1. Where do
the names Freemasonry, Masonry, and Free and Accepted
Masons come from?
Masons’ name comes from the occupation of their original
members – stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals
in England and Scotland. The word “free” was added
during the Middle Ages. Because stonemasons possessed
knowledge and skills not found everywhere, these men had
the privilege of travelling between countries. Over time,
many men who were not builders were drawn to the
practices of Freemasonry. To encourage intellectual
diversity, stonemasons began accepting men from other
professions into the fraternity. These men were known as
“accepted Masons.” This trend continued, and accepted
members eventually outnumbered operative members. Today,
the names “Freemasonry,” “Masonry,” and “Free and
Accepted Masons” are used interchangeably to refer to
What is a Lodge?
Freemasonry began when stonemasons formed local
organizations, called lodges, to take care of sick and
injured members, as well as the families of those who
were killed on the job. The masons also used the lodges
as places to meet, plan their work,
train new apprentices, and socialize. Today, this term
refers both to a unit of Masons and the room or building
in which they meet.
What is a Grand Lodge?
A grand lodge is an administrative body that oversees
Freemasonry in a specific geographic area, called a
Is Freemasonry only for men?
While partners and families are often involved, and very
important to our organisation, only males can
Why can’t women join Masonry?
Masonry is a fraternity. The essence of a fraternity is
that it is for men, just as
a sorority is for women.