On 17 November 1764 the SPECULATIVE SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH (Spec) was founded by six men including Edinburgh's most established publisher of the day, WILLIAM CREECH, acknowledged as the prime instigator, and ALLAN MACONOCHIE, LORD MEADOWBANK.

In the next three years the following persons had been admitted by majority ballot to the "Spec" and their names are recorded as Members of the Society in 1814, AND THEY WERE ALL MEMBERS OF THE SAME MASONIC LODGE.

HEW DALRYMPLE (LORD DRUNMORE)
WILLIAM KEITH
CHARLES HAY
JAMES GREGORY
JOHN RUTHERFORD
JAMES TYTLER
ANDREW DUNCAN
LORD BINNING
SIR JOHN SINCLAIR
DUGALD STEWART
PRINCE DASCHKOW OF POLAND
ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL
CHARLES HOPE

The names of the above fifteen persons, to include Creech and Maconnochie, are recorded in the Roll of Members of Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2, a Masonic temple in Edinburgh's St John's Street, just off the Royal Mile.

Canongate Kilwinning is arguably the most prestigious Masonic Lodge in Scotland and is still active today, having Knights Templar and Royal Arch Chapters within its walls and is known as the "Grand Supreme Royal Arch Chapter".

This is not taking into account the Scottish Rite, which is housed within the premises of the United Grand Lodge of Scotland in George Street, Edinburgh.  This exclusive "gang" hosts the minority of Masons, but has 4th degree members conferred through to the 33rd degree: the Grand Inspector General.

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Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2

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