The Dowland Manuscript (Annotated) (Constitution Series Book 3) – Kindle edition by James Dowland, Bonificio Masonic Library. Download it once and read it. The oldest of this kind is the manuscript of a poem called. Constitutiones artis In , James Dowland published in Gentleman’s Magazine the copy of an old. late 16th/early 17th century manuscript with lute music by John Dowland by lemon-kun in Types > School Work, manuscript, and dowland.

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The document ends by thanking Archibald Barclay, and looking forward to obtaining the King’s warrant for the statutes. It contains some repetition, but compared to the Regius there is also much new material, much of which is repeated in later constitutions.

This dating leads to the hypothesis that the document’s composition, and especially its narrative of a royal authority for annual assemblies, was intended as a counterblast to the statute of banning such meetings. Email required Address manuscrpit made public.

The Airlie Manuscript of “. The document was circulated to every lodge in Scotland, which caused some degree of upset in Kilwinning.

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Discovering that the earth would be destroyed either by fire or by flood, they inscribed all their knowledge on two pillars of stone, one that would be eowland to fire, and one that would not sink. The first of five volumes of Grand Lodge minutes contained three lists of subscribing lodges and their members, dating from, and He appended a copy of a certificate issued to an apprentice by “his master frie Mason, in the Year of our Lordand in the raign of our Soveraign Lady Elizabeth the 22 year”.

It is believed that the Old Charges were used in making a Mason in the old, operative stonemason days. And other moe charges he gave them. And he made their paie right good, standinge as the realm did, for he gave them ijs.

They differ mainly in having the giving of the Mason Word as the first part of the text, followed by manuscriph catechism of the first and second degrees in the form of questions and answers. Working upwards, the second mnauscript an altar surrounded by a different set of symbols, the third has the altar and pillars together with the cherubim present on the arms of the Antient Grand Lodge of Englandthe Grand Lodge of Ireland and the United Grand Lodge of England.


The historian Andrew Prescott sees both the Regius and Cooke manuscripts as part of the struggle of mediaeval masons to determine their own pay, particularly after the statute of banning assemblies of masons.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In what appears to be the examination of a Master Mason, the responder relates what modern masons would recognise as that part of the legend of Hiram Abiff dealing with the recovery of his body, but in this instance the body is that of Noahdisinterred by his three sons in the doland of learning some secret, and the mason’s word is cryptically derived from his rotting body.

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The Matthew Cooke Manuscript is the second oldest of the Old Charges or Gothic Constitutions of Freemasonry, and the oldest known set of charges to be written in prose. Notify me of new posts via email. And also that they should come and semble together every yeare once, how they might worke best to serve the lord for his profitt, and to their own worshipp; and to correct within themselves him that had trespassed against the science.

The conflict between the two Grand Lodges, while obvious from other contemporary sources, is largely absent from both sets of minutes.

OLD CHARGES – Historic Masonic Charters and Manuscripts

Right soone after the decease of Sainct Albone, there came divers warrs into the realm of England of divers Nations, soe that the good rule of Masonrye was destroyed unto the time of Kinge Athelstone; that was a worthy Kinge of England and brought this land into good rest and peace; and builded many great workes of Abbyes and Towres, and other many divers buldings; and loved well Masons.

James Anderson was commissioned to digest the “gothic constitutions” into a more palatable form. In the distance is a sea or lake full of fish, and beyond this are mountains. The assembly under Edwin is for the first time identified as having occurred at York.

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Masons sought to show that their assemblies had royal approval, and added the detail that the King’s son had become a mason himself. The Kirkwall scroll is a floor cloth which contains many masonic symbols, many more opaque images, and manuscirpt writing which may either be a code or badly painted Hebrew.


These documents outlined a “history” of masonry, tracing its origins to mznuscript biblical or classical root, followed by the regulations mnauscript the organisation, and the responsibilities of its different grades. The sixth shows a cross atop a pyramid, surmounted by a rainbow, surrounded by masonic and alchemical symbols, and at the top a naked woman, assumed by early authors to be Evesitting under a tree surrounded by animals.

The result, inwas the first printed constitutions. Haughfoot was a hamlet, consisting mainly of a staging post for horses and carriages, in the Scottish Borders near the village of Stow.

Dolwand the ownership and dpwland the location of the MS is known it is of immense importance in understanding the origins of Freemasonry before the Grand Lodge era from There follows a history of the craft, and how it came to the British Isles, usually culminating in a general assembly of masons during the reign of King Athelstan. The physical makeup of these documents are found in the form of handwritten paper and parchment rolls, each unit having been either sewn or pasted together or are comprised of hand-written sheets stitched together mwnuscript book form, as well as in the more familiar, modern, printed book form.

The Tabernacle is claimed to be King Solomon’s Templewith the tents removed in Sinclair’s reproduction.

This suggests an English origin of at least some of the Scottish Old Charges. Dowlan that one stone was marble, for that would not bren with fire; and that other stone was clepped laterns, and would not drown in noe water.

William Schaw was master of works to King James VI of Scotland, and was also the general warden of all the lodges of Scottish stonemasons.