Prestonian Lectures from members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge

William-Preston96dpiThe Prestonian Lecture is the only lecture given under the authority of the United Grand Lodge of England. William Preston (1742-1818), the foremost Masonic educator of his time, left a legacy to provide for an Annual Lectureship. Set out below is the preamble to the list of Prestonian Lectures which appears in each Grand Lodge of England Masonic Year Book.

During his lifetime William Preston developed an elaborate system of masonic instruction, which was practised in association with the Lodge of Antiquity of which he was at one time Master. At his death in 1818, Preston bequeathed to Grand Lodge the sum of £300 for the perpetuation of his system of instruction… Lectures in accordance with this system were delivered from 1820 until 1862, when the Lectureship was permitted to lapse. In 1924 the Prestonian Lectureship was revived with a modification to the original Scheme, the lecturer now submitting a Masonic subject of his own selection, and with the exception of the years 1940-1946, regular appointments have been made annually since 1924 to the present day.

PrestonMedalTransQuatuor Coronati Lodge takes pride in its members forming the majority of the Prestonian Lecturers. Their exemplary research receives recognition worldwide and some undertake international lecture tours. Each Prestonian Lecturer is presented with a collarette jewel to wear on all Masonic occasions. The members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge who are or were Prestonian Lecturers can be accessed by clicking the links below. The most recent member of QC to be Prestonian Lecturer is Dr Richard (Ric) Berman. His lecture, Foundations: new light on the formation and early years of the Grand Lodge of England, marks and sets a context for the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first Grand Lodge. The book of the lecture can be purchased here (UK/Europe) or here (North America/ROW).

Lectures from members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge can be arranged by emailing Paul Calderwood at secretary@quatuorcoronati.com.

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