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A recent story in the Scottish Rite Research bulletin newsletter, The Plumbline, titled “A Scottish Lodge in the Grand Jurisdiction of Massachusetts” intrigued me. Written by old friend Michael Kaulback and Richard Van Doren it chronicles the early growth of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts with a heavy concentration on Saint Andrews Lodge. Saint Andrews Lodge became the first Lodge of the “antients” working in the colonies, as the authors tell us, chartered by the Grand Lodge of Scotland. There already was a Provincial Grand Lodge of “moderns,” most often referred to as St. John’s Grand Lodge, operating in Massachusetts Bay Colony since 1733. Soon after Saint Andrews partnered with three military antient lodges attached to the British Army, No. 58 English stationed with the 14th regiment, No. 106 Scottish stationed with the 64th regiment and No. 322 Irish stationed with the 29th regiment, to form a Grand Lodge.

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