Since the release of the Historic Masonic membership records from 1751 until 1921, there has been a large number of articles across a number of printed media. The Daily Mail and The Mirror accusing Freemasons of being at the head of over 200 years of British History. Hinting, without evidence that the Masonic order members even met.
Sir Tony Robinson talks to Dr James Campbell – member of the United Grand Lodge – about common myths of the Freemasons society:
There are 300,000 members across 8000 lodges under the Constitution of the United Grand lodge of England. That is an average of 37.5 members of each lodge. As I write this article, I have visited only 7 lodges in my 8 years in Freemasonry, and I know possibly one hundred Masons personally.
The reality is most lodges are just a group of friends coming together, and meeting as equals. Without regard of their social status, employment or material wealth.
I would strongly suggest that if you took 20 – 30 members of different lodges from around the country, and placed them in a room together. Wearing their normal work clothes, and asked them to talk about a non-religious or non-masonic subject for 3 hours. Take them out the room and ask each of them how many freemasons there were in the room… I expect that very few even realise that they were in a room with other masons.
The vast majority of Masons are just normal every day people, with the every day struggles. They are not rich or powerful, and definitely not part of a grand conspiracy.
True story told to me by a fellow Mason
Two Masons, fire fighters worked together, on the same shift for 15 years, working side by side, great friends, their wives were close, and spoke with with each other every day. Their children were similar ages, and two of them went to the same school for years. After both retired from the Fire Brigade, they grew slowly apart as the settled in different parts of London. One day they met in a public house, quite by coincidence. That day both of them were to receive their London Grand Rank that day, neither realised that they had both been Masons for over 15 years, and both attended Lodges at great Queen Street. The subject had never come up, and neither of them spoke of their masonic life at work.