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Masonic Grand Lodges - Year Founded

The purpose of this webpage is to attempt to list the year of founding of every group that calls itself a Masonic Grand Lodge in the world.

There are some disputes about the dates of founding of some Grand Lodges. I have attempted to use the most well-researched sources for the dates that are listed on this webpage.

It should also be noted that some Grand Lodges did not become widely recognized (at least in the U.S.) until much later than the year in which they were founded. (The Grand Lodge of Sweden is one example of this.)

If anyone has any suggestions for additions or changes on this webpage, please contact Paul M. Bessel at paulb'at'bessel.org 

United Grand Lodge of England 1717 ("Premier" Grand Lodge)
1751 (Antients Grand Lodge)
1813 (United Grand Lodge of England)
Grand Lodge of Ireland 1725
Grand Lodge of France 1728, 1894
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania 1731
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts 1733
Grand Lodge of Georgia 1735
Grand Lodge of Scotland 1736
Grand Lodge of South Carolina 1737
Grand Lodge of the Three Globes (Germany) 1740, 1947
Grand Lodge of Denmark 1743
Grand East of the Netherlands 1756
Grand Lodge of Sweden 1760
Grand Land Lodge of Germany 1770, 1947
Grand Orient of France 1773
Grand Lodge of Virginia 1778
Grand Lodge of New York 1781
Grand Lodge of New Jersey 1786
Grand Lodge of Maryland 1787
Grand Lodge of North Carolina 1787
Grand Lodge of Connecticut 1789
Grand Lodge of New Hampshire 1789
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts 1791
Grand Lodge of Rhode Island 1791
Grand Lodge of Vermont 1794
Grand Lodge of Kentucky 1800
Grand Lodge of Luxembourg 1803
Grand Orient of Italy 1805
Grand Lodge of Delaware 1806
Grand Lodge of Ohio 1808
Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia 1811
Grand Lodge of Greece 1811
Grand Lodge of Louisiana 1812
Grand Lodge of Tennessee 1813
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania 1815
Grand Lodge of Indiana 1818
Grand Lodge of Mississippi 1818
Grand Lodge of Maine 1820
Grand Lodge of Alabama 1821
Grand Lodge of Missouri 1821
Grand Orient of Brazil 1822
Grand Lodge of Venezuela 1824
Grand Orient of Haiti 1824
Grand Lodge of Michigan 1826
Grand Lodge of Florida 1830
Grand Orient of Belgium 1833
Grand Lodge of Texas 1837
Grand Lodge of Arkansas 1838
Grand Lodge of Illinois 1840
Grand Lodge of Wisconsin 1843
Grand Lodge of Iowa 1844
Grand Lodge of Alpina of Switzerland 1844
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland 1845
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York 1845
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia 1848
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Jersey 1848
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Delaware 1849
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio 1849
Grand Lodge of California 1850
Grand Lodge of Oregon 1851
Grand Lodge of Minnesota 1853
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California 1855
Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario 1855
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Indiana 1856
Grand Lodge of Kansas 1856
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ontario (Canada) 1856
Grand Lodge of Uruguay 1856
Grand Lodge of Nebraska 1857
Grand Lodge of Argentina 1857
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Rhode Island 1858
Grand Lodge of Washington 1858
Grand Lodge of the Dominican Republic 1858
Grand Lodge of Cuba 1859
Grand Lodge of Colorado 1861
Grand Lodge of York (Mexico) 1862
Grand Lodge of Valley of Mexico 1862
Grand Lodge of Chile 1862
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana 1863
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Missouri 1865
Grand Lodge of Nevada 1865
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia 1865
Grand Lodge of West Virginia 1865
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kentucky 1866
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan 1866
Grand Lodge of Montana 1866
Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia (Canada) 1866
Grand Lodge of Idaho 1867
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Illinois 1867
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kansas 1867
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of South Carolina 1867-1872
Grand Lodge of New Brunswick (Canada) 1867
Grand Lodge of Liberia 1867
Grand Lodge of Quebec (Canada) 1869
Grand Lodge of Paraguay 1869
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alabama 1870
Union Grand Lodge PHA Florida & Belize, Central American 1870
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia 1870
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of North Carolina 1870
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Tennessee 1870
Grand Lodge of British Columbia (Canada) 1871
Grand Lodge of Utah 1872
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Arkansas 1873
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut 1873
Grand Lodge of Oklahoma 1874
Grand Lodge of Wyoming 1874
Stringer Grand Lodge Prince Hall Affiliation (Mississippi) 1875
Grand Lodge of South Dakota 1875
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas 1875
Grand Lodge of Manitoba (Canada) 1875
Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island (Canada) 1875
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Colorado 1876
Grand Lodge of New Mexico 1877
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of West Virginia 1877
Grand Lodge of Romania 1880, 1993
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Iowa 1881
Grand Lodge of Arizona 1882
Grand Lodge of Peru 1882
