With the approval of the Provincial Grand Master for the
Province of Lincolnshire, the Lincolnshire Masonic Research Society was established
in November, 2012, as a means of enquiry into all areas of the Craft and
The number of members of the Society has been limited to
twelve and the Society is open only by invitation. The current members are - W Bro A R Newton
(Chairman), V W Bro W J Hockin, W Bro R L Brittan, W Bro Rev J D R Spriggs, W
Bro D R O’Neill, W Bro T F Aldridge, W Bro C Maurier, W Bro Rev M A Craggs, W
Bro M Taylor, W Bro M Carter, W Bro E C Coleman (Hon. Secretary).
Other Provinces have had Masonic Research Societies for
some considerable time, and it is hoped that, in time, the Lincolnshire Society
will attain the high standards achieved elsewhere. Members have already attended Quatour
Coronati Lodge, and successful visits have been made to the Knights Templar
chapel at Rothwell and Spital-in-the Street Chapel.
W Bro Rev’d John D R Spriggs edited the Society’s
Tercentenary book – A Brief History of
Craft Freemasonry in Lincolnshire (ISBN – 13: 978-1544799810 and ISBN-10:
1544799810). A Foreword is provided by
the Provincial Grand Master, Graham Ives, and the publication was arranged with
the aid of W Bro C Maurier. The book may
be purchased on line from Amazon at £5.99.
Copies will be placed with the British Library and Grand Lodge Library.
Current work includes continuing the work already done by
W Bro Brittan in compiling a ‘Lincolnshire Masonic Record’ containing lists of
Minute Books, Attendance Lists, Membership Records, Declaration Books, Account
Books, Correspondence Registers, and other communications and memoranda which
Lodges have agreed can be placed on record.
With the completion of the Tercentenary Project, the Society will be
considering new projects and research challenges.
To ensure that the Society remains outward looking, the
members would welcome any questions concerning Masonic history and tradition
from any Provincial Brethren – particularly where there is a Lincolnshire
connection. All such queries should be
directed to the Hon. Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.