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.
DALRYMPLE (LORD DRUNMORE)
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. LINK
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. LINK
This exclusive "gang"
hosts the minority of Masons, but has 4th degree members conferred
through to the 33rd degree: the Grand Inspector General.