The Lincolnshire Masonic Research Society

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 beyond.

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 anchorface@btinternet.com.


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