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

John Bowes: Freemason, civil rights advocate and philantrhopist

Reading Time: 4 minutes Public display Civil rights advocate and art collector John Bowes seemed destined for masonic greatness. Philippa Faulks discovers the Provincial Grand Master who never was John Bowes is best known for the magnificent Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham. Created with his wife Joséphine as a legacy for future generations, it now houses some of Britain’s … Read more

History of Zetland Hall ( China ) – Sheffield Freemasonry

Reading Time: 2 minutes   The first Masonic Hall in Hong Kong was built in 1846 by The Zetland Lodge No. 525, English Constitution and was named Zetland Hall in honour of the Lodge that built it. The Zetland Lodge itself was named as a compliment to the then Grand Master, Thomas, Second Earl of Zetland, who was The … Read more

Thomas Dundas, second Earl of Zetland – Sheffield Freemasonry

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thomas Dundas, second Earl of Zetland, was born in Marylebone, London on 5 February 1795. He was the son of Lawrence Dundas, first Earl of Zetland and his wife Harriet, the daughter of General John Gale. Dundas was educated at Harrow School, Middlesex and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Master of Arts … Read more