About Freemasonry

Stivichall 5799 Crest 100 x 128What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

Are you thinking of becoming a Freemason?

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Masonry – Whats it all about?

Charity

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.

In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities. Please refer to our Freemasonry and Charity page for more information on our Charity work.

Introducing Freemasory

In this video Nigel Brown, Grand Secretary, answers many of the questions asked of Masons and addresses some common misconceptions

CHICK HERE to view the Introducting Freemasonry video with Nigel Brown, Grand Secretary

 Famous Freemasons

CLICK HERE to view the video on Famous Freemasons

Monarchs

King George IV (1762 – 1830)
King William IV (1765 – 1837)
King Edward VII (1841 – 1910)
King Edward VIII (1894 – 1972)
King George VI (1895 – 1952

Statesmen

Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)
George Canning (1770 – 1827)
Lord Randolph Churchill (1849 – 1895)
Cecil Rhodes (1852 – 1903)
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)
Leopold S. Amery (1873 – 1955)

Religion

Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (1887 – 1972)
Sir Israel Brodie (1895 – 1979)

Scientists

Sir Joseph Banks (1744 – 1820)
Dr Edward Jenner (1749 – 1823)
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 – 1955)
Sir Bernard Spilsbury (1877 – 1947)

Explorers

Sir Richard Burton (1821 – 1890)
Capt Robert Falcon Scott, RN (1868 – 1912)
Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922)

Charity

Dr T. J. Barnardo (1845 – 1905)
1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851 – 1925)
Sir William “Billy” Butlin (1899 – 1980)

Actors

David Garrick (1717 – 1779)
Edmund Kean (1787 – 1833)
Sir Henry Irving (1838 – 1905 )
Sir Donald Wolfitt (1902 – 1968)
Peter Sellers (1925 – 1980)
Ernest Borgnine (1917 – 2012)

Writers

Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)
Edward Gibbon (1734 – 1794)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 – 1816)
Robbie Burns (1759 – 1796)
Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)
Anthony Trollope (1815 – 1882)
Sir William S. Gilbert (1836 – 1911)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930)
Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

Artists

Sir James Thornhill (1676 – 1734)
William Hogarth (1697 – 1764)
John Zoffany (1733 – 1810)
Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837)

Music

Thomas Arne (1710 – 1778) Rule Britannia
Samuel Wesley (1766 – 1837)
Sir Henry Bishop (1786 – 1855) Home Sweet Home
Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 – 1900)
Nathaniel Adams Coles (’Nat King Cole’) (1919 – 1965)

Entertainers

Sir Harry Lauder (1879 – 1950)
David Nixon (1919 – 1978)
Cyril Fletcher (1913 – 2005)
Geraldo (1904 – 1974)
Nat Jackley (1909 – 1988)
Alfred Marks OBE (1921 – 1996)
Jim Davidson OBE (b:1953)
Edmundo Ros OBE (1910 – 2011)
Cyril Stapleton (1914 – 1974)
Tommy Trinder CBE (1909 – 1989)
Jimmy Wheeler (1910 – 1970)
Oliver Hardy (1892 – 1957)
Roger de Courcey (b:1944)
Harry Houdini (1874 – 1926)
Harry H Corbett OBE (1925 – 1982)
‘Bud’ Abbott (1895 – 1974)

Sportsmen

Harold Abrahams CBE (1899 – 1978)
‘Jackie’ Milburn (1924 – 1988)
Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885 – 1948)
Sir Donald Campbell CBE (1921 – 1967)
Sir Leonard ‘Len’ Hutton (1916 – 1990)
John ‘Jock’ Stein (1922 – 1985)
Sir Alec Rose (1908 – 1991)
Sir Clive Lloyd CBE, AO (b:1941)
Jim Peters (1918 – 1999)
Sir Arthur Gold (1917 – 2002)
Trevor Simpson
Len Shackleton (1922 – 2000)
Joe Wade (1921 – 2005)
Leslie Compton (1912 – 1984)
Herbert Sutcliffe (1894 – 1978)
Bill Bowes (1908 – 1987)
Sir Thomas Lipton Bt, KCVO 1848 – 1931)
William ‘Jack’ Dempsey (1895 – 1983)
Arnold Palmer (b: 1929)
Sugar Ray Robinson(1921 – 1989)
Tony Allcock MBE (b: 1955)
Sir ‘Alf’ Ramsey (1920 – 1999)
Peter Ebdon (b:1970)
Mark Wildman (b: 1936)
“Smokin’ Joe” Frazier (1944 – 2011)

Army

General Sir John Moore (1761 – 1809)
Field Marshal The Duke of Wellington KG (1769 – 1852)
Field Marshal The Earl Roberts of Kandahar VC, KG, KP (1832 – 1914)
Field Marshal The Earl Kitchener of Khartoum KG, KP (1850 – 1916)
Field Marshal Sir John French, 1st Earl of Ypres KP (1852 – 1925)
Field Marshal The Earl Haig KT (1861 – 1928)
General Sir Reginald Wingate Bt, GCB, GCVO, GBE, KCMG, DSO, TD (1861 – 1953)
Field Marshal The Viscount Wolseley KP (1883 – 1913)
Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE (1884 – 1981)
Field Marshal The Earl Alexander of Tunis KG (1891 – 1969)
William Cody ‘Buffalo Bill’ (1846 – 1917)
Lieutenant-Colonel ‘Paddy’ Maine DSO*** (1915 – 1955)

Navy

Admiral Sir Sidney Smith KCB(1764 – 1840)
Admiral The Lord Beresford GCB, GCVO (1841 – 1919)
Admiral of the Fleet The Earl Jellicoe GCB, OM, GCVO, SGM (1859 – 1935)

Royal Air Force

Marshal of the Royal Air Force The Lord Newall GCB, OM, GCMG, CBE, AM (1886 – 1963)
Squadron Leader Henry Melvin “Dinghy” Young DFC* (1915 – 1943)