Masonic Lodges in Universities

Freemasons forming Lodges in Universities is a natural progression given its teachings and principles which align perfectly with the teachings espoused since the Age of Enlightenment.

Under our own Grand Lodge of Scotland and the United Grand Lodge of England, over 76 Masonic University Lodges continue to operate and grow till our present day.
From Edinburgh to London and all other provinces and counties of the United Kingdom and overseas.

‘The interior of the Cambridge Masonic Hall’

The interior of the Cambridge Masonic Hall

From Grand Lodge of Scotland’s Edinburgh University Lodge St.David, initially constituted as ‘Canongate from Leith’ on 2 March 1738, to the Isaac Newton University Lodge consecrated in Cambridge on 21st May, 1861.
Isaac Newton University Lodge (INUL) was formally consecrated as lodge No. 1161 at the Red Lion Hotel, Cambridge on 21st May, 1861.
Apollo University Lodge, was founded at Oxford nearly 200 years ago.
The list is long and also includes numerous other University Lodges, to name a few: Collegiate, Concordia, Worcestor, Birmingham, Staffordshire, Cardiff, Sheffield, Lancaster, Liverpool, Brighton, Southampton, etc.

The principles and teachings of Freemasonry have been perfectly aligned with the world’s intellectuals through the Age of Enlightenment and up to our present day. Thinkers, Philosophers, Academics, and Scientists have been keen promoters of the ancient Craft for millennia.
To name a few:
François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) — member of Masonic Lodge “La Loge des Neuf Soeurs” in Paris, France; in 1778.
François-Marie Arouet wrote under the name Voltaire. Initiated at the Lodge of Nine Sisters in 1778, he wrote many notable books, including “Candide” and “Dictionnaire Philosophique.” The ideas in these books heavily influenced the Enlightenment and the French Revolution.
Benjamin Franklin partly founded the Lodge of Nine Sisters and reportedly urged Voltaire to join. The two shared a friendship outside the society, as well.
Alexander Fleming — member of the “Sancta Maria Lodge No. 2682”, London.
Initiated in 1909 in London, Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming discovered the curative properties of penicillin, one of the most widely used antibiotics today.
Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) — member of the “Polar Star Lodge No 79” in St. Louis, 1861.
Better known as literary giant Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens became a member of the Polar Star Lodge No. 79 in St. Louis in 1861. Within a few months of joining, he ascended to Master Mason. In “Tom Sawyer’s Conspiracy,” Twain makes one of his many literary references to the Masons by characterizing a pillar of the local community as a member.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — member of the “Zur Wohltätigkeit (Charity) Lodge” in Austria, 1784.
An Austrian composer and son of a Freemason, Mozart created a number of masonic musical numbers during his prolific career. He joined the Zur Wohltätigkeit (Charity) Lodge in Austria in 1784.
Two other musicians of his time who joined Freemasonry were Franz Joseph Haydn belonged to the same lodge as Mozart, while Johann Christian Bach joined in London.