Globes, pillars, columns and candlesticks

Reading Time: 23 minutes Presented November 20, 1998, at the Vancouver Lodge of Education and Research. In mid September, when the Worshipful Master originally asked me to present a paper, I had just committed to the Chairman of the Vancouver Grand Masonic Day to deliver the talk that I had originally thought of delivering to this Lodge; that is, … Read more

What is Freemasonry

Reading Time: 32 minutes Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here this evening to afford you some information upon Freemasonry; a matter which is not generally understood by the outside world, and not always even by the members of the Craft. De Quincey, in his Essay upon Secret Societies, tells the following tale. ” I once heard a poor fellow … Read more

Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes

Reading Time: 6 minutes Conceptions and Misconceptions In so far as surviving records can prove, the earliest known traceable date of a Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes is 1822 at the Harp Tavern, Great Russell Street near Drury Lane Theatre and was created by stage hands and theatre technicians who had been denied a long held … Read more

Following in Noah’s Footsteps – Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner

Reading Time: 12 minutes To many Masons who do not know much about it, even to many Mark Master Masons who have not gone on to become Ark Mariners, the Royal Ark Mariner can seem to be just a quaint, short little degree about Noah’s Flood whose members wear rainbow coloured aprons. It may be attached to the Mark degree, but it is often dismissed as being of very little ritual significance.