Holyrood Lodge No. 257
Making Good Men Better
Holyrood was named after Holyrood Palace founded 1128 AD in Edinburgh Scotland, where several of our founding brothers hailed from in Scotland. This area is where the crowning of Scottish Kings took place and is shown in its current state above.
Consecration and Constitution took place on May 9, 1927 at John Darling Lodge, with Most Worshipful Cary B. Fish, Grand Master, presiding.
Masonic scholars are not sure at what point in time our Craft was born. Every Mason knows it goes far beyond written record, and we believe it was not always called Freemasonry.
Operative masonry can be traced back to the Middle Ages and beyond. Operative masons back then formed groups with structures similar to ours today. They had officers and stations just like ours. Other men were admitted only after they had served a number of years of apprenticeship.
Operative refers to the time in our history when masons actually did the physical labor of building. They were the best at their craft, and they kept secret their methods of building. Speculative refers to the period of time when men were accepted into the Craft without being physical builders, but rather were spiritual builders.