Freemasonry 10 Quick Facts


Here's some facts about Freemasonry which perhaps you didn't know...


  • The first President of the United States of America, George Washington was a Freemason. He was initiated in to the Lodge of Fredericksburg Virginia in 1752. In total 13 Freemasons signed the US Constitution and 15 Presidents have been members.


  • Winston Churchill was a Freemason as were other British military leaders including The Duke of Wellington and Lord Kitchener


  • Rudyard Kipling was an enthusiastic Freemason who wrote poems about Freemasonry, other writers included Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


  • Elias Ashmole, the founder of the Ashmolean Museum and Library at Oxford was initiated into Freemasonry on 16th October 1646 at Warrington in Lancashire


  • Freemasons do not raise money for charities from the general public, it is mainly contributed by Masons and their families


  • In 2008, The Freemasons' Grand Charity donated over £3.7 million to support Masonic individuals in need and over £3.1 million to non-Masonic charities


  • In 2008, the grants made by the Grand Charity included over £600,000 to support the work of 227 Hospices


  • The Institute of Cancer Research - "Over the last four years, our everyman scientists have made many breakthroughs into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and methods of treatment of male cancers, thanks to our generous supporters, the Freemasons"


  • Many terms used in Freemasonry have come into everyday usage, for example "is he on the level", "is he being square with me" and "he gave me the third degree"


  • The United Grand Lodge of England, far from being secretive, runs organised tours of the Grand Lodge building in Great Queen Street, London. The tours include the Grand Temple, the Library and the Museum where well informed and friendly professional staff are on hand to assist those engaged in serious research, Freemason or not. There is also a video, which is on sale to the general public about Freemasonry and the UGLE



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