Ancients Grand Lodge

1751 Formation of Grand Lodge according to the Old Constitutions know as the Ancients Grand Lodge at London, formed with Scottish and Irish Masons practicing Irish and Scottish "masonry" which greatly differs from the Original English Craft.

The extent of the "irregular makings" so often complained of in the records of the Grand Lodge of 1717 may be shown by the fact that because of these the Grand Lodge erased from its list at least forty-five lodges between 1742 and 1752. Brethren so dealt with, along with many free lances, and also some independent, or "St. John's lodges," (about which many interesting things might be written) came together and formed a "Grand Committee" of "the Most Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons"; this Committee formed itself into "The Grand Lodge of England according to the Old Constitutions," which Grand Lodge afterwards came to be called the "Ancient" Grand Lodge in contradistinction to the "Modern," as the older Grand Lodge became dubbed. The earliest record of the Grand Committee is of date July 17, 1751; on that day Lodges No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 "were authorized to grant Dispensations and Warrants and to act as Grand Master."

List of Lodges

No.

Date

Year

Name

Province

1

13 Aug

1759

Grand Masterís Lodge

3

18 Feb

1754

Lodge of Fidelity

5

2 Aug

1756

St Georgeís & Cornerstone Lodge

7

17 July

1751

Royal York Lodge of Perseverance

9

17 May

1769

Albion Lodge

11

19 Aug

1754

Enoch Lodge

13

6 Mar

1761

Union Waterloo Lodge

West Kent

15

30 Jan

1752

Kent Lodge

London

19

27 Feb

1769

Royal Atheistan Lodge

22

14 Dec

1757

Neptune Lodge

London

24

24 Sept

1805

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Lodge

Northumbria

25

10 July

1810

Robert Burns Lodge

London

27

17 June

1811

Egyptian Lodge

London

30

23 June

1777

United Mariners Lodge

London

31

24 Mar

1806

United Industrious Lodge

32

30 May

1786

St Georgeís Lodge of Harmony 1814

34

25 Mar

1775

Mount Moriah Lodge

36

20 Aug

1808

Glamorgan Lodge

South Wales ED

38

13 Mar

1812

Lodge of Union 1828

Chichester

40

5 Apr

1813

Derwent Lodge

43

3 Dec  1755

Trinity Lodge

Warwicks

44

23 Feb

1803

Lodge of Friendship

47

17 Dec

1755

Newstead Lodge

49

26 Nov

1810

Gihon Lodge

50

Mar

1803

Knights of Malta Lodge

53

23 Jan

1812

Royal Sussex Lodge

54

12 Nov

1813

Lodge of Hope

57

16 Mar

1809

Humber Lodge 1810

62

16 Feb

1811

Social Lodge

63

14 Apr

1757

St Maryís Lodge

London

65

6 June

1810

Lodge of Prosperity

68

14 Sept

1807

Royal Clarence Lodge 1849

70

21 Mar

1759

St Johnís Lodge 1858

72

15 Oct

1810

Royal Jubilee Lodge

73

29 Feb

1760

Mount Lebanon Lodge

74

16 July

1811

Athol

76

29 May

1761

Lodge of Economy

79

18 Mar

1813

Pythagorean Lodge

London

80

18 Dec

1805

St Johnís Lodge

84

6 Sept

1806

Doyleís Lodge of Fellowship

87

18 May

1810

Vitruvian Lodge

London

90

Jan

1809

St Johnís Lodge

95

22 Dec

1802

Eastern Star Lodge

98

30 July

1805

St Martinís Lodge

Staffordshire

101

2 July

1813

Temple Lodge

104

31 Mar

1806

Lodge of St John

Cheshire

107

22 Mar

1810

Philanthropic Lodge

110

20 June

1810

Loyal Cambrian Lodge

South Wales ED

113

13 Mar

1812

Lodge of Unanimity

115

5 Sept

1767

St Johnís Lodge

117

22 Mar

1810

Salopian Lodge of Charity

Shropshire

119

14 Mar

1807

Sun, Square & Compasses Lodge

Cumb/Westm

121

21 Dec

1813

Mount Sinai Lodge

125

13 Mar

1807

Prince Edwinís Lodge

128

11 Nov

1803

Prince Edwinís Lodge

West Lancashire

130

22 Apr

1772

Royal Gloucester Lodge

Hants & Isle of Wight

131

6 July

1772

Lodge of Fortitude 1826

141

8 Nov

1774

Lodge of Faith

London

142

11 May

1775

Saint Thomasís Lodge

143

10 Oct

1775

Middlesex Lodge

