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The Masonic Minute

Featuring Worshipful Brother Gerald


William Preston


Share this video William Preston was born in 1742 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came south to london and worked for a printer. In 1763 he was initiated in an ancients lodge which a year later accepted a warrant from the moderns and was called Caledonian Lodge number 325. He was worshipful master of several lodges and was deputy secretary to the grand lodge of the moderns. In 1772 preston published his illustrations of masonry which was outstandingly popular and ran to 17 editions. Preston and several others got into trouble with grand loge for appearing in public wearing masonic regalia. Preston claimed his lodge predated the grand lodge thus making it of time immemorial constitution and was therefore not subject to the restrictions of the moderns. Thus in 1778 he was expelled. When he withdrew his claim he was reinstated. He died in 1818 and was buried in saint pauls cathedral. Dr. William Wescott Alexander Pope Profane Hale, Hail & Hele Cowan Beehive Apron 1717 Corn, Wine, & Oil James Anderson Ancients & Moderns Unite Paul Revere Geometry To Be One Ask One The Ancients Royal Masonic Hospital Anthony Sayer Eavesdropper Freemasons Hall The Cubit The Regius Manuscript Elias Ashmole Christopher Wren William Preston The 3rd Degree Acacia Cable Tow Ritual Secrets Altar Dispensation Demit Balloting Proficiency Erasure Desaguliers Dermott Blue Lodge of Antiquity Worshipful Warden Installation Anti Masonic Movement Transparency Tracing Boards Masonic Education Gould Rod Robert Peary Working Tools Constitution Free Lewis Royal Arch Norman Peale Audie Murphy Leland Stanford Arthur Conan Doyle Lord Chesterfield Lewis Wallace Pierre LEnfant Arthur Wellesley Robert Service William Gilbert Wolfgang Mozart Joseph Kippling John Brown John Coustos Harry Carr Alexander Fleming Ernest Shackleton John Phillip Sousa Melvin Jones James Hoban Richard Gatling Thomas Lipton Harry Truman Albert Mackey David Wooster Sir Robert George Richard J Gatling King George VI Irving Berlin James Doolittle Tommy Douglas Cy Young Louie Tschoudy
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