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The Ancient and Accepted Rite for Scottland

The Ancient and Accepted Rite for Scottland

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THE
SCOTTISHRITE
FORSCOTLAND
R.
s.
LINDSAY,33°,
GrandSecretaryGeneralforScotland
Publishedby
THESUPREMECOUNCILFORSCOTLANDANCIENTANDACCEPTEDSCOTTISHRITE
 
ISB~0906209005DeweyNo.366.160LibraryofCongree
HS-75
1-
80195
8
©
TheSupremeCouncilforScotland
IMPRIMATUR
WEsanctiontheprintingandissueonbehalfoftheSupremeCou~cilforScotlandoftheThirty-thirdandLastDegreeoftheAncientandAcceptedScottishRiteofFreemasonryof
TheScottishRiteForScotland
by
R.
S.Lindsay
33°,
anHonoraryMemberofourSupremeCounciland,lately,itsGrandSecretaryGeneral..Theabovesanctionisgiventostimulatefurtherresearch
into
theantecedentsanddevelopmentoftheAncientandAcceptedScot~Rite.ItdoesnotimplyanyofficialadoptionbyourSupremeCouncilofviewsexpressed
in
the
book.
Theseremainthepersonalviews
of
itsauthor.(Sgd.)STAIR
33°
SovereignGrandCommander.
(Sgd.)
ELGIN
33°
LieutenantGrandCommander.
(Sgd.)SALTOUN
33°
(Sgd.)
R.
H.F.MONCREIFF
33°
(Sgd.)
CHARLES
H.
BURROWS
33°
GrandSecretaryGeneral.}HistorySub-Committee.
67
YORKPLACE,
EDINBURGH,1
22nd
July
1957
PrintedinScotlandbyWilliamCulross
&
SonLtd.,CouparAngus,Perthshire
AUTHOR'SFOREWORDWHENIjoinedtheScottishConstitutionoftheAncientandAcceptedScottishRite,Ibelievedfromitstitle,asdoubtlessothershavedone,thatIwasjoiningaRitewhichemergedgeographicallyinScotland.Wishingtoknowmoreabout
it,
Isoonfound,asagainotherssimilarlysituatedmusthavedone,thatnothingcon-cerningtheRitehaseverbeenpublishedinScotland.Beingforced,therefore,toreadwhereverIcouldfinditanythingpublishedoutsideScotland,IsoonfoundnotonlythattheadventoftheRitetoScotlandhasneverbeendiscussedindetailbutthatthedocumentscon-cerningtheRitearefewandscatteredincomparison,forexample,withCraftMasonry,andthatwheretheydoexistnotwoauthorsseemtoagreeeitherconcerningthemorastothebackgroundintowhichtheyfit.
It
wasfurtherobviousthattheconclusionsofauthorsdependedentirelyonwhatviewstheytookconcerningtheearlydaysofSpeculativeCraftMasonryinFrance,thedateandplacewheretheFrenchRiteofPerfectionwasextendedintotheAncientandAcceptedScottishRite,andtheauthorshipandtruedateoftheGrandCon-stitutionsofthelatterRite.WhatIhavewrittenconcerningtheRiteistheresultofmyownreadingoveraperiodoftwenty-fiveyears,andthoughIwriteprimarilyfortheadherentsoftheScottishConstitutionoftheRiteIaskneitherthemnoranyothermemberoftheRitetoacceptmyviewsbut,bystudyforthemselves,toformtheirownandnottobecontentwithacceptingmyviewsorthoseofanyoneelsewhohaswrittenabouttheRite.HadIbeenclaimingtowritea"history"oftheRiteIshouldhavedocumentedeachstatement.Onthecon-trary,astheevidencefora"history"doesnotyetexist,Ipresentonlytheresultsofmyownreadingasasupple-menttothestudiesbymembersoftheScottishConstitutionoftheRiteandothersofwhathasalreadybeenpublishedoutsideScotlandconcerningtheRite,andinthehopethatImayhaveofferedfortheirconsiderationsomenewpossibilitiesonthepointsalreadymentioned,whichhavecausedotherswhohavealready
 
vi
AUTHOR'SFOREWORD
writtenontheRitetodifferintheirviews.IndoingthisIhavepurposelynotdocumentedmJ:'infor~atio~culledfrompreviouswriterswheresuchinformationISuniversallyaccepted;but,whereIputfo~ardII?-Ywnviewsonpointsofdifferenc~fromprevIOus.wnters,IhavegiventhesourcesonwhichIbasemyVIewsormyreasonsfordiffering.
R.S.LINDSAY
33°16
QUEENSTREET,EDINBURGH
zandMarch1957
(
"THESCOTTISHRITE"FORSCOTLAND
ThereweretwodifferentformsofCraftMasonryintheearliestdaysofSpeculativeMasonryinFrance,andtheobjectofthisbookistoshowhowthedevelopmentofoneofthemledtoaSupremeCouncilbeingsetupinScotlandin1846forthecontrolthereofwhatisfamiliarlyknowntoFreemasonsas"TheScottishRite",or,togiveitthefulltitlebywhichitisknowninScotland,"TheAncientandAcceptedScottishRite"
1
of33Degrees.Havingsaidnomorethanthis,theimmediateandnaturalquestionis
I.
WHY
ISTHERITECALLED"SCOTTISH"?
TheobviousassumptionswouldbeeitherthatitsDegreesoriginatedgeographicallyinScotlandorthatthesystemfirstappearedthere;butbothwouldbewrong.TaketheDegreesfirst,anditwillbefoundthattheproperthreebasicDegreesintheRitearethe3CraftDegreesofApprenti,CompagnonandMaitreborrowedfromtheoriginalSpeculativeCraftMasonryofFrance.Asamatteroffact,theyareneverworkedintheRite
in
ordertoavoidanyintrusionontherecognisedjurisdictionoftheGrandLodgesofCraftMasonry.Instead,theRiteonlyacceptsasCandidatesforitsremainingDegreesthosewhohavereceivedthe3DeisticCraftDegreesunderaGrandLodgeofCraftMasonry.Politicallythismaybenecessary,buttheresultismostunfortunatefortheRiteanditsCandidates-fortheRite,becausetheDeisticCraftDegreesprovidenobasisfromwhichtheremaining
1
Itsoriginaltitlewas"TheAncientAcceptedScottishRite",andsoitstillremainsintheU.S.A.InEnglandandWalesitisknownas"TheAncientandAcceptedRite"toobviateanyerroneousbeliefthatitsgeo-graphicalbirthplacewasScotland.

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