Today’s guest is Reuben Ayres, Provincial Grand Orator for the Province of Devonshire, and member of St George Lodge that meets in Exeter. Reuben presents a variety of lectures to his Brethren in Devon, but today we talk about the basics of Freemasonry.

We start of discussing how it can be hard to define Masonry as it means different things to difference people.

We find out about Freemasonry before the forming of the Premier Grand Lodge in 1717, but why it’s hard to find out for sure the origins of Freemasonry and the various theories that have been put forward.

We then see how the Premier Grand Lodge had different factions that had slightly different form of ritual (the Antients and the Moderns), and how they then re-united to create the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813. Therefore, the tercentenary celebrates 300 years of a Grand Lodge, not of UGLE!

One of the main things we learn is that when looking at the history of Freemasonry, we must also look at history as a whole, and how events have impacted Freemasonry. Not only that, are we at a turning point in Masonry, an era that future historians will look back on.

Learn how Freemasonry in the UK spread across the four quarters of the globe through the rise of the British Empire, and how it left those roots and connections as the Empire receded.

I also ask Reuben the “quick questions”:

Why did he become a Mason?
Why did he stay a Mason?
Does Reuben have a single memory of Freemasonry?
Any advice for people interested in joining Freemasonry?
Advice for Master Masons

Links from the show

Provincial Grand Orator in Devonshire Page
Reuben’s Provincial Grand Orator Twitter Feed
Reuben’s Provincial Grand Orator Facebook Page
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge)

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