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HISTORY of MARK MASONRY - 5 part series Masonic eBook
HISTORY of MARK MASONRY - 5 part series Masonic eBook
HISTORY of MARK MASONRY - 5 part series Masonic eBook
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A History of 

MARK MASONRY

A FIVE PART SERIES MASONIC EBOOK

 
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THE WORLD-WIDENESS OF MASON MARKS

The Masonic historians Knoop & Jones point out that mason marks are found in a

great many lands. Consisting of marks or symbols carved on stones or impressed in clay

bricks, these identified their stone shapers or brick makers.

Such marks (Brindal:28) can be found going back 5,000 years or more. They are in Egyptian

pyramids, on Greek temples and in the preserved cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. They

are in widespread Roman ruins, Hindustan, Asia Minor and Central and South America. They

are common in the great ruins of England, France, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

 

THE MIDDLE AGES

The Templars

The European crusades to regain control of Palestine from the Muslims began in 1095 AD.

Jerusalem was taken in 1099, but after eight crusades the Holy Land was completely lost by 1291.

It is known that the Templars, stern, strict and practical in their ways, had grades or

degrees, probably eleven, and elaborate rituals and ceremonies. Although it cannot be

proved the inference is that those Templars specialising in building used adapted grades and

ceremonies for the organisation and running of their building squads. If so it would almost

certainly have had to involve rules and usages on marks.

 

It is also possible to conjecture that the controllers, architects and master builders in a

building group were Templars and Cistercians, and that the stone workmen, ordinary builders

and labourers were locals drafted and trained for their tasks. It is even possible to think that

some Templar members of a building ‘lodge’ were non-operative, sitting in to keep a general

eye on things. There is no proof, but things have to begin and evolve from somewhere, and

this simple and relatively straight-forward possibility needs consideration.

 

Contents include all 5 eBook documents

in one eBook Collection

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ORIGINS - OPERATIVES AND MARK MASONRY

EARLY HISTORY - MARK MASONRY BEFORE 1813

MARK MASONRY BETWEEN 1813 AND 1856

THE GRAND MARK LODGE OF ENGLAND

THE GRAND MARK LODGE OF ENGLAND 1857 - 1998

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