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It may come as a surprise to know that Freemasonry in the 1700s was a bastion of religious tolerance. While it was seen as the preserve of the status quo and the Middle and Upper classes, it accepted Jews, Roman Catholics and Dissenter Protestants into its ranks. This was rather unlike the world in which it existed which was rife with religious intolerance and bigotry.

The successful publication of Burns’ first book was due, in part, to the fact that it was printed by one of his brother Freemasons, and all 350 members of the Lodge buying a copy.

Burns became a Freemason in June 1781. When he moved to Edinburgh he was introduced to the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge which, not so surprisingly, had some very influential members.

At a meeting of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, the master’s toast was: “Caledonia, and Caledonia’s Bard, Bro. Robt. Burns”. He was made Poet Laureate of the Lodge in 1787.


January 2, 2010 at 9:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Burns was a Mason from the age of 22, until his death in 1796.

He was initiated on July 4th. 1781 at St. David's Lodge, Tarbolton.

When a splinter-group re-established the defunct St. James's Lodge,

he agreed to join and eventually became Depute Master in July 1784.


The 'Brotherhood' comprised scholars, farmers, and academics---all of

whom acknowledged his remarkable talents as a wordsmith.

It is doubtful if his Works would ever have appeared in print, without

the influence and support of these discerning colleagues....

His guiding Muses could not have anticipated the startling consequences

of his joining Freemasonary....!


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