Sunday, 13 April 2014
My next book will be examining the York Grand Lodge and will be published by Arima in September 2014. It has been a fascinating research project, and the book will offer a new examination of this unique independent form of English Freemasonry. More posts to follow.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Thursday, 6 February 2014
My new book A Quick Guide to Freemasonry is now available; the. idea of the book was to have an easy to understand question and answer book for new Masons, a book which covers everything Masonic. A number of question and answers from the book will be appearing in the UK based Masonic Magazing The Square.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
My new book A Quick Guide to Freemasonry is now out with Lewis Masonic. It's a question and answer book which presents everything you wanted to know about Freemasonry but was afraid to ask! It's aimed at new lodge members, lodge mentors and people with a general interest in Freemasonry.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
With the new book out on the Liverpool Masonic Rebellion, and another book coming out later this year with Lewis Masonic, I have a number of speaking engagements and book signings. One particular event is the 64th Midwest Conference, Winnipeg, where I will be a keynote speaker, on the 4th of May, at the Hilton Suits. I'll be talking about the Liverpool Masonic Rebellion, and how it developed into the Wigan Grand Lodge - the Grand Lodge assisting in the development of its local community. One of the themes of the talk will be how we can still learn from the Masonic rebellion today, and how it has effected modern Freemasonry. Here is the website for the Midwest Conference
Friday, 14 December 2012
Thursday, 29 November 2012
The Liverpool Masonic Rebellion of 1823 was partly a result of the changes that the new United Grand Lodge of England had made after the union of 1813, and was partly a result of the social changes which were happening at the time; the north-west of England becoming heavily industrialised, with growing radicalism and protests such as the Peterloo massacre, all occurring during this crucial period of social upheaval. The leaders of the lodges involved in the rebellion, were radical, charismatic, and powered a heady concoction of anger and ego, they led there lodges head first into a rebellion which would change the Masonic landscape in England for ever. Lodges such as the Merchants lodge, which had been founded by such local dignitaries as Thomas Golightly, a powerful Liverpool merchant and politician, led the way in the rebellion, which was to eventually create the Grand Lodge of Wigan, a seperate Grand Lodge which lasted until 1913.