Loughcrew Masonic Lodge No. 252
History of Masonic Lodge 252
Issued to brethren in PAISLEY, Scotland, 10 Dec. 1754. Volume 1 of the extant Grand Lodge Registers Record "Held in the town of Paislet in North Britain 10 Dec. 1754" Three name registered in 1754 Hugh Cochran Gavin Lamby; William Killoch. 43 other brethren registered up to 29 June 1771 ,when the last 22 were noted.
Given In Downes, 1804 as meeting in 23rd Foot.Cancelled by Order of Grand Lodge, 7 Oct. 1813. There is a pencil note in the Register:- "See Bagnell's Cork Evening Post" for year 1769 Lodge 252 regularly meeting in the City of Cork. Grand Lodge of 6th January 1814 notes-"Granted to Darty, Co. Monaghan, but not issued. Grand Lodge Minutes of 5 Nov 1818 notes; "Barbados reports that they have formed a lodge under their local warrant No.6 in the island of Granada" confirmed by Grand Lodge as:-
(A) Reissued to brethren in St George's Granada,4 Nov 1819 Second Series. Vol. 2 shows; Richard Hudson; William Kirkland, and James Burrowes, registered 4 Nov. 1819. No Indication as to Master or Wardens. 37 other Brethren registered on the same date. A total of 91 brethren registered up to 8 April 1825. Warrant sent in (no Date) but was sent in prior to 1858. (B) Reissued to "Loughcrew Lodge" in Oldcastle,Co.Meath, 1 May 1877. One member, Bro.W.A. McCready served in the 1914-1918 War and he returned.
Records in the custody of the Grand Lodge are as followed; 2 Minute books covering the period 1877 to 1911. All other minute book are held in the Lodge.
Names on the Warrant : William A. Barnes, M. A., Matthew Weld O'Connor J.P. and William Stanwell Garnett, J.P.
A Short History of the Lodge Rooms in Oldcastle.The Lodge first held its meetings in the Court Rooms of the Market House in Oldcastle. This lasted up until 1922. After this the Lodge met in a disused Wesleyan chapel lent by the local Methodist authorities. This was subsequently bought by the Lodge. However on the 11th of May 1957 the hall was maliciously damaged by fire. Following a country-wide appeal the building was repaired and is still in use.
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