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7 > Page 7 of Concise history of Lexington Lodge No. 1, F. & A.M., November 17, 1788-1913 : showing, without rhetorical fog, the spirit of the work in Lexington for the past century and a quarter / published by order and authority of the Lodge.

Page Seven During a'l this period Kentucky had been under the jurisdiction of Vir- ginia and the a.filiation3 of her pioneer Misons mostly in lodges in that state or in Penns3lvania, though other eastern states may bc expected to furnish some records. The Grard Masters of Kentuc' y at that time were therefore the Grand Mastcrs of Virginia. The Virginia Grand Lodg- was formtd in 1778 and we find John Blair the filrs Grand Master 1778, followed by James Mercer 1784, followed by Edmtnd Randclph, 1785, who presided until 1789. Randolph was therefore G.and MVrter of Kentucky Masons in 1788 when we obtained the c'-artfr for thc lodgs at Lexington. He was likewise the Governor of Virginia 1735-7 .... . .v . . .._..._. ...., Act Edmund Randolph and John Marshall THE FIRST LODGE The first chartered Lodge was undoubtedly meant to be the mother lodge of the state. On Nov. 17, 1788, the Virginia Grand Lodge granted a charter to Lcxington L :dge No. 2, naming the first three officers only, who were, Co'. Richard Clough Anderson, Green Clay and John Fowler. The former was from Jefferson Coun'y and at the same time its representative to the Sixth Danville Convention. Clay from Madison and Fowler from Lexing- trn were re-presentatives to the Virginia Assembly the same year, and it was Clay who Presented the petition for the Kentucky Masons. Unfort:nately no records now exist as to who the charter members were since the V;rginia Grand Lodge has only returns from Lexington for the years 179' and 1797 which see in the appendix. The capi ular degrees, were at that time conferred in Master's Lodges, and they were rot separated in Kentucky until many years after. There seems to have been a '"Mark Lodge" in Lexington at early date. Lexington Lodge was of the sort called "Ancient Masonry" for that was all the kind of Masonry Vir- ginia had. Having now sketched the background for our history, let us ob- serve the progress made by Masonry year by year through the lives of its Masters and initiates.