When the Second Duke of Leinster Joined Freemasonry.

Certificate of The Second Duke of Leinster dated Naples 19th March 1763.

Certificate of The Second Duke of Leinster dated Naples 19th March 1763.

The Second Duke of Leinster was made a Mason in Naples, whilst on his Grand Tour. This actual Certificate is preserved in the Archives of The Grand Lodge of Ireland and is written on parchment 11.5 inches long x 98.25inches wide The Certificate is dated Naples, 19th March 1767, but as you can see from the photograph, the writing has faded over the years, due to its long exposure to the Light.

Sketch by the late Philip Crossle of the Leinster Seal as it looked in 1928.

Sketch by the late Philip Crossle of the Leinster Seal as it looked in 1928.

Attached to the side of the certificate is a very faded blue ribbon, on which is placed a seal impression of red wax. This is now very faded, but thankfully, we were able to unearth a sketch made back in 1928 by Philip Crossle, then Librarian of The Grand Lodge of Ireland, which will allow you to see some of the detail from this old seal .

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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