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  • 14th century

    • 1390: Its date has been approximately fixed at 1390 by Casley and other authorities. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1390: A poem known as the "Regius Manuscript" has been dated to approximately 1390 and is the oldest known Masonic text. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
  • 15th century

    • 1472: The Company obtained a grant of arms in 1472 (12th year Hen. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 16th century

    • December 28, 1598: Them " Cowans," a course justified by the king's " Maister of Work," William Schaw, whose Statutis and Ordinanceis (28th December 1598) required that " Na maister or fellow of craft ressaue any cowanis to wirk in his societie or companye, nor send nane of his servants to wirk wt. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1599: It is primarily to Scotland, however, that we have to look for such numerous particulars of the activity of the fraternity from 1599 to the establishment of its Grand Lodge in 1736, for an excellent account of which we are indebted to Lyon, the Scottish masonic historian. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 17th century

    • 1638: When Nicholas Stone entered the lodge (he was Master of the Company 1632-1633) the banquet cost a considerable sum, showing that the number of brethren present must have been large. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • May 10, 1641: Quarter-Master General Robert Moray (or Murray) was initiated by members of the Lodge of Edinburgh, at Newcastle on the 10th of May 1641, while the Scottish army was in occupation. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • October 16, 1646: Elias Ashmole (who according to his diary was " made a Free Mason of Warrington with Colonel Henry Mainwaring," seven brethen being named as in attendance at the lodge, 16th of October 1646) states that he " received a summons to appear at a Lodge to be held next day at Masons' Hall, London." Accordingly on the 11th of March 1682 he attended and saw six gentlemen " admitted into the Fellowship of Free Masons," of whom three only belonged to the Company; the Master, however, Mr Thomas Wise, the two wardens and six others being present on the occasion as members in their dual capacity. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1650: Constitutions, in the same handwriting, about 1650, is a scrap of paper with the obligation " There is sevrall words and signes of a free Mason to be revailed to yu wch as yu will answr. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1652: The presbytery of Kelso 1 in 1652 sustained the action of the Rev. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1654: Before the year 1654 the Company was known as that of the Freemasons for some time, but after then the old title of Masons was reverted to, the terms " Acception " and " Accepted " belonging to the speculative Lodge, which, however, in all probability either became independent or ceased to work soon after 1682. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1670: 1 tris) has records preserved from 1670, in which year what is known as the Mark Book begins, containing the oldest existing roll of members, numbering 49, all of whom have their marks registered, save two, though only ten were operatives. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1670: The old Lodge of Aberdeen ordered in 1670 that the Charge was to be " read at ye entering of everie entered prenteise "; another at Alnwick in 1701 provided " Noe Mason shall take any apprentice [but he must] Enter him and give him his Charge, within one whole year after "; 1 The service rendered by Dr W. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1674: 1 bis) with records back to 1674 did not join the Grand Lodge until 1891, and was the last of those working (possibly centuries before that body was formed) to accept the modern system of government. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1677: It was incorporated in 1677 by Charles II., who graciously met the wishes of the members, but as a company the information " that is to be found in the Corporation Records at Guildhall proves very clearly that in 1376 the Masons' Company existed and was represented in the court of common council." The title then favoured was " Masons," the entry of the term " Freemasons " being crossed out. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1684: 3 bis), has some valuable old records and a " Charter Chest " with the words carved thereon " God save the King and Masons Craft, 1684." Loyalty and Charity are the watchwords of the Society. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1688: Supporters consisting of two doric columns are mentioned in 1688 by Randle Holme, but the Grand Lodge of England in the following century used Beavers as operative builders. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • November 22, 1696: The Institutions in parchment (22nd of November 1696) of the Dumfries Kilwinning Lodge (No. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 18th century

