by Jeff Stokes on 12/08/14 at 4:20 am
This is the final installment in our summer series on famous Freemasons. William Preston may be lesser known in the Masonic world than the likes of Pike or Burns, but he none-the-less has left a positive ripple through the Order which is still experienced today.
When we hear the name of William Preston we are at once reminded of the Preston lectures in Freemasonry, It is to Preston that we are indebted for what was the basis of our Monitors of the present day. The story of his literary labors in the interest of the Craft, and how they aided in making Freemasonry one of the leading educational influences during the closing decades of the eighteenth century, is one of absorbing interest to every member of the Fraternity.
William Preston was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 7th (old style calendar, July 28th), 1742. His father was a “Writer to the Signet,” a law agent peculiar to Scotland and formerly eligible to the bench, therefore a man of much educational standing. He naturally desired to give his son all the advantages which the schools of that day afforded, and young Preston’s education was begun at an early age. He entered high school before he was six years old.
After the death of his father Preston withdrew from college and took employment as secretary to Thomas Ruddiman, the celebrated linguist, whose failing eyesight made it necessary for Preston to do much research work required by Ruddiman in his classical and linguistic studies. At the demise of Thomas Ruddiman, Preston became a printer in the establishment of Walter Ruddiman, a brother of Thomas, to whom he had been formerly apprenticed. (more…)
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