The question stems from the preamble to an article in the Irish News, which I cannot get at.
- Quote :
- The 1798 rising found a seemingly unlikely ally in some elements within Feemasonry.
What I have been able to find out is the following:
Freemasonry was part of the tradition of political societies before and after the united Irishmen. It influenced the Volunteer movement and lodges helped form Volunteer corps into the Free Masons Corps. Also lodges grew out of Volunteer Corps.
Henry Grattan was a freemason but I don’t know if he was a member of the united Irishmen. Apparently though many of the United Irishmen were Free Masons.
Other political organisations did model themselves on the Freemasons in trems of how the organisation was formed.
A little known fact is that (Willian) Drennan is the real founder of the United Irishmen and NOT Wolfe Tone as we are led to believe and was the author of the Society’s celebrated test. He also became the first
Secretary, and went on to become President of the Movement. Another little known fact is that Drennan based the United Irishmen on Freemasonry hence the name ‘The brotherhood.’
Considering the amount of Freemasons allegedly to be involved with the American Reveloution, that and the French's influence on Ireland, I wonder did this have any influence on Masons in Ireland.
Any more information/POV's welcome...