    • 1703: The origin of the first noted is not known, but there are minutes of the meetings from 1703, the Rules are of 1701, signed by quite a number of members, and a transcript of the Old Charges begins the volume. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1717: They were predecessors, or possibly prototypes, but not near relatives or progenitors of the Freemasons.2 The Mother Grand Lodge of the world is that of England, which was inaugurated in the metropolis on St John Baptist's day 1717 by four or more old lodges, three of which still flourish. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1717: Nothing but a volume to itself could possibly describe the main features of the English Craft from 1717, when Anthony Sayer was elected the first Grand Master of a brilliant galaxy of rulers. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1717: Whether the Steinmetzen had secret signs of recognition or not, is not quite clear, but that the Freemasons had, for centuries, cannot be doubted, though precisely what they were may be open to question, and also what portions of the existing ceremonies are reminiscent of the craft anterior to the Revival of 1717. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • June 24, 1717: The first Grand Lodge, the Grand Lodge of England (GLE), was founded on 24 June 1717, when four existing London Lodges met for a joint dinner. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1720: The premier Grand Lodge of England soon began to constitute new Lodges in the metropolis, and to reconstitute old ones that applied for recognition, one of the earliest of 1720-1721 being still on the Roll as No. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1721: The first nobleman to undertake that office was the duke of Montagu in 1721, the natural philosopher J. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1723: From 1723 to 1813 the number of lodges enrolled in England amounted to 1626, and from 1814 to the end of December 1909 as many as 3352 were warranted, making a grand total of 4978, of which the last then granted was numbered 3185. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1723: The concept of Masonic Landmarks appears in Masonic regulations as early as 1723, and seems to be adopted from the regulations of operative masonic guilds. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1723: Charges " (given in the first edition) contains still more unauthorized modern terms, with the year added of 926; thus misleading most seriously those who accept the volume as trustworthy, because written by the accredited historian of the Grand Lodge, Junior Grand Warden in 1723. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1723: Applications for constitution kept coming in, the provinces being represented from 1723 to 1724, before which time it is likely the Grand Lodge of Ireland' had been started, about which the most valuable Caementaria Hibernica by Dr Chetwode Crawley may be consulted with absolute confidence. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1723: The premier work on the subject was published in London in 1723, the Rev. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1723: Since the adoption of Anderson's constitution in 1723, it has been accepted as fact by regular Masons that only men can be made Masons. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1725: The Grand Lodge of Ireland and The Grand Lodge of Scotland were formed in 1725 and 1736 respectively. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1725: Not only so, but Ireland quickly followed the lead, so early as 1725 there being a Grand Lodge for that country which must have been formed even still earlier, and probably by lodges started before any were authorized in the Englisn counties. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • December 27, 1725: Society and Fraternity of Free Masons," sometimes styled " Company " or " Society of Free and Accepted Masons." Not to be behind the London fratres, the York brethren formed a Grand Lodge on the 27th of December 1725 (the " Grand The Chetwode Crawley MS., by W. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1728: The oldest jurisdiction on the continent of Europe, the Grand Orient de France (GOdF), was founded in 1728. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1730: He appointed Daniel Coxe the Provincial Grand Master of Freemasonry for the provinces of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. - Charles Howard, 10th Duke of Norfolk, Wikipedia.
    • 1732: The Grand Lodge of England constituted its first lodge in Paris in the year 1732, but one was formed still earlier on the continent at Gibraltar 1728-1729. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1732: Of the many scores of military lodges, the first warrant was granted by Ireland in 1732. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • February 21, 1734: Was established by the renowned Freemason and General James Edward Oglethorpe on February 21, 1734. - George Walton, Wikipedia.
    • 1736: In Scotland the change was not made until 1736, many lodges even then holding aloof from such an organization. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1736: It was consecrated as Masonic lodge 234 in 1736 by the Grand Master, the Earl of Antrim, and rebuilt in 1923. - Ship Tavern, London, Wikipedia.
    • 1737: From 1737 to 1907 some sixteen English princes of the royal blood joined the brotherhood. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • April 28, 1738: The first was Pope Clement XII's In Eminenti, 28 April 1738; the most recent was Pope Leo XIII's Ab Apostolici, 15 October 1890. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1740: Freemasonry in the Dominion is believed to date from 1740. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • December 24, 1746: The first Freemasonry warrant was granted to Newfoundland by The Grand Lodge of Boston. - Masonic Temple (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador), Wikipedia.
    • 1751: There were rivals to the Grand Lodge of England during the 18th century, one of considerable magnitude being known as the Ancients or Atholl Masons, formed in 1751, but in December 1813 a junction was effected, and from that time the prosperity of the United Grand Lodge of England, with few exceptions, has been extraordinary. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • July 17, 1751: However, a few lodges resented some of the modernisations that GLE endorsed, such as the creation of the Third Degree, and formed a rival Grand Lodge on 17 July 1751, which they called the "Antient Grand Lodge of England". - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1753: From 1753 to 1813 the rival Grand Lodge had been busy, but ultimately a desire for a united body prevailed, and under the " ancient " Grand Master, H.R.H. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1761: Some twenty years later there was a brief period of somnolence, but in 1761 a revival took place, with Francis Drake, the historian, as Grand Master, ten lodges being chartered in Yorkshire, Cheshire and Lancashire, 1762-1790, and a Grand Lodge of England, south of the Trent, in 1779, at London, which warranted two lodges. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • February 27, 1769: Peters became a freemason, and he was made the grand portrait painter of the Freemasons and the first provincial grand master of Lincolnshire in 1792. - William Peters (painter), Wikipedia.
    • October 13, 1774: Miller entered Freemasonry on 13 October 1774 at the Zum goldenen Zirkel lodge in Göttingen. - Johann Martin Miller, Wikipedia.
    • 1775: An African-American named Prince Hall[19] was initiated into an Irish Constitution military Lodge then in Boston, Massachusetts, along with fourteen other African-Americans, all of whom were free-born. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1779: The theory of the derivation of the Freemasons from the Steinmetzen was first propounded in 1779 by the abbe Grandidier, and has been maintained by more modern writers, such as Fallou, Heideloff and Schneider, but a thorough examination of their statements has resulted in such an origin being generally discredited. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • October 1, 1781: He was passed and raised on 1 October 1781. - Robert Burns, Wikipedia.
    • 1782: Irish and Scottish peers share with those of England the distinction of presiding over the Grand Lodge, and from 1782 to 1813 their Royal Highnesses the duke of Cumberland, the prince of Wales, or the duke of Sussex occupied the masonic throne. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1784: These individuals applied for, and obtained, a Lodge Warrant from the Premier Grand Lodge of England (GLE) and formed African Lodge, Number 459. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1799: English Freemasonry almost came to a halt due to Parliamentary proclamation. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1799: In the wake of the French Revolution, the Unlawful Societies Act, 1799 banned any meetings of groups that required their members to take an oath or obligation. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
  • 19th century

