Malta’s seven freemasons’ lodges yesterday formally joined together to constitute a Grand Lodge of Malta, the first of its kind on the island, following consultation with the Grand Lodges of England, Scotland and Ireland.
The seven lodges – three English, three Irish and one Scottish – met yesterday at Casa Viani, 6 and 7 Marsamxetto Road, in Valletta, where meetings are held for the English Constitution lodges.
The new Grand Lodge was forged in a Tripartite meeting between the ‘Home’ Grand Lodges which was hosted in Dublin. Also present for the meeting was the Pro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Marquess of Northampton, Spencer Douglas David Compton.
Casa Viani houses the Lodge of St John and St Paul No 349, which was founded in 1815 by Walter Rodwell Wright, Chief Justice of Malta from 1814 to 1826. Until the acquisition of the 17 century Casa Viani, lodge meetings were held in Strait Street during the 19 and 20 centuries. Casa Viani was purchased in 1907 by Deputy District Grand Master A M Macfarlane on a 25-year lease for use as a Masonic hall.
Villa Blye in Corradino Road, Paola, hosts meeting of the Irish Constitution lodges, namely the Leinster, Abercorn and Fenici lodges. The Scottish Constitution lodge is the St Andrew lodge No 966, which also meets in Paola.