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The objective here, in this section, is to collect or compile as many of historical manuscripts and articles that explain and lay down  the legendary and history of the Craft and a set of rules for conduct of its members. Studying them will shed on the history and traditions of Freemasonry.

They are grouped by following categories:

  • Historical Manuscripts
  • Interpretation or Writings about it

If you have know where I can get the missing ones or if I am missing others, please email me.

The following is list of the known old manuscripts relating to Masonry and Freemasonry.

These documents are beautifully written and the study of them will shed much light, to the reader on the history and Tradition of Freemasonry.

Operative Masons Charges

Edict of Rothari A.D. 643 Italy

Constitutions York 926 England

Charter of Bologna 1248 Italy

Anglo-Norman Charges 1356 England

Regius 1390 British Museum

Cooke 1450 British Museum

Strassburg, Ratisbona 1459 Germany

Torgau Ordinances 1462 Germany

Watson MS series 1535

Grand Lodge No.1 1583 London

Schaw 1598

The Sinclair MS 1601

Inigo Jones MS 1655

The Thomas Tew MS 1680

Plot 1686 Epitome in Nat. Hist. Staffordshire

Edinburgh 1696

Speculative Masons Charges

Harleian No. 1942 1600's British Museum

Kevan 1714

Robert's Constitutions 1722

Ancient Charges of a Free Mason - 1723

Regulations of a Free Mason- 1723

Briscoe 1724 Printed

Grand Mystery of Freemasons 1724 Printed

Institution of Free Masons 1725

Dundee 1727

Three Distinctive Knocks 1760 Printed

The Albury MS.1875

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