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2 August 2015

Of Mice and Masons

I was asked the other day whether I am a Freemason. No, but I do seem to have a bit of an eye for spotting their work. I'm intrigued by the art and also some of the history of this group. I'm no expert by any stretch, but I do enjoy bumbling through their mystery.

Today's post is a bit random, but I'm going to share with you some shots from a recent trip to Dublin... where I found myself sleeping with the Masons... :-O

I start with a shot of the magnificent Bewley's Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Under ominous skies you can see the imposing tower of what was once the Masonic Female Orphan School of Ireland.

The school was founded in 1879 by Chevalier Bartholomew Ruspini, an Italian who made his home in England, and who eventually wheedled his way into becoming the state dentist to His Majesty King George III,

After a failed attempt to join the Bear Lodge (meeting at the Bear Inn, Bath) in 1759, Ruspini was later accepted into the Burning Bush Lodge (1762).

Although perhaps more famous for his work founding the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth, as we can see from the photo, Ruspini was also doing the same here in Dublin.

I do like the philanthropist angle to the Masons.