posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 10:25 AM
I know that FreeMasonry through the UGLE pretty much places it's start in 1717.
It is also my understanding that, from posts of various Masons active on the board, that Freemasonry can indeed trace it's history back much
The Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of All England is of the opinion that evidence showing this existence was purposefully destroyed.
He sites Robert Macoy's
General History, Cyclopedia and Dictionary of Freemasonry
as an example.
And he does have a point, the book does list a time line for Masonry stretching back a good while before 1717.
Now, he holds it as a conspiracy within the UGLE to present the emergence of FreeMasonry in 1717.
Now, it's been my understanding that the UGLE accepts the existence of Freemasonry before 1717, however that it is somewhat vague.
The Grad Secretary asserts the relevant documents were destroyed to keep it that way.
Personally, to me, it seems he's trying to give his Grand Lodge credibility. However, that's my opinion. Was looking for others.