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 the study of Masonic history and research into the origins of Freemasonry. Their approach was intended to replace the more imaginative writings of earlier authors and was 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, usually at Freemasons’ Hall at Great Queen Street in London. Publish our lectures, other research papers, and ‘notes & queries’ in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum – ‘AQC’, the annual Transactions of the Lodge, which is distributed internationally. Arrange conferences and symposia on different aspects of Freemasonry. And share our research and encourage scholarship via the QC Correspondence Circle – ‘QCCC’ – established more than 130 years ago.

Whether you are based in North or Latin America, the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia or New Zealand, we would be delighted if you would like to become a member of the Correspondence Circle.  QCCC is an international community and is open to everyone interested in Masonic research or historical research more broadly.

Our American Conference: Freemasons in the Transatlantic World
14-16 September 2018

The magnificent George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA, a unique and wonderful building just over the river from Washington DC, is the venue for QC’s American Conference from 14-16 September 2018. The focus is the transatlantic influences in the first century of freemasonry in America and the Caribbean. QCCC members benefit from preferential booking and discounted entry. Please click here to download the Conference Brochure and click here to book your place!

The September Conference is a ‘must-go’ event for those who wish to explore the beginnings of American freemasonry, network with QC/QCCC members including Brent Morris, Arturo de Hoyos, Bob Cooper, James Campbell and Ric Berman, and hear from and talk with world-class academic and Masonic speakers. The weekend includes a debate on the date of the first Grand Lodge – 1717 vs.1721 – where Susan Sommers and Ric Berman will set out their contrasting positions; and features a ‘Universal Lodge’ and talk explaining the Masonic symbolism in DC. Delegates are also encouraged to join us for a relaxed and convivial dinner on the Saturday evening at an excellent local restaurant.

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Subscriptions and Renewals

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Other Developments…

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QC and QCCC flyers and brochures can be downloaded by clicking on the links on the Local Secs webpage.

Our Research Resources includes a set of QC Antigraphas containing facsimiles of and introductions to a selection of Old Charges and Masonic Manuscripts, the early Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England (‘the Moderns’), and the early Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England according to the Old Institutions (‘the Antients’). The section also contains Book Reviews and sources of further information. QC’s research service for members can be accessed here.

Recent back issues of AQC can be purchased online.

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