Tuesday, 30 October 2012

David Harrison to appear at the Massachusetts Lodge of Research

Taken from the Massachusetts Research Lodge website: Masonic History Day featuring Dr. David Harrison Saturday, May 18, 2012. About Dr. Harrison: Dr. David Harrison has written many articles and papers on the history of Freemasonry for a number of magazines and journals. He has worked as a history lecturer for over twelve years appearing at numerous conferences, and he has researched the complex and hidden history of English Freemasonry for his PhD at the University of Liverpool. His PhD was awarded in 2008, and was published in 2009 as a book by Lewis Masonic entitled 'The Genesis of Freemasonry'. Harrison has also appeared on various radio programs including the BBC and was a guest on the contraversial 'On The Level' program which featured on Sky TV, discussing his works. His follow up book 'The Transformation of Freemasonry' was published in September 2010 to great aclaim, and his third book 'The Liverpool Masonic Rebellion' was published in September 2012 by Arima Publishing. About the event: To be held at the Grand Lodge building, 18 Washington St., Dorchester, MA This will be 3 events in 1: The morning with be a special communication of the Massachusetts Lodge of Research. Dr. Harrison will be the featured speaker. After lunch Dr. Harrison will conduct a special training on Masonic research. This will be restricted to 35 participants and will be at a cost of $35. In the evening we will hold a Festive Board in honor of Dr. Harrison. Tickets will be restricted to 75 participants at a cost of $50 each. Details can be found at the website: http://www.masslodgeofresearch.org/index.html

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Masonic Rebellion 1823

Why write a book on a Masonic Rebellion that took place in 1823? Well, it was a major event that ultimately had an effect on the Craft in England. The rebellion was led by a group of Freemasons in the north west of England who made a stand for what they thought was a just cause; the ritual was being changed by Masons in London, lodges were being charged extra fees to pay for the rebuilding of Freemason's Hall in London, and the administration of the new United Grand Lodge was being changed. The Antients Grand Lodge and the Moderns Grand Lodge had come together in 1813, and under the leadership of the Duke of Sussex, things had started to change. Many lodges throughout England and Wales accepted the changes, but areas such as Lancashire resisted. Liverpool took the lead in the rebellion, and was soon joined by lodges in nearby Wigan.

Liverpool was a thriving port at the period, and had links to outlining towns through the cotton industry; towns such as Wigan, Warrington and Manchester being 'mill towns', heavily dependent on Liverpool's cotton trade. Thus Lancashire was the heartland of England's industry, it was a large county, and it was undergoing a change culturally as people flocked to the mill towns for work in the factories. Before the advent of the railways, it took around a week to travel down to London on the rough dirt tracks that made up England's road network, and Liverpool was a wealthy port, and thought of itself as a rival to London. Freemasonry was an important society to the up-and-coming merchants and tradesmen, and certain Freemasons of Liverpool and Wigan passionately opposed the changes being made to their society. The book gives an intricate account of the story of the rebellion, and its importance socially and culturally to the north west of England and the Craft as a whole. The book published by Arima is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Monday, 1 October 2012

New book out soon

The eagerly awaited new book by Masonic historian David Harrison is due out soon - 'The Liverpool Masonic Rebellion and the Wigan Grand Lodge' will be available from the publishers website www.arimapublishing.co.uk or through all good book outlets incuding Amazon. Information on the author can be found on facebook and twitter www.twitter.com/DrDavidHarrison