Museum of Freemasonry - Masonic Library

The Expansion of Freemasonry

The First Grand Lodge was established in London in 1717, followed by the Grand Lodges of Ireland in 1725, and of Scotland in 1736. A number of Masons from elsewhere, mainly Irish, took up residence in London at this period. These Masons did not approve of certain changes in the Ritual made by the First Grand Lodge in the 1740s, and they formed in London a rival

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