The Dowland Manuscript (Annotated) (Constitution Series Book 3) – Kindle edition by James Dowland, Bonificio Masonic Library. Download it once and read it. The oldest of this kind is the manuscript of a poem called. Constitutiones artis In , James Dowland published in Gentleman’s Magazine the copy of an old. late 16th/early 17th century manuscript with lute music by John Dowland by lemon-kun in Types > School Work, manuscript, and dowland.

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It is believed that the Old Charges were used in making a Mason in the old, operative stonemason days. They are called by many names: The Old Charges are ancient documents that have come down to us from the 14th century and their legends, rules and regulations are now incorporated within our traditional history.

The physical makeup of these documents are found in the form of handwritten paper and parchment rolls, each unit having been either sewn or pasted together or are comprised of hand-written sheets stitched together in book form, as well as in the more familiar, modern, printed book form. Some of these Old Manuscripts have been found to have been incorporated into the Minute Books of lodges.

They range in estimated date from until A few of them are specimens of Gothic script. Freemasonry’s Old Charges – through They establish the continuity of the Masonic Institution through a period of more than six centuries, and it is believed to be much longer.

They prove the great antiquity of Masonry by written documents, which is a thing no other Craft in existence is able to do.

These Old Charges are traditional and legendary in format and are not normally read by the amateur or layman due to their arcane Olde Englishe wording. Also, many of the words written years ago mean something quite different in our language of today, so, Happily, for us, after discovering the Old Manuscripts, our Masonic historians through the years have studied them and written much about them in laymen’s language that we can understand.


Historians have carefully and critically studied them and there is evidence that these old Legends of the Craft were used in making a Mason during the old Operative days. Some even served as the constitution of lodges during that time.

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There are 19 major and many minor Old Charges fowland old records and approximately in total, which have come down to us through the centuries. Those not housed in the British Museum are housed in well known, reputable and old libraries, in the archives of Masonic Lodges and have been published by those who discovered them.

These Old Constitutions are all very similar in content and historians presume that they are copies of some earlier documents which were, apparently, lost through wars, holocaust, required book-burnings and the chaos and destruction through the ages’ so it is truly amazing that any of them are still available to us! The Halliwell Manuscript has lines of rhymed verse and is believed to be the oldest Masonic document in existence at approximately years old.

It is also known as the Regius Manuscript, as it was found within a group of other documents and renamed at a later date. Of special note is the fact that each of these Old Constitutions begin with an invocation to the ” Mighty Father of Heaven “.

The Halliwell Manuscript is written in poetic meter and has lines of rhymed verse. At over years old, it is believed to be the oldest Masonic document among the Old Records in existence.

It is believed to have been written during the operative stone mason times during the late Middle Ages: Manuscripr sende about ynto the londe He send about into the land. After alle the masonus of the crafte After all the Mason, us ddowland the craft.


To come to hym ful eene stragfte To come to him full and straight. For to amende these defaultys alle For to amend these defaults all. By good counsel gef it hyt mytgh falle By good counsel give it the name of mightiful. Freemasons are quite proud of our ancient and documented heritage and of our being a member of the oldest fraternity in the world.

Below, are 19 of the approximately Old Chargesalso called the Old Recordstheir approximate date of origin to the best of our historian’s abilities and where they currently reside. Dowland Manuscript – Supposed Landsdowne Manuscript – Supposed Papworth Manuscript – Supposed To read the actual old manuscripts, themselves, this link will send you to the website of Philbrick Lodge No.

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