The Grand Lodge of Scotland Museum and Library

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Freemasons' Hall, 96 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DH, Scotland, UK
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The Grand Lodge of Scotland Museum and Library

The Museum houses the oldest Masonic Records in the world (those of Lodge Aitcheson's Haven dating from January 1599), the famous 'Burns Inauguration' painting, numerous Masonic Artifacts - including Jewels, Ceramics, Clocks and Watches, and the records of the membership of many Famous Scottish Freemasons both at home and overseas.

The Museum of the Grand Lodge of Scotland contains some unique Scottish artifacts. The collection might best be described as 'eclectic' but the connecting theme, with few exceptions, is Freemasonry. A Masonic Bowie Knife from Texas (Bowie was a Freemason) to a Masonic Zippo lighter (!) are a few modern items to have been 'made' Masonic. More traditional items as mentioned previously include glasses, clocks and oil paintings. In addition there are numerous items kindly donated by Freemasons or their relatives and it is by this means that the collection primarily continues to grow.

On this page we shall display some choice items reflecting the 'eclectic nature of the collection but also in an attempt to demonstrate the range of items held in the Museum, and a lesser extent, the Library, and in so doing show how Scottish Freemasonry different is different from that practised in other parts of the world. These differences manifest themselves in many ways but here we can only give examples as reflected in physical objects although there are also significant divergences not easily presented visually such as ritual, charity and esoteric interpretations. Scottish Masonic symbolism is one obvious difference from the rest of the Masonic world and we shall begin therefore by presenting some Scottish Masonic jewels.

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