Re "Elias Ashmole wrote a History of Freemasonry up to 1680 which was deposited in the Library of the Royal Society." Is there any evidence that this still exists? And how might we access it? Elias Ashmole deserves much respect in the proto-masonic history.
1: One part of the whole story that many are not aware of is the actions of the Earl of Sussex in ensuring that any history of pre-UGLE jistory was suppressed.
2: Elias Ashmole wrote a History of Freemasonry up to 1680 which was deposited in the Library of the Royal Society
1 That's an interesting claim to make, do you have any evidence. It seems a bit unlikely to me knowing how fiercely we protect our history and with all of those pre-Union Lodges continuing to work after the union? How did he suppress the living knowledge of the brethren which is passed down to us in the Lodge Minute Books that we treasure. You do know that there are still around 300 Lodges (both Antient and Modern) operating in England and Wales that pre-date the Union?
2: It seems quite strange to me that Ashmole would ONLY deposit his own work at the Royal Society without a copy in the Ashmolean Museum (his own set up in 1683) where all of his works were housed before being transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860. In fact I think he would also have probably mentioned such an important work in his Diary which of course is how we know that he was a Freemason in the first place.
It sounds to me a bit like one of those folk lorish tales.
omni: In my Lodge the Secretary is a hugh bully along with control issues. if anyone even asks a question he files masonic charges against them. He controls members mostly because they are afraid of him.
Apr 16, 2018 1:07:49 GMT
The Ancient: To omni: Grow some balls, that lodge is yours as well as every member in that lodge. If you are right, its not your problem. Nobody likes the ugliness of masonic charges. Light will always illuminate darkness, don't be afraid, be a better man.
May 27, 2018 15:37:09 GMT
The Ancient: Oh, I am a new member and just wanted to say hi...
May 27, 2018 15:39:10 GMT