In the 15th Century, Craftsmen in Scotland had real grievances with Merchants who hired their services and the local town councils resulting in the formation of associations of their own which sometimes appeared to be so menacing that laws were passed restricting their activities. In 1475, the Masons and Wrights of Edinburgh were strong enough to secure a Charter from the Burgh of Edinburgh which laid down rules for the governance of the two Carfts. In 1489, Coopers were included and other tradesmen joined. These incorporations became Lodges which framed rules, resolved trade differences, dispensed Charity and controlled entered apprentices.
Freemasonry teaches love and kindness in the home; honesty and fairness in business; courtesy in social contacts; helps for the weak and unfortunate; resistance to wickedness; trust and confidence in good men; forgiveness toward the penitent; love toward one another; and above all, reverence for the Supreme Being, based on a firm belief in the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of Man and the Immortality of the Soul.
Freemasonry ranks among the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. All Freemasons are taught that it is a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. We practise Freemasonry under the guidance of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in Scotland and in many places around the world.
The Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland was founded in 1736.