Person NameSt James Society of Freemasons; 1864-1864; in Brechin
Epithetin Brechin
ActivityFriendly societies were in existence in the 17th century but reached their peak in the 19th century. They were originally organisations that provided a mechanism for ordinary people to save or make provisions for infirmity, old age, death or burial and are mutual benefit societies owned by their members. They were encouraged by the Registration of Friendly Societies Act 1793 (33 Geo.III c 54). The Friendly Societies Act 1855 (18 & 19 Vict c 63) established the Register of Friendly Societies. Some friendly societies also acted as social clubs and organisations and included the Free Gardeners, Oddfellows and Shepherds' Friendly Society. The date of inauguration of the St. James Society of Freemasons of Brechin is unknown. The society met in the Masonic Lodge, Church Street, and had around 80 members by 1864. Like other friendly societies, it offered benefits to sick or aged members and widows, and funeral expenses.
Corporate NameSt James Society of Freemasons
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