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BBC magazine highlights town’s Masonic ancestry

Jim Herbert and Linda Bankier with the 1874 order of service for the Dedication of the Masonic Hall which is to be scanned before being reframed in conservation materials and Steve Newman and Ed Swales with a copy of the BBC Who Do You Think You Are? magazine.

Jim Herbert and Linda Bankier with the 1874 order of service for the Dedication of the Masonic Hall which is to be scanned before being reframed in conservation materials and Steve Newman and Ed Swales with a copy of the BBC Who Do You Think You Are? magazine.

The King’s Own Scottish Borderer’s Museum, Berwick Record Office and St David’s Masonic Lodge have combined to produce a four-page article in the BBC’s March edition of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Magazine

The article deals with tracing ancestry through Freemasonry and includes references and images from all three organisations.

“We get a lot of people researching the family trees asking us about their Masonic ancestry.” said Master of St David’s Lodge Steve Newman.

“We can trace Freemasonry in Berwick back to 1647. with our own lodge being formed in 1828 and our daughter Lodge Berwick St George being founded in 1920. It’s amazing how many people in the town actually have a Masonic ancestor somewhere in their past.”

The lodge is grateful to Linda Bankier of the Berwick Record Office and Ian Martin of the KOSB museum who gave photographs and documents to be used in the article.

The article was also used by Jim Herbert of Berwick Time Lines when he and other local historians exhibited at the Who do You Think You Are? exhibition in London earlier this month.

“The Regiment had its own Masonic Lodge” said KOSB Association chairman Ed Swales ”Many of the soldiers who were masons joined St David’s Lodge when they were stationed here at the depot.”

 

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