Introduction to Freemasonry

While there is general consensus that Freemasonry originated in the British Isles, the exact line of descent (direct or indirect) from the Operative stone masons remains an oft posed ques­tion. Although the “Direct” argument has the most supporting evidence, the problem of a final resolution of this question remains complicated by the dearth of primary material. The occupation of “stone mason” began in the British Isles about the beginning of the eleventh century and received great stimulus after the Norman Conquest. The occupation was broadly divided into two strands - the Hewers, who worked in the quarries rough shaping the stones and the Layers (or Setters) who worked on the building sit

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