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Lodge Mother Kilwinning
Kilwinning
is a Masonic Lodge in Kilwinning, Scotland, under the auspices of the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Scotland. It is number 0 (referred to as "nothing" and not zero) on the Roll, and is reputed to be the oldest Lodge not only in Scotland, but the world. It is thus styled The Mother Lodge of Scotland
Scotland
attributing its origins to the 12th Century, and is often called Mother Kilwinning.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Provincial Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Kilwinning 3 Degrees 4 Mother Lodge Museum 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Legend has it that Kilwinning
Kilwinning
Abbey was built by stonemasons who had travelled from Europe and established a lodge there.[citation needed]. In 1599 William Schaw
William Schaw
introduced the Second Schaw Statutes which specified that "ye warden of ye lug of Kilwynning" to "tak tryall of ye airt of memorie and science yrof, of everie fellowe of craft and everie prenteiss according to ayr of yr vocations".[2][3] As early as the reign of James II, the lodge at Kilwinning
Kilwinning
was granting warrants for the formation of lodges elsewhere in Scotland such as, for example, Canongate Kilwinning, Greenock Kilwinning, and Cumberland Kilwinning. In 1736, the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Scotland
Scotland
was organised and the Kilwinning
Kilwinning
lodge was one of its constituent lodges. That same year, it petitioned to be recognized as the oldest lodge in Scotland. However, as has happened so many times over Freemasonry's long history, the lodge's original records had been lost and the claim could not be proven. The petition was therefore rejected, wherefore Kilwinning
Kilwinning
seceded and again acted as a grand lodge, organising lodges in Scotland
Scotland
and on the continent, as well as in Virginia and Ireland. In 1807 Kilwinning
Kilwinning
"came once more into the bosom of the Grand Loge, bringing with her all of her daughter Lodges."[4] Provincial Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Kilwinning[edit] Tradition demanded that whoever held the Mastery of the Mother Lodge would also be Provincial Grand Master of Ayrshire. As a result, many members transferred from other Lodges to Kilwinning. In 1983[citation needed] this was changed; Mother Kilwinning
Kilwinning
was removed from the Province of Ayrshire
Ayrshire
and became subordinate to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Kilwinning. In consequence, the Lodge sends a representative to the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Scotland
Scotland
to act as Grand Bible Bearer. Degrees[edit] The lodge awards the three degrees of Craft Freemasonry, namely:

Entered Apprentice Fellow [of] Craft Master Mason

In keeping with the traditions of Freemasonry
Freemasonry
in Scotland, a Craft Lodge may also confer the Order of Mark Masons Degree which, whilst a completion of the Fellow [of] Craft, is conferred after the Master Mason degree. Mother Lodge Museum[edit] The Mother Lodge Museum features Masonic artefacts and regalia, including medals, seals, decorative items, photographs and documents.[5] Visits must be arranged ahead, and visitors can also tour the historic Lodge building. References[edit]

^ Tailby, S.R.; Young, Hugh (1944), A brief history of Lodge Mother Kilwinning
Kilwinning
No. 0., retrieved 2007-03-30  ^ Second Schaw Statutes Archived 2009-03-05 at the Wayback Machine., 1599 ^ the Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland
Scotland
own original copies of the First and Second Schaw Statutes ^ Albert G. Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Vol. 1. The Masonic History Company, Chicago: 1946. ^ Mother Lodge Museum, Kilwinning
Kilwinning
Heritage

External links[edit]

Official website

Coordinates: 55°39′14″N 4°41′53″W / 55.654°N 4.698°W / 55

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