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,
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.
DASCHKOW OF POLAND
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
John's Street, just off the Royal Mile.
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".
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.