have provided ample material for further speculation.The earliest known ritual places the first masonic lodge in the porchway of King Solomon’sTemple.8Following Anderson, it has also been possible to trace Freemasonry to Euclid,Pythagoras, Moses, the Essenes, and the Culdees.9Preston started his history with the Druids,while Anderson's description of masons as "Noachides", extrapolated by Albert Mackey, putNoah into the equation.10Following Ramsey's introduction of Crusader masons, the Knights Templar became involved inthe myth, starting with Karl Gotthelf von Hund's Rite of Strict Observance, which also linked inthe exiled House of Stuart.11The murder of Hiram Abiff was taken as an allegory for the death ofCharles I of England. Oliver Cromwell emerges as the founder of Freemasonry in an anonymousanti-masonic work of 1745, commonly attributed to Abbé Larudan. Mackey states that "Thepropositions of Larudan are distinguished for their absolute independence of all historicalauthority and for the bold assumptions which are presented to the reader in the place of facts."12The anti-masonic writings of Christoph Friedrich Nicolai implicated Francis Bacon and theRosicrucians,13while Christopher Wren's connection with the craft was omitted from Anderson'sfirst book of constitutions, but appeared in the second when Wren was dead.147Pietre-Stones Biography of Ramsayretrieved 22 June 20128Edinburgh Registry House MS, see Robert L.D. Cooper, Cracking the Freemason's Code, Rider 2006, p2159Coil, Henry W. (1967). Freemasonry Through Six Centuries.2 vols., Vol. I, pg. 6. Richmond, Va: Macoy Publ. Co.10Grand Lodge of British Columbia and YukonAnti-masonry Frequently Asked Questions, VIII Religion, retrieved 4 February 201311 Grand Lodge of British Columbia and YukonKarl Gotthelf Hund, retrieved 4 February 201312 A. G. Mackey, The History of Freemasonry, Chapters XXX-XXXII13 Grand Lodge of British Columbia and YukonAnti-masonry Frequently Asked Questions, III People, retrieved 5 February 201314 Pietre StonesMartin I. MacGregor, The Life and Times of Sir Christopher Wren, 2005, retrieved 5 February 2013[email protected], [email protected], +234-802-226-4376, +234-806-398-09134
[Nigerian Journal on moral and spiritual research Vol. 1] Akharumere, A.OThe German pioneer in Masonic history Joseph Gabriel Findel, and others since, have sought theorigins of organised masonry in the lodges of the medieval German cathedrals, although no linkhas been found to the development of the Freemasonry that later spread from England toGermany.15Similarly, attempts to root Freemasonry in the French Compagnonnage haveproduced no concrete links.16Connections to the Roman Collegia and Comacine masters aresimilarly tenuous, although some Freemasons see them as exemplars rather than ancestors.1718Thomas Paine traced Freemasonry to Ancient Egypt,19as did Cagliostro, who went so far as tosupply the ritual.