FORMATION ORGANISED FREEMASONRYThe 24 June 1717 is the dated that is celebrated for the origin of organised Freemasonry when four London lodges met to form themselves as the first Grand Lodge. By 1730 there were over 100 lodges in England and Wales and according to the UK Web site lodges were formed in Madrid and India It is interesting that the site mentions Madrid rather than a German city as King George II (of Hanover) was on the British Throne. In 1737 the first Royal Freemason was made namely Frederick Lewis HANOVER Prince of Wales who died in 1751. Frederick's son became George III (1760-1820) on the death of his Grandfather. In 1760 The Board of Deputies of British Jews was founded as a joint committee of the Sephardi (Spanish and Portuguese) and Ashkenazi (Central and Eastern European) communities in London. Since then the Board has developed its role as the elected, national representative body of the British Jewish community. "The Board examines legislative proposals which may affect Jews, and ensures the political defence of the community." This ability to "examine legislative proposals" extends to all Commonwealth Countries. A review of the current web-site illustrates the current influence of the Board on UK Legal and Parliamentary Committees In 1813 George III's younger son Duke of Sussex became Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England. In 1875 Albert EDWARD Prince of Wales and son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coberg-Gotha was elected Grand Master of the United Grand Lodges. Edward took the surname of his father and was Albert Edward BATTENBURG. Edward was Grand Master until 1901 when he ascended the Throne. The number of Freemasonry Lodges had grown from 637 in 1814 to 2,850 Lodges in 1901. Whilst there is little evidence in Masonic literature of Jewish Influence if you visit the United Grand Lodge in Great Queen Street London WC2B 5AZ in the Grand Room and look at the ceiling, there is a Star of David in one corner and an acknowledgment to Hiram ABIFF as the Architect of King Solomon's Temple in another corner. According to Masonic Literature, Prince Charles is one of only 3 male heirs to the British Throne since 1717 that have not been Masons. Who out of the other 9 male Monarchs were not a Free-mason ? Was it William IV ? ref Three Centuries of Anglo-Jewish History p 76 Freemasons pride themselves of their Charitable contributions but how many Mason know that the biggest financial player on the British Stock and Currency markets was the Official Custodian for Charities [OCC] before the event of the Superannuation funds - the perpetual Money machine !