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 brethren who wished to use 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; it was later referred to as the ‘authentic school’ of Masonic research.

Quatuor Coronati Lodge continues to adopt the same principles as those set down in 1884; to this end

  • 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 our Transactions, known as Ars Quatuor Coronatorum or ‘AQC’; and
  • arrange conferences and symposia on different aspects of Freemasonry and Masonic Research.

We would be delighted if you would like to become involved in the activities of Quatuor Coronati Lodge. The first step is to join our Correspondence Circle which is open to anyone interested in Masonic Research or historical research more broadly.

Tercentenary Conference

In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Lodge of England, Quatuor Coronati is holding an international conference on the History of Freemasonry at Queens’ College in the University of Cambridge. This is a three-day conference (9 – 11 September 2016), with speakers from across the world; it includes a formal dinner in College on Saturday, 10 September. Registration is straightforward and everyone is welcome to attend; accommodation for the conference is available in College. Please click here for further information. Booking closes on 5 September.

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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