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About Freemasonry

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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Belfast Freemasonry

  • 26.10.2017

    Annual trip to Grand Lodge in Dublin

    21 of us went on our annual trip to The Grand Lodge of Ireland headquarters in Molesworth street in Dublin. A good day was had by all. We conferred two 1st degrees and two second degrees one of which was from Belfast Lodge 651. We had…


  • 14.10.2017

    Visit to the Ulster Aviation Society

    We  had a great day out at the Ulster Aviation Society in September – lucky the roof doesn’t leak as the rain was very heavy   .


  • 21.08.2017

    Temple 51 Pool/beer/coffee night in Robinson’s Bar

    12 of the Brethren met for a chat and a beer in the pool room on the top floor of Robinson’s bar Belfast on the 16th August. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable social evening that gave the Brethren a chance to socialise and…


  • 08.06.2017

    Temple Lodge 51 meets Temple Lodge 138

    Temple Lodge 51 based in Arthur Square Belfast met with it’s name-twin Temple Lodge 138, based in Londonderry. Good times were had, with great hospitality from hosts at 138.


  • 23.02.2017

    Temple 51 Installation 2017

    Our installation of officers occurred with much celebration and good times. We were honored to have the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland, R.W.Bro Rodney McCurdy and Assistant PGM W.Bro Jack Dunlop. We also have two very distinguished and welcomed guests from Wisconsin, USA Charles Olsen..Most…


  • 16.10.2016

    Dublin Grand Lodge Visit – 2016

    On October 15 2016, Temple 51 Masonic Lodge, joined with members from Newtownards and as far as Scotland, visited the Grand Lodge of Ireland in Dublin – Molesworth Street. A tour was given around the magnificent hall courtesy of Br. Keith. Two 2nd Degrees (Sebastian…


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