Between 1732 and 1813, the Grand Lodge of Ireland alone issued almost 200 regimental lodge warrants. Others warrants were issued by the Grand Lodge of Scotland and by the Moderns and Antients Grand Lodges in England. The military, and alongside trade and migration, carried Freemasonry across the seas and the Craft became integral to many if not most corners of Britain’s Empire.
Jessica Harland-Jacobs in Builders of Empire: Freemasonry and British Imperialism (2007), comments that
Freemasonry’s Enlightenment philosophy promoted equality, humanity and tolerance, and, as it developed globally, the Craft underpinned a common moral belief system. While contradictory views on race and ethnicity were present, so was cosmopolitanism and ideas of global citizenship, which led to the admission of indigenous peoples across the globe.
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