodge of Malta on Saturday, 20 November 2004.
    The Board of General Purposes has agreed that an English deputation should accept an invitation to go to Malta in order to lend support to the Grand Lodge of Ireland.
    By the time this Grand Lodge meets in December, the Grand Lodge of Malta will have been in existence for almost three weeks.
    The Board would prefer that the new Grand Lodge be recognised from the moment of its creation, rather than after a delay, even if this is only a matter of a few weeks. A resolution to recommend that recognition of the new Grand Lodge, conditional upon its being constituted, be granted prospectively and that, subject to the fulfilment of that condition, any English Lodge in Malta that elects to participate in the formation of the new Grand Lodge be erased from the register of this Grand Lodge, was approved.

Report of Library and Museum Trust
The Board has received a report from the Library and Museum Charitable Trust (see page 52).

New Warrants
List of New Lodges for which warrants have been granted by the MW The Grand Master showing the date from which their warrants became effective:

Date of Warrant
No & Name of Lodge, Location, Area

29 April 2004
9787 Middlesex Masters, Harrow, Kenton, Middlesex
9788 Upminster Daylight, Upminster, Essex
9 June 2004
9789 The Friends’, Surbiton, Surrey
9790 Wakering and Barling, Rochford, Essex
9791 Light of Siam, Phuket, Eastern Archipelago

The MW The Grand Master has made the following appointments:
    W Bro Dennis Neville Hayden PAGDC to be District Grand Master for, and Grand Superintendent in and over, Orange Free State, in succession to RW Bro Benjamin van Rensburg, who died on 22 May.
    W Bro John George Kane PSGD to be District Grand Master for, and Grand Superintendent in and over, Zimbabwe, in succession to RW Bro Leon Rivers, who retired on 31 August.
    W Bro Gareth Lloyd-Jones PSGD to be Provincial Grand Master for, and Grand Superintendent in and over, North Wales, in succession to RW Bro Ian Mackeson- Sandbach, who retired on 28 September.

Presentation from Professor Andrew Prescott: The Centre for Research and Freemasonry at the University of Sheffield.
Professor Prescott said the Centre for Research into Freemasonry was the first centre (publicly launched in 2001) devoted wholly to the study of Freemasonry to be established in a British university.
    Funding for the first three years was provided by the UGLE, Yorkshire West Riding Province and the Pro Grand Master and, since last year, Supreme Grand Chapter.
    The Centre organises bi-annual 18-20 November, it is being organised with the Society for the Study of Labour History, with the theme Freemasonry in Radical and Social Movements.
    The Centre has three postgraduate students working on M. Phil degrees (hopefully to be upgraded to Ph. D). Recently two studentships were established which will pay the fees of two postgraduate students, funded by the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy and Freemasonry Today.
    Professor Prescott said he spent much time at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry exploring membership records, which had provided interesting information.
    For instance, it was thought that the earliest appearance of the word “Freemason” in English was 1376, but he had found a much earlier use of the word dating from 1325. This described the role of one Nicholas le Freemason in a prison escape!
    Nobody had previously read the 1799 Act which required the registration of Masonic Lodges, particularly the dramatic speech of the Duke of Atholl, which effectively saved English Freemasonry from being outlawed.
    He had made more than 60 talks and presentations, and he was now putting them together into a book to be entitled Tales From Great Queen Street.
    The Internet was also being used and the Centre’s site included an introductory bibliography of the history of Freemasonry. With the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, John Lane’s remarkable directory Masonic Records 1717–1894 was available in a database. Lane’s work was to be updated, and applications had been submitted to academic funding bodies for this work. A CD had been published of William Preston’s Illustrations of Masonry, which allow different editions of this famous work to be easily compared.
    Plans to 2009 include working with Sheffield University’s History Department to develop an MA in Historical Research with special modules on the history of Freemasonry.
    This would be the first course of its sort in the world, and if it goes well, will be launched next October. Initially it will be available only to students based in Sheffield, but eventually made available to others using the Internet and other tools. They would also be developing a course on Writing a Lodge History. It was planned to launch the first of these courses next year.
    At the end of 2005, the Humanities Research Institute, in which the Centre is based, would move to new premises at the heart of the University’s expanded campus. They hoped to secure a major benefaction for the Centre.
    The new premises would include a purpose-built extension incorporating a lecture theatre, seminar room, library for the rapidly expanding collection of Masonic books, and space forvisiting scholars.
    The extension would be called “Knoop Centre” in honour of Douglas Knoop, a former economics professor at the university and a PM of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, who in the 1940s published some of the most influential studies of Freemasonry.
    Finally, he hoped that the 300th anniversary of Grand Lodge in 2017 would see a tercentenary history of Grand Lodge.