|What is Freemasonry?
morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated with symbols".
"A system of making good men better, but Freemasonry cannot make
bad men good". You
could ask 100 different people what Freemasonry is and it is
possible that you would get 100 different answers. Freemasonry is
a world wide ancient fraternal society of good men from all walks
of life who believe in friendship, honour, morality and
sound ethics. Freemasonry
and Masonic Lodges in Scotland are governed by The Grand Lodge of Scotland
which is based in Edinburgh.
Is Freemasonry a Secret Society?
is often mistaken as a "Secret Society".
If it were then we wouldn't have published this site on the World
Wide Web for all to see, neither would you be able to identify the
Masonic Lodge in your town, many Lodges have plaques at the door.
Members are free to acknowledge their Masonic membership to
Lodges even publish the dates of their meetings in local
newspapers. Masonic processions are a common sight in many towns,
these are hardly the actions of a Secret Society. The
secrets of Freemasonry are connected with the traditional modes of
recognition and like many other societies, clubs and
organisations it regards many of it's internal affairs and actions to
be of a private nature for its members.
Is Freemasonry a Religion?
is not a religion, although an essential requirement to
become a member is the
belief in a "Supreme Being".
Membership is open to men of any religion or
race and they are encouraged to follow their own faith and do
their duty to their own "God". Religious discussions are not
permitted at Lodge meetings.
Is Freemasonry a Political
is not a Political Party, it is true that
leading Politicians are members of the fraternity, however, discussions
of a Political nature are forbidden at Lodge meetings,
Freemasonry is neither a Subversive Organisation or an Action
Group, members must be peaceful, law abiding members of the
community who are of good repute.
Is Freemasonry a Charity?
is not a charity either, although members
contribute considerably to a number of worthwhile charitable
organisations and causes.
What Principles do Freemasons believe in?
believe in three great principles, these
Brotherly Love: is the concern which
each Freemason has
for his Brother, which is readily shown by tolerance and respect for
the beliefs, opinions and practices of his fellows and his willingness
to care for his Brother and that Brother's dependents.
by nature and teachings a charitable man. He will cheerfully and
kindly assist those less fortunate (whether Freemasons or not).
He will care for and support his community - Local,
National and International.
believes in Truth in all things, in honesty and integrity in his
personal, business and public life, in fair dealings and in firm
standards of decency and morality.
Who are Freemasons?
include members of the Royal Family, Business Leaders, Political
Leaders, Government Agents, Writers, Entertainers, Actors, Artists,
Sportsmen, Inventors, Designers, Pioneers, Founders, Patriots,
Presidents, members of the Police Force, Judges, Justices, members of
HM Forces, the ordinary
man on the street and may be even your next door neighbour. You
will most probably know of someone who is a Mason.
Who can become members?
of the mature age of 21 (or 18 if his
father was a Mason) who believe in a "Supreme Being" (A God) who are of
sound character and judgment and are law abiding members of the
community, free of any convictions and have never plead guilty to
crime, may apply to be considered to become a Mason.
I think I qualify, how do
I become a member?
may have heard or seen the phrase "2B1ASK1" (to
be one, ask one) meaning to be a Freemason, ask a Freemason.
That would be your best first step to becoming a member, they
will be more than pleased to tell you what they can about Freemasonry.
you don't know a Freemason you could find out who is the secretary
of your local Lodge and give him a call or send a letter
expressing your interest.
If you have a specific interest in joining A Lodge within the Scottish Borders
discuss your interest with one of
Brethren at your local Lodge, or contact our
Provincial Grand Secretary
What does it cost to
become a member?
is a joining fee followed by annual dues to support your Masonic
which you should be able to pay without the detriment to you or your
How can I learn more?
If you want to learn more ask a
information or have a look at the the Web Site that The Grand Lodge of Scotland