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Freemasonry in Barbados

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Freemasonry in Barbados

Freemasonry is one of the oldest established organisations in Barbados. As a fraternal organisation, Freemasonry was introduced to the island in 1740 by Alexander Irvine (c. 1694-1743).[1] The first lodge formed was the St. Michael's Lodge No. 94. or No. 186[2] however, this lodge ceased in the nineteenth century. Following the closure of this lodge, the Albion Lodge No. 196 E R, (formed in 1790), now remains as the longest serving lodge in Barbados. Several of the other lodges in the country are under various lodges including the United Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Lodge of Scotland, the Prince Hall Masons, and the Ethiopian Mystic Masons. The St. Michael's churchyard which contains a vault where Irvine is entombed has continued to be used by the Barbadian Masonic community.[1][3]

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