ISSUE 11, October 2004
Editorial
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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Jerome K. Jerome query
I am enquiring whether anyone has information regarding the possible Masonic membership of Jerome K. Jerome, the author of Three Men in a Boat. We have a small museum in Walsall to perpetuate his work.
    Among the list of many books and articles he wrote is one listed as being sold as a souvenir of the Grand Masonic Bazaar in aid of the Scottish Masonic Benevolence 1890.
    The book was entitled Pot Pourri of Gifts Literal and Artistic, and Jerome’s item was called The Prince’s Quest. He left Walsall at a very early age due to family business problems and moved around the country. Any information would be gratefully received and faithfully applied.

Gordon Whiston, Aldridge, Walsall

Burdett casket
With regard to the article (MQ, Issue No. 10) on the Library and Museum page headed “Acquisitions” and the Burdett Casket, two very important names are missing. In addition to Terry Iles, mentioned in the article, there are David Sparks, APGM for the Mark Province of Middlesex and Gerald Pickering, who agreed to cover a bid for the casket when auctioned at Cannes in 1998.
    Unfortunately, the sale produced £3,000 more than their bid and was bought by a Belgian Freemason. In December 2003 it was again auctioned, this time in Paris. With the help of Diane Clements, Director of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry and Terry Iles, negotiations were successful for it to be withdrawn from auction and purchased directly, funded between the United Grand Lodge of England and Mark Middlesex Province.

K G K Wheatley, Broughton, Oxfordshire

Kitchener’s jewel
Following the article about the Duke of Wellington (MQ, Issue No. 9), and a subsequent letter in Issue No. 10 about Lord Haig, I hope I can put meat in the sandwich by drawing attention to Lord Kitchener’s membership of British Union Lodge No. 114 in Suffolk.
    The Lodge has written to the third earl, who sadly has no record of the inscribed Past Master’s jewel presented to the then Viscount Kitchener, who was born in Ireland at Ballylongford, Co. Kerry in 1850.
    The Lodge is keen to trace this jewel and commit it to safe keeping in Suffolk. Can any of your readers help in this matter?

Surgeon Cdr. J B Gill, Ipswich

  

A replica of the Kitchener jewel



The memorial to Walter Rodwell Wright in the Msida Bastion Garden of Rest, Malta.
   Masonry in Malta
As a visitor to Malta in recent years I read with great interest the article “A Warm Welcome In Malta" (MQ, Issue No. 10). Walter Rodmill Wright, the founder of the Lodge of St John and St Paul, is commemorated in two burial places near Valletta, a memorial in the Msida Bastion Garden of Rest in Eloriana and his memorial tablet in Ta’ Braxia cemetery in Pieta/Eloriana.
    He died, aged 50, on 20 April 1826, and was President of His Majesty’s Court of Appeal in Malta. In 1815 he was a founder member of the Lodge of St John and St Paul, and was its first Master, a position he held again in 1819, 1823 and 1824.
    There are also memorials to other Freemasons in these cemeteries including Colonel Marmaduke Ramsay. Some of the British military cemeteries also have memorials with Masonic connections including a fine one to a Second Class Staff Sergeant Senior.

Leslie Larnder, Saxmundham, Suffolk

Ritual tides
For many years I have mused over various sections of Masonic ritual such as in the Address to the Initiate which refers to “where the tide regularly ebbs and flows twice in 24 hours.”
    Being a yachtsman and having a great interest in navigation, I know of only one area where the tide behaves in this manner – i.e., two ebb tides and two flood tides in one day – and that is the Solent waters off Hampshire.
    I wonder if the ‘founder’ of Freemasonry in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and a gentleman of the area, Thomas Dunkerley (1724-1795), had a hand in compiling part of our modern ritual.

D R Radford, Gosport, Hampshire