The Bohemian Club is a private gentlemen’s club located in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1872 from a regular meeting of local journalists, artists, and musicians, it soon began to accept businessmen, entrepreneurs, university presidents, and military commanders.
Legend says that the Royal Order of the Red Branch of Eri was founded in 1697 BC by the King of Ireland, back in a time when Ireland possessed highly developed literature. An ancient book entitled The Annals of the Four Masters of Ireland tells of the Knights of the Collar of Eri as instituted by King Eamhium and his eight princes over the armies of the four provinces of Ireland, i.e.: Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught.
While we’re on the subject of clubs, we’re also going to look at the Independent International Order of Owls (no relation to the more popular Order of Owls, an animal-themed lodge akin to the Elks). Founded in 1890, the I.I.O.O was a Masonic-related group that promoted recreation and sociability among its members.
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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this month we look at the Order of Knight Masons – an invitational, chivalric Masonic order.The Order of Knight Masons was formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1923 for the purpose of governing three degrees previously known as the “Green Degrees.” These were formerly controlled by the Orders of Knights Templar in Ireland (for more than eighty years) and conferred in their subordinate bodies. Continue reading →