The Legend of the Quatuor Coronati

Quatuor Coronati is the premier research lodge in the world. 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.

QC America

We have launched a new program of events and research support for members of the QC Correspondence Circle in North America and will be holding an International Conference on 14, 16 & 16 September 2018 at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. The event will be open to all QC Members. Please keep the dates clear.

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 over the weekend of 9, 10, 11 September. Over 160 delegates and guests attended the three days of lectures and presentations, and a book containing the Conference Proceedings – Reflections on 300 Years of Freemasonry – will be published in January 2017 by Lewis Masonic; it can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

Other New Developments

We will shortly be producing softback reprints of the early editions of AQC. We also intend to scan and make available to QCCC Members for the first time other important primary and secondary historical research material sourced from the QC Archives.

Join the Q.C. Correspondence Circle

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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