Monday, 28 February 2011

From Elias Ashmole to Arthur Edward Waite: The Search for Lost Knowledge within Freemasonry - Part 1

'[William Backhouse] told me in Syllables the true matter of the philosophers stone...'
Elias Ashmole

The search for lost knowledge is a theme that resounds throughout Freemasonry, from its earliest moments - with the alchemist Elias Ashmole, who became a Freemason in Warrington in 1646, to the late Victorian period when 'occultists' and Freemasons such as Arthur Edward Waite, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Frederick Bligh Bond also explored spiritualism and the supernatural.

In my first book The Genesis of Freemasonry the early influences on the foundation of Freemasonry are put forward, and the theme of the search for lost knowledge is discussed to create a new picture of the origins of Freemasonry. My second book The Transformation of Freemasonry completes the story, and continues to discuss this theme. I also discuss this in a new paper which appears in the latest edition of Philalethes: The Journal of Masonic Letters

Sunday, 27 February 2011

The Sky TV Interview with Dr. David Harrison

Another chance to see the Sky TV interview with Dr. David Harrison regarding his book 'The Genesis of Freemasonry'. More interviews on the way.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Book signing - The Transformation of Freemasonry

Above is a feature from the Runcorn Weekly News regarding the book signing at the Curiosity Book shop in Runcorn, Cheshire. The shop is a popular attraction for readers and researchers in local history, and it has a variety of books which concentrate on Runcorn's bygone days as an important port on the River Mersey. The Transformation of Freemasonry looks at how the port of Runcorn played a part in Masonic history, and how another port - Liverpool, also played an important part in the history of Freemasonry, with Freemasons involved in the slave trade. I will be giving a number of talks this year about the book, especially in Liverpool, and will be concentrating on the Liverpool Masons who were involved in the slave trade and the Liverpool Masonic Rebellion - both popular topics in the city. For information on the forthcoming talks keep an eye out on the blog. Some signed copies are still available in the Curiosity Book Shop, to enquire check out the link:

The news fearture is also available online: