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Robert Freke Gould

1836 - March 26, 1915

A founding member and the second Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London, Robert Freke Gould contributed twenty-five papers and many notes to Ars Quatuor Coronatorum.

A lieutenant in the 31st Regiment, English Army and later a barrister from 1868, he is best remembered as an early proponent of the authentic school of masonic research and for his three-volume History of Freemasonry (1883-1887).

Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry

This well-known historian of Freemasonry had a varied career. Born in 1836, and died March 26, 1915.

He entered the English army at the age of eighteen, becoming a lieutenant in the same year, and serving with distinction in North China in 1869.

On his return to England he studied law and became a barrister in 1868.

He was initiated at Ramsgate in the Royal Navy Lodge, No. 429, and was Master of the Inhabitants Lodge at Gibraltar, also of the Meridian Lodge, No. 743, a Military Lodge attached to his regiment.

Afterward he held the Chair of the Moira, Quatuor Coronati and Jerusalem Lodges.

In 1880 he was appointed Senior Grand Deacon of England. He had been a constant writer in the Masonic press since 1858; in 1879 he published The Four Old Lodges and The Atholl Lodges, and in 1899 a book on Military Lodges.

But his greatest work is the History of Freemasonry in three large volumes, which occupied him from 1882 to 1887, which was followed in 1903 by A Concise History of Freemasonry abridged from the larger work and brought up to date.

- Source: Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry

History of Freemasonry Its Antiquities, Symbols, Constitutions, Customs

An investigation of the records of the organizations of the fraternity in England, Scotland, Ireland, British Colonies, France, Germany, and the United States. Derived from official sources. Grandly illustrated. Contents of this volume: Ancient mysteries - the Essenes - Roman Collegia - the Culdees; Old charges of British Freemasons; Stonemasons (Steinmetzen) of Germany; Craft guilds (Corps d'Etat) of France; Companionage, or Les Compagnons du Tour de France; Mediaeval operative Masonry; Statutes relating to the Freemasons; Early British Freemasonry (Scotland); Masons' marks; Quatuor Coronati (Four Crowned or Four Holy Martyrs); Apocryphal manuscripts.

Charter Member

Initiated : 1854
Royal Navy Lodge No. 429, Ramsgate
Affiliated: 1857
Friendship Lodge, Gibraltar
Worshipful Master: 1863
Northern Lodge No. 570, China
Senior Grand Deacon: 1880
United Grand Lodge of England

The History of Freemasonry

Source: phoenixmasonry.org


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