Triple Espérance Summons
Logos of Lodge of Harmony and The British Lodge
RW Bro Lindsay Descombes
The first Lodge under the Irish Constitution was
formed by the 4th Foot – the King’s Own Royal
Regiment (Lancaster) – when they were in garrison in
1857. Part of a letter sent from the island explains it all:
To the Deputy Grand Secretary – Ireland|
Port Louis, Mauritius
6th day of the 10th month
Sir & Brother
We beg leave to advise you of the arrival of our Warrant No.
91. The Ceremony of Installation took place on the 5th day
of the 10th month AL 5857 in the lodge Room of the Lodge
“La Triple Espérance”, Port Louis, Mauritius.
It was conducted by the Worshipful master of the Lodge “La
Triple Espérance” du Grand Orient de France, and his Officers.
Lodge No. 235 – The Military Lodge – the name was in
remembrance of its origin, was believed to have been inaugurated
in 1858, removed from report in 1870 and its Warrant
returned in 1873.
It was an Irish Lodge – Independent Lodge No. 236 – that
in 1879 caused some controversy. A letter from W. Bro. W.
Rickwood, its Master, to the Grand Lodge of Ireland (GLOI),
mentions that: “Lodge Amitié No. 245 is on most friendly and
fraternal terms with my Lodge and since our Inauguration the
Freemasons of the island have taken a stand against us.”
This arose because he did not invite deputations from other
Lodges or officially notify them of the existence of the Lodge,
and his members were not welcomed as visitors. Fortunately,
sense prevailed and it ended amicably.
Lodge of Friendship No. 266 came as Mauritius was going
through hard times and disappeared some 14 years later.
Trinity Lodge No. 925 was constituted in 2001.
Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF), the only regular
Masonic institution in France, was petitioned in 1992
for a Warrant, and for the first time in more than a century,
Lodges that had operated in isolation could now join forces.
They could talk openly and prepare the constitution of a regular
National Grand Lodge of Mauritius.
Under the GLNF, Lodge Louis Auguste Ormière No. 710
(January 1992) has been followed by eight others using the
Rite Français Moderne, the Émulation Rite and the Ancient
and Accepted Scottish Rite.
In December 2002, the GLNF, with the agreement of the
UGLE, the GLOS and the GLOI, created and constituted
the District Grand Lodge of Mauritius (DGLM). It is hoped
that the DGLM will be consecrated with RW Bro Lindsay
Descombes as first District Grand Master.
Michael Allan’s book Freemasonry in Mauritius
is due to be published this autumn