The Legend of the Quatuor Coronati

Quatuor Coronati is the world’s premier research lodge. Established in 1884 (and consecrated in 1886), the lodge’s founders wished to advance an evidence-based approach to study Masonic history and research the origins of Freemasonry. Their approach was intended to replace the more imaginative writings of earlier authors and was later referred to as the ‘authentic school’ of Masonic research. Quatuor Coronati adopts the same principles today.

  • We hold meetings incorporating lectures five times a year at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London;
  • publish our lectures, other research papers and ‘notes & queries’ annually in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum or ‘AQC’, the Transactions of the Lodge, which is distributed internationally; and
  • arrange conferences and symposia on different aspects of Freemasonry and Masonic Research.

The QC Correspondence Circle is an international community. Whether you are based in North or South America, the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia or Australasia, we would be delighted if you would like to become involved in the research activities of Quatuor Coronati. The first step is to join our Correspondence Circle, which is open to anyone interested in Masonic research or historical research more broadly.

QC in America – What’s Happening …

QC is holding a conference at the magnificent George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA, from 14-16 September 2018. The symposium, Freemasons in the Transatlantic World, focuses on the evolution of freemasonry in America and the Caribbean, and the contributions, negative and positive, from England, Scotland and Ireland. QCCC members obtain discounted entry. Please keep the dates clear. This will be an outstanding event for those interested in gaining a greater understanding of the beginnings of freemasonry in America. The GWMNM is a wonderful venue and is just over the river from Washington DC; needless to say, we have lined up a number of world-class speakers for the event and will hold Q&A sessions with a panel of Masonic luminaries. Earlybird tickets are available to book now.

New Subscription Service Contact Details

The handover to Warners, our new subscription service provider, went smoothly and new membership numbers have been issued and subscriber information updated. Our new address, subscription telephone number and email for subscription and renewal queries are detailed on the ‘Contacts’ page. If there are any errors or omissions in your contact details, or if you have difficulties in renewing or subscribing, please let us know by emailing us at QCCC@warnersgroup.co.uk. If you currently receive QCCC communications by letter rather than email, please let us know your email address – just email QCCC@warnersgroup.co.uk with your membership number and a request to add your email address. Doing so will allow us to contact you more often and more efficiently, and will help us to reduce costs – thanks in advance!

Other Current Developments

Espionage, Diplomacy & the Lodge, Ric Berman’s latest work, has just been published. The book tells the story of Charles Delafaye, one of eighteenth-century freemasonry’s most influential figures, and his connections within government and to the Secret Department of the Post Office, the forerunner of GCHQ and the NSA. It is available via Amazon in the US and Europe.

There are new research resources available on the QC website. Please visit Research Resources for more information. The documents include the QC Antigraphas, rare, mainly nineteenth-century volumes that contain facsimiles of and introductions to a selection of Old Charges and Masonic Manuscripts. We have also uploaded the early Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England (the ‘Moderns’) and the Grand Lodge of England according the the Old Institutions (the ‘Antients’).

Flyers and a brochure can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant links on the Local Secs webpage.

Back Issues of AQC

Many members are looking to complete their sets of AQC or obtain past issues. If you are aware of any collections or part collections that are available, please contact us at queries@quatuorcoronati.com. We may also be able to help you locate and purchase back issues.

Tercentenary Conference Report 

The QC Tercentenary Conference Proceedings on the History of Freemasonry – Reflections on 300 Years of Freemasonry – is proving to be exceptionally popular.   Your copy of the book can be ordered by clicking here.

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