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Freemasonry is an enduring brotherhood, boasting many prolific members throughout the ages. Our ideals are brotherhood, charity and faith.


About Temple 51

Temple 51 is a well-known Belfast Freemason lodge, based in the Arthur Square Masonic Hall, in Belfast. We meet once a month.

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We have regular events. Our website is the best way to keep up to date and follow Temple 51’s progress and achievements.

About Freemasonry

“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy that begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.”

-Benjamin Franklin

Recorded History

Belfast Freemasonry

1748 – 1860

May 24, 2016
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The existence and history of Lodge 51 Belfast Freemasonry can be dated from 1748 in the books of Grand Lodge. It was found that lodge no.51 at that time was not subsisting. Other than that, anything recorded before 1804 have been erased from the books of Belfast Freemasonry….

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1860 – 1880

May 24, 2016
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From then on, Belfast Freemasonry membership and attendance was considerably reduced that great difficulty was experienced in holding the meetings. The Lodge had to be temporarily close and on the 14th of November 1860, they tried reopening it but attendance was still unsatisfactory. The situation was really apparent…

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1880 – 1984

June 25, 2016
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As the musical powers of 51 became famous, local Charity committees resolved to utilise them in the cause of the widow and orphan and accordingly invited the Lodge to give a concert in aid of the Masonic Charities of Belfast. The concert was given in the Victoria Hall…

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Belfast Freemasons

What is Freemasonry

Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, earnest in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance towards evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another and reverence and love for God. 

Freemasonry is many things, but above all, Freemasonry is a way of life, not “apart” from society but a “part of society”.Membership of our Order is open to all men of integrity and goodwill, irrespective of colour or creed, on condition that they profess a belief in a Supreme Being.

If you are interested in joining and becoming a Belfast Freemason, fill out the form on the right.

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  • 08.09.2016

    PALS Clay Pigeon Event 2016

    Give it a Shot, Clay Pigeon Night, Tue 4th Oct 16, 7pm sharp. Location: Thatch Clay Target Club Broughshane. Event is open to all abilities, Male/Female age 18+, equipment and instruction will be provided. Price £25 per head including food and refreshments. *Places are limited…


  • 18.06.2016

    Temple 51 visit the Provincial Grand Lodge Museum and confer a first degree

    On Friday 10th June 2016 The members of Temple 51 visited the Provincial Grand lodge Hall in Rosemary Street (PGLH) to confer a first degree on their newest member Alexander Yassin in the Provincial Grand lodge room. The meeting was hosted by Edenderry lodge 544…


  • 16.06.2016

    Presentation of 50 years jewel to W.Bro. J H Mc Collum, Temple 51

    W. Bro John Harold Mc Collum (front centre) joined Temple Masonic Lodge No. 51 on the 4th march 1959 becoming a master mason in November of the same year. A regular attender at his lodge he first became Worshipful master in 1971 and then again…


  • 16.06.2016

    “Bullseye” Braithwaite Beware!

    ‘I can light a match with a single shot from 100yards’ has to be the quote of the day. Even former Temple 51 Worshipful Master, WT ‘Bullseye’ Braithwaite, 1888, a three time Bisley Rifle shooting champion, would have thought twice before attempting such a feat…


  • 16.06.2016

    Ulster Aviation Society Tour 2015

    On Saturday, September 19th, Temple 51 together with the PALS group (Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim Leisure and Social Committee) visited the UIster aviation society(UAS) at the maze complex near Lisburn. The UAS is a privately run charitable status museum run by its own members.…


  • 16.06.2016

    Santa visits Temple 51 Masonic lodge Belfast masonic christmas festive board

    Thirty-nine brethren and guests attended the temple 51 masonic christmas festive board. Mini Santa also attended with her helpers and mum Nadine. A good nights craic was had by all. We had traditional Christmas dinner. £147 was raised for charity and the guests had an…


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