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A Short History of Masonry in Iceland

From Masonry Universal... issue #4

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|                A Short History of Masonry in Iceland                 |
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|The first Icelandic Mason was Thordur Skulason Thorlacius, who was    |
|initiated in Lodge "Zorobabel & Frederic" (Z&F) in the Danish capital,|
|Copenhagen, in 1817. The second was Dr. Grimur Thorgrimsson Thomsen,  |
|also initiated in Z&F, 1858. The "Father of Icelandic Freemasonry",   |
|however, was Ludvig Emil Kaaber, a bank manager. Brother Kaaber was   |
|initiated in Z&F on 21 Feb 1906.                                      |
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|On 15 Nov 1906 seven Masons in Reykjavik came together and decided to |
|start a "Brother's Society" which under the Swedish Rite is the       |
|smallest Masonic group that can be recognised. This they decided to   |
|call "Edda". On 13 Dec 1913 the first meeting of Edda was held under  |
|warrant from the GL of Denmark (or "Order of Freemasons" as it is     |
|known). On 6 Jan 1919 it became a fully warranted lodge, Lodge Edda   |
|No. 1, with the motto "In corde et animo unum", and Bro. Kaaber as WM.|
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|Icelandic Masons formed the Freemasons Order of Iceland on 23 Jul 1951|
|(internationally known as the GL of Iceland). Iceland now has eleven  |
|St. John's Lodges, three St. Andrew's Lodges and a Stuart Chapter.    |
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|Arni Leosson, EDDA No. 1, Reykjavik, Iceland         arnil@centrum.is |
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