In response to Chris Spurrier’s letter
“Masonry in Antigua” in issue 16 of the
magazine the Premier Grand Lodge of
England (the Moderns) issued a warrant
on the 31st January 1738, for Parham Lodge
No. 154 to meet in St. John’s, Antigua.
Further warrants were issued to Court
House Lodge No. 164 on the 22nd
November 1738 and Bakers Lodge No.
170 on the 17th March 1739. William Isaac
Matthew was issued with a Patent in 1739
as Provincial Grand Master for the Leeward
Islands, which in those days included
Antigua. Those then were the three Lodges
of Free and Accepted Masons of Antigua
who participated in the laying of that stone
which Chris Spurrier found in the ruins
of Fort James to the north of St. John’s
harbour. However, 1739 would have to
be the date which perhaps over the years
can be read as 1730.
Of further interest is that Parham Lodge
failed to remit dues after 1781, although it
was kept on the roll until 1813, and ended
up as No.52.
Court House Lodge was also kept on
the roll until 1813 but made no return after
1790 and at that time was No. 62.
Bakers Lodge similarly was kept on the
list until 1813 but paid nothing after 1781.
It ended up as No. 59.
All three lodges numbered amongst their
membership, military officers and ‘several
gentlemen of distinction’, including the
Governor in the case of Parham No. 154.
Brian Parsons, Barbados, West Indies
I was delighted to read the article (MQ Issue
No. 17) relating to R J Mitchell and to see
the full page image of the statue of Mitchell
which is exhibited in the Science Museum
I am the artist who created the statue and
the photograph that was used in the article
was taken in my studio by a photographer
that I commissioned, Gerry Rushton.
I therefore own the copyright, but did
not receive a prior request from you to
publish the photograph in the article.
Furthermore, there is no mention of the
correct source of the photograph nor that the
statue was created by me and professionally
photographed by Gerry.
Whilst I am obviously very pleased to see
the image in the magazine and am delighted
that you felt that the quality of the image
was such that it could be used in the article,
I do feel that details of the artist and the
photographer should have been included.
As you will appreciate, I am extremely
proud of my work and would appreciate
some recognition for the use of the image,
perhaps in a later edition of the magazine.
Stephen Kettle, Twickenham
[The Editor writes: The photo was obtained from
the Science Museum and the copyright wrongly
attributed to them. I am delighted to put the
A number of Lodges have contributed
to the building of a temple which is nearing
completion near the Thai-Cambodian
border following the tsunami which
caused such devastation in Thailand.
My Lodge, Amphibious No. 9050
and fellow Dorset Lodge Honour and
Friendship No. 1266 have been helped
by our Provincial Grand Master.
Now Stuart Lodge No. 540 of
Bedfordshire, having heard of our project,
has also come to the rescue.
The photo shows the temple, which has
had four of its pillars sponsored by Dorset
Masons. On the completion of the temple
there will be a plaque placed on behalf of
the Provincial Grand Master for Dorset.
This is a splendid example of Masonry
universal and we are grateful to those
brethren who have helped this worthy cause.
Ian Birch, Wimborne, Dorset
Masons help fund
a temple on the Thai-Cambodia border
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