FREEMASONS....The True Descendants of the Knights Templar, the Freemasons say they are simply a fraternity that aims to make good men better and to support each other. For more than two centuries, the Freemasons have played a secretive, mysterious role in American life. See The Royal Secret book (2015) for the US connection today
1758 British Pendant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - This pendant stood out to me because of the images and inscriptions on it. A bit of research revealed that these were actually Masonic symbols - for instance, the inscription "Sit lux et lux fiat" is a Masonic motto translating as "Let there be light and there was light". Freemasonry had existed prior to the 18th century, but it really reached its heyday at this point - and appeared hand-in-hand with the Enlightenment.
The Grand Lodge of Scotland, 96 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. The Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland was founded in 1736 – although only a third of all lodges were represented at the foundation meeting of the Grand Lodge. Grand Hall looking east. The present Freemasons' Hall was built during 1911 - 1912. It replaced an earlier building that had been on the site since 1858. The previous building was designed by the famous Scottish architect, David Bryce.