Edward Spratt’s Irish Constitutions

Edward Spratt was Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ireland from 1742-56. His edited edition of the Constitutions was published in Dublin in 1751.

In a dedication to Lord Kingsborough, Grand Master of Ireland 1749-50, Spratt makes the point that he is not the author of the work but its ‘editor and transcriber’, and that the role of author should be ascribed to the ‘learned and ingenious brother, James Anderson’.

Spratt notes that there are no essential differences in his volume as compared to the 1723 Constitutions bar the absence of ‘those Rules that tended to the Steward’s [sic] Lodge’ since Ireland had no such lodge: ‘a thing not practised here’.

‘Constitutions’, Edward Spratt (ed), (Dublin, 1751).