The Legend of the Quatuor Coronati

Quatuor Coronati is the world’s premier research lodge. It was founded in 1884 (and consecrated in 1886) by nine founders who 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 Lodge continues to adopt 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.

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.

The New Membership Year Has Started

Our membership year runs from 1 December to 30 November and unless you have been exceptionally well organized, now is the time to renew your membership. If you would like to check your membership status, please click on the ‘Join or Renew’ button, and then click ‘Renewals’ at the top of the page. Entering your name and membership number allows you to check your status, update your mailing address if required, and enter or amend your email address. Please provide your email. It allows us to keep you informed of all upcoming meetings, events and news. If you encounter any problems renewing, please call our subscription helpline on +44 (0)1795 414998, or email our membership services help line at qcc@servicehelpline.co.uk. The phone line is open from 8.30 am – 6.00 pm UK time, Monday to Friday.

Current Developments

We continue to add new research resources to the QC website and are making available additional primary and secondary research material from the QC Archives. Please visit our Research Resources page for more information and to see what is new. The latest document to be uploaded is The Early Records of the Grand Lodge of England according the the Old Institutions: a transcription of the Minutes of the Antients Grand Lodge from the 1750s. Updates on what we are doing are also available on the Blog.

QC America – What’s Happening …

We are rolling out a program of events and research support for QCCC members in North America and will be holding an International Conference at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial on 14 – 16 September 2018. The symposium, Freemasons in the Transatlantic World in the long eighteenth century, is open to all CC Members. Please keep the dates clear. This will be an outstanding event for masonic historians and researchers.

Tercentenary Conference Report 

The Tercentenary Conference on the History of Freemasonry celebrating the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Lodge of England was held in Cambridge at Queens’ College last September. Over 160 delegates and guests attended the lectures and presentations, and a book containing the Conference Proceedings – Reflections on 300 Years of Freemasonry – will be published in Q1 2017 by Lewis Masonic; it can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

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The Correspondence Circle exists so that as wide an audience as possible may enjoy and benefit from the research efforts of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, the premier Masonic research Lodge in the world.

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