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Seminar Schedule - David Harrison

Each session includes a lecture, discussion, and a break

9:30 AM -10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:50 AM

The Lost Rites and Rituals of Freemasonry

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

The Lost Rites and Rituals of Freemasonry continued

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Becoming a published Masonic author

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Dr. David Harrison is a UK based Masonic historian who has so far written three books on the history of English Freemasonry and has contributed articles on the subject to various magazines which deal with the topic of Freemasonry around the world, such as the UK based Freemasonry Today, MQ Magazine, the Square, the US-based Knight Templar Magazine, Philalethes, and the Australian based New Dawn Magazine. Harrison has also appeared on TV and radio discussing his work. He gained his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool in 2008 which focused on the development of English Freemasonry. The thesis was subsequently published in March 2009 entitled The Genesis of Freemasonry by Lewis Masonic

He is the author (or co-author) of multiple books, including:

  • The Lost Rites and Rituals of Freemasonry - The book examines the Lost Rites of Freemasonry, in particular, the mysterious and influential Rites created on continental Europe during the eighteenth century by the likes of Martinez Pasqually, Count Cagliostro and Baron Von Hund. Charismatic figures such as Jean-Baptiste Willermoz, an enigmatic French Mason of the eighteenth century that forged the Rectified Rite out of the teachings of Pasqually and the reorganized Rite of Strict Observance will also be discussed. The eighteenth-century saw a number of Masonic Rites developing in France, Germany, and Russia, and though some of these Rites ceased to exist by the close of the century, the Rectified Scottish Rite, though changed, still survives today. Other influential figures such as Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and Emanuel Swedenborg are examined, and the influence that these charismatic figures had on the occult revival and later Masonic organizations such as Martinism and the Swedenborgian Rite are analyzed in depth. Lost English Rites and rituals are also covered in detail, along with the lost symbolism that vanished after the union of the Antients and the Moderns in 1813.

  • A Journey Through Freemasonry - The book collects together some of Dr. Harrison's most popular articles on the history of Freemasonry, from his examination of Byron and the Carbonari to his essay on Thomas Paine, and includes other essays on Freemasons such as Edward Jenner, Erasmus Darwin, and Joseph Brant

  • The Genesis of Freemasonry - This book is a revealing but thoroughly enjoyable journey through the intricate history of English Freemasonry. Historian Dr. David Harrison reconstructs the hidden history of the movement, tracing its roots through a mixture of medieval guild societies, alchemy, and necromancy. He examines the earliest known Freemasons and their obsessions with Solomon's Temple, alchemy and prophecy to the formation of the Grand Lodge in London, which in turn led to rebellions within the Craft throughout England, especially in York and with the formation of the Antients. Harrison also analyses the role of French immigrant Dr. Jean Theophilus Desaguliers in the development of English Freemasonry, focusing on his involvement with the formation of the mysterious Modern Masonic ritual. All Freemasons and more general readers will find much of interest in this fascinating exploration of the very beginnings of Freemasonry, still one of the most mysterious brotherhoods in the world.

  • The Transformation of Freemasonry - This book looks at how Freemasonry in England and Wales adapted after the Unlawful Societies Act of 1799, and how the Craft became tainted with the stigma of Revolution, only to transform itself in the Victorian period to become the most enduring and enigmatic of secret societies. Harrison delves into Masonic links with the slave trade, especially in Liverpool and the Trans-Atlantic links with the USA, and discusses the mysterious Liverpool Masonic Rebellion and the Wigan Grand Lodge. Harrison also looks at how Freemasonry transformed itself during the 19th century, and how the Craft began to appeal to Victorian Occultists.

  • The York Grand Lodge - This book tells the story of the staunchly independent Grand Lodge of All England at York and its rise and fall during the eighteenth century; looking at its leaders, its ritual and its influence on modern Freemasonry. The book also puts forward new evidence that reveals that the York Grand Lodge may have survived longer than originally thought, and how it may have influenced that other northern rebellious body of Freemasons - The Wigan Grand Lodge. This book aims to enlighten readers with respect to the more independent styles of eighteenth-century Freemasonry.

  • The Liverpool Masonic Rebellion and the Wigan Grand Lodge - This book traces the strange tale of the last great Masonic rebellion in England which occurred in 1823. The rebellion, which started in Liverpool, sent shock waves through Freemasonry in England, which had only unified ten years previously. The rebellion was set against the backdrop of revolt and radicalism in England during the early nineteenth century, and the book reveals a story full of Dickensian intrigue and skulduggery as the rebel Freemasons tried to resurrect the 'Antient' Grand Lodge.

  • A Quick Guide to Freemasonry - This book is perfect for both new and established members or indeed anyone wanting to know about Freemasonry. New members are full of questions and are sometimes afraid to ask established members, thus turning to the Internet to be confronted by an array of websites; some filled with misinformation. This handbook gives the answers to many of those questions and would be perfect for Mentors in Lodges on both sides of the Atlantic. Written in a simple question-and-answer format, the book provides a brief history of Freemasonry, along with a quick guide to many of the Masonic rituals, Masonic dress, and various practices; also covering the roles of the Officers, the Festive Board, toasting and the use of symbols within Masonry. Containing both the basic FAQs and deeper considerations, this is a perfect guide for those who wish to know more about the world of Freemasonry.

  • Co-Author of Freemasonry and Fraternal Societies - Leading Masonic authors Dr. David Harrison and Fred Lomax re-examine Friendly Societies, Freemasonry and other Fraternal Orders of England in this, their latest work. The authors present the individual histories of the Odd Fellows, Foresters, Druids, Buffaloes, Gardeners, and more obscure Orders such as the Rechabites; putting forward the similarities with Freemasonry, in its ritual and regalia. There has not been a book on this subject for over ten years. Several of these societies developed a fraternal aspect to their activities, using Freemasonry as their model via ritual and practice; open to men and women of all walks of life. Declaring their organizations free of politics and religion, yet declaring strong financial support for their members at a time when the ordinary worker had little or no protection against illness or injury at work. A number of these societies developed into extremely large organizations that are still successful and remain so today, despite the decline of a considerable number in the wake of the arrival of the Welfare State in the UK. Many were small local organizations that met in pubs and clubs; others had local offices on the high street. The book shows how the larger organizations survived and prospered. This book will be of interest to both Freemasons and members of the orders featured in the book as it's by knowing our connections with each other we learn more about ourselves. The book is richly illustrated, depicting the personal stories associated with the various Orders. The photographs will also show various never-before-published regalia, jewels, and artifacts, which will demonstrate the importance of the Orders and their contribution to British social history during the industrial revolution.

Open to Master Masons only, with a valid dues card.


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