Monday, 20 July 2015

The York Grand Lodge by Dr David Harrison

As my latest book Freemasonry and Fraternal Societies is launched, I thought I would do a brief post about my last book The York Grand Lodge. The book was published in June 2014 by Arima Publishing, and examines the rise and fall of the Grand Lodge of All England held at York, an independent Masonic body that existed from the early 1700s through to opening years of the 19th century. It's a story full of political intrigue, Jacobites and independent Masonry; the 'Yorkists' having a five degree system by the 1770s.

The York Grand Lodge, or the Grand Lodge of All England held at York, was a professional and progressive force in eighteenth century Masonry; a number of lodges were founded under the body, some being more successful than others, but those lodges that were successful, such as the Druidical Lodge in Rotherham, survived quite a long time and practiced a number of degrees, exploring the Royal Arch and Knights Templar.

My next book is The City of York: A Masonic Guide, and will be complimentary to my earlier York Grand Lodge book. It will act as a street-by-street guide to all the historic buildings that are associated with the York Grand Lodge and Freemasonry in general, and will reveal more intricate details about certain locations. Buildings such as the Merchant Adventurers' Hall and the Punch Bowl Tavern will be discussed, along with the story behind the Yorkshire Museum and the Minster. 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Freemasonry and Fraternal Societies

My new book Freemasonry and Fraternal Societies is now available through Lewis Masonic, Amazon and other book outlets. The book examines how fraternal societies such as the Oddfellows, Druids, Foresters, Rechabites, Horsemen and Ancient Shepherds were influenced by Freemasonry, the book presenting a history of each Order, discussing the fate of the friendly societies in the wake of government tampering and social change. These Orders mainly catered for the working classes, and the book also presents the clubs that attracted the upper-classes of society - the gentlemen's clubs of London, some of which also had members whom were Freemasons.