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CONTENTS

Chapter - 1 GIBRALTAR
Chapter - 2 IRWIN
Chapter - 3 PEDIGREE & PRIVILEGE
Chapter - 4 WHAT LIES BENEATH
Chapter - 5 THE TEMPLE
Chapter - 6 MODERN MASONRY
Chapter - 7 DOVER
Chapter - 8 MASONIC INTELLIGENTSIA
Chapter - 9 A VERY ROYAL SOCIETY
Chapter - 10 GRIQUALAND AND DIAMONDS
Chapter - 11 CHATHAM
Chapter - 12 PALMER
Chapter - 13 CHATHAM REVISITED
Chapter - 14 BECHUANALAND
Chapter - 15 QUATUOR CORONATI
Chapter - 16 PARLIAMENT AND POLITICS
Chapter - 17 SUAKIN
Chapter - 18 JACK
Chapter - 19 A POLISHED ASHLAR
Chapter - 20 SINGAPORE VOLUNTEER ARTILLERY
Chapter - 21 STRAITS PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
Chapter - 22 THAMES
Chapter - 23 ALLES SAL REG KOM
Chapter - 24 SPION KOP
Chapter - 25 REST AT LAST
Chapter - 26 BROTHERHOOD IN THE BLOOD

1858-1865 Gibraltar

There was a lull in the waves. The Spanish coast loomed in the background as the American merchant vessel hove-to quietly in the deepwater harbour.
The ominous rock towered foreboding above. Its craggy face a pivot, of two continents, two oceans and two cultures. It was about to become a witness to a pivotal event in Masonic history, leading to a revelation of centuries of concealed ritualized meanings, which had formed the basis of thinking for many influential men over the centuries.
Sea-Capt. James O’ Donnell turned up his collar to the wet, driving rain. The secrets he had stored, which had been handed down through his paternal forefathers, weighed heavily on his mind as he made his way up the wet cobblestones to Freemasons Hall, Gibraltar.
By a stroke of fate, the Irish Masonic lodge known as Inhabitants Lodge was meeting that night under the direction of the Worshipful Master Brother Frances George Irwin. As both Irwin and O’Donnell were of Irish descent, they formed the immediate inseparable spiritual and intellectual bond, as only Masonic Brothers, having gone through the same rituals even though in different parts of the world, can experience.
Brother James O’Donnell, being the last in a long line of male recipients of the Ancient and Noble Hibernian Order of Knighthood, described himself as the District Grand Cross Commander of the Royal Order of Eri. Fearing the demise of the valuable information entrusted to him by his forefathers, he was looking for a suitable successor and had unwittingly stumbled upon a Brother who was parched for the thirst of Masonic knowledge......
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