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Masonic History

The Ancient Landmarks


In the early Anglo Saxon, German, or Scandinavian languages the noun “land” meant the same as in modern English, although as a verb it meant “come to land,” a meaning reflected in our custom of saying a man lands from a ship, etc. “Mark” is found in almost all European languages, and derives from the Latin margo, edge, boundary, whence our margin, mark, and cognate terms. A “landmark” is some mark, line or object to indicate a boundary. The landmarks of Masonry are those principles by which the Craft is bounded, that is, marked off from all other societies and associations and with-out which it would lose its identity.

- Source: 100 Words in Masonry



Articles On Landmarks On This Site


Landmarks: Mackey's Encyclopedia Article

Landmarks: 1915 The Builder Article

Landmarks: Mackey's List of 25

Landmarks: Knights of the North article

Landmarks: Theodore S. Parvin article

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