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originally posted by: TerryDon79
I've been researching Freemasonry for years.
My stepdad was a Freemason and some of my friends were also Freemasons. I would have joined, but unfortunately I'm an Atheist. I just love the subject and diving into the history of how Freemasonry came to be.
There's only 1 problem. I keep running into gaps that I can't fill as I can't find the information.
The biggest gap I have is pre 1599.
I can find mention of Freemasonry pre 1599, but I can't find any data to support the claims.
Is there anyone who knows the history of Freemasonry that could help?
He believes that the origins are found among the Danish and Norwegian Vikings who from the late 700s began to take on expeditions to the British Isles. Many Danes and Norwegians settled later in the northern parts of England and in Scotland. With them they took their customs and religion, and this is where Arvid Ystad believe that the origin of the Masonic Order rituals can be found.
originally posted by: KSigMason
a reply to: TerryDon79
There are other manuscripts, but most of them are based from off of the Regius Poem: www.travelingtemplar.com...
originally posted by: Parazurvan
I believe that Scotland and England are the two countries Freemasonry started but that is just because of the two rites I know about and a guess.