    • 1812: He was initiated into Freemasonry at Arnhem in 1812 and soon rose high in their ranks. - Bamberg Magical Dynasty, Wikipedia.
    • November 25, 1813: The two competing Grand Lodges vied for supremacy – the "Moderns" (GLE) and the "Antients" (or "Ancients") – until they united on 25 November 1813 to form the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • February 28, 1816: He became an Entered Apprentice on February 28, 1816, and took both degrees of Fellow Craft and Master Mason a few weeks later on March 6, 1816. - Charles Grandison Finney, Wikipedia.
    • 1821: Russian secret police commanded by Nikolay Nikolayevich Novosiltsev started persecution of Polish secret organizations and in 1821 the Tsar ordered the abolition of freemasonry. - November Uprising, Wikipedia.
    • 1826: Freemasonry in the United States faced political pressure following the disappearance of William Morgan in 1826. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • October 25, 1828: Fully aware of the political philosophies of American Freemasons, the Mexican government outlawed Freemasonry on October 25, 1828. - Stephen F. Austin, Wikipedia.
    • 1833: James Dallaway, 1833), and Notes on the Superintendents of English Buildings in the Middle Ages (by Wyatt Papworth, 188 7), should be consulted. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • December 20, 1837: Houston presided over the convention of Freemasons that formed the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas, now the Grand Lodge of Texas. - Sam Houston, Wikipedia.
    • November 27, 1844: A freemason, Holden became affiliated with Barton Lodge on 27 November 1844. - John Rose Holden, Wikipedia.
    • 1859: There are two versions of the Old Charges in this little book, purchased for the British Museum in 1859. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1860: Of some seventy copies of these old scrolls which have been unearthed, by far the greater proportion have been made public since 1860. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1866: The building also served to house first Masonic Lodge in Colorado and was expanded in 1866 to accommodate both houses the Colorado Territorial Legislature, which met there until the capital was moved to Denver in 1867. - William A. H. Loveland, Wikipedia.
    • 1871: This precious document was only discovered in 1871, having been missing for a long time, thus doubtless accounting for the erroneous representations met with, not having the correct blazon to follow. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • September 1, 1875: Pirie was accepted as a Mason on September 1, 1875 at the Grand Lodge at Hamilton, Ontario. - Alexander Fraser Pirie, Wikipedia.
    • 1877: This Lodge was Chartered by the Grande Oriente d'Italia in 1877, as a Lodge for visiting Masons unable to attend their own lodges. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1877: However, most English-speaking jurisdictions cut formal relations with the GOdF around 1877 – when the GOdF removed the requirement that its members have a belief in a Deity, thereby accepting atheists. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1882: The systematic admission of women into International Co-Freemasonry began in France in 1882. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • September 10, 1882: Lovejoy died on September 10, 1882, at the age of 74 and was buried in the Masonic section at Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland. - Asa Lovejoy, Wikipedia.
    • December, 1884: Kellar started his version of Egyptian Hall in December 1884, after renting out an old Masonic temple on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Harry Kellar, Wikipedia.
    • September, 1898: Articles by Mr Gould in the Freemason for September 1898 on " Free and Freemasonry "). - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 20th century

    • August 22, 1904: It was created on 22 August 1904 for the businessman William Goulding, a prominent freemason who was director several railway companies in Ireland, and son of William Goulding (1817–1884), the last Conservative MP for Cork City. - Goulding Baronets, Wikipedia.
    • 1905: The masonic lodge where the negotiations for the dissolution of the union between Sweden and Norway were held in 1905 - Karlstad Municipality, Wikipedia.
    • September 14, 1906: He died in Deming, New Mexico on September 14th, 1906, and is buried in the Masonic cemetery, in Silver City. - Harvey Whitehill, Wikipedia.
    • 1907: There were fifty Grand Lodges assembling in the United States, with considerably over a million members. - Freemasonry, 1911encyclopedia.
    • September, 1907: He was elected a thirty-third degree Mason by the Consistory in Boston in September 1907. - Leighton Coleman, Wikipedia.
    • January 21, 1911: The cornerstone of the school was laid on 21 January 1911 in a ceremony presided over by a local lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (part of the newspaper story reported the group to be the Knights Templar). - Proviso East High School, Wikipedia.
    • 1917: The 1917 Code of Canon Law explicitly declared that joining Freemasonry entailed automatic excommunication. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1917: The 1917 Code of Canon Law also forbade books friendly to Freemasonry. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1919: There was a time when there existed a number of lodges in Iraq as early as 1919, when the first lodge under the UGLE was opened in Basra,[citation needed] and later on when the country was under British Mandate just after the First World War. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1921: It was completed in 1921 to serve as the meeting place for the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. - Scottish Rite Temple (Mobile, Alabama), Wikipedia.
    • October 26, 1921: These coins were first distributed on October 26, 1921 when President Warren Harding passed through Birmingham to help dedicate a new Masonic temple. - Alabama centennial half dollar, Wikipedia.
    • 1926: The small blue forget-me-not flower was first used by the Grand Lodge Zur Sonne, in 1926, as a Masonic emblem at the annual convention in Bremen, Germany. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1938: The forget-me-not badge – made by the same factory as the Masonic badge – was chosen for the annual Nazi Party Winterhilfswerk, a Nazi charitable organisation which collected money so that other state funds could be freed up and used for rearmament. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • September 30, 1949: Ford was initiated into Freemasonry on September 30, 1949. - Gerald Ford, Wikipedia.
    • September 30, 1949: Ford was initiated into Freemasonry on September 30, 1949, in Malta Lodge No. - Gerald Ford (1913)/Biography, Genealogy_wikia.
    • July, 1958: However the position changed in July 1958 following the Revolution, with the abolition of the Monarchy and Iraq being declared a republic, under General Qasim. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1967: This continued until 1967 when the obligation of the provision was rescinded by Parliament. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: However, by this time the lodge was operating independently and irregularly; as the Grand Orient had revoked its charter in 1976. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1982: By 1982 the scandal became public knowledge and Gelli was formally expelled from Freemasonry. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1983: The Church issued a new Code of Canon Law. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: In the UK, Masons working in the justice system, such as judges and police officers, were from 1999 to 2009 required to disclose their membership. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.
  • 21st century

    • 2003: He felt it necessary to apologise to British Freemasons after he said that their beliefs were incompatible with Christianity and that he had barred the appointment of Freemasons to senior posts in his diocese when he was Bishop of Monmouth. - Freemasonry, Wikipedia.






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