ISSUE 9, April 2004

The Duke of Wellington: A Brother in arms
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Life with the Stars: Masons and famous people
Hall Stone Jewel: Cyril Spackman, designer
Travel: Jamaica
Grand Charity: Annual Report and Accounts
Masonic stamps: Masonry on stamps
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Antients and Moderns go on-line
Masonic education: Events for Freemasons
Masonic charities: The continuing work
Bowel cancer: How the Grand Charity is helping
Royal Arch: Russia and Eastern Europe
Richard Eve: A former Grand Treasurer
Book reviews

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Masonic Education

Canonbury Masonic Research Centre Spring–Summer 2004 Programme of Public Lectures: Wednesdays, 7pm–9pm. Entry fee £7.
21 April: The Crucified Rose–The Rosicrucian Diaspora in Europe & America (Robert A. Gilbert). 19 May: The Temples at Jerusalem & their Masonic Connections (George Farrah). 16 June: Masonic Parallels & Symbolism in the Ancient Egyptian Mystery Tradition (John Gordon). To reserve a place at the lectures please send a cheque for £7 made payable to Canonbury Masonic Research Centre.

Canonbury Papers available
Canonbury Bookshop – Central Regalia – The Bookshop, Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ and Available now: The Canonbury Papers – Volume 1: The Social Impact of Freemasonry on the Modern Western World. Limited edition only:£17.50 (+£2.50 p&p UK) Sterling payments only please. Enquiries: Carole McGilvery 020 7226 6256. Email:

CMRC International Conference
CMRC Sixth International Conference (Saturday, Sunday, 6 & 7 November 2004): Freemasonry and Religion: Many faiths – one brotherhood.
      This conference aims to explore the relationship between Freemasonry and various religious faiths, and to explore the activities and ideas of individuals and bodies, which have had a significant impact on this relationship.
      The papers should contain original, hitherto unpublished research. They need not be narrowly focussed, and should be accessible to a non-specialist audience.
      Proposals for papers in the form of a synopsis of not more than 300 words should be submitted to Carole McGilvery, Conference Organiser, at the CMRC office.

The Cornerstone Society
This is the Society for those Freemasons who have ever asked themselves questions about the deeper meaning behind our Masonic ritual.
      The talk given by Julian Rees at Broadsmith Lodge in Cheshire entitled Freemasonry – the Heart of the Matter will be repeated at Cabbell Lodge No. 807 in Norwich on Saturday, 22 May 2004 (lunchtime meeting).
      For details write with s.a.e. to Stuart Lamb, The Old Post Office, 100 Long John’s Hill, Norwich NR1 2LY or email:
      The fifth annual London Conference, for Master Masons and above, will be held on Saturday, 26 June 2004. The title is In the Middle Chamber.
      MW Bro. Fabio Venzi, Grand Master of Italy, will speak on the Neoplatonists of Cambridge, Prof. John Grange on The Transcendence of Eternity, the Rev. Neville Barker-Cryer on Monastic Custom and Mason Craft, and John Hamill will give a guided explanation of elements within the Grand Temple.
      This will be followed by the customary question-and-answer session and there will be a ritual workshop based on the old German Schröder ritual second degree.
      Tickets cost £21 to include a packed lunch. Write with s.a.e. to The Cornerstone Society, 68 Foxley Lane, Purley, Surrey CR8 3EE.
      The fourth Northern Conference will be held at Leyland, Lancashire on Saturday, 13 November 2004. Details to follow. Website – Email –

The Centre for Research into Freemasonry, University of Sheffield
The Centre is organising the following public seminars during 2004. Admission is free and all are welcome. Unless otherwise stated, seminars start at 5.15pm and are held in the Library Seminar Room, Department of History, University of Sheffield, 387 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HQ. For further information, contact the Centre’s Secretary Julie Banham (T. 0114 222 9890; fax 0114 222 9893; email:

      27 April: Professor Cecile Revauger, Université de Bordeaux III: Major concepts of Freemasonry: a comparative approach between France, Great Britain and the United States. (Joint seminar with the French Department; to be held at 3pm in French Departmental Library, Floor 7, Arts Tower).
      9 June: Professor Patrick W. Conner, West Virginia University: What Has James Joyce to Do with Prince Hall? The Masons’ Bond in the Social Periphery. This seminar marks the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, the day described in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, whose hero Leopold Bloom was a Freemason.
      14 October: Trevor Stewart: English Speculative Freemasonry – Some Possible Origins, Themes and Developments (The Prestonian Lecture for 2004). 6pm, Arts Tower lecture theatre.
      21 October: Corinne de Popow, Dream and Reality in the Works of James Hogg. Hogg (1770-1835), the author of the celebrated Scottish novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, became a Freemason in unusual circumstances shortly before his death.
      16 November: Professor José A. Ferrer Benimeli, Universidad de Zaragoza,The History of Freemasonry in Spain (in Spanish with English summary).
      14 December: Professor David Stevenson, University of St Andrews, Religion and Freemasonry in Scotland in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Centre is organising with the Society for the Study of Labour History, the Centre for Gender Studies in Europe and the Friendly Societies Research Group a conference entitled We Band of Brothers: Freemasonry in Radical and Social Movements, 1700-2000 from 18-20 November 2004 at the The Tapton Masonic Hall, Shore Lane, Fulwood, Sheffield S10 3BU. Proposals for papers are welcome. For further details, contact Julie Banham.
      Recent additions to the Centre’s web site include a searchable version of John Lane’s gazeteer of lodges warranted by the English Grand Lodges, Masonic Records 1717-1894: The Centre produces a free monthly electronic newsletter. To subscribe, send your email address to Julie Banham.