London

145

1806

Lodge of Prudent Brethren

London

146

24 June

1776

Lodge of Antiquity

147

1 Jan

1801

Lodge of Justice

151

8 May

1801

Albany Lodge 1816

152

30 Dec

1796

Lodge of Virtue 1832

153

18 Nov

1777

Inhabitantsí Lodge

155

19 Oct

1803

Lodge of Perseverance

156

27 Dec

1804

Harmony Lodge

158

4 Dec

1797

Adamís Lodge

159

12 Jan

1802

Brunswick Lodge

164

30 June

1813

Lodge of Perseverance

168

10 Mar

1784

Marinersí Lodge

171

1 Nov

1784

Lodge of Amity

London

173

26 Sept

1785

Phoenix Lodge

175

8 Sept

1813

East Medina Lodge

177

7 Feb

1786

Domatic Lodge

178

26 May

1786

Lodge of Antiquity 1841

180

9 Mar

1787

St Jamesí Union Lodge

London

184

13 Dec

1787

Gillingham Lodge of Benevolence

East Kent

185

20 Dec

1787

Lodge of Tranquility

186

15 Jan

1788

Lodge of Industry 1821

London

188

21 Apr

1789

Lodge of Joppa

London

190

15 June

1789

Oak Lodge

192

24 Dec

1789

Lion & Lamb Lodge

London

193

15 Feb

1790

Lodge of Confidence

London

194

31 Aug

1790

St Paulís Lodge

196

6 Dec

1790

Albion Lodge

Barbados

198

5 Jan

1791

Percy Lodge

199

1801

Lodge of Peace & Harmony

East Kent

200

5 Mar

1791

Old Globe Lodge

Yorkshire N & ER

201

25 Apr

1810

Jordan Lodge

203

10 Aug

1792

Ancient Union Lodge

204

20 Oct

1802

Caledonian Lodge

205

23 May

1793

Lodge of Israel

London

207

10 May

1794

Royal Lodge

Jamaica

209

13 July

1813

Etonian Lodge of St John

Berkshire

210

21 Mar

1795

Duke of Athol Lodge

East Lancashire

211

11 Sept

1795

St Michaelís Lodge

212

16 Oct

1812

Euphrates Lodge

London

213

24 Dec

1795

Lodge of Perseverance

Norfolk

214

3 Nov

1795

Lodge of Hope & Unity 1852

Essex

215

26 Jan

1796

Lodge of Commerce

East Lancashire

216

22 Apr

1796

Harmonic Lodge 1819

217

1 Mar

1797

Lodge of Stability

London

218

27 Dec

1797

Lodge of True Friendship

220

27 Dec

1796

Lodge of Harmony

West Lancashire

221

15 Mar

1797

St Johnís Lodge

222

17 Aug

1797

St Andrewís Lodge 1863

London

223

27 Dec

1799

Lodge of Charity 1809

224

9 Aug

1797

Atlantic Phoenix Lodge 1847

Bermuda

225

20 Oct

1804

St Lukeís Lodge

226

31 Oct

1797

Lodge of Benevolence

East Lancashire

227

25 Apr

1810

Ionic Lodge

228

19 Mar

1798

Lodge of United Strength

London

229

11 Apr

1798

Lodge of Humility with Fortitude

London

230

10 Aug

1810

Lodge of Fidelity

232

4 Mar

1801

Marine Lodge

233

1801

Prince Alfred Lodge 1862

Bermuda

239

31 Jan

1809

Friendly Lodge

243

18 Aug

1810

Loyalty Lodge

Channel Islands

244

3 Jan

1812

Yarborough Lodge 1857

Channel Islands

245

29 Apr

1813

Duke of Normandy Lodge

Channel Islands

246

29 July

1813

Royal Union Lodge

Gloucester

247

28 July

1813

Union Lodge

Guyana


- Most interested to learn why the Lodge number does not follow the formation date chronologically?

The office of Grand Master was left vacant until a "noble brother" could be found to accept the position; and the place of Lodge No.1 was left standing to be occupied by the Grand Master's Lodge, a thing suggested no doubt by the Grand Lodge of Ireland having done the same thing.

In 1753 a dozen or so lodges were on the list; during the next four years, and largely owing to Dermott's activity, twenty-four were added; between 1760 and 1766, while the Earl of Kelly was nominally Grand Master, sixty-four more were taken in charge.

The list of Lodge Numbers started with those from the many Lodges which joined from the original Lodges which where erased from The Grand Lodge of England list between 1742 and 1752 at least forty-five lodges. So has time passed and new Lodges where formed the Grand Lodge of the Ancients allocated the between missing numbers to the List of Lodges under its Jurisdiction.


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