Grand Lodge of Unida Mexicana, Veracruz (Mexico) 1883
Grand Lodge of Oriental Peninsular, Yucatan (Mexico) 1883
Grand Lodge of South Australia and the Northern Territory 1884
Grand Lodge of Campeche (Mexico) 1885
Grand Lodge of Puerto Rico 1885
Grand Lodge of Benito Juarez Garcia, Oaxaca (Mexico) 1886
United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 1888
Grand Lodge of North Dakota 1889
Grand Lodge of Victoria (Australia) 1889
Grand Lodge of Benito Juarez, Coahuila (Mexico) 1890
Grand Lodge of Tasmania (Australia) 1890
Grand Lodge of New Zealand 1890
Grand Lodge of El Potosi, San Luis Potosi (Mexico) 1891
Grand Lodge of Norway 1891
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Oklahoma 1893
Le Droit Humain
(mixed - male & female - lodges - in various countries)
1893
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Minnesota 1894
Grand Lodge of Costa Rica 1899
Grand Lodge of Western Australia 1900
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington 1903
Grand Lodge of Guatemala 1903
Grand Lodge of Amazonas (Brazil) 1904
Grand Lodge of Alberta (Canada) 1905
Grand Lodge of Nuevo Leon (Mexico) 1905
Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan (Canada) 1906
Grand Lodge of Nicaragua 1907
Grand Lodge of Nayarit (Mexico) 1909
Grand Lodge of Tamaulipas (Mexico) 1909
Grand Lodge of Turkey 1909
Grand Lodge of Occidental Mexican, Jalisco (Mexico) 1912
Grand Lodge of El Salvador (Cuscatlan) 1912
National Grand Lodge of France 1913
Grand Lodge of Panama 1916
Grand Lodge of the Philippines 1917
Grand Lodge of Colombia (Barranquilla) 1918
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska 1919
Grand Lodge of Austria 1919
Grand Lodge of the Czech Republic 1919, 1990
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Arizona 1920
Grand Lodge of Colombia (Catagena) 1920
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Mexico 1921
Grand Lodge of Ecuador 1921
Grand Lodge of Queensland (Australia) 1921
Grand Lodge of Colombia (Bogota) 1922
Grand Lodge of Honduras 1922
Grand Lodge of Sur-Oeste, Calima (Mexico) 1923
Grand Lodge of Guadalupe Victoria, Durango (Mexico) 1923
Grand Lodge of Del Pacifico, Sonora (Mexico) 1923
Grand Lodge of Restauracion, Tabasco (Mexico) 1923
Grand Lodge of Finland 1924
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Wisconsin 1925
Grand Lodge of Bahia (Brazil) 1927
Grand Lodge of Minas Gerais (Brazil) 1927
Grand Lodge of Para (Brazil) 1927
Grand Lodge of Paraiba (Brazil) 1927
Grand Lodge of Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1927
Grand Lodge of Ceara (Brazil) 1928
Grand Lodge of Rio Grande South (Brazil) 1928
Grand Lodge of Chiapas (Mexico) 1929
Grand Lodge of Bolivia 1929
Grand Lodge of Pernambuco (Brazil) 1932
Grand Lodge of Baja California (Mexico) 1933
Grand Lodge of Queretaro (Mexico) 1934
Grand Lodge of Colombia (Cali) 1935
Grand Lodge of Cosmos, Chihuahua (Mexico) 1936
Grand Lodge of Hidalgo (Mexico) 1940
Grand Lodge of Parana (Brazil) 1941
Grand Lodge of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 1944
Grand Lodge of Colombia
Francisco de Paula Santander (Cucuta)
1945
Grand Lodge of Piaui (Brazil) 1948
Grand Lodge of China (Taiwan) 1949
Grand Lodge of Goias (Brazil) 1951
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the Bahamas 1951
Grand Lodge of Iceland 1951
Women's Grand Lodge of France 1952
Grand Lodge of Israel 1953
Grand Lodge of Santa Catarina (Brazil) 1956
Grand Lodge of Japan 1957
Grand Lodge of Alagoas (Brazil) 1958
United Grand Lodges (plural) of Germany 1958
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Oregon 1960
Grand Lodge of Maranhao (Brazil) 1960
Grand Lodge of South Africa 1961
Grand Lodge of India 1961
Grand Lodge of Mato Grosso South (Brazil) 1962
American-Canadian Grand Lodge (Germany) 1962
Grand Lodge of Brasilia (Brazil) 1963
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alaska 1969
United Grand Orient and Grand Lodge of Cameroun 1969
Grand Lodge of Iran (in exile) 1969
Grand Lodge of Espirito Santo (Brazil) 1970
Grand Lodge of the Andes of Colombia (Bucaramanga) 1972
Grand Lodge of Acre (Brazil) 1973
Grand Lodge of Rio Grande North (Brazil) 1974
Grand Lodge of Baja California Sur (Mexico) 1978
Grand Lodge of Mato Grosso (Brazil) 1978
Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium 1979
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nevada 1980
Grand Lodge of Alaska 1981
Grand Lodge of Roraima (Brazil) 1981
Women's Grand Lodge of Belgium 1981
Grand Lodge of Spain 1982
Grand Lodge of Sergipe (Brazil) 1983
Grand Lodge of Gabon 1983
Grand Lodge of Benjamin Herrara of Colombia (Santa Marta) 1984
Grand Lodge of Rondonia (Brazil) 1985
Grand Lodge of Greece 1987
Grand Lodge of Amapa (Brazil) 1988
Grand Lodge of Hawaii 1989
Grand Lodge of Tocantins (Brazil) 1989
Grand Lodge of the Ivory Coast 1989
Grand Lodge of Hungary 1989
Grand Lodge of Yugoslavia 1990
Legal Grand Lodge of Portugal 1991
Grand Lodge of Poland 1991
Grand Lodge of Togo 1992
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the Caribbean (Barbados) 1993
Grand Lodge of Senegal 1993
Regular Grand Lodge of Italy 1993
Grand Lodge of Benin 1995
Grand Lodge of Russia 1995
Grand Lodge of Upper India 1995
Grand Lodge of South India 1995
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alberta (Canada) 1997
Grand Lodge of Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada) 1997
Grand Lodge of Burkina Faso 1997
Grand Lodge of Madagascar 1997
Grand Lodge of Bulgaria 1997
Grand Lodge of Croatia 1997
Grand Lodge of Guinea 1998
Grand Lodge of Mali 1999
Grand Lodge of Estonia 1999
Grand Lodge of Slovenia 1999
Grand Lodge of Morocco 2000
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Hawaii 2001

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