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Freemasonry in the Ottoman Empire

MASONIC INITIATION

  The June 2015 edition of popular history magazine “Derin Tarih” (Deep History) claimed to expose the “hidden history” of how Freemasonry played a key role in bringing down the Ottoman Empire. The magazine is published by the same company that owns pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) newspaper Yeni ?afak, and it is always full of similarly bombastic stories, revealing “historical documents” of dubious veracity. Freemasons may not be the AKP’s number one enemy, but residual paranoia about Freemasonry still lingers on at the fringes of Turkish politics. (Back in the 1970s, current President Erdo?an wrote and performed in a ... Read More »

Freemasons are actually a bunch of regular guys

Freemason

When you enter the Grand Lodge of the Freemasons in Ireland, in Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, it has the feel of a gentleman’s club and I am ushered politely into the library to await the presence of the Most Worshipful Brother Douglas T Grey, Grand Master of the order founded in Ireland in 1725. ‘Doughie’, as it turns out, is dressed conventionally in blazer and slacks, the garb of an insurance executive, which he once was. But within these walls he is referred to as ‘Grand Master’ and when he talks personally or on his phone he speaks to ‘Young ... Read More »

Head of Freemasonry visits children’s centre following £10k donation

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Children enjoying their end of term day at the PACE Centre on Wendover Road, Aylesbury welcomed Gordon Robertson, head of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire, when he visited to see the covered play area in used, following a £10,000 donation towards its construction. PACE is a family-centred charity which provides an innovative education for LIFE for children with sensory motor disorders, such as cerebral palsy. The play area was opened in January along with the Weston Centre and is part of the first stage of the building project which is eventually going to be the new Early Years and Independence Training Centre ... Read More »

Grand Orange Lodge behind ‘secret’ bid for Boyne musket

ORANGE LODGE

THE Orange Order has been revealed as the mystery owner of the antique ‘Boyne musket’ almost a week after the artefact was sold to an “anonymous” telephone bidder for £20,000. Now taking centre stage among other historical memorabilia, the purchase was kept under wraps until yesterday’s official opening of the organisation’s new Museum of Orange Heritage at Schomberg House on the Cregagh Road. Following its sale at public auction at Ross’s Auctioneers in Belfast last Thursday, there had been some speculation that the 17th Century gun might not go on public display after both the Ulster Museum and the Boyne ... Read More »

Freemasons mark 150 years in Banchory

The new Lodge histiry book.

On Saturday July 4 Banchory Freemasons of Lodge St Ternan No 443 will be celebrating 150 years of Freemasonry in the town at the Masonic Temple. A delegation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland will perform a re-dedication ceremony to mark the occasion, the Deputation will be led by the Depute Grand Master Bro. Ramsay McGhee as the Grand Master Mason Bro. Charles Woolridge Gordon of Esslemont is unable to attend the meeting, the Lodge will tyle at 1pm. The celebrations will continue after the Lodge meeting with a Dinner at the Ravenswood British Legion Club which will also be ... Read More »