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The Mason's Apron

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THE MASON'S APRON (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Border Book

1- 8 1s turn RH, cast to 2nd place, cross RH, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s
9-16 1s set and turn RH to opposite sides between 2s+3s, set and turn RH to face 1st corners
17-24 1s set to and turn 1st corners 2H, set to and turn 2nd corners 2H
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 1st corners and cross to own sides

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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A mason or stonemason, is a person who uses stonemasonry or stonecraft to create buildings, structures, and sculpture using stone as the primary material.

It is one of the oldest activities and professions in human history. Many of the long-lasting, ancient shelters, temples, monuments, artifacts, fortifications, roads, bridges, and entire cities were built of stone. Famous works of stonemasonry include the Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Cusco's Incan Wall, Easter Island's statues, Angkor Wat, Borobudur, Tihuanaco, Tenochtitlan, Persepolis, the Parthenon, Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China, Chartres Cathedral.

An apron is a garment that is worn over other clothing and covers mainly the front of the body. As a top layer that covers the front body, the apron is also worn as a uniform, adornment or ceremonial garb - most notably the Masonic apron.


A mason's apron has served as an ancient badge of distinction for centuries, usually referenced to stone masons. Its purpose is recognized as indicating innocence of conduct and purity of heart... hence its traditional use by those fraternal organizations known as Freemasons.

Without getting too involved in the broad and quite complicated world of Freemasonry, I under-stand that a Master Mason is entitled to wear an apron that may be made of lambskin or white leather. This is again an emblem of innocence and possibly decorated with the Masonic symbol of a Square and Compasses.

The Barry Pipes Canon 096- October, 2017.

Dance information from Set&Link, RSCDS Toronto Newsletter - What's In A Name?
The Barry Pipes Canon 2005 - 2018, reproduced here with kind permission. Copyright Barry Pipes. All rights reserved.


Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons that from the end of the 14th century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. Freemasonry has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories throughout the years. Modern Freemasonry broadly consists of two main recognition groups:
  • Regular Freemasonry insists that a volume of scripture be open in a working lodge, that every member profess belief in a Supreme Being, that no women be admitted, and that the discussion of religion and politics be banned.
  • Continental Freemasonry is now the general term for the jurisdictions which have removed some, or all, of these restrictions.

The basic, local organisational unit of Freemasonry is the Lodge. These private Lodges are usually supervised at the regional level (usually coterminous with either a state, province, or national border) by a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient. There is no international, worldwide Grand Lodge that supervises all of Freemasonry; each Grand Lodge is independent, and they do not necessarily recognise each other as being legitimate.

Master Mason wearing a ceremonial apron
Washington As A Freemason, 1866
A Full-Length Portrait Of George Washington In Masonic Attire Including Apron, Holding Scroll And Trowel.


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