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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Collector Reprints of the Oldest Speculative Masonic Minute Books

Masonic Publishing Company in Glasgow, Scotland is offering a unique book, aimed at collectors and libraries. It is a 250 copy limited edition reprint of the First Minute Books 1642-1758, and 1758-1807 of The Mother Lodge of Scotland, Lodge Mother Kilwinning No.0.These are the oldest Masonic Minute books in the world. They are hand-bound in calf-skin leather on cotton-content paper, and delivered in a wooden presentation box.

The price is £1950. There is no online ordering method, but they can be contacted at macash@btinernet.com, or by mail from:
Masonic Publishing Company, 30 Loanbank Quadrant, Glasgow G51 3HZ, Scotland.

Also, see the Lodge Mother Kilwinning No. 0 website here.


  1. Ach, crivens! Just like those Scots to try to pawn off some old books to us Yanks. Who the hell wants to look at old things - I don't even use a shaving mirror, thank you very much.

    Now, if they've got new minute books, let's trot'em out and have a look.

  2. If you want, Tom, I'll send you copies of all kinds of minutes. They're apparently rare minutes. Not one of them has ever been read in open Lodge. They're all approved by the membership as distributed.


  3. I was in Mother Kilwinning No. 0 a couple of weeks ago and had the opportunity to see some of the originals in the lodge's museum. I never would have thought that seeing minutes from another lodge could be inspiring.

    This would be at the top of my wishlist this year, but I don't think I can justify the cost to the Wifeshipful Master at home. (Har har, right? C'mon, we all know Tom is a hard act to follow. ;)


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