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Masonic maul from Lodge St Andrew

Introduction:
This maul from Lodge St Andrew No.197, Dumfries (of which Burns was an active member from 1791-96) is a uniquely Scottish Masonic object, the allegorical and symbolic meaning of which may not be clear to those who are not Freemasons but with which Robert Burns would have been well acquainted.
Image Rights Holder:
National Burns Collection
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964:0
What:
Masonic Maul
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poet and Freemason)
When:
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Description:
The various Masonic items associated with Robert Burns are relatively few in number and relate to the latter part of his life. He joined Lodge St Andrew, No. 179 in 1791 after he had moved to Dumfries. He was elected Senior Warden of that Lodge in 1792. The Sederunt Book contains his signature. Burns would also have handled the maul. The collection is housed in Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh, which is the home of the Grand Lodge of Scotland - the 'head office' of Scottish Freemasonry. The collection is a powerful reminder that Burns remained an enthusiastic Freemason all his adult life.