Quatuor Coronati Lodge: Our Next Meeting

Quatuor Coronati Lodge meets five times a year on the second Thursday in November (Installation); third Thursday in February; second Thursday in May; fourth Thursday in June; and second Thursday in September. Lodge meetings are usually held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London. 

Thursday, 18 February 2021 at 4.00 pm UK time

The Hiramic Legend
Chris Powell

Chris Powell’s paper gathers together primary source material from the 1720s concerning the creation of the third degree. Chris argues that the author of that degree was the third Grand Master, Dr Jean Theophilus Desaguliers. Chris issues an appeal to brethren interested in the formative years of Freemasonry in England (and especially members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge and its extensive Correspondence Circle), to seek out primary source material from this period such as early Minute books, diaries, letters, periodicals and other sources, in order to shape a clearer picture of the events of the years when Modern Freemasonry was formulated.

A written copy of the delivery paper is available here: AQC 134.02 Powell. The lecture is also available to view on the QC YouTube channel.

We will be hosting a Zoom Q&A Webinar on February18, 2021, at 4:00 PM London.  You can log in from 3.45 PM.

Please register in advance for this Zoom Webinar which replaces the previously advised Zoom Meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The webinar is limited to a maximum of 100 participants. If you miss the Q&A we will be posting it to our YouTube channel.

Please note that the paper (and all other AQC papers), are copyright QC/QCCC and should not be reproduced or circulated.

Questions and comments on the paper can be submitted in advance by email to editor@quatuorcoronati.com.

The Speaker

Christopher Powell

Christopher Powell was born at Lyme Regis, Dorset and educated at the universities of Sheffield and Cambridge (Emmanuel College). He taught in the University of Cambridge for five years before moving to Cardiff where for twenty-five years he was on the staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – the National Conservatoire of Wales. He held a number of senior academic and administrative posts and was for more than a decade a member of the academic board and governing body of the college.

Having retired on his fiftieth birthday – his present to himself – he became a freemason, first in the Province of Derbyshire and then in Yorkshire West Riding. He is a Past Master of Royal Brunswick Lodge No.296 and a Past Z of Chapter of Loyalty No. 296, both eighteenth-century foundations based in Sheffield. He is also a member of other Masonic bodies in England and Scotland.

In 2009, he was awarded the Norman B. Spencer Prize and the following year elected a member of QC lodge. He is the author of numerous papers published in AQC as well as papers in other Masonic journals, including those of the Manchester and Bristol Masonic research associations. For the last ten years Chris has been a plenary lecturer at the East Lancashire ‘Let’s Talk Masonry’ annual conference. He is also the author of Easy Lodge Music – a collection of familiar music for lodge use.


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