The Influence of Kings on Craft Freemasonry

Reading Time: 27 minutes ‘From time immemorial’ we have been very fortunate in that our Craft has had the support of Royalty. Without that support I doubt that we would be in the same position as we are today, even taking into account our declining numbers. Royalty brought and registered a degree of class, charisma & gentlemanly behaviour to … Read more

Freemason Oliver Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russell was born on February 19th, 1869 in Rome, Italy. He was educated at Eton and graduated from New College, Oxford. While at New College he began rowing and rowed for Oxford against Cambridge. In 1894 and 1898, he served on the original Olympic committee.

Oscar Wilde – A University Freemason – by W.Bro. Yasha Beresiner

Reading Time: 21 minutes Today no one will deny the genius of Oscar Wilde. Yet during his own lifetime he was spurned and humiliated in spite of the success of much of his work. He was a victim of the society into which he was born. The Victorian middle-class, whose sacred institutions of morality Wilde was to infringe, simply had no patience or tolerance for him. The saddest of the tragedies that Wilde was to write could not match the events that were to unfold and Freemasonry, which did play a significant part during his time at Oxford

Reaching out to the next generation

Reading Time: 2 minutes West Lancashire Freemasons,  in the persons of Dave Grainger APrGM with responsibility for the University Scheme, and John Stanley the Lancaster and District Group University Liaison Officer, have arranged that West Lancashire Freemasons will have a stall at the Lancaster University Freshers Fair on Friday 7 October. Working closely with the Students Union at Lancaster … Read more

Fraternity in the trenches

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Battle of the Somme produced more than one million casualties. Director of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry Diane Clements marks the masons who fought for freedom

The centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916 will be marked this summer. On that single day there were almost 60,000 British casualties, most of them before noon, of whom nearly 20,